This game was everything I expected and MORE! PROS (...and only pros) 1.) Choices! Even though you would probably play this game no more than 3 times, it's still plenty, because of all the various choices. And I feel that each character has it's own unique choices (even though some are the same characters for each - they've programmed it in a way to make each choice feel unique) This game highly reminds me of those books were you could choose what to do next - "If you want to go outside, turn to page 11, if you want to stay in your room go to page 18 - classics!!!) 2.) Graphics! Even though most in-game graphics are noticeably "in-game" it's still pretty decent looking... NexGen quality. The stuff that really shines though, are the pre-rendered scenes. They look amazing...and then when they really do the "close-up" shots, they look outstanding! 3.) Characters! The characters are ALL unigue! They way they look, act, and sound are truly amazing! Probably some of the best Motion Capture for a game having to deal with a TON of dialogue and scenes! You will DEFINITELY start having feelings for YOUR main characters. 4.) Story Story Story! If you ever watched TV shows like 24, then you will enjoy Heavy Rain's story. I played for 7 hours straight, because I always wanted to know what would happen next!! That's all I'm going to say, no spoiling here! 5.) Music! They have a real-life orchestra and professionally scored! It really enhances those high-peak and intense moments as well as the nice, soft, heart-felt scenes too! Really does the job! 6.) Gameplay! If you're like me, then you'll love the QTE button pressing ala God of War style. But here it's done pretty nice where you feel rewarded for each pressing button you hit correctly, and definitely feel the pain for pressing a wrong button. There are times where you have to press & hold various buttons and as though it may feel awkward, it's perfect because you're performing awkward task Cons: Walking sucks!!
This game was fantastic. One of the most original and well designed stories in a long time. It don't take very long to beat but the replay value is extremely high. One choice can greatly change your story.
This game is a lot like first playing Sims or Shenmue in that you don't expect what you are about to love. Keep at the monotony and soon you'll be eagerly smashing the buttons, jerking the control around like you're bouncing in your seat, and moving that right stick ever so softly because you can't wait to see what's next. It's a must play!