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I bought this originally for my son, though I've always been a bit of a computer geek myself, so once he'd finished with it, I had a go myself. From the start it was gripping; it's almost Sims-like in its opening chapter, but with sinister undertones - you just know something's going to happen.
I don't want to give away too much of the story line to any readers but it's very intertwining and atmospheric and definitely worth taking the time to play through, although I have to say, I found it a little restrictive at times despite the game's producers trying to offer many different dialogue options and activities to steer the story in alternative directions.
It's pretty much a long movie that you can guide and interact with - not a traditional game by any stretch, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The dark settings and visuals are excellent.
It's recommended by me as a game to rent at the very least and perhaps buy at a decent price. Not for younger children, obviously, hence the age rating, as it contains several torturous (but entertaining!) scenes.
The Game itself -
Heavy Rain is a 2 year old game now, and although the graphics look a bit dated, especially on the faces of the characters (their mouths dont really move and they have black teeth - you game players know what I mean). Its been well directed and was one of the first game that really tried to come across as a playable movie, as you have lots of split screen content, like you see in the films Hulk or Phone Booth.
Whats it like ?
How best to describe this game, well if you liked the film Seven and other David Fincher films than you will like the direction of this game. The look, the gloomy mood (it rains all the time and can seem grim and depressing at times). The plot is also similar, you play 4 different characters all linked to or possibly even a serial killer called the Origami Killer. The game is based in a modern but gloomy industrial city of everyday America. Even the soundtrack is similar, the best way I can describe it is that it sounds like X-files or more like Silence of the Lambs, all strings and percussion. The are points in the game were you are given the opportunity to make a decision, or you have to act, make the wrong decision or fail to act fast enough and the linear storyline takes a one of many possible branch offs....depending on these branch offs you will decide which of the main characters lives or dies and experience one of the 22 possible endings.
Gamplay and best bits-
The thing is that the gameplay is very specific, more then most games it tries to get the player to BE the character- you will wake up, make breakfast, make sure your kid does his homework, go to the toilet etc - in this way I would say that the game is 70% SIMS, if thats your thing, and 30% crime noir. You can play 4 different characters, a greaving father, a Private Investigator, an FBI agent and a pretty women who is an investigative journalist. The best parts of the gameplay are defintely not the mundane everyday task you have to do, but when you have fights, which are amazingly sequenced and a couple of driving tasks- like the wrong way on the freeway exercise- damn hard but nail bitingly tense. You have to be quick on the draw as a few mistakes will have you beaten up, killed or crashed.
The environments and the items like cars, shop items and posters etc look fantastic, the developers have spent a serious amount of time on them. The characters less so, but I think they look as good as they could for a game that was made 2 years ago, so fair enough.
The voice acting is fantastic generally, all the main characters sound genuine and how you would expect that personality to sound. Some of the day actors playing minor parts go a bit overboard on the acting.
All in all this is a great story driven game, however I did not appreciate the SIMS likeness for most of the gameplay and so you really have to be into that kind of game to get the most out of it.
Every now and then a title comes along that is a little bit special. Heavy Rain is one of those titles.
Exclusive to the PS3, Heavy Rain experiments with the idea of an interactive movie, although you will be a lot more hands on than you think in the game. The overall story is about a child that has disappeared whilst there are deaths reported around the town and pieces of origami placed by their bodies. The game follows 4 separate characters working through this story, each with their own backstory, their own objectives and their own quite distinct personalities. The game will switch you between each of these 4 characters as the game progresses and you will be in control of the character during each phase.
Movement is performed on the 6-axis controller, although it is fairly simplified. You move characters around using the left analogue stick and you interact with things by performing gestures which are shown to you on-screen. These can be anything from hammering L / R buttons and performing sweeping semi-circles with the analogue sticks. These actions can be chained together to, for example, open a fridge, pick up a carton of milk, and drink it. But you will need to hone your skills for more challenging actions later on as you get involved in fights, car chases and running for your life.
Throughout the game, you get to talk to people and the story can fork at a few different places, meaning that the game's outcome will depend on your actions in the game and this is a fairly exciting concept that is played out well here.
Overall, I would recommend this game for everyone, it is even the type of game you can easily play at home on the TV and others will be happy to watch and may even want to get involved! I had great fun playing this game, as has everyone I have ever spoken to about it.
Like many people, I went into Heavy Rain expecting to play a game. What I actually found myself with was more akin to an interactive murder mystery thriller, very well written and well presented but fairly spartan in terms of actual genuine gameplay, and this is where Heavy Rain fell down for me.
