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Datura video shows allegorical oddness

india Updated: Mar 19, 2012 14:19 IST

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As much about dream-like states or an exploration of life after death as it is a game, the PlayStation 3's upcoming Datura is full of odd choices and seemingly disconnected consequences.

A video recorded at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco shows Datura opening in a forest scene.

Anthropomorphic trees and hidden cabinets, disembodied hands, people and prizes trapped below frozen lakes -- these things pass for normal within the world of Datura.

Director Michal Staniszewski cites both Dante and David Lynch as influences; Datura's allegorical nature makes for easy comparison with other titles such as Myst, The Path, Dear Esther and Journey.