Excellent concept, plot and graphics but poor execution
18 June 2014
Summary: I have particularly mixed feelings about Heavy Rain. I was initially intrigued by reviews detailing how much control the player has over decisions and game/story progression for a total of around 17 possible endings. I also liked the idea of playing through the story of a serial killer investigation from the perspective of four different characters.
Summary: ...2 stars for the rest. Its layout is much too rigid. Movement is awkward and clunky, difficult to adjust to, and then there's only so much freedom. Too linear for my taste, and I didn't like how it jumps from character to character. I like the characters, just not how they are set up to be played. You don't get to choose when you play them. If the graphics weren't astonishingly beautiful, the game would suck. But...that's just my opinion. ;) You might love it.
Compelling Storyline and Characters... Terrible Controls...
Jason Pagel, Amazon
19 February 2014
Summary: The writers for Heavy Rain did a wonderful job putting together a compelling story and engaging characters. However, the wonderful storyline and characters are marred by dreadful controls that felt clunky, unnatural and sporadic at times. After playing through, I am amazed at all the accolades this game received. While I will say its worth a play, Im also glad I didn't purchase it immediately upon release.
Not much of a game, but an average detective movie.
2 December 2013
Summary: This game is overrated and should not be recommended to "gamers". Instead, it should be recommended to fans of mystery/crime/detective movies with extreme patience. Imagine watching an 8 hour detective movie. That's what this is, except it will move at an excruciatingly slow pace since you will control your characters movements and responses (and they can't run, they walk... slowly... very slowly).
Summary: When I decide I want a video game, I avoid all possible news on the game. I did not know that Heavy Rain was going to play as an interactive movie but I still enjoyed my time with it. The voice actors had some accents that broke some of the immersion on the game but the character models were excellent. As most games with freedom of choice do the ending bottle necks all the decisions into one outcome.
Summary: The premise of this game is awesome...an "adult" (by that, I mean mature, non-cartoony subject matter) game that explores themes of grief, loss, death, psychological pain, crime, mystery, etc. And it's very well executed. Great storytelling. But I just had a hard time getting into it. I kept coming back to it, because so many people just raved and gushed about how great the game is. But I just kept finding myself being bored.