While both the narrative and presentation are absolutely exquisite, the 'game' aspect of this title becomes extremely frustrating very quickly. All too often I found myself on the edge of my seat, the tension of what was happening on my screen making the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, only to suddenly find myself yanked out of the experience by yet another button mashing quick time event. One thing I will praise the game for is that, if you do make a mistake, the 'game' forces you to carry the consequences of your actions with you until the games conclusion, keeping the tension high and putting a very tight focus on getting everything right, but the downside of this is that frequently you'll wind up feeling like the 'game' isn't so much a game as film which penalizes you every time you fail to move the action along correctly, particularly towards the end of the 'game' where, in spite of how you've chosen to play each of the title's four characters, you're inevitably railroaded into the same final showdown.
To summarize, Heavy Rain is fun to play through, once. While there should be tons of scope for replaying here, all of this title's excellent set-pieces and high-tension situations lose a lot of their impact on a second viewing, and the final twist is always the same regardless of how these events play out. I love Heavy Rain for its cinematography, for its mood, but because it largely ignores the benefits of being a GAME rather than a film, it suffers from its largely superficial interactivity and lack of player influence.
I was intrigued the first time that I played Heavy Rain...it was billed as being more of an "Interactive Movie" than a video game...and this unique slant definitely makes for an interesting form of entertainment.
The story line follows 4 characters, each with their own individual story to tell. The game is set where a spate of murders are occurring and the police are trying to piece together the connections as they fast run out of leads. As it goes on, you are able to make decisions that will affect the outcome of the story. The world is pretty much entirely interactive; on-screen instructions appear as you get close to objects so you can explore as much or as little of the world around you as you wish. The actions are also intuitive to the on-screen action...if you want to open a door then you move the analogue stick down and move it around.
This is definitely an interesting concept...and I'm hoping that move "Interactive Movies" will be made. I have only played this once through so far, so I haven't explored how different decisions would affect the outcome. I have played a PC game before that was slightly like this, where it had multiple different endings and, even though the game was good, I never bothered to go back through to try and find the other endings.
That having been said, this is still a really interesting game and well worth getting.
Ever since video games became mainstream they have been written off as brainless and "for kids". Heavy Rain takes this perception and annihilates it.
Heavy Rain is set in a city struck by a series of connected murders, all leading towards the "Origami Killer". Controlling four main characters: a man whose son has been kidnapped, a private investigator, an FBI agent and a journalist, you must find the kidnapped son before it's too late.
Heavy Rain is a unique game in the way it is played out. It is almost movie-like; the general story is set, you just have the chance to change it through choices you make using the simplistic control system present in the game. There is little skill involved, although on the highest difficulty it doesn't hurt to have quick reactions.
This game, then, doesn't seem special, but it just might be the most special game on the Playstation 3. Never has a game provoked such an emotional response as this one. It can be compared to an action thriller on the big screen, yet it wouldn't do the game justice. You become 'attached' to the characters, you empathise with them, you feel all the emotions the characters feel, more than in any film I have ever watched. And the brilliant thing is that everyone's experience is different. The game is shaped by your choices throughout, and with over 20 different endings, Heavy Rain offers a personalised experience which other games seldom offer.
Quite simply then, Heavy Rain is a game that should be bought by every single owner of a Playstation 3. In a seemingly action-less game it made my heart race more than any action game, it made me feel more attached to the characters than in an RPG, and for the time that it took me to end the game, I've never been more glued to my TV.
Year of release - 2010
Developer - Sony
Age rating - 15 and over
Genre - Action
About the game
A game born and bred for life on the PS3 Heavy Rain claims to be the first game that gives players complete control over which way the story leads. Given control of 4 characters, by and large it's your choice whether they live or die, unless you manage to kill them all off in which case the game isn't going to last you very long.
In the making
In the making of this game auditions were held to fill the boots of the characters. The game has been produced using motion capture technology as seems to be the trend these days. Overall gives the game a very 'real' look with facial expressions some of the most detailed I have seen.
The main plot arch follows the story of the origami killer, a serial killer who kidnaps children and drowns them in rain water. It's your job to find the killer and catch him in time before another victim dies. There are several ways to go about this and each is unique to the character, with each character following their own side plots which seamlessly run into one towards the end.
Ethan Mars - Ethan is the father of the latest origami victim. He must compete in a series of saw like trials in order to prove his love and save his son. Will he have the courage to see it through to the end, or take the cowards way out?
