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Heavy Rain is an interactive, single player, action adventure game in which every decision players make influences the evolution of a desperate quest to catch a deadly killer poised to strike again. Featuring a complex and dark storyline meant for mature audiences, the game is a PlayStation 3 exclusive featuring a variety of possible endings, advanced crime scene analysis, replayable chapters, four playable characters and the ability to continue play as remaining characters in the event of your current character's death.
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Story
How far will you go to save someone you love? In Heavy Rain each player discovers their own answer to this question as they experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where choices and actions can and do result in dramatic consequences. Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer - named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes. Even more chilling is the fiend's well established pattern of killing his victims four days after abducting them. The public is gripped with fear as the police seem powerless to stop the carnage, and another potential victim — Shaun Mars — has gone missing. Now four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from taking yet another life.
Shaun and Ethan Mars from Heavy Rain
Discover how far you will go to protect a loved one as you join the search for the Origami Killer.

Gameplay
Heavy Rain is a single player, action/adventure game with a particularly strong emphasis on a player-influenced storyline as a means of facilitating the evolution of action towards one of many possible conclusions. The game features four playable characters: a father, a photographer, a FBI agent with a special skill set and a retired cop turned private detective. Each have different paths, means and motives to ending the reign of terror that the Origami Killer has imposed on their city. As players follow the path laid before their character of choice, they are able to explore, interact with and view their surroundings in a variety of ways using their controller's left and right sticks. At crucial times players are given a series of choices relating to how to proceed in various situations, with the outcome of these choices revealing both benefits and consequences. Benefits can be important to progressing through the game, while possible consequences can in turn pose a very real danger to characters, including death. But unlike other games, and because Heavy Rain features four playable characters that exist independently of each other, yet simultaneously within the same the story arc, this does not end the game. Players are instead able to play as one of the other available characters, with appropriate changes to possible outcomes due to the absence of the deceased character(s).
Key Game Features
  • An evolving action-adventure thriller in which you shape the story with every decision you make.
  • Action built around four playable characters that allows you to continue playing as one of the other characters if your initial character is killed.
  • Savable chapters that allow you to replay the actions of the past, while maintaining the continuity of the events begun in earlier chapters.
  • Mature content reflecting a realistic world setting that explores powerful themes.
  • Stunning graphics, animation and technology that support an emotionally driven experience.
  • Accessible gameplay via intuitive, contextual controls and interface.
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Private detective Scott Shelby looking over evidence and packing heat in Heavy Rain
4 unique playable characters.

FBI agent Norman Jayden working a crime scene in Heavy Rain.
Advanced crime scene analysis.

Scott Shelby debating whether to interfere in a robbery in Heavy Rain
Story influencing actions.

Troubled photographer Madison Paige from Heavy Rain
Stunning graphics quality.

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Details

ESRB:  M
Number of Players:  Single-player
Publisher:  Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer:  Quantic Dream
Console:  PlayStation 3
Genre:  Action RPG
Release Date:  February 23, 2010
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review by . March 01, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
   I heard a lot about this game, and to be honest, it was one of the few games I found difficult to turn off. Quantic Dream raises the proverbial bar with its latest entry Heavy Rain. The best way to describe it is to think of an interactive suspense-filled movie. The story is one of the best ever for a video game (heck, it is better than many of the best-selling novels in the genre) Without giving too much away: eight young boys have been found murdered with an origami figure in their …
review by . February 25, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Heavy Rain is perhaps one of the most anticipated Playstation 3 titles this year.  It's not hard to see why.  The game is hell bent on being an interactive movie of sorts in which you can play through it and watch.  You can think of Heavy Rain as basically a movie in which you participate in.  This brings about the question as to whether or not Heavy Rain is actually... a game.  If it IS a game, then it is by far one of the most original we've seen in a long time.  …
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
The story is a fun suspenseful mystery. Your performance in the game significantly effects the ending, though I don't feel like multiple endings adds any replay value to a game, in this case it at least makes you care about keeping the characters alive and well. If you don't like quick time events I can't recommend this game.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Heavy Rain is definitely an interactive movie but it's a pretty damn good one. And if you enjoy it enough you may find yourself going through it again just to see how things can go slightly differently. The question as to whether video games can make for good interactive movies has been answered. They can
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
Some people might not enjoy the limited amount of interactivity in the game, but I really enjoyed this one. The storyline was amazing, although some story elements seemed to be twisted on purpose to mislead the player. Still, excellent game.
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