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Beyond: Two Souls, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 3, more added to PS Store
Sony is in a giving mood for this week’s PlayStation Store update. The consolemaker has heavily discounted dozens of games for Black Friday weekend (though they never use the words “Black Friday Sale”), as well as launching two new PS4 titles.
Beyond: Two Souls is a PS4 remake of Quantic Dream’s supernatural adventure story starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. In addition to improved visuals, Quantic Dream has added increased difficulty, improved controls, and a special “chronological order” mode to the game.
Also available this week is The Old Hunters, the massive new expansion to From Software’s Bloodborne. Players will descend into “Byrgenwerth’s deepest, darkest secrets” as they “explore brand new stages full of dangers, rewards, and deadly beasts to hunt.” Sounds like a good time will be had by all.
Finally this week, Telltale Games has reached the halfway point with Minecraft: Story Mode. Episode 3 will be known as The Last Place You Look, and it’s a rather fitting title as Jesse are on the lookout for Soren, the final member of the Order of the Stone. I wonder if he’s hiding out to browse the PlayStation Store sale in peace.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. A complete list of this week’s discounts and new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Sony has announced (via the PlayStation Blog) that Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls will make its PS4 debut on the PlayStation Store next Tuesday, November 24. The supernatural adventure game, which stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, was originally released for the PS3 in 2013.
Quantic Dream has made a number of changes to the PS4 re-release, including:
- 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.
- Increased difficulty in certain fight scenes, combined with improved controls for action sequences.
- Includes the “Enhanced Experiments” downloadable expansion.
In the same post, Sony confirmed that Heavy Rain‘s PS4 re-release has suffered a slight delay. Originally expected to be available by the end of the year, Heavy Rain will now be released through the PlayStation Store on March 1, 2016. A retail release containing both titles will be available in the European region on the same day, but it’s currently unknown if Sony will make the same deal available to North American PS4 owners.
During this year’s E3 Expo, Sony quietly confirmed that Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls would be re-released for the PS4 sometime in the near future.
Not much was mentioned about either re-release, though Sony did say that the games would be sold on store shelves (in a two-game bundle) and through the PlayStation Store (as individual downloads). A “Chronological Mode” will be added to Beyond, and both games will also receive a graphical overhaul.
And yesterday, we learned that a release date for the re-releases will be announced soon:
Hi everyone, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls PS4 release dates will be revealed soon now. Thank you for your patience!
— QUANTIC DREAM (@QUANTIC_DREAM) September 23, 2015
How soon is soon? Nobody’s quite sure. But Quantic Dream is also working on a brand new game for the PS4, which isn’t connected in any way to the brilliant tech demos (Kara and The Dark Sorcerer) they’ve showcased for the public in recent years. I’m sure we’ll hear more about that project “soon” too.
Sony dumped another huge pile of games onto the PlayStation Store yesteday. Let’s start digging through the goodies…
Square Enix has officially launched the PS4 version of their MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It is available in a standard edition and a Collector’s Edition. And speaking of special editions, Ubisoft has added Trials Fusion to the store and it is also available in two editions on the PS4 (a standard edition and a Deluxe Edition, which includes the Season Pass).
Board games were also big in yesterdays update as Backgammon Blitz is now available for the PS3, PS4, and Vita (sorry, there’s no Cross-Buy option). If you’re looking for more brainteasers, Pure Chess and That Trivia Game were both released for the PS4.
What else… a little over six months after its retail release, Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls is now available to download for the PS3. Meanwhile, EA Sports has made 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil available to download for the PS3 on the same day as its retail release. And Vita owners will surely want to know that Dead Nation has finally come to Sony’s handheld.
We’re barely scratching the surface of this week’s PlayStation Update. More information about all of this week’s releases can be found after the break and a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Beyond: Two Souls Review: Baby, I’m A Lost Cause
Quantic Dream’s latest game, Beyond: Two Souls, seemed to hold a lot of promise. Directed by David Cage, starring Ellen Page and Willem Defoe, and with a science-fiction-ish plot, there was so much potential, and so much to like. But, in the end, the messy plot, lack of challenge, and mediocrity of the characters created a tepid and disappointing experience. (more…)
If you’d prefer something a little more out there (and you own a PS3), there’s Quantic Dream’s latest action/adventure game, Beyond: Two Souls. The supernatural Saga of Jodie (played by Ellen Page) and her doctor (played by Willem Dafoe) is sure to feature plenty of the developer’s signature weirdness and grandeur.
And if you want to go REALLY out there, NIS America will release Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness for the PS3. The latest game in the insane strategy RPG franchise is a direct sequel to the to the first game in the series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, which should please its many fans.
This week’s last “new” releases is Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014. The dancing franchise will boogie its way (again) onto the PS3, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this week. PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are set to be released in November.
Finally, a trio of re-releases should keep budget hunters happy as 2K Games/Gearbox will release Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Bethesda/Arkane will release Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition, and Capcom will release the Capcom Essentials collection (which contains Dead Rising 2, Devil May Cry 4, Mega Man 10, Resident Evil 6, and Super Street Fighter IV).
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Beyond: Two Souls is the latest game from French company Quantic Dream, the same team that brought us Indigo Prophecy (AKA Fahrenheit) and Heavy Rain. In Beyond, you play as Jodie, a woman who has had a supernatural entity attached to her since she was a child. The entity’s name is Aiden, and players can control Jodie or Aiden, depending on what the situation calls for. A new demo for the game has shown us that while Quantic Dream still relies heavily on QTEs (as they did in their previous games), they have done much to expand on – and improve – their unique style of gameplay. (more…)
Developer David Cage held court last week at the Tribeca Film Festival, showing off his latest “interactive entertainment” achievement, Beyond: Two Souls. For a film geek like Cage, this had to be a dream come true.
During the 90-minute session, Cage demonstrated a 35-minute section of Beyond titled “Homeless” and then followed that up with a panel featuring some of the game’s stars (Ellen Page, Eric Winter, and Kadeem Hardison). If you’ve got the time, be sure to check it out.
Beyond: Two Souls will be available for the PS3 on October 8.