Summary: In the end, Rain is a beautifully crafted game on the PlayStation 3 which proves that sometimes less is more. It is well narrated and features some sturdy gameplay that I could happily recommend to all gamers who want something a little different. Given that, Rain is also an emotional experience that successfully draws the player into this dream like world of rain.
Excerpt: Rain plays like a children's picture book, which isn't a bad thing. It's a haunting, emotional journey into'a world of childhood anxiety and melancholy. From the first two notes of Claude Debussy's 'Clair de Lune,' the mood is set. Rain is the story of a boy who sees the incorporeal figure of a girl run past his window while he is spending a feverish night in bed.
Conclusion: It’s an ideal balance for the tone-poem vibe Rain goes all-in on, and that harmony of design makes it memorable long past the afternoon it takes to complete. To anything more would defeat the purpose. If you have a PS3 and can roll with the kind of plaintive adventure Rain revels in, it’s one of the year’s most interesting peculiarities.
Excerpt: It's evident right from the moment you start Rain ; the new downloadable platformer from Sony that it wants nothing more than to be thought of as the next great art game. It struggles so desperately to be thought of in the same vein as games like Flower, The Unfinished Swan and Journey as a games that means something, as something different. It's not, it can't and it won't be.
Excerpt: With a boy-meets-girl premise strongly influenced by Ico and a soundtrack fronted by Claude Debussy’s Clare de Lune , Rain has its sights aimed squarely at your heartstrings. And for the most part, Playstation C.A.M.P’s short adventure is a sweet and melancholic fairy tale – the polar opposite of their previous work on the raucous, animal kingdom survival simulator, Tokyo Jungle .
Excerpt: Like previous games under the PlayStation C.A.M.P label, Rain is a grand experiment with a specific focus on atmospheric design and storytelling. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary or set out to tell a groundbreaking story, yet it manages to perfectly capture a picture of two interesting characters and set them in a mysterious world.
Excerpt: When Rain was announced at Gamescom 2012 I couldn't help but get a bit excited. The last C.A.M.P. game I had played was Tokyo Jungle which, while unpolished, is one of the most unique and consistently fun titles I've played in years. Rain 's minimalistic style reminded many of Ico , which was another reason to be excited. So things were looking good, but does Rain actually live up to all of these expectations?
Summary: Sony has a stable of impressive top-tier game franchises -- Uncharted , Killzone , God of War , the kind of blockbuster productions every console needs to open eyelids among the mainstream users. I, however, will remember Sony's impact on this generation in terms of what it delivered in the shadows of its titans.
Summary: With an emotional story and great sense of style, Rain should be one of this year's best games. Unfortunately it's marred by a story that ends far too soon and puzzles that are never challenging. Even with those problems, fans of ICO and stealth action will find a lot to like about Rain. At least for the three hours it lasts. This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.