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Heavy Rain

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Released
26 February 2010
Format
PS3
Developer
Quantic Dreams

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Heavy Rain


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Heavy Rain (2010)
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Doing for PlayStation what James Cameron has done for 3D, French developer Quantic Dreams has crafted a spectacularly riveting opus, deftly melding elements of both cinema and games unlike any developer before it. The fabric of Heavy Rain is its narrative, but to delve too deep into its twisting storyline would be foolish, ultimately spoiling what is essentially an interactive thrill-ride sure to shape the outcome of grown up games on both PS3 and its rival platforms. This is a game whose foundations lie in choice, and an unprecedented level of choice at that.

Shaping the destinies of four playable characters (a father searching for his missing son, a photographer, a private detective and an FBI agent), you’ll make choices from the mundane to the profound. Whether choosing what you eat to conversational responses, Quantic Dreams doles them out in spades as you hunt for the sinister Origami Killer, a butcher with a penchant for drowning young boys in rainwater five days after kidnapping them and leaving an origami figure as his eerie calling card. Heavy Rain succeeds in evoking emotional responses unlike anything that has come before through a unique control system, slick motion capture and an utterly absorbing narrative.

Taking a huge risk and daring to break away from the crowd-pleasing line-up of FPS/RTS clones, Quantic Dreams has succeeded in charting genuinely new territory. Whether it enjoys the commercial success it undoubtedly deserves remains to be seen but Heavy Rain, by its very existence, has changed the landscape of contemporary video gaming.


Reviewed by Sebastian Williamson

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Heavy Rain

Great game, completely fresh and different. ... More

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Posted by jncorbett at 19:19, 27 May 2010 | Report This Post


Heavy Rain

Great game, completely fresh and different. ... More

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Posted by jncorbett at 19:19, 27 May 2010 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Just back on this forum after a while so thought I'd finally post my thoughts on Heavy Rain.  I managed to get a copy before it was released and was totally immersed in the game from start to finish.  I wasn't sure on the controls initially and it's certainly a different approach to most games I play, but because of the story I loved it.  I don't know how anyone could argue it isn't interactive, as 'interactive movie' is probably the best way to describe it.   It does ha... More

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Posted by lauriedunsire at 20:31, 28 April 2010 | Report This Post


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L: rhythmic delivery i really wanted to like this game. but its just the gameplay k there of is a joke. interactive movie? i think ely interactive i saw a film of it i'd be launching my bbeverage at the screen, i find it imposible to believe you 5/5 review it implys that you couldn't find any flaws at all. which is staggering in a game this bad. S3 exclusive to date.ote] Clearly have no idea what you're talking about. ... More

Posted by CU@theOscars at 23:35, 16 April 2010 | Report This Post


I think that this isn't a game, it's a movie. Great graphics, story and gameplay. This is a must-play! ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 04:09, 15 April 2010 | Report This Post


What A Game

Wow what a game the only problem is sometimes characters seem to know things that you havnt actually played thorugh because of what the outcome would be if you played differently and made different choices so there are plot holes. Also it is a bit glitchy sometimes sound pops on on off while the characters are talking usually after a chapter has just loaded, I just restarted from the save point when this happened. This is a very grown up game for grown ups and well I want more games like this. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 16:35, 05 March 2010 | Report This Post


What A Game

Wow what a game the only problem is sometimes characters seem to know things that you havnt actually played thorugh because of what the outcome would be if you played differently and made different choices so there are plot holes. Also it is a bit glitchy sometimes sound pops on on off while the characters are talking usually after a chapter has just loaded, I just restarted from the save point when this happened. This is a very grown up game for grown ups and well I want more games like this. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 16:35, 05 March 2010 | Report This Post


woweeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

just, finshed and now playing it for the second time around....wow. flawed in places but overall a masterpieace in gaming. Next genration gaming has finaly arrived ... More

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Posted by charlieuno at 09:09, 01 March 2010 | Report This Post


i really wanted to like this game. but its just awfull the gameplay or lack there of is a joke. interactive movie? i think not barely interactive and if i saw a film of it i'd be launching my bbeverage at the screen, i find it imposible to believe you 5/5 review it implys that you couldn't find any flaws at all. which is staggering in a game this bad. worst PS3 exclusive to date. ... More

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Posted by rhythmic delivery at 19:57, 28 February 2010 | Report This Post


Holy jesus, a positive review for a ps3 exclusive? GAME OF THE MONTH?

Finally! ... More

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Posted by RandyChimp at 03:01, 28 February 2010 | Report This Post


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