Beyond: Two Souls (2013)

by Christopher
4 minutes read


An ambitious narrative game that pushes the boundaries of storytelling in video games, featuring deep character exploration and a unique gameplay experience.


A groundbreaking narrative-driven experience, Beyond: Two Souls blends interactive gameplay with cinematic storytelling, powered by performances from Elliot Page and Willem Dafoe.


The game revolves around the life of Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through her psychic link to an incorporeal entity named Aiden. This link has been present since her birth and allows Jodie to perform extraordinary feats.

The story unfolds over 15 years of Jodie’s life, during which players witness her growth from adolescence to adulthood. Throughout this journey, Jodie strives to gain control over Aiden and the powers they share.

Jodie’s unique abilities attract the attention of the Department of Paranormal Activity (DPA), where she comes under the care of researcher Nathan Dawkins. Dawkins, portrayed by Willem Dafoe, becomes a surrogate father figure to Jodie.

The gameplay alternates between interactive drama and action-adventure sequences, involving the player in various activities such as moving and guiding the character into interactions with objects and other non-player characters. The player primarily controls Jodie, but can switch to control Aiden at almost any time.

The game’s narrative is non-linear, with most of the story being told via flashbacks. The choices made by the player throughout the game will affect the plot and lead to different endings.


Jodie Holmes, portrayed by Elliot Page, is the protagonist with a psychic link to Aiden, an invisible entity. Willem Dafoe plays Nathan Dawkins, a researcher and father figure to Jodie.


Gameplay alternates between interactive story sequences and action-packed moments, allowing players to influence the story’s outcome through choices and use Aiden to interact with the world in unique ways.


Beyond: Two Souls is a testament to video games as a form of storytelling, offering an emotionally charged journey despite its gameplay limitations.

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