Maddison - An insomniac journalist, taking pity of Ethan, she wants to help him, but what is her motive?
Scott Shelby - A private detective hired by the families of the origami victims to find the killer. His methods are unusual but will they pay off?
Norman Jayden - An FBI detective who uses hi tech gadgetry to analyse crime scenes and pick up on what others miss. Addicted to the drugs he needs to use this kind of equipment, will he be able to stay strong enough to catch the origami killer in time.
Everything in this game is controlled by a series of on screen prompts, either needing you to move the controller in a certain way or hold a series of buttons down in a certain order. It sounds easy but when you have a screen full of buttons and no fingers left to press them at times you'll wish you had more than two hands. The speed at which the character moves is also controlled by how fast you move the analog stick.
What makes this game a must buy
Heavy Rain has something truly unique to offer to a market already flooded with decent games you can buy, it's more like watching a television drama unfold than playing a game. The appeal is you can play it more than once and things probably won't be the same the next time through. Why not kill off a few characters this time and see how things pan out? There's plenty of trophies on offer too which means you'll probably have to play it more than once anyway to unlock them.
The niggly annoying bits
Unfortunately, no matter how many times you play this game, the killer will always be the same. It would have been nice to see a game where even the killer could be chosen by the actions which you choose as this would only add to the replay value. As well as this at first the camera controls can be a little hard to get used to. I walked into several walls before getting the hang of walking into a straight line. Though the controls are innovative, they can alse be frustrating with controller movements sometimes not recognised, meaning in a fight sequence you can find yourself in a nasty situation with no idea how you got there.
Cover is sinister enough without giving too much away about what the game is about. Either someone papercut themselves while making an origami figure or something much darker is going on here.
I don't generally like playing games on anything other than my DS as I don't usually like the games my son or hubby buy, but I have really enjoyed playing Heavy Rain. We have the normal edition and move edition and I have to say that even though with the move edition you get to act out a lot more actions I much prefer the normal edition.
This is a game which has four alternative endings and depending on what actions you take you will complete one of these endings, my hubby is doing things differently to how I played the game and therefore he should end up with a different ending to me.
There are four main characters to the game, these are ~
Ethan Mars ~ Ethan and his family are the characters who we first meet at the very beginning of the game, we get to see Ethan at work, helping his wife and playing with his sons, on a shopping trip things start to go wrong and the game then flips to the aftermath and life for Ethan is very different. Ethan now has to save his son from the Origami Killer, can he do it??
Madison Paige ~ Madison is an insomniac who prefers to sleep in motels, she is an Investigative Journalist and she meets Ethan at a motel where she finds herself involved in the Origami Killer case.
Norman Jayden ~ Norman is with the FBI and he has been sent to support the police in the investigation into the Origami Killer. He has special glasses that allow him to scan over crime scene areas quickly and analyze the evidence, he is also in the grip of a drug addiction which causes him to black out occasionally.
Scott Shelby ~ Scott is a Private Investigator and a retired police officer. He is trying to find out any information and is visiting former victims familes to try and catch the Origami Killer.
As the game plays on we find out more about the characters and what lengths they will go to to find the killer. Ethan battles against many obsticles to try and save his son.
Playing the different characters is what keeps the game interesting, and finding out just who the killer is, is quite surprising.
It's a game with so much depth you kind of forget you are playing a game, it's like watching a film!
The game is a psychological thriller and keeps you entranced right through, the game play is excellent and the graphics are very life like.
I read early previews of this game and was really excited at the prospect. I love new games and new ideas and created by Quantic Dream exclusively for the PlayStation 3 I was pretty excited at the prospect.
I wasn't disappointed.
Heavy Rain is an interactive drama psychological thriller video game as they call it and it really does mess with your mind and moral pendulum. It features 4 protagonists or characters that you can control through the game. You control these characters to help discover and solve the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses long periods of rainfall to drown his victims in unusual and horrible ways.
First of all if you play this game "You will never catch the RED BALLOON" . That wont make sense to you if you haven't played it but to others and if you do play it then it will make sense. Reason I say that is that for some reason some people still think they can replay the game and catch the red balloon and end the game early .. I wont go into specifics but its an early event that you can only hopelessly work through and fail but its an important and key part of the mystery and story.
Ethan Mars is one of the characters who you play. He is a father and his task is to save his child from the Origami killer because he has been kidnapped. Then there is Madison Paige who is a reporter on the cases who gets tangled into the story. Then there is FBI profiler Norman Jayden and private detective Scott Shelby all of whom have different parts to play.
