Review – Heavy Rain
Rating: Mature 17+
ESRB Content Descriptors: Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
The Scoop: What makes Heavy Rain innovative? The fact that you’re taking on the control of four characters who are that of average people? Or perhaps the story telling that puts recent video games to shame? Sorry people but no super soldiers here or a catastrophic event that could end humanity. Heavy Rain is something that we could all go through. It’s a very dramatic experience and will surely keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
While most video games focus on amazing multiplayer and big guns to kill your enemies with, Quantic Dream decided to take a completely different route with there ground breaking exclusive to the Playstation 3 entertainment console. An incredible cast, amazing graphics and a very dramatic heart felt story make this title not only one of the best games of 2010 so far but perhaps the most ground breaking and innovative game from the past ten years. Heavy Rains innovation stands toe-to-toe with the likes of GTAIV and Metal Gear Solid 4 and I’ll boldly but confidently state that Heavy Rain is the most ground breaking title so far this year.
How far would you go…?
The Setup: Keeping everything spoiler-free, Quanitic Dreams basic idea for Heavy Rain was inspired by something that most parents go through at one time in their lives which would be losing their children. Whether it’s in a department store, a park or even while they’re outside playing, most parents go through that state of panic when they don’t know where their child is after they’ve wandered off. Taking inspiration from a very real occurance adds for an experience which is quite rare upon interactive cinema.
We get a chance to see the story from four different perspectives as we change roles quite often between a devoted father, a photo journalist, a private detective and an FBI agent whom are all searching for the Origami Killer. Switching roles so often makes it difficult to determine who the killer is as we’re following the story on four different perspectives which can really throw us for a lot of twists and turns.
The gameplay is controlled differently from other games as well as you’ll use the R2 button to walk and the left analog stick to control which direction your character walks. It was a little awkward at first but you’ll get the hang of it after awhile. The right stick also gives you the capability to move your head from side to side giving you a slight advantage to do certain things in the game. We also control the main action sequences in the game via QTE (Quick Time Events) which is when buttons will pop up on the screen and you have to press the correct ones on your controller in a matter of time otherwise it might alter the way the game plays through the rest of the time.
Heart heavy cinematic is where Heavy Rain shines
- One of the most ground breaking titles for the Playstation 3 console
- The choices you make in this game affect the story and the outcome and with no “game over” sequences, it adds to the thrill of making the right choices
- Heavy Rains graphics are far superior to the competition and pushes the limits of the strongest console this generation
- The soundtrack sets the mood beautifully and is very well orchestrated
- Multiple endings add to the replayability of the product
- Will be a letdown to extreme action gamers
- Very few freeze screens have caused me to restart my game a couple of times
- Few plot holes may leave gamers scratching their heads
Final Verdict: Though I’m a huge supporter of the product, I’ll be the first to say that Heavy Rain isn’t for everyone. It’s visually moving and one of the best titles to grace the Playstation 3 but not all gamers will understand it. This doesn’t tarnish Heavy Rain in any way though but it does put limitations on its audience as the pacing is different from other games. With that in mind, I’d still recommend this to anyone as everyone should experience it, hate it, love it or in between. Heavy Rain has officially laid the foundation for next-gen interactive dramas and has become a milestone in the Playstation 3 library.
Review - Heavy Rain,
Second Opinion (By Rosemary Baldwin): To say that Heavy Rain stands out from other video games would be a huge understatement, but while I found the game to be extremely interesting for the most part it had several flaws which affected my overall opinion of the game. I felt the character Madison could have been eliminated from the game entirely, as she was not vital to the story line of the game. The love interest between her and the father completely eliminated the emotional aspect and turned it into something shallow. It completely strayed away from the main story line of the game and the fathers emotions.
I found the other characters extremely interesting, especially Scott Shelby. I also found it odd that no one used an umbrella in the rain and still looked good even when rained on. I watched my son play the whole game and was captivated by the story and visuals but when realism of the story became shallow with Madisons character I lost interest and was truly disappointed in the shocking ending. By the stretch of the imagination I rate this game 3 stars.