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Heavy Rain Releasing in March 2016 on PS4, Beyond: Two Souls Next Week

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Yesterday developer Quantic Dream revealed that the remastered version of Beyond: Two Souls will be available to download for the PS4 next Tuesday. The PS4 version will feature some improvements on top of features requested by the fans.

Beyond: Two Souls PS4 improvements:

  • Enhanced 1080p graphics including motion blur, bloom and depth of field effects, as well as improved lighting and shadows. The game also makes use of the DualShock 4 speaker to improve immersion when playing as the Entity.
  • Decisions are highlighted at the end of each scene and compared with those made by other players.
  • You can now play the game in chronological order right from the start – a much requested feature in the PS3 version!
  • Increased difficulty in certain fight scene, combined with improved controls for action sequences.
  • Includes the “Enhanced Experiments” DLC.

Players will have another chance to experience the story of Jodie Holmes (played, excellently, by Ellen Page), a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through her psychic link to an invisible entity. Holmes’ journey is intertwined with the complex Dr. Dawkins (brought to life by the inimitable Willem Dafoe), on PS4.

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The PS4 remaster of Heavy Rain has also been confirmed for a digital release on March 1, 2016. While Europe and the UK will receive a physical collection of both games — on March 2nd and 4th respectively, it looks as though NA won’t.

Check out the Beyond: Two Souls trailer. You can download the game on November 24 in North America for $29.99 and Nov 26 in Europe for €29.99/£24.99. Purchasing Beyond will allow you to download Heavy Rain on PS4 next year at a discounted price.

 

Source: PSNAblog, PSFrBlog

Release Dates for PS4 Versions of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls Coming Soon

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Quantic Dream has revealed via Twitter, that the release dates for the PS4 versions of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls will soon be revealed.

Earlier this summer the developer confirmed that both of its interactive action-adventure titles on PS3, would be making their way to the PlayStation 4. Heavy Rain received universal acclaim from critics and players alike when it released in 2010. Beyond: Two Souls’ (2013) however, was more divisive.

Stay tuned for more info.

Source: QuanticDream

Are Video Games Better Than TV?

With the latest string of interactive work coming out of the video game industry rivaling television shows and film (more than just financially), Shotgun Seat Productions finally asks Are Video Games Better Than TV?

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[Photo Credit] Giant Bomb at PAX Prime 2012 Telltale Games Booth

Top 10 Video Game Trailers of the Last Generation

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The last console generation saw the release of countless video game titles and with them, countless more trailers. Many made us roll our eyes, scoff in disgust and even completely write a game off but we have also been treated to some truly great ones. Great trailers that placed unknown titles of our radar, turned “maybes” into “must-buys” and “day 1 purchases”, as well simply make us more hyped to play them.

Below are the ten best trailers and 1 honorable mention of games that came out during the PS3, 360 and Wii generation. Not counting any games that released or will be on last and next gen systems.

Note* This list is entirely opinionated, the opinion of yours truly and does not represent RGN as a whole.

Honorable Mention:

Dante’s Inferno ‘Go to Hell’ Super Bowl Commercial

Developed by: Visceral Games

Published by: EA

Platform(s): Xbox 360 | PS3

Game Released: February 2010

The song ‘Ain’t no Sunshine’ by Bill Withers really sold this one.

 

10. God of War: Ascension ‘From Ashes’ Live Action Trailer

Developed by: Sony Santa Monica Studios

Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment of America

Platform: PS3

Game Released: March 2013

 

9. Darksiders 2 ‘Launch’ Trailer

Developed by: Vigil Games

Published by: THQ

Platform(s): PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360

Game Released: August 2012

 

8. Gears of War 2 ‘Rendezvous with Death’

Developed by: Epic Games

Published by: Microsoft Studios

Platform: Xbox 360

Game Released: November 2008

 

7. Grand Theft Auto V ‘Official’ Trailer

Developed by: Rockstar North

Published by: Rockstar Games

Platforms(s): PS3 | Xbox 360

Game Released: September 2013

 

6. Beyond: Two Souls ‘Launch’ Trailer

Developed by: QuanticDream

Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment of America

Platform: PlayStation 3

Game Released: October 2013

 

5. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations ‘E3’ Trailer

Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal

Published by: Ubisoft

Platforms: Xbox 360 | PS3 | PC

Game Released: November 2011

 

4. The Last of Us ‘Story’ Trailer

Developed by: Naughty Dog

Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment of America

Platform: PS3

Game Released: June 2013

 

3. Gears of War ‘Mad World’ Trailer

Developed by: Epic Games

Published by: Microsoft Studios

Platform(s): Xbox 360 | PC

Game Released: November 2006

 

2. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron ‘VGA Cinematic’ Trailer

Developed by: High Moon Studios

Published by: Activision

Platform(s): PS3 | Xbox 360 | PC

Game Released: August 2012

 

1. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron ‘E3’ Trailer

Developed by: High Moon Studios

Published by: Activision

Platform(s): PS3 | Xbox 360 | PC

Game Released: August 2012

That line from Metroplex still gives me chills!

 

Agree with the top 10, disagree? Comment and share what your top 10 favorite trailers are.

Beyond: Two Souls Reaches 1 Million Sales On PlayStation 3

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When a game attempts to break the mold and then gets a spiritual successor, often strange things can happen. This was the uncertain fate of Beyond: Two Souls, to either sink or swim. As a flurry of media frenzy, fanboy hype, and genuine quality interest surrounded its release Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls Demo and Full Release gained the attention of millions of gamers worldwide. In just a few months the title has now reached over 1 million sales on the PS3 exclusively and Quantic Dream will once again live to tell the tale of how a company can push the medium and blur the line between interactive film and video games.

Beyond: Two Souls – Review

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Beyond Two Souls is a PS3 exclusive title from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain. This game may have the familiar feel of those two other titles but B:TS is an experience all on its own. You will take control of Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page), a young woman who is linked to a spirit named Aiden since her birth who protects from the evil ones in the realm beyond life & death. You find Jodie in a mental facility overseen by Nathan Dawkins (played by Willem Dafoe) who is tasked to help Jodie find out why Aiden and her are linked as well as their link to the great beyond. The story is told in such a cool and unique way that I will not explain or spoil any plot points for you. Jodie as well as the rest of the cast will leave a mark on you. This game will make you see things in the world around you a different light.

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When you play the game you will interact with Jodie in the same way you would the characters in Heavy Rain, but with very little prompts. You can then hit the triangle button and switch to Aiden and he can aid Jodie through the missions as well as help fight enemies or get past obstacles in the environment. Since Beyond: Two Souls is a hybrid of game and cinematic the pace of the missions moves without a hitch. There is never a dull moment even during transitions. Throughout each of the levels you will be fully engaged. The only thing that holds B:TS back is the limited amount of things players can interact with. There will be things in the level, that you will be able to come in contact with and others that are otherwise similar, but that you cannot interact with. This may frustrate some gamers but others make welcome and move along the story of B:TS easily. The feeling of the controls are solid and never feel like a routine, this game will move along smoothly even if you miss an action.

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The sound design in Beyond Two Souls is magnificent. If you have a 5.1 surround sound you may take full advantage of it. The score is on point, the sound effects in the level keep players on their toes in certain spots, and the voice acting is great. Players really get a feel for Jodie and Nathan’s relationship over the course of the story as well as Jodie’s personal journey of joy, pain and growth. The graphics are top notch as every actor in the game is modeled by their real life counterpart down to their movements, their gestures, and their emotions are all captures and emulated through the characters you see on screen. The game does have a similar look to Heavy Rain but it shows the world on two planes, our world and the great beyond, both with vivid detail.

During my play-through of the game I experienced no glitches or freezes. You can share this experience with a friend or loved one as Beyond: Two Souls features a co-op mode in which you can play with the DualShock 3 controller or smartphone / tablet with the Beyond: Two Souls App. If you are looking for something to hold you over until the next console generation or just looking for a title that is different from the pact of this Fall’s release month Beyond: Two Souls is easily a Gold Game with its great story, unique gameplay, and stunning high-end visuals for the PlayStation 3 console.

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Final Verdict:

Beyond Two Souls is a unique gameplay experience with top notch acting, engaging story and intriguing gameplay that will keep you on the edge of your seats. The only thing that can be held against it is that the wonderful and rich locations aren’t fully interactive, but the things you do get to play with will entertain you. Beyond Two Souls is a game you must own closing out this generation as one of the great pieces of interactive work the industry has seen.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9/10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer: Quantic Dream

Publisher: Sony

Available On: PS3

Review Copy Info: A physical copy of Beyond: Two Souls was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

David Cage Reveals What Inspired Beyond: Two Souls

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Ellen Page has more to do with the PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls than simply being chosen to lead up the main character role in the game. Quantic Dream’s David Cage revealed in a recent interview with the press that he was actually inspired by a picture of her online. He was searching for images to help him visualize his character’s struggle and was also becoming obsessed with the idea of what lies after one exits the world of the living. He had recently attended a close friend’s funeral and then began to brainstorm his next game, when the following happened:

“I started writing the first scene of Beyond: Two Souls, and I asked myself, ‘Who is my main character?’ I thought she should have this strength inside her. She’s courageous, and she’s brave. But at the same time she is just a little girl.”

“So I started looking for images and I found a picture of Ellen that was exactly this.”

“I began to realize that might be a problem,” Cage said. “because I realized I was going to have to ask Ellen to be in the game.”

[Source: Kotaku via EGMNow]

Beyond: Two Souls Early Access Demo Play-through w/ Commentary [HD]

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Just in case you don’t have a chance to play the Beyond: Two Souls Early Access Demo we took the liberty of providing you with the following High Definition Gameplay Play-through w/ Commentary of Quantic Dream’s next Sony PlayStation 3 exclusive releasing this October and stars Ellen Page and William Dafoe in what is essentially an Interactive Film piece with some gameplay elements woven in.

RGN Daily News #54: Steambox Could Change the Industry

RGN Daily 54 -- Steambox Could Change the Industry

RGN Daily News #54: Steambox Could Change the Industry

Steambox / SteamOS Reveal: Pt 1 | Pt 2 | Pt 3 | Podcast #1 | Podcast #2 | #3 Coming Soon

– Top News Stories of Today
– Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls – Interactive Films vs Gameplay?
– SteamOS – What Does It Mean for Gaming?
– Steambox Speculation – When’s It Coming + What Is It?
– Left for Dead 3, Portal 3, Half Life 3 – Exclusive SteamOS / Steambox Games Coming Soon?
– Could Valve Compete w/ Sony + Microsoft Next Gen?
– The Future of Video Games Industry Could Change w/ Steambox

Beyond: Two Souls Early Access Demo via Gamestop on Facebook

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Gamestop has made it available (seemingly one per household) for PlayStation 3 gamers to get their hands on the Demo of Beyond: Two Souls ahead of schedule today. By accessing Gamestop on Facebook HERE you will be able to directly grab a PSN Redeem Code for the Early Access Demo just by “Liking” the Gamestop page and giving them one of your email addresses. If this interests you, head over now before they run out!