I wont go into the story too much as it will give away a lot of the plot but you take turns in controlling the characters and see it from each of their point of view during the game and they all just want to solve the case in some way or another.
The controls of this game are what helps to make this game more intense as you play it. They call it 'quick time events' but basically apart from the normal game controls you get these sequences which determine specific outcomes but you have to be quick to respond to the instructions on the game. Button presses and direction moves flash up on the screen and you have to be really quick to press them in the way they are required. If your good then you will pass each one but if your bad or just fail some which I did near the end then your characters fail or actually die because of your inability to do it. This has then an impact on the outcome of the game and the other interactions there on.
It truly is a master stroke interactive game.
This game is so good it won 3 BAFTA awards for technical innovation, story line and music.
Probably one of my favourite games on the ps3 to date so far and cant wait for further games like this
For me its a must buy game for all ps3 owners.
Be aware though it's not for the faint of heart and the dialogue and game play isn't for kids which is why its an 18 rated game.
Heavy Rain, like LA Noire, follows a very different gameplay route. It is more like a movie. However, your choices will affect the ending of the game. Myself, my sister and my friend all got a different ending.
You start as Ethan Mars, the first real victim. His son, Jason, dies prior to the game, leaving Mars in a coma and without his wife who leaves him. He then is thrown head first into the investigation to find the Origami Killer when his other son, Shaun, is captured. He then becomes the main suspect while trying to find his son. You will go on to control three other characters who are involved in this case, insomniac Madison Paige, retired police officer Scott Shelby and member of the FBI Norman Jayden.
The killer will always be the same. However, the choices you make as the characters will determine which of them live and die, whether they manage to catch the killer or save Shaun.
This game is set in the style of a Film Noir, similar to LA Noire. The facial animation is great, it is modelled on actors or models. I would recommend the game because it last for quite a long time and is worth the money.
This is a game, though some may call it more of a simulation experience. You control the story, you choose what happens, you choose who lives or dies and you choose the ending. This is a great thing as it means you can play the game over and over again completing it different ways. This makes the game interesting. This is a single player game though there is DLC.
The start of the story is all bright then it goes all dark and depressing, and it rains a lot. A man's son is abducted by the "oragami" killer. He abducts children in the middle of a public place somehow and no one see's him. They are then found a few days later completely drowned in drain water. You play as a number of characters in the city, trying to find this killer. You go to different places, get choices to kill people, can argue with people or compromise which can lead to fights. The game is great this way and the story path can change dramatically with a wrong turn.
The graphics are amazing and the detail is great. This isn't a free roam game but you get a lot of choices, a few minor ones and some important ones that affect the fate of people and the story. This is the best story in a game that I've ever played. The game's story grips you, just like a film and book. You must keep on playing to see what happens next, but your nervous you may make a wrong choice and screw up what plan you had . You interrogate people, fight people and chase villains.
It has a scary side to it and some people you meet along the way are creepy. There are some scary levels where there are people in your apartment and you have to find them and they pop out at you. This grips you and makes it more realistic. The controls work well and there are a lot of button combinations. You also make a lot of choices with buttons on choosing what your character says, they're actions and more. A great thing about the game is that everything evolves around you. If someone asks you to hand something to them and you don't do it within a few seconds, they may go in a bit of a huff with you.
There is a real mystery to it on how no one can remember how he abducts people in the middle of a crowded place, and how "coincidental" accidents keeps happening to kids. Amazing game and a truly gripping story.
The film-noir genre (or in this case, game-noir) is one that hasn't seen a lot of action in recent years. Blade Runner was a brilliant modern take on the genre and Basic Instinct was a guilty pleasure for the masses. Having said that, neither of these was like the classics of the genre from the 1930s and 1940s - the former was too futuristic and philosophical while the latter was too sexual for its own good. In video games the genre received even less coverage apart from the occasional budget PC title. This changed last year when Heavy Rain, a big budget noir title arrived exclusively to the Playstation 3 and promptly became a critical darling. Was it worth all the hype that followed it? Read on ;)
This game follows four separate characters, a depressed father whose son has gone missing, a private investigator, a drug addicted FBI agent and a female journalist. Each of the characters have no ties to the others at the beginning but are all drawn together by the work of the Origami Killer, a figure who kills young children by drowning them in rainwater and leaving an origami figure beside their bodies.
