Beyond: Two Souls' David Cage first game developer to receive France's highest honor

French developer David Cage will receive the Legion of Honour for his work in the video game industry.

The head Quantic Dream David Cage will be the first game developer to receive the Legion of Honour, France's highest decoration.

French Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy, Fleur Pellerin, will present the medal to cage on March 14.

Cage is known for his highly cinematic, character and story driven games. Released last year, PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls motion captured performances by actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. GameSpot's review found that the game was superb, and we recently reported that it sold a million copies last year.

France has honored game designers before by awarding Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, Ubisoft's Michel Ancel, and others with the Order of Arts and Letters, but Cage will be the first developer to receive the Legion of Honour.

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Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.

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endermannco
endermannco

I would rather the guy who made big rigs over the road racing get the award, at least that had gameplay and trucks to relate to.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Well-deserved, Mr. Cage :)

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I like his games, I really do. His stories are pretty good, even if they do get a bit over-the-top and aren't presented all that cohesively. But I reckon he got this award simply for being overly preachy. These kind of state-given awards aren't usually given out for what a person does, but for how much they go on about it.

demon-returns
demon-returns

I know not everyone likes the kind of games he makes but I like them. Sometimes it takes courage to do something entirely different than the cookie cutter type stuff and even though some will hate and make fun at least he's daring to be different and create games that evoke emotions from players

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

Great news! I played and totally loved Heavy Rain. Still need to play Beyond, though.

focuspuller
focuspuller

He's an important developer, and he deserves it, no matter what the haters say.

white_wind
white_wind

I love this game, it wowed me and my friends, we play a chapter every week. :)

Talavaj
Talavaj

So I take it, in France you don't have to do much to be awarded the highest of honors.

15gamingguy
15gamingguy

I like what Cage tries to do since I love story based games, but as I see it he has never done it well, especially not well enough for me to see him as worthy of this kind of award. Heavy Rain, Fahrenheit and Beyond were good in theory, but their stories are too silly and convoluted and the characters are boring or cardboard. Why do many think that a game can either have a good story or good gameplay and not both? Red Dead Redemption, the Last of Us, Max Payne, Portal and Half Life managed to blend story and gameplay excellently.

jj2112
jj2112

Well I see his games got quite a following now... I remember playing Indigo Prophecy and thinking what the hell was that all about... No game and one of the stupidest stories I've ever seen, even though it started OK.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

France's highest honor?  A white flag.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Well deserved, easily the most focused and professional attempts at cinematic video games have come from this company.

Blankkus
Blankkus

Enjoyed all Quantic Dreams' games so far. I hope he will eventually make a sequel to Omikron.

DeltaMike90
DeltaMike90

OMG what an honour! Amazing that a game developer is honoured in such a way. Just shows how far gaming has come, that it's now considered CULTURAL in FRANCE.


I think it will still be a while before a British dev gets a knighthood though.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Wow, that's pretty cool, for a game developer. I don't think everyone can get this, otherwise, everyone would've. That's why he's **THE FIRST** game developer to get this award. See how that works, people?   : P 

Congrats Cage! 

ryogapower
ryogapower

Haters gonna hate, but y'all just babies as far as i can see. Cage is a master of what he does, a visionary. The french like to celebrate their visionaries, hence this. Me? I just want another Beyond game. Cage and Page, its a winning combo!

starjay009
starjay009

Good for him. Beyond Two Souls was a wonderful experience. It's more than a game, it's an experience ! For those of you who have nothing else to say other than calling it a 'movie' need to bury yourselves under a pile of COD discs. Cheesy military shooters with their crappy online stuff has ruined the video game industry. Now we have Titan Fall, another useless game to add to an expanding list. However, I will respect those who choose to play such games. But we need more games like Beyond Two Souls from time to time as well. I congratulate Mr. Cage on this achievement and hopefully, he can bring us more experiences like Beyond Two Souls for next gen gaming. 

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

Thanks to obamacare I was able to buy this game....returning it next day

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

All these modern gamers care about is repetitive online military shooters and graphics, nothing else matters. Oh and half of those complaining are XBone gone fans, and there is few PC heads obsessed with graphics who also dont care about other aspects of the game.


