Product Type: Sony PS3 games
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Heavy Rain (PS3)
Member Name: doomichelle
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Advantages: innovative gameplay, replay value.
Disadvantages: Niggly controls and camera, no change to the end
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.
Summary: A unique game that can be played in any number of ways
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