The ultimate goal of the characters is to try and uncover the mystery of who the killer is but each follows a different line of investigation that weave together as the story progresses. For example, as the journalist, you infiltrate a club and capture the owner and grill answers out of him. Soon afterwards the FBI agent turns up and witnesses the man being killed and is nearly sent to meet his maker himself! This game was created by the same company who did Fahrenheit, the PS2 game-noir title that boasted an elastic band plot - There's a beginning and an end but what happens in-between is up to you. This game features a similar but more advanced set up with every level you play affecting the storyline. The father might find his son first or it could be the FBI agent. It's entirely down to your actions - who lives, who dies, you decide!
The character controls can be clunky at first as you try to get to grips with it; it's very reminiscent of the old Resident Evil games. All of the characters' actions are controls via the right mouse stick when you see the appropriate commands on screen. There are also quick time events which occur when you have to fight certain characters or running away from the police. These are simple to do with the appropriate commands appearing for 2 seconds before you run out of time. It can be a bit repetitive at times but the strong plotline is more than enough to keep you going. My favourite example of when you have to drive a car the wrong way up a freeway for five miles without crashing! Exciting stuff!
The mood of the game is constantly sombre as benefitting a game of this genre. The next best example of this dark sort of gameplay is Max Payne. If anything Payne was even more warped, with the nightmare sequences scaring the hell out of me, even though I'm at 19 years old! What I love about Heavy Rain is that throughout the game you have absolutely no idea who the killer may be and the storyline throws you several curveballs as you progress! You're constantly engaged by the game and it keeps you thinking!
Truthfully this is one of the best games of last year by a long shot - it's a brilliant example of a videogame from a company that rarely releases games but are consistently high quality! This is definitely a game for 15 year olds and above as there is a lot of blood, death and generally depressing scenes. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes considered as a modern classic.
Heavy Rain is one of the best proper thinkers games for PS3. Aimed at an older audience with it's 15 age rating the game follows the investigation of a series or murders by the origami killer.
Its an original premise putting you in direct control of every action within the game. Where you go, who you talk to and how you react to situations is all down to the player.
Using an all new control system players must react in real time to changes in the action by following on screen button displays. Each decision you make alters the course of the gameplay and finding clues to solve the riddle is purely up to the player.
With the addition of the playstation move controller the game takes on a whole new level of realism. Owners of the pre move version of the game can download a huge (1GB) update file that will make your version Move compatible. This little known addition makes this the best title for move so far in my opinion. A brilliantly detailed crime thriller that had me on the edge of my seat many times with added replay value due to its open ended nature. Look out for this one if you can.
Full Mission Single-Player, Story
Content Download, PS Network Compatible, Trophies
HDTV 480p, HDTV 720p, In-Game Dolby Digital
Dualshock 3 Controller, PlayStation Eye, PS Move Enabled
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 3
Genre: Action Adventure
Number of Players: 1
Online Enabled: Yes
This game is more for its single player or story mode use. This game in my eyes is completley different and reminds me of like a type of resident evil game for the original playstation. It is like living a cinematic psychological thriller as you are in a search for a serial killer you have nintey six hours to catch the killer. The game evolves like a movie stepping into four different charchters shoes. Trying to unfold the murder mystery. The game is great trying to find the killer as little is known about the killer just for a piece of paper left in the hands of each of the victims. The only downfall is it is very slow to start off a couple of hours before it starts to pick up a bit like fall out for the ps3 very slow starting but pays off. Good things come to those who wait and that is true. The game contains Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs. If you like games with a challenge this is one to buy.
FOR A START....
If you enjoyed films like silence of the lambs' saw and seven the you are going to love this game. you take control of a small selection of characters and follow their story looking for the origami killer. now this game is not like most anther games because it is geared for more of a adult player so expect some bad language and mild nudity. and to see the the story throw another persons eyes and to follow ther story is refreshing.
The controls for this game is very deferent from what gamers are use to- well for me anyway. so I highly recommenced using the new move controller it makes the game fell more natural and puts you more in the game. Some parts of the game needs you press a certain button in a short time (quick time moments) so it is easier to do a gesture with the move controller then thumble about looking for the right button on the controller' this mite not be a problem for some people but i find it easier. if you want to use the ps3 move make sure the game suports it because the older ones dont.
This is very cinematic and look sooooo good' the animation is very good also witch ads to the games atmosphere.
ON A DOWNER....
now along with the action their is also a lot of dialog and mundane tasks that slows the pace down' but some of it ads to the story as you go on so you have to pay attention . or it mite be just me. it does make it more film like which is a good thing.