PlayStation and PC, all a gamer needs.

toxic_br
toxic_br

too much gameplay nazis in here these days, i guess these guys never played classic adventure games.

isshiah
isshiah

He is the embodiment of the arrogant frenchman stereotype.

max-hit
max-hit

They should actually play his mediocre product before giving him an award. Come to think of it, calling it mediocre is actually over-rating it.

welterdude
welterdude

At least he didn't get blamed for creating every young delinquent under the sun like they do in America.

blackzio
blackzio

@15gamingguy  why can't we just have both? sometimes i just want to play a game like heavy rain. every style of game is welcome in my opinion, there are good games in every style. haven't played beyond yet, but fahrenheit (until the end) was pretty good, and heavy rain had a great story.

max-hit
max-hit

@DeltaMike90 No. It just shows that those who gave this award haven't play many video games in their lifetime.

Jasurim
Jasurim

@ryogapower  Gaah, I hope not.  I actually do enjoy his style of games, but Beyond has to be my least favourite of what he has produced so far, I hope he works on something fresh and new.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@ryogapower  beyond exceeded my expectations on so many levels. it turned out to be much grander than what we generally see in gaming. it was well paced and kept me guessing until the end. even compared to heavy rain, it stepped everything up 10 notches. imagine what quantic dream + ps4 will accomplish.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@WolfgarTheQuiet  wow couldn't agree more. chances are, most xbox gamers aren't even be aware that beyond and heavy rain exist, let alone be open enough to try them out. who care really, their loss. cage is not trying to cater to that demographic. he knows they are too immature and limited in their capacity to think beyond shooting things to get the experience he is going for.  

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@toxic_br  Nah man all these modern gamers care about is repetitive online military shooters and graphics, nothing else matters

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@max-hit  and you didn't even play it so why are you talking? had you played it, at the very least you would have thought it was inventive and interesting. even if you don't like the genre, to say it is mediocre is beyond stupid. just because something isn't catered to you specifically doesn't make it bad. learn to be rational for god sakes. 

15gamingguy
15gamingguy

@blackzio @15gamingguy Personally, I can't take the stories of David Cage games seriously. I thought Heavy Rain started pretty well, but when you discover who the killer is it doesn't really make sense (since you are playing as him when a murder is committed, so you think that it couldn't be him. Then it just says you killed him off-screen). I found Beyond: Two Souls to be badly written, massively silly and surprisingly predictable (which is saying a lot for a ghost-conspiracy-manhunt game). That being said, I loved Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.

DeltaMike90
DeltaMike90

@Vojtass @DeltaMike90  The Legion of Honour is MUCH bigger than an OBE. Even a knighthood doesn't match it. It's like the Victoria Cross and the Order of the Garter rolled into one.

isshiah
isshiah

@WolfgarTheQuiet @isshiah  I have no experience in the matter, but, from what I hear, the idea that this games are 'great' is anything but set in stone.

samjangg
samjangg

David Cages games are full of plot holes. A lot of major points in his stories are just put there just to make it deeper, but he never bothered to explain them. For example the blackouts in Heavy Rain or Jodie going from the desert to being homeless and delivering the baby and then becoming a CIA agent... Cage couldnt be bothered explaining how you go from one situation into another. Story driven experience with a story that doesnt make sense.

max-hit
max-hit

@Xristophoros It's not just me, Metacritics says it's mediocre too. So somehow you know that I haven't played the game. Is that the best argument you can present to support your idea.

I see nothing interesting or "inventive" in a series of visual representations on the screen to tell me what button to press/mash to see the next cutscene.

catsimboy
catsimboy

@WolfgarTheQuiet @max-hit Calling Cage games "Story Driven" is like calling a meal a "culinary masterpiece" where the chef went off recipe, which isn't inherently bad, but he went and put jelly beans in the appetizer and served the appetizer last because doing things out of order is "deep".

robbiejones
robbiejones

@samjangg  never played beyond two souls doesn't interest me. wasn't the "blackouts" from heavy rain due to losing your son at the beginning? mental affect or something?

max-hit
max-hit

@Xristophoros Seriously? You don't know why the scores are the way they are? That's what happens when the only thing you look at is a number instead of spending some time and reading the review. Oh I get it reading is difficult.


Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@max-hit put this into context. the walking dead telltale games have a similar structure to beyond. i would put it into the genre of adventure/interactive movie like the other quantic dream games. yet, the walking dead gets positive press and more favorable reviews. why? also, heavy rain got in the high 80s on metacritic. despite beyond being a better game and fixing many of the problems of heavy rain, it scored much lower for reasons unknown. it's clear you haven't played it. just play the game and be more open minded before making harsh and unfounded judgments.     

tom2750
tom2750

@catsimboy @WolfgarTheQuiet @max-hit  no calling cage games story driven is like calling story driven games story driven his games are cinematic and focus mainly on the story, atmosphere and characters and worry less about game play etc hence the story driven title go play your mindless games and piss off