Submitted by Makasu 611d ago | opinion piece

Is Beyond: Two Souls PS3′s last swan song?

After taking part in the unbelievable journey in The Last of Us it’s hard to imagine a better game coming out this generation but Beyond: Two Souls have a shot at it though. Beyond is an interactive drama action-adventure video game for the PlayStation 3, made by French developer Quantic Dream, famous for making Heavy Rain. The game stars actors Ellen Page (Inception, Juno, Hard Candy), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, The Boondock Saints, The English Patient) and Kadeem Hardison (White Men Can’t Jump, A Different World) and is set for release on October 8th in North America and on the 11th in Europe. (Beyond: Two Souls, PS3)

PopRocks359  +   612d ago
I would have argued that such a moniker would belong to The Last of Us, but this game looks pretty sweet too, so we'll see.
Makasu  +   611d ago
Yeah, it will be really tough to beat TLOU that's for damn sure.
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elhebbo16  +   611d ago
Yea but it IS gonna literally be the last great PS3 exclusive if it comes out before GT6 (or if The Last Guardian suprises everyone at gamescom but I doubt it). Its being made by quantic so I'm sure its in good hand, no need to beat TLoU.
sly-Famous  +   611d ago
Nope, Second Son will also be coming to the PS3.
--Onilink--  +   611d ago

no its not... where did you hear that?
morganfell  +   611d ago
I do believe we will see The Last Guardian at TGS. Sony has been funding the development. However I think the change may be that TLG will be a PS3/4 title rather than PS3 only.
MysticStrummer  +   611d ago
It will depend on how good Beyond is.

If it's really great then it will be the "swan song", since I'm not sure you can have more than one of those.

If it's merely ok or worse, then The Last of Us will be considered the swan song of PS3.

Of course, there's also GT6...

PS3 provided many great experiences for sure.
pixelsword  +   610d ago
They'd be better off putting it on the PS4. I could be wrong but one thing QD appears to do is once they commit, they finish.
dboyc310  +   612d ago
Ellie was just an unbelievable character. I'm going to miss Joel and Ellie a lot! This game could be amazing from a narrative perspective. Glad to be a ps3 owner =D
Makasu  +   611d ago
Yeah, story is fantastic, characters feel real, hopefully Beyond can come close to this.
R6ex  +   611d ago
That's why Single-Player games will not die out, just because lots of people play Multiplayers.
e-p-ayeaH  +   612d ago
Beyond Two souls looks good im positive its gonna be a great experience just like The Last of Us.

Im taking my good sweet time to enjoy PS3 library of games there´s plenty ive still havent played PS4 gen will be on stand by for some time.
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Makasu  +   611d ago
Hehe yeah, still have Infamous 2, Killzone 3 and Red Dead in my pile of shame...
fourOeightshark  +   611d ago
Oh man, inFAMOUS 2 and Red Dead Redemption are f*ckin great.
T2  +   611d ago
Me too I have infamous, rdr, and heavy rain!
lashes2ashes  +   612d ago
Sadly I think it's going to be the last of us. Almost everybody that played the two souls demo had bad things to say about the controls. I hope they stream line them in time for it to go gold.
Makasu  +   611d ago
Yeah, that's interesting, I think you have to go into it from the perspective it's an adventure game, not an action game, I do hope they've tweaked the tank controls somewhat though.
Inception  +   611d ago
I think what QD showed on E3 is their older demo. Besides, QD still have three months until the release date. QD can fix the game here and there before the game going gold. I'm sure they don't want to mess up this game and dissapointed many fans.
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doctorstrange  +   611d ago
The Last Guardian
Aceman18  +   611d ago
i'll say Beyond, Rain, Puppeteer, and GT6 will be the swan songs for the system.
devwan  +   611d ago
A whole album of swan songs!
Aceman18  +   611d ago
Xof  +   611d ago
Uh, no. Beyond Two Souls is not a game. It's another of Quantic Dream's "cinematic experiences."
Veneno  +   611d ago
Whats funny is Heavy rain had many different endings depending on how you played yet the entire mass effect trilogy was the same no matter how you played.
MysticStrummer  +   611d ago
Your definition of what can be considered a game is more limited than mine.

I guess Guitar Hero and other similar titles aren't games either...?
Xof  +   611d ago
It's not "my" definition. It's Quantic Dream's definition.

And if the developer isn't calling it a game, why should any of us?
MysticStrummer  +   611d ago
Cage wants to change how people think about games, so he gives his a fancy name.


My point stands. If Quantic Dream's products aren't games, then neither is Guitar Hero. One advances a story through timed button presses or controller movements, and the other advances a song with the same mechanics.
Xof  +   611d ago
Guitar Hero has a win state and a lose state.

Quantic Dream's titles are very clearly, very obviously meant to be interactive movies.

Which is a different thing than a game.

And LMFAO at all the disagrees I'd blame it on QD fanboys, but you'd think they'd be more aware of what QD is saying about their own software....
Lykon  +   611d ago
The plot to this new game sounds really good. I'm a bit reluctant to buy anything from Quantic dream again after the huge disappointment (to me) that was Heavy Rain. My problem with Heavy Rain were the heavy use of those bloody on screen prompts often for very arbitrary things. The small playing areas patched together. plot holes. and then spoilers in the end credits should you wish to play it through again. (I definitely did not). The police station was good and Jaydens magic investigator glasses were cool. (was he called Jayden I can't remember) . The only time I've ever had actual tears of boredom with a game. I'll check reviews first and you tube footage to make sure it's not Heavy Rain 2 before buying.
Makasu  +   611d ago
I think the prompts actually contributed to feeling you were engaging more in simple stuff like opening doors and moving objects, you felt you were doing the actions instead of a character in a game doing them.
R6ex  +   611d ago
I love Heavy Rain. Its tense & I do feel for the characters.

Gaming is not just about action, you know?
Lykon  +   610d ago
@ makasu. yes in some ways they worked well imo. There were definitely elements that I thought were well done in HR but i did not like the prompts for fighting at all but yeah . I can see they worked well for opening doors etc.

@ R6ex I'm glad you enjoyed it . I'm not one of the COD squad. Can't stand that generic shite.

I liked the weather effects (I love rain in games) Jaydens glasses were cool. There were one or two nice locations (although very small and limited) The way the prompts worked for some things were ok. I hated the incongruous cut scenes (levels) . the spoilers at the end. The fighting prompts. Jason , Jason , Jason, Jason, Jason, Jason , Jason , Jason , Jason.
InMyOpinion  +   611d ago
How can a swansong not be last? :)
Walker  +   611d ago
nope, the last of us says hello !
nutcrackr  +   611d ago
The "last" is redundant.
r21  +   611d ago
I think the real swan song would be GT6 which i find rather fitting to end this gen on. I have to say, its crazy how many great exclusives us PS3 owners are getting this year :)
TechnicianTed  +   611d ago
Dark Souls 2 is coming to ps3 next year, so no, I don't think Beyond will be its swan song. And there are still going to be games released for it after Dark Souls 2, so the ps3 is not going to be dying any time soon.
MysticStrummer  +   611d ago
I don't think "swan song" would apply to a multi-plat.
TechnicianTed  +   611d ago
My point is there are games coming after Beyond and it won't be the final game that is released for it. The definition of Swan Song according to Wiki -

'"Swan song" is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement.'

Maybe you could edit the page to include -

"A multiplat cannot be a swan song, it can only be an exclusive"

And besides, why shouldn't a multiplat be considered if that multiplat has a chance of being a better game than Beyond?
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MysticStrummer  +   611d ago
I see your point, but I think what you're describing is the swan song of a generation, not a particular console.

We'll just have to agree to disagree I suppose.

*tries to decide between hitting agree or disagree, but ends up hitting neither*

Peace and good gaming.
TechnicianTed  +   611d ago
'but I think what you're describing is the swan song of a generation'

Hmm, could be yeah.

Peace and good gaming to you too.
ame22  +   611d ago
This game will fail hard. TLoU was the PS3's last swan song.
GamerToons  +   611d ago
I think GTA V will be this gens last swan song. You guys agree?
Baka-akaB  +   611d ago
How about people get a clue about what's a swan song , before adding last in front of it ? What's next , a small dwarf ?
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tigertron  +   611d ago
This will be my last PS3 game and I'm sure it'll give the PS3 a good send off. :)
crazysammy  +   611d ago
I think this will be an amazing game but the PS3 swan song? Don't forget the shelf life that Sony consoles have and there are going to be more great games coming for years.
Hicken  +   611d ago
Yeah, that's why I'm not ready to say so just yet. The PS3 will still be supported for some years yet, so its swan song may not come this year.

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