BEYOND Two Souls (Sony Computer Entertainment) Whether you’re reading a novel, watching a movie, or even playing a video game, a kiss is still a kiss and a story is still a story.

Although naysayers scoff at the thematic and narrative value of video games, creative ventures like Beyond: Two Souls aim to broaden the genre’s ever expanding horizons.

Last week, critics and movie fans were buzzing about Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opening up Gravity, and maybe one day that same buzz will focus on A-list actors who are featured in the latest video game.

Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe are featured in Beyond: Two Souls, and the Playstation 3 title, which was released today, has received its share of excellent reviews. Director David Cage, who was the writer behind the acclaimed PS3 effort Heavy Rain, continues to bring a sense of cinematic aesthetic to video games with his latest effort. Centering on 15 years in the life of a girl named Jodie Holmes, Beyond: Two Souls isn’t a point and click adventure or a straight ahead shoot ’em up.

By giving gamers the chance to explore Jodie’s connection with a spirit named Aiden, their choices are not based on a one-dimensional action driven mechanic. Instead, consider this PS3 title as a choose your life adventure. How will you navigate Jodie through her years, and will that road take her straight to death’s door or a completely different avenue?

Beyond Two SoulsWe interviewed Ellen Page today in Los Angeles, and she described her experience in Beyond: Two Souls as “incredible.” It’s that sense of creative gratification which should bring even more thespians into the video gaming universe.

“I knew it was going to be cool,” said Page, who was featured earlier this year in The East. “I knew it was going to be challenging. I knew it was going to be a lot of things. I had no idea that it was going to be one of the most fulfilling acting experiences I’ve ever had. It was really incredible. It was very challenging, sort of relentless in how challenging it was. But (it) was so much fun. I don’t think I would have thought that two years ago.”

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