gamers (71%) found this review helpful
As has been said before, this game is a very different style from most other games. The level of detail involved that you use to interact with your environment is fantastic. I would say the gameplay is absolutely challenging for the average player, but not in the line of some games I have tried that seem simply impossible.
This game is truly all about the story, and it will appeal most to those players who enjoy the movie experience of games. Do you usually sit back and watch other people play? You can handle this game. The controls may be a bit clunky, but the game tells you which buttons to push when, and you definately get used to how things work.
Having finished the game, I believe you will probably enjoy your second (and perhaps subsequent) times even more than the first. By the time you finish once, you're much more confident in how to control the characters and what you want to do to progress the story.
This game is definately worth buying. Beware that it has a reputation for glitches and long load times, which I suspect will be fixed with patches. I had freezing issues on a couple of occasions, but was able to reset and did fine. This game saves extremely often. Both times I had to reset my save file picked up less than a minute from where it froze and I was able to continue on as normal.
gamers (69%) found this review helpful
The story in Heavy Rain is a mixture of crime drama and mystery thriller that is feature film quality. The plot is interesting, and the writing is solid. There are a handful of unpolished areas, but those mostly stand out because everything else is so well done.
The control scheme is... different. I will not to attempt to describe it in detail here because there is a demo available for download. The unique system of analog stick movements and timed button presses was what attracted me to the game initially, but I soon grew to hate it. The biggest complaint I have is that the control scheme never became natural feeling -- by its very design, interacting with the game never becomes unconscious. Consequently, every time the story starts sucking you in, the next round of control prompts pull you back into your living room where you will either have to frantically (not fun-frantic - this is more like avoiding-a-car-wreck-in-the-intersection-frantic) press buttons to keep one of the characters from dieing, or go through a mind numbing series of inputs to prepare a meal, etc.
I started off playing on normal difficulty, but eventually switched to the easiest setting in the hope of minimizing how much I would have to deal with the controls (the easiest setting does not appear to lessen the amount of prompts, nor does it seem give you more time to press the correct button when prompted). The most unfortunate aspect of the controls is not that they aren't fun, but that they are constantly pulling the player's focus away from the story, and thus end up making the experience less engaging.
In conclusion, Heavy Rain's serious and intense drama will make you want to play it to the end, but I can't promise you won't feel like throwing your controller at the wall before you get there.
gamers (61%) found this review helpful
This is the second child of the company who made famous Indigo Prophecy. If you are fan of games like this, you will love it. Actually any PS3 owner will love to have this game. Pros:Great story, awesome graphics, freedom of speech and actions (which i love) Cons:somehow controlling is a bit hush in the beginning, but you'll get use to it.