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: This game has a good story that is truly engaging. However, at times it can be hard to get past the extremely poor execution of controlling the characters. Frequently, the control indicators are either to hard to seem because of the background or are simply out of view for the camera. This can be extremely frustrating when mistakes can have huge impacts later in the game.
Summary: I just bought this game yesterday and waited 2 hours for the update. I started it and right off the bat I could tell this game is something different. It is REALLY SLOW so far. Im hoping it picks up the pace because if it is just walking around and making decisions for the rest of the game I am taking it back.
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.
Summary: I felt this game is terribly overrated. The premise behind the game is great, but the execution is just not up to par. There just aren't enough options offered at key moments and the ones that are there don't affect the storyline nearly enough; many times you don't really have a choice when you really should. The other annoying aspect of the gameplay is that you can't skip past cinematics that you've already watched, and cinematics are about 90% of the game.
Summary: Just got done playing Heavy Rain and while the graphics were unbelievable, I'm left wondering did I really just waste 5 hours of my life playing this. Thank god I rented and did not buy because there is no way I would ever pay $60 for this game. The first run through is great at some points it gets monotonous but if you finish and think playing again making different choices is really going to affect the outcome you are sadly mistaken.