Conclusion: Heavy Rain is a vast leap in drawing believable digital performances from actors, managing to invoke empathy as the story develops, causing what would be a so-so movie narrative, to flourish as a genuinely memorable and affecting videogame. It's certainly an essential purchase for any self-respecting PlayStation 3 owner or anyone with even a passing interest in movies or the idea of an interactive movie.
Summary: While Heavy Rain succeeds in giving players more control over the narrative, the results of this experimental game are mixed. The game’s choose-your-own-adventure approach sometimes results in questionable plot devices and redundant story threads that make it feel more like a pulpy dime novel than a serious action thriller. Characters often act unnaturally, and the voice acting isn’t strong enough to compensate for the questionable writing.
Excerpt: Bing! “Thank you for supporting interactive drama!” chimes the PSN trophy. David Cage is very comfortable with what his latest project has become and is unafraid to define it. Heavy Rain may take some time to gather momentum but once it’s rolling, you’ll be powerless to stop it. Few games, or other media for that matter involve the player in the story as an emotionally engaged participant, instead tending to leave you on the sideline as a passive observer.
Excerpt: If you have a lot of experience covering games, a review for Heavy Rain can practically write itself. As long as you remember to mention the next-generation visuals, the unique control scheme and the interactive narrative, you're halfway to a finished draft. Follow those efforts up with examples of a few memorable moments from the game (there are plenty from which to choose) and liberally sprinkle adjectives throughout your descriptions.
Excerpt: Or: Man, This Rain Weighs A LOT Heavy Rain is a PS3 exclusive and the newest endeavor from “interactive drama” creators Quantic Dream, whose previous works include Indigo Prophecy or as its known in other areas Fahrenheit. Heavy Rain isn’t a game in the typical sense, in that you aren’t going to be running through levels shooting up bad guys or solving puzzles. The game plays out more like a really long series of quick time events.
Excerpt: This beginning highlights a couple of things that are good, and a couple of things that don’t quite work, with Heavy Rain . Firstly, it does a fine job of showcasing what the game has in store for the player, giving them a pretty comprehensive tutorial of the kind of actions they’re going to have to do later on in the game. However, that freedom that I mentioned earlier is quickly dissipated.
Excerpt: Hot on the heels of the Origami Killer, Madison Page follows a lead to the suburban home of a suspicious local named Leeland White. Taking place prior to the story of Heavy Rain , The Taxidermist is the first of a series of stand-alone DLC vignettes to help further our understanding of the characters we came to know during the events of the game proper.
Heavy Rain Chronicles: Episode 1 - The Taxidermist
29 March 2010
Conclusion: Just like Heavy Rain, The Taxidermist DLC is designed to be played through multiple times. If you decide to play through it only once, it can take you anywhere from 25-35 minutes to complete. However, if you try to obtain all the endings, you can easily spend upwards of 2-3 hours completing that task. If there was only one playthrough with the same ending every time, it certainly wouldn’t be worth your time or money unless you are a diehard Heavy Rain fan.
Conclusion: Outside of a few small issues (the uncanny-valley character faces and voice acting) and a couple medium ones (two uninteresting central characters and game-ending glitches), the games strong plot; beautiful background graphics and surprising replay value make this game a must-play. While there may be a few too many nagging issues that keep it from being an AAA title, it’s a game that’s well worth your time nonetheless.