Heavy Rain

Formats: PS3 [Played]
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed by: Quantic Dream
Released: February 23, 2010
Score: 92%

After 12 hours of nonstop playing I give you my review of Heavy Rain.  We are 2 months into 2010 and we already have a contender for game of the year 2010, I can tell you right now that you will never have played anything like this in your life this is completely ground breaking. (well maybe Fahrenheit but that never came close to this).

You play through Heavy Rain through the eyes of 4 different characters, each with their own story that is well detailed and makes you bond with them.   It is the story of Heavy Rain that will completely draw you in, if this was a book it would be a page turner, every chapters end leaves you begging for more and it’s no surprise the amount of people who have already finished HR at least once.

The graphics are perfect, everything you do and see, the way you move the backgrounds , posters, what’s on the TV’s and how you interact with characters is so life like.

The story starts following the father of two children and everything it makes you do draws you into the game, everything the game does will make you sit up and concentrate, every decision you make has an effect and the way its presented is like real life, you can imagine yourself in that situation and this is why the game is so much more than just your standard video game.  This game has emotion.

The control system used all the PS3’s controls including using the controller’s motion sensor which can be used in the middle of fights or just to shake a bottle of juice.

There has been a lot of talk about long loading times and system crashes and I think if this happens to you then you are most unfortunate.  I only had two issues, once when I walked through a wall and then couldn’t see my character, I restarted and then everything was fine and another when the lip sync was out of place.

This game has been given a 15 certificate and I plead with any parents buying this for their children to know that they should stick to the guidelines.  The game has a very adult film and follows the story of a serial killer.  There are moments of nudity and also violence and this isn’t the violence you would find in say Call of Duty or Halo but something more real to life, and because of the way the game is made and controlled it makes you feel part of the game.

For me this is a perfect example of video games moving forward, not only is it original but the story line makes you want to see what happens next and also has replay value of more than twice because of the multiple choices you make and from what I hear there are more than 4 endings.

I would love to explain more of this game but I really can’t because of how much I would give away to the plot and the game play.

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~ by Martyn on February 27, 2010.

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