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Heavy Rain

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PS3

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Mature 15+

Mature 15+

Suitable for mature persons 15 years and over.

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"Awesome"
5 stars"

Awesome game, really great plot that can branch any direction you choose. Recommended to anyone who prefers a story based game over action.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Intense and awesome!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Presentation: 10/10 The menus are excellent, some might find it a bit gloomy, but its contextual and beautiful. The game comes with two square papers to make your own origami and with instructions, a nice touch. The box art and manual are both good too.

Graphics: 10/10 I looked around a lot of places and everyone seems to be giving the graphics only an 8 or 9. Personally, i think they are gorgeous, among the best on the PS3, probably only second to the Uncharted series. The in-game cutscenes are motion captured, so again, very beautiful and emotive. The only problem I could think of in the graphics department is that the characters you control, look kind of stiff when you move them around.

Sound: 10/10 Excellent and most importantly clear voice acting. Being of foreign ethnicity, this is one of the few games where I barely looked at the subtitles. The music is dark and really gets you into game. As much as the control scheme and excellent story, keep you into the game, the music plays an equally important part.

Gameplay: 9.5/10 I am a big fan of button pressing set pieces (Uncharted) and quick time events (Yakuza, God of War), so I absolutely loved this game. The unexpected surprises, leading to the quick time events are awesome. The game starts off slow with you performing mundane daily activities but then goes onto become on the most involving and emotional engaging games ever made. Even gamers who like fast paced games and FPS's should try it out. The story will suck you in. This game is intense, the story, the situations you will find yourself in, the unexpected surprise you are about to step in, everything. You cant really lose in this game as selecting different actions or missing some of the buttons during a fight, will make the game play out differently. However, you should try and redo them or just concentrate heaps to avoid a disappointing ending. Thats the price you pay – if you dont make the right choices or miss buttons, then you will get a disappointing and unsatisfactory ending but if you do everything right, you should get a good and happy one. The only problem is in the control scheme as some of the prompts that appear on the screen, look similar to the others. Prompt for pressing a button and pressing it rapidly, look really similar and since everything happens at a break neck pace, you could find yourself in a hot spot.

Lasting Appeal: 9/10 My first playthrough took me about 10 hours. But that is because I like to check every nook and cranny. If you just storm through it, it should be about 8 hours long. However, the longevity comes here through the different endings. If you did everything right, you could go back and retry the whole game or specific chapters and mess it up to see what happens. Theres a lot of possibilities. The only complaint here is that, you cant skip cutscenes, so you will have to sit through them again if you have plans of going back and doing things differently.

Overall: 9.5/10 The cutscenes cannot be skipped if you want to redo some of the chapters, and some of the button prompts can be confusing. But apart from those minor complaints, this is a beautifully presented game – its gorgeous, excellent soundtrack and voice acting and an innovative gameplay. Definitely try it out, atleast to experience something new and for its intense gameplay and emotionally engaging story.

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"OMG - One of the best games ever!"
5 stars"

Although I loved this game I would suggest downloading the demo as this type of game does not suit all gamers. for me this game has all. It is like being in the middle of an investigation. I loved the different characters and the fact that there are so many different endings makes it a worthwhile buy as you can finish it so many different ways. Definitely worth the money. 10/10

Description

Heavy Rain is a dark, immersive and emotionally-engaging experience; one that expands upon the innovative ideas of 2005's acclaimed Fahrenheit to create a noir-thriller where decisions are charged with importance and actions can have drastic and unforseen consequences.

In Heavy Rain you don't watch the story - you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence. The choices you make and the way you interact with other characters have repercussions throughout the storyline. With unprecedented responsibility over the fates of the game's characters, Heavy Rain is an emotional experience unlike any other as a mature game for a new world of adult gamers.

From the team behind the critically-acclaimed Fahrenheit comes an even darker and more adult thriller, set to test the boundaries of video game storytelling. The story revolves around the hunt for a serial killer called The Origami Killer by four very different people: a FBI profiler, a private detective, an architect and a journalist.

If one of them dies the fact is simple incorporated into the story and you carry on playing with the remaining characters until either the killer is caught or the game ends in failure.

Although the story and characters are paramount the game still feature plenty of action, many playing out via quick time event sequences similar to Fahrenheit - where you have to press the buttons indicated on screen within a time limit. The game aims to be the most cinematic and emotional video game ever made - could this be the start of the game noir genre?

Features:

  • Heavy plotting: A dark, adult-themed thriller with believable characters and a captivating plot full of love, violence and sacrifice.
  • Virtual luvvies: Breakthrough facial animation features the most realistic virtual actors ever seen, each capable of mimicking real and varied emotions.
  • Consequences: If a character dies they stay dead - no extra lives or continues, just an organic plotline with multiple different endings.
  • Quick Time: Intense action sequences that anyone can play, with simple controls and fast-paced against-the-clock challenges.
  • Conscious action: Unique control system lets you see what your character is thinking as they explore the world - and then act on it with a press of a button.
Release date Australia
February 25th, 2010
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UPC
711719149255
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
3668752

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