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Beyond: Two Souls Looks Great, But How Do You Actually Play It?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Lingering questions

“Is it just an interactive movie?” is probably the most common question attached to Beyond: Two Souls. The upcoming Ellen Page-‘em-up certainly looks the part, but do you actually play it? In a brand new behind-the-scenes trailer, Parisian developer Quantic Dream has delved into a topic that it doesn’t usually explore: gameplay.

As director David Cage explains, “What we were looking for with the gameplay is to find an interface that will allow you to play life.” The solution: put white dots on all of the things that you can interact with. Seriously, though, the studio notes that it’s endeavoured to make the controls as intuitive as possible, so that you can focus on the story rather than the playing.

One of the most interesting things is that it’s created dozens of custom animations for protagonist Jodie Holmes that change depending on the context. For example, the character will animate differently when she’s a teenager. Push square to strop. Check out the video below, and let us know if you’re looking forward to unlocking your emotions in the comments section.

[via blog.eu.playstation.com]

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User Comments (5)

SuperSilverback

#1

SuperSilverback said:

I've heard reports saying that the controls are bad just for the fact that you don't know what to do in situations like a fight scene, and you get beat as there isn't any on screen prompts to tell you what to do.

But I do like a challenge!

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@SuperSilverback I've heard that, too. I can't comment because I haven't played the game, but I find it funny that people moaned about the button prompts in Heavy Rain, and now they're moaning about the lack of them.

Perhaps it's a case of being thrown into a short demo without any context that's tripping people up. Hopefully QD smoooths things out prior to release.

SuperSilverback

#3

SuperSilverback said:

@get2sammyb I think everyone a bit taken back by how the different the game looks now compared to the first trailer. It seemed like a contained emotional story at first, now you're going to Africa and taking on warlords is seems =P

Still cant wait for it though. Something different from the usual explosion-fest you get these days is always welcome.

MadchesterManc

#5

MadchesterManc said:

My most anticipated game of the year. October seems so far away :( as long as its not as clunky as Heavy Rain was at times, ill be more than happy.

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