I personally do not think this title is for anyone younger than 17. The only people who disagree with the ESRB game rating system are the kids that want to play the game. THIS TITLE OS NOT INTENDED FOR A CHILD and yes a 14 year old is a kid!
This is a Mature game in every sense of the word. Honestly I wouldn't put this game in front of anyone younger than 16. Playing it you know this game was intended for adults. Don't let your 14 year old play it.
I dont think it is for young teenagers. I am currently playing the game and feel close to Ethan because I can relate to his life being a father and losing a young one. Not that I have lost a child but I feel like I can closely relate and you cant get that at a young age. Just enjoy your life as a kid while you can.
This game isnt immature as most mature titles because it isnt filled with needless over the top violence, you dont run over people with your car, it isnt full of tasteless cursing, the object of the game isnt to run around and kill everything. Yes it has nudity but its not in a cheesey or exploititave way, it has some cursing but its very restrained and never out of place, it has some violence but its never violence just for the sake of violence.
Heavy rain is the very definition of mature because it takes a mature person to truly appreciate it. But its definitely not mature in the same sense that grand theft auto or gears of war is, thats the kind of mature game that a 8 year old thinks is mature.
Myself I learned how to disassemble guns and use them, was watching R rated movies, got to make my own decisions and various other adult type of things when I was 8 or 9 because my parents wanted me to do anything I was interested in and grew up not being told no constantly and instead being told yes but with a "But youll do it with me and Ill show/explain". So it depends on how mature the 14 year old. Ratings on stuff are just guidelines and not a clear cut way of saying yes and no to everything across the board. Ive met 14 year olds more mature than 34 year olds.
Personally I think its fine for a 14 year. Even if your not into game just watch with them, you might find yourself drawn into the storyline and characters once it gets going because its not your average game, its very much strong in the story and characters since they are what makes the game so good. And so far its very compelling and mysterious.
Honestly I don;t see what a younger audience would see in this game it's very mature in every sense of the word. From the story to characters, to even how the world around you develops and changes based upon your decisions. You could see a guy get shot in the face or you might not. I don't have children that old but I would say I would not let my young teenager play it. It has a much darker and more mature theme than GTA I would say.
To paraphrase Mordin from my other fav game of this year. (Mass Effect 2) "Heavy Rain's maturity is a self-correcting character flaw." People who are too immature to play it (including those who have reached the magical age of 18) will probably find this title boring and tedious. Let your young ones play it (over 13 though) if you think they are mature enough to handle it and they'll drop the controller after an hour if they can't relate. There's not enough visceral violence and sex to appeal to those kids that usually want to play "M" titles.
There are certain scene that are inappropriate for children, a few Nude scenes, Violent scene where Madison got her throat slashed. Alot of profanity. I haven't beaten the game yet so i'm sure there are several more Mature content than what i've seen so far.
I think it depends. I think I would have been able to handle it when I was 14-16, but I was always a lot more mature than the other kids my age. Most of the teenagers I know, or have known, aren't mature enough for it, but it really depends. Use your own judgement - a lot of the stuff in it is no worse than some pg-13 films, and certainly done in a classier way.
I disagree. I have always disagreed with rating systems of any kind - I feel that people should really look into it themselves instead of looking at the rating and saying "Oh yeah, sure honey. You can play that/ watch that." A lot of those ratings are pretty inaccurate. Why should smoking make a movie rating jump to PG-13? As if those kids never see someone on the street, or likely someone close to them, smoke. How come this number of the f-word is alright, but this number makes it R-rated? Or in video games, what makes Halo so much worse than any of the dozens of T rated FPS's? The ratings are subjective, and frequently don't make sense. Decide for yourself what is appropriate for your kids based on what is in it, not what is on the cover.
havent played it yet but from the demo i would say yes anyone under the age of 17 definitely cannot relate to this game,how could you. If you are 17 and younger honestly would you actually finish this game or even have a true interest in the story line,no is what i say you'll probably start playing it and then get bored when a better game in your opinion comes out. Just my opinion
With all of the easy access of porn on the internet and these detective shows showing burnt up bodies and stabbings on TV this seems very tame. I mean most teens know it's a digital game and at 13 most boys know what a nude woman looks like these days.
no it's 100% not fit for a teenager, anyone who thinks it is is mistaken...but hey if you think it's cool to give it to your kid don't be pissed when your kid starts using loosly or performing in some fashion suicide, torture, kidnapping, etc. So many parents forget how influencial a kids is.
"So many parents forget how influencial a kids is"
Odd sentence structure aside, I think what you're saying is that a child is easily influenced by material they view. At a very young age (7 years old or younger) a child's way of judging right from wrong is in question, for sure. Later in life, we are all influenced by outside stimulus in a different fashion.
A 15 year old knows right from wrong (they may not CARE but they know) and understand by that time that committing origami murders because they saw them in a game is not a good idea. The reason some parents might not want their young teens exposed to these games is probably more because of their emotional response. Most teens (even the more mature teens) have more extreme emotional swings due to hormones. Material like you see in Heavy Rain may cause a depressed kid to become more depressed, but even that is not guaranteed. Everyone is different in how they react to stimuli.
As a parent, you should know how your kid will react already. Do they handle disturbing and violent imagery well? (like do they feel comfortable discussing them with you and have a mature outlook on sexuality) If they are ok with other forms of mature media then Heavy Rain is ok for them.
Personally the whole "is someone old enough" or "Mature" enough to play a game is silly. There are 30 yr olds that are too immature to play any game with nudity and some teenagers that are perfectly fine with playing games with nudity so it really depends on the person or kid. I was watching plenty of "Mature" stuff when I was a teenager and I'm perfectly normal now. But then I had a lot of adult responsibilities at an extremely young age due to being the only English speaking person in my family. So if the 14 yr old in question has shown maturity through their actions, not just with video games, then they will be fine with playing this game or any other "M rated" game. Of course, parents need to make their own decisions, and really should take the time to play through 1 times themselves to make a good judgment on the matter. Too bad too many parents these days dont take the time or effort to do any of that, they want the world to parent their kid so they have more "ME time".
ummmmm, yes. if i was 14 again, i think i would have felt umcomfortable putting on lipsticks and eyeliners and grinding against a pole for a mob boss trying to get some answers that may help get a serial killer caught.... and the key word is (((would have))), but then i only had mario bros, and zelda as options when i was that age... so go ahead and wait a few more years and be contempt with hopping on evil mushrooms and turtles for now... unless putting on eyeliners, lipsticks and pleasing a mob boss in a video game can not possibly traumatize you in any form or way.
but then you might still get caught by your parents and they might take your ps3 away for good =( that would have been most traumatic for me if i was 14 again.
"I personally do not think this title is for anyone younger than 17. The only people who disagree with the ESRB game rating system are the kids that want to play the game. THIS TITLE OS NOT INTENDED FOR A CHILD and yes a 14 year old is a kid! "
Not everyone who disagrees with the ESRB is a child wanting to play the game. I view ratings more as guidelines than strict, unbendable laws.
"no it's 100% not fit for a teenager, anyone who thinks it is is mistaken...but hey if you think it's cool to give it to your kid don't be pissed when your kid starts using loosly or performing in some fashion suicide, torture, kidnapping, etc. So many parents forget how influencial a kids is. "
I have been playing violent games since I was about....12? I have yet to commit suicide (obviously), torture someone, kidnap someone, or anything else. Also, this game would be a lot better than a lot of other games. Merely seeing someone violent doesn't mean someone will be violent. It depends on the attitude the game/movie/book takes. Look at Grand Theft Auto. You can go around killing civilians. You get a wanted level and either escape scott free, die and end up outside a hospital, get arrested and end up outside a police station. Other than a minor inconvience there are no repercusions of your choices. On the other hand, in Heavy Rain the violence is shown in a negative light. I remember one scene (kinda small spoiler) where Ethan has to kill someone to get more letters of the address his son is at. Instead of a GTA run in kill run out style Heavy Rain has Ethan go in, there is a bit of a gun fight, and then you get to decide to kill him or not while he is talking about his family and showing pictures of his kids. The difference there is in GTA the people you kill are, for the most part, nobodies, in Heavy Rain the guy you must kill is shown as a family man, kill him and a wife loses a husband, kids lose a father. He's left in a delima (spelling). Should he kill that man, leaving his kids fatherless, to save his son, or does he let that man live and make it harder to save his own son? Also, in Heavy Rain when you die, you're dead. It shows the permanence of death that is often lacking in games.
Got a little off the subject there. Anyway, I must agree with the people who say "It depends solely on the 14 year old." because that is the truth. If you think your kid can handle it then I do highly suggest you let him get it, or rent it. As I pointed out the violence is shown in a different way, it might make him think a bit more while playing, and not just this game. I wish there were more games like this, after playing it I wanted another like it over the enemies are nobodies games. Not that I don't like those, there are just so many of those as opposed to these type of games. RPGs might be a bit like that, but I can't stand most RPGs.