posted by LazyLozer (FORT COLLINS, CO) Feb 27, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
I remained a huge skeptic of Heavy Rain all the way up until launch. The game looked more like a movie than anything else, and all the action sequences are pretty much just one giant quick time event. There isn't even actualy dificulty in this game, as no matter how poorly quick time events are done, people will always reach the end of the game. All my doubts and suspicions have been confirmed, and I enjoyed the heck out of this game.
Obviously, the biggest draw of Heavy Rain is the story. But what makes Heavy Rain so incredible is that your choices truly do determine how the story unfolds and who lives and who dies. The choices players must make carry such weight that it gives games like Mass Effect a run for their money, and sometimes Heavy Rain even surpasses tites of that caliber. Even though action sequences may be just one giant quick time events, it does not mean they were any less intense. If an on screen command is missed, players will not be forced to start over from the beginning like in other games. Instead, it causes a "misstep" from their character. Long story short, a player canbe either victorious, or suffer defeatin an intense fight. Regardless of what happens, the story continues and along the path prior events have forged.
This game is most certainly not for everyone. Anyone who considers playing Heavy Rain should realize that it is a movie first, a game second. Literally. No, Im not talking about 30 minute plus cut scenes like Metal Gear Solid. But this is one game not meant for fast-paced action-genre lovers. Quantic Dream should be proud of what they accomplished, and Heavy Rain should not be missed by any PS3 owner.
This game obviously is very immersive with a compelling story but where I literally was blown away with the game was finding all the different end sequences that can happen in the game. The cinematography and story wraps are amazing. Nearly every one had me right on the edge of my seat as it was unfolding. Very cool game. A must for your Gamefly List and within a certain audience, a must buy.
I think this game is very solid if you are a mature gamer. If you only like very fast paced, wham-bam thank you mam Unreal Tourney games, skip this one. Also skip it if you are 15 or below.
This game plays like a great book. While I agree with some who said that the beginning is a bit boring and stretched out, it does familiarize you with the controls and how the game works. I do have to admit that I got worried for a bit there thinking it may be a grown up version of Sims. It's certainly not.
After you get past that first 'tutorial' part, it picks up very quickly and draws you in without letting go. The story line is great and there are plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Length of the game is also perfect, not too long and not too short.
I suppose the reason I gave this a 9 and not a 10 is due to some things becoming mundane like cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, which all require multiple button presses. These actions do not come up very often, but nonetheless it would be great if there was an option where you could skip these and move on with the story. I also wish there was a way to skip cutscenes if you are replaying them.
All in all, I highly recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a thoughtful, intelligent thriller-type game where you have to deduce your next move and weigh your options carefully as you only get 1 chance to perform them. This is all coming from a gamer who plays FPS 90% of the time. I have been wanting to play a game like this for a long time and I wish there were more of this genre available.
This is a must rental. I personally would not buy it since there is really no replay value. You get the gist of the story from the first get-go and there is no multi player or anything. That's just my opinion though, and I almost never buy games. Thanks to Gamefly!