The line between video games and movies continues to blur, as the medium has evolved considerably since the days when “Pong” was a revolution. Now, cinematic cut scenes, epic storylines and celebrity casting is pretty much the norm for the industry, who throw blockbuster-sized bags of money at games, with franchises as important to the console world as they are to Hollywood. And one only has to look at the Sony E3 presentation of “Beyond: Two Souls” to see just how much has changed.
Developers revealed the new game at Sony’s E3 conference yesterday, along with a five-minute-long sequence, not of gameplay, but essentially one long cut screen that might as well have been a movie trailer. Intriguingly, Ellen Page is the star of game, playing Jodie Holmes, who has telekinetic powers and is wanted by the police for some reason. A long interrogation sequence gives way to explosions and apparently this was met with quite the reception from attendees at the conference. It’s a certainly a bit more of an ass-kicking side to Page than we’ve seen before, and the game looks good. How it actually plays remains to be seen. But the twist is that Sony teases that the game will take a player through the entire life of the character and asks “death is the biggest mystery… what is beyond?”