Have you ever watched a film and wanted to have some control over the experience? Released by Quantic Dream during early-2010, Heavy Rain achieved this through its clever combination of gameplay and interactive storytelling which saw it successfully become a hit in the market.
But that is not all for the genre.
After two very promising tech demos which most probably won’t ever amount to anything, the studio have produced Beyond: Two Souls. Available exclusively on the Playstation 3, the title has been produced to further push the boundaries and blur the lines between film production and gaming. Starring Ellen Page as the lead character Jodie Holmes, we follow this young woman who possesses supernatural powers through her link to an invisible entity. Ellen is supported by Willem Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins, an enigmatic scientist working for a government division specialising in paranormal activities. His professional curiosity in Jodie, driven by his own personal tragedy, is set to be a theme in BEYOND: Two Souls, enhancing what they hope is a rich and evocative narrative.
Gamers will play through fifteen years of Jodie’s life, experiencing the most striking moments of her life. As she traverses the globe, Jodie will face incredible challenges set against a backdrop of emotionally-charged events the likes of which have never before been seen in a video game. Like its predecessor Heavy Rain, BEYOND: Two Souls allows players to shape the course of the story through their decisions and actions taken in the game. While I haven’t had a look at the trophy lists yet, it wouldn’t surprise me if there is a trophy around the corner for each decision you make.