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  • Summary: Heavy Rain: Chronicle One – The Taxidermist features investigative journalist Madison Paige in one of her first cases tracking down a serial killer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    A brilliant start. [Issue#192, p.97]
  2. 90
    The well known exciting movie atmosphere of Heavy Rain is not lacking in this scene either, so it's definitely worth the purchase.
  3. Part of the magic of Heavy Rain and even The Taxidermist is the experiences are always different for each player the first time through. I can say I anxiously await Chapter Two, I just hope it is a little longer and maybe next time with Norman Jayden and Madison Page.
  4. After Grand Theft Auto’s Episodes from Liberty City set the benchmark for what is possible with episodic DLC, it’s hard not to be a bit disappointed with The Taxidermist’s shortcomings – it’s more of a light drizzle than heavy rain.
  5. An intriguing but all-too-brief 3.19 curiosity. [July 2010, p.118]
  6. If the more mundane parts of Heavy Rain left you unenthused -- and if they didn’t, that’s even better -- you’ll enjoy this exhilarating condensed experience.
  7. There is little reason to play this disappointing prologue to Heavy Rain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 7, 2014
    A good DLC, as it follows the same concept and idea as the original. The episode is amazing and I know that there are many ways to play, hide, hurt and kill that one. Expand
  2. JalexD.
    Apr 4, 2010
    I'm not the biggest fan of what downloadable content generally represents (unsubstantial content for extortionate prices), but the first piece of said content for 'Heavy Rain' is one of the few examples of how it can be done right. Now, 'The Taxidermist' doesn