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.
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
You are on the hunt for the Origami Killer! Will he/she take more lives or will you put an end to this evil? Use your investigation skills correctly and you will slowly unfold the tale of this murderous monster.
Say what you will but I have never played a game that truly makes you feel an emotional connection with the characters. Heavy Rain breaks all video game barriers with wonderful voice acting, life-like graphics, and a story with almost endless twists & turns.
The idea to this game is completely fresh and new, you control everything your character does. From taking a breath on your inhaler to all out brawls with disgruntled villains. The outcome to this game is all within your hands. You control multiple characters and if one of them dies, the story continues on without them. Thus leaving multiple possibilities for endings!
The only downfall to this game is it's not much of a huge challenge but that's not the point, I think we're supposed to take our time and appreciate this beautiful game and connect with the characters. Although sometimes I will admit it can be a tricky game if you don't stay alert, so be ready for anything!
My final conclusion is buy this game, it has great replay value and it's going to be a timeless classic for the PS3.