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Heavy Rain Review: Thunderous Applause or Damp Squib?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Games reviews, Heavy Rain, interactive drama, PS3 games, QTE, Quantic Dream, Sony
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Heavy Rain | Playstation 3

Platform: PS3

Dealspwn Rating 9/10

Developer: Quantic Dream

Publisher: Sony

Released: 26th February 2010

This PS3 exclusive is the long-awaited ‘interactive drama’ from Quantic Dream. For months we’ve been wowed by the stunning character models and promises of a unique experience. Of course we’ve also been worried that the whole thing may descend into a never-ending line of Quick-Time-Events (QTEs). Read on for the full verdict.

Think of Heavy Rain as a chilling murder-mystery crossing the relentless search for missing persons, a serial killer hunt and horrific trials set by a lunatic. The Silence of the Lambs and the cruel trials of Saw (but less gory here) are amongst the key influences on the plot, but not in a lazy rip-off way.

You might also draw comparisons with the old multi-path adventure books. You know...’turn to page 96 to enter the demon’s dark cave’ or ‘turn to page 53 to go through the field to the fair.’ The developers should have let you hold L2 to let you recreate the moments of: ‘Oh crap I died, but my finger is still on the other page so I can go back.’

The Plot

The Origami killer has been killing children for years and now another has gone missing. Needless to say it’s full of twists and surprises. You’ve probably heard the first hours’ worth of them already if you’ve been following the game. I’m not going to go into any revealing details though, just go and enjoy it.

Finding the killer is the central obsession of the four main characters you control. Ethan Mars is the emotionally distraught father and one of the game’s most interesting characters. Madison Paige is a photo-journalist who has garnered most of the game’s attention so far for getting naked (oh no!). Norman Jayden’s a Federal Agent on the trail of the Origami Killer. Scott Shelby is a classic noir-style Private Investigator, hard-assed but heart of gold for the dames and owner of a quality 50's car. The story has you swapping between their narratives with the possibility of them crossing paths based on your decisions.

Click here to see if Heavy Rain delivers the goods...