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- A PlayStation 3 exclusive featuring accessible gameplay via intuitive, contextual controls and interface.
- An evolving action adventure thriller featuring mature content, reflecting a realistic world setting and powerful themes
- Four playable characters that allows you to continue playing as one of the other characters if your initial character is killed.
- Savable chapters that allow you to replay the actions of the past, while maintaining the continuity of the events of earlier chapters.
- Stunning graphics, animation and technology support an emotionally driven experience.
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Clunky controls, bad voice acting, and plot holes (there's one gaping plot hole that I won't say as it gives away a twist in the game).
The controls don't have to be as refined as say Grand Theft Auto for a game to be enjoyable, and the TellTale games are a testament to that. Speaking of TellTale games are what Heavy Rain wishes it could be. Play through The Walking Dead or their Game of Thrones games and you see that the controls are not ever meant to be the highlight of the game. It's the story, characters, plot developments and voice acting that is at center stage.
Heavy Rain has some bad voice acting that really pulls you out of the game at times ....(let's not forget JAAAAAAAAASON).
The story line was decent and did have me compelled the first time through...till you realize all the plot holes at the end. If you never played the game you should give it a go.
In Heavy Rain, we are confronted with the case of discovering the identity of the Origami Killer, a serial killer so named because he/she leaves an origami figure and an orchid on the body of the victim, which is always a young boy. The Origami Killer strikes in the fall, using the accumulated rainwater to drown his/her prey. Four characters investigate the case in their own way: Ethan Mars, a father of two who suffers from agoraphobia; Madison Paige, a photojournalist and insomniac; Norman Jayden, an FBI agent and secret druggie assigned to crack the case (no pun intended); and Scott Shelby, a former cop and current-PI who is hired by the victims' families to investigate.
There are plenty of negative reviews out there, most of which have nothing to do with the plot, which is a pity as it really is good. I'll give a brief review, starting with the cons and working my way to the pros (because I want to explain why I do love this game without sugarcoating it :)
-Controls: not really a con in my view, but I mention it because this is the major beef some people have with it. As I said, you'll feel like you are playing/watching a game/movie. This is almost purely push-and-press-buttons type of gameplay. Granted, you will control each of the four main characters separately, their ability to open doors, walk or occasionally run, but it will feel limited to even the casual gamer (no voluntary jump/crouch/etc controls). This would initially seem at odds with QD's basis for the game, which is that you control everything and hence have an affect on which ending you will get (which are several). However, this isn't a hardcore action/adventure game, and you won't need to randomly crouch behind couches or jump off bridges anyway. It's mostly storyline based and you will control more of the characters thoughts and speech. I found this intriguing and certainly one of the reasons to continue playing. Be warned that there will be quick timed events, so your fingers will fly. Some people hate it, others love it. I really don't care either way, it was easy getting used to.
-Voice acting: I don't know about you, but voice acting is one of the things I scrutinize in video games. The entire cast was good to superb (my favorites were the voices behind Ethan Mars, Scott Shelby and some of the minor characters, 3-4 of which were voiced by the SAME person - talent!). However, the reason why I've included it as a con is because Norman Jayden's accent cannot sound convincing in ANY part of the US. It's mostly funny and slightly annoying by turns - is it supposed to be a slight New York, Jersey or Boston accent? The entire cast is British and/or French, so the effort is certainly laudable, but I think Leon Ockendon could have rehearsed a little more to get it right. :)
-Story/plot: it's good. Very good. GRIPPINGLY good, especially at the really tense moments! It grows organically from the first part or two, which is admittedly a little slow at first (I assume to allow the player time to flesh out the controls and the environment), but after that, you want to see what will happen next. I have nothing but admiration for David Cage, the scriptwriter and major man behind QD, because a mountain of effort went into this. It gets better and better, leaving you wondering, "Could he/she be the Origami Killer?" There are twists and turns, and you may jump to some conclusions before the end. The multiple endings will have you playing it over and over again, just to see what you will get. ;)
-Voice acting: yes, besides Leon Ockendon, aka NAH-men Jayden, the rest of the cast was good to great.
-Cool stuff in-game: this pretty much begins and ends with Norman Jayden's special hi-tech equipment, which do a lot more than anything Google can even fathom. I wish stuff like that could exist in real life. :(
-I'd insert more, but that's risking spoilers.
To sum up, I am not a hard-core gamer, but when I do play, I prefer titles with strong, realistic stories and/or characters. I don't mind a good horror game either (Silent Hill, anyone?). Not a huge fan of run-shoot-run games, or games where the main object is to rescue some anime princess and wield your big flashy thunderbolt sword (my brother is a die-hard in that category). With the PS3 generation coming to a close, prices will likely drop, so there's no excuse NOT to get this.
This particular game is a graphic horror adventure game. You play multiple chapters with different people, which will ultimately lead everyone in the game to the final chapter. This game is one of the rare games where you, the player, are a participant in a mind game, and you have to deal with pain, betrayal, and even psycholigical games in order to help. Imagine being in a horror movie "Saw", and you are forced to decide what's more important, your life, or someone elses life. This game is a serious mind teaser, and although just a game, you have to decide if what you are going through is worth what you are dealing with.
Some of the games you have to deal with are, it will make you press and hold as much as 7 buttons at one time, memory games where you have to remember what objects you touch, just to turn around and have to remember which objects you DIDN'T touch. The game is literally a horror story come to life, and you are it's victim. I personally have been entertained, not only by the story, but by the fact that I feel like I am participating in a mind game to save a life and to save myself from death.
Overall, a thrilling adventure for people who love horror movies. There are 2 variations to this game, one that uses the MOVE controller, and the other that doesn't require the MOVE controller. Oddly, this game was actually made "before" the MOVE controller was designed, but was later patched so that you could use it with this game. Either way, it's a great game. For adults only.