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Platform PS3 Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Quantic Dream Release Date 10/08/2013

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Beyond: Two Souls review: hand in hand

Developer Quantic Dream has been trying to perfect its distinctive form of interactive storytelling for a decade now — the studio seems to have less interest in traditional games than an Old West schoolmarm. Beyond: Two Souls has no narrative ties to previous Quantic Dream titles Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, but it shares a majority of their DNA. On its third pass, Quantic Dream is closer than ever before to nailing a seamless interactive cinematic experience. And Beyond: Two Souls is so refined in its technique, I'm actually able to write "cinematic experience" with a straight face. Beyond: Two Souls introduces a gifted young girl named Jodie. Like many tots her age, Jodie has an imaginary friend, but unlike, say, Mr. Snuffleupagus or Drop Dead Fred, Jodie's pal Aiden is very...

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Quantic Dream founder David Cage to receive France's Legion of Honor

Game developer David Cage will receive the highest decoration in France next month when he is awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honor for his contribution to the country's video game industry, French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The entry class into the Legion of Honor requires a minimum of 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity, along with "eminent merits." Cage, who started his game development career in the early 1990s before founding Quantic Dream in 1997, will be the first game developer to receive the award. He is best known for his work on Omikron: The Nomad Soul, Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in North America), Heavy Rain and, most recently, Beyond: Two Souls. This is not the first time the French government has recognized game developers for...

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Hands-on with PlayStation Now: It works!

Sony's game-streaming service, PlayStation Now, is here, bringing with it a massive library of the PlayStation's back catalog to devices never designed to play them. With the subscription and rental-based PlayStation Now, PlayStation Vita owners will be able to play games like The Last of Us on a handheld. Bravia TV owners won't even need a dedicated console. The service could boost the PlayStation 4's library with thousands of new and old titles, essentially bringing much-needed backwards compatibility to the new console. Even better, based on our hands-on time with PlayStation Now, it works. Performance in games like The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension was impressive. Lag input was noticeable, seemingly more so on Vita when moving The Last of Us' Joel and waiting a beat for...

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PlayStation Now game-streaming service coming summer 2014 (update)

Sony's Gaikai-based video game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games over the internet to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, as well as non-PlayStation devices, Sony executive Andrew House announced during the company's CES 2014 keynote today. PlayStation Now gives people "instant access to the games they loved from previous generations," said House, the president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment. Users will be able to rent individual games or pay for subscription plans. In addition to PlayStation devices, the service will be available on most of Sony's 2014 Bravia televisions, and eventually, devices such as smartphones. PlayStation Now will initially be available on PS4 and...

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PlayStation Black Friday deals include $29.99 PS Plus subscription, digital discounts

Sony is promoting a handful of good deals on PlayStation products that will be available for the Black Friday weekend, including an annual PlayStation Plus subscription that's just $29.99 on Friday, Nov. 29. Normally, PlayStation Plus — now a requirement to play many PS4 titles online — costs $49.99 for a one-year membership, making the promotion a solid deal for PS3, PS Vita and PS4 owners. The discount will be offered at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Toys R Us and Walmart. In addition to the previously reported 250 GB PS3 bundle featuring The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Origins priced at $199.99, holiday shoppers will be able to score copies of Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us for $39.99 each. Those deals are available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us and...

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Now that the PS4 is out, here are some amazing PS3 and Vita deals

Sony is discounting games, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems as well as PlayStation Plus subscriptions on Black Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, according to a post today on the PlayStation Blog. For $199, you can get a 250 GB PS3 bundled with Batman: Arkham Origins and The Last of Us. Sony will also discount more than 20 games, including The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls for $39.99, in addition to offering sales on DualShock 3 controllers. Several PS Vita deals will be available at retailers at the end of November. Dates, retailers and prices and are as follows: Best Buy will have all PS Vita systems available for $169.99 from Nov. 24-28. GameStop will have PlayStation Vita 3G and Wi-Fi Bundles for $179.99 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Target will have all PS Vita systems...

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Beyond: Two Souls trailer details Advanced Experiments DLC

A trailer for Beyond: Two Souls offers a look at the game's new downloadable content, Advanced Experiments. In Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dream's latest narrative-driven title, players follow the life of Jodie, a young woman attached to a mysterious entity called Aiden. Advanced Experiments is an additional playable scene that puts Jodie and Aiden through a 30-minute training session. Watch the video above for a glimpse at additional missions. Advanced Experiments is available via the PlayStation Store for $4.99. The DLC was originally released as part of the game's special edition. Beyond: Two Souls launched in October for PlayStation 3. For more on the game, read our review.

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Best Buy Black Friday deals include two-game $199 PS3

Details of Best Buy's Black Friday deals have emerged via Gottadeal.com, including price cuts on new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games as well as a PS3 bundle. In its post-Thanksgiving sale, Best Buy is selling a PlayStation 3 bundle along with The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Origins for $199.99, which the retailer said is a $170 saving on the full package price of $369.97. Selected games are being sold for $34.99, down from $59.99, including Beyond: Two Souls, FIFA 14, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25, The Last of Us and Battlefield 4. Best Buy is also offering iPad 2 for $299.99 (down $100) as well as 65-inch 1080p TVs for $999.99. The deals begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 28.

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The games and systems on sale at Kmart for Black Friday 2013

An apparently leaked version of Kmart's Black Friday 2013 ad posted on bfads.com includes deals on video games and systems that begin the night of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Kmart will discount gaming accessories 20 to 50 percent, including several third-party PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers and headsets. The retailer will also discount several 3DS games between $5 and $10, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Pokemon X and Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and more. The Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will sell for $299.99, and Kmart members can save $20 off that price. Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nintendo Land will be discounted between $10 and $15. From...

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How Modern Warfare's writer wound up writing Battlefield 4

Jesse Stern, who wrote Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, left his job as a writer and co-executive producer at NCIS and started "actively looking for video game gigs," he told Paul Semel in a recent interview. He met with David Cage and discussed writing for Beyond: Two Souls. While that partnership didn't pan out, it got Stern thinking about the possibility of traveling outside of the U.S. to work on a game. That's when former Infinity Ward president and Respawn Entertainment co-founder Jason West mentioned Stern's name to the developers of Electronic Arts' rival military first-person shooter franchise, Battlefield. "They wanted something that was more linear for Battlefield 4, something more cinematic, and they asked Jason how they had done it with...

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Report: Sony cracking down on Beyond: Two Souls nude leak

Sony is looking to wipe out all screenshots taken from manipulated footage of Beyond: Two Souls running on a PlayStation 3 debug unit showing actress Ellen Page naked — as well as cracking down on publications running articles on the footage, according to reports from several websites. Earlier this month, a Reddit user posted screenshots of the game's shower scene taken from a PS3 running in debug mode. The user manipulated the game's camera angle to obtain a full view of Page's body and take the screenshots, which a mark on top of the screens identified as a running in a "quality assurance" menu. Kotaku confirmed that the nude model of Page is accessible in the game by testing Beyond in debug mode. The original images have since been removed from the Imgur account on which they...

Beyond: Two Souls Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/08/2013
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Quantic Dream
    • Score 8.0
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