gamers (55%) found this review helpful
Heavy Rain is not without its faults, and I'd rather get those out of the way first. Controlling the characters feels sloppy at times, facial expressions occasionally appear deadpan destroying the immersion, and the build up in the story is slow at first.
That being said, Heavy Rain is a game you definitely should rent. Essentially, it's like an interactive choose your own adventure novel with really good graphics. The story is interesting, and once you get rid of the annoying kids, the characters are well crafted.
+: New Style of Gameplay, Graphics, Story, Atmosphere -: Controls, Pacing, the Kids, Limited Replay Value
gamers (53%) found this review helpful
I'll hand it to Quantic Dream, they've created a fascinating and unique game. Unfortunately at times the game can be somewhat irritating and dull too.
First off the positives. Heavy Rain is beautiful. The characters and settings look realistic and highly detailed. It's very easy to find yourself staring at the surroundings and ignoring the actual gameplay. The facial animation and texturing I thought was done exceptionally well for the characters. The graphics on this game were very polished.
The story in heavy rain was also engrossing, the characters were unique and evoked emotion from the player. I enjoyed the way they handled storytelling by jumping from one character's vignette to the next but still keeping them tied in to the underlying story.
The big weakness in heavy rain was also it's greatest strength. That is it's attention to detail. We all take for granted are daily tasks and our movements in general. When those things are replicated in game via quicktime actions, it tends to get tedious. Movements like taking your walled out of your pocket, brushing your teeth, turning the car ignition and putting it into drive. Each one has a set movement during the game and it can really make the game monotonous at points.
The controls for moving the character could also be very irritating, I often found it hard to get maneuvered around the simplest of objects as moving the stick slightly to the left would often times have me walk into a completely opposite direction down a hall I did not wish to go.
Overall though, complaints aside, Heavy Rain is a game that really should be played by anyone who enjoys a well told story. Like any good book or movie, there will often times be lulls, but it the long run it really doesn't take from the experience as a whole.
must buy for anyone that likes any kind of mystery
posted by StoryJudge (FLORENCE, TX) Jun 20, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
after i finished the game i was left speechless. that is hard to do. the game has many ways to end the game. you might find out who it is and have all the characters alive, or you might not figure out who is the killer and wont save the boy. but remember this, if you die, that character is dead. but thats the fun in it, there are consiquences. if that happens, you just have to keep playing. thats all im writing about this. the final report basicly sums it up.
FR: just like the title says, must buy. if you like to see how the story unfolds this is still fun. if you dont like playing and like watching, this is for you. it is like any cop drama show thats on tv