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If Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one end of the video game storytelling spectrum, Beyond: Two Souls is right at the other. One tells its narrative purely through gameplay, while this title explains events through more traditional film and television storytelling, but with a choice. Between cutscenes, quick time events and well recognised actors, it follows on from the likes of Heavy Rain but takes advantage of new ideas and mechanics.
You play as two characters, Jodie Holmes (Ellen Page) and a mysterious entity linked to her known as Aiden; an invisible and immaterial psychic being which she communes with to grant powers. Cutting back and forth between various stages in her life in non-linear fashion, you see how the world responded to Jodie’s actions, and how she became connected to Nathan Dawkins (Willem Dafoe) and the military.