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A unique experience that will keep you glued to the screen begging for more.

  • Mar 1, 2010
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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 hand and a flower on their chest - this has led the media to dub the killer "The Origami Killer"

There are many characters throughout the game, but the story centers around four individuals - each with their own story and reason for pursuing this madman before he can kill again. The modeling of the four main characters are remarkable, but there is a graphical drop in quality for everything else. The voice acting suffers a bit, but is easily overlooked. The music does an excellent job setting the mood and developing the scene.

The game really shines when it comes to gameplay. The unique experience will immerse you unlike anything you've played before - you literally feel like you're one with the character you are controlling. The game uses quick time events (remember Dragon's Lair?) A button prompt appears on the screen, and if you press it in time, the game continues and you get another one. If you don't, you fail and usually get to try again, unless it is a critical sequence, then you'll progress to a different scene to progress the story - thus there are no right and wrong choices. Example: If you win a fight, the story will progress one way -- if you lose the fight, your character will be beaten and bruised in a different scene. In other words, no matter what you do, the game, its characters and the story move on.

So it really feels like your actions are influencing the game, rather than just progressing the story - it is the gameplay that truly separates Heavy Rain from every other game on the market. It may start out slow, but once the game gets going, you'll be glued to the screen wondering what will happen next -- and if you don't pay attention, the game will make you pay for it. This game gets pretty intense. I do have one complaint, however. There are times when the button prompts are hard to see, thus leaving you wondering what to do next, but this is minor, and doesn't distract from the overall experience.

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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
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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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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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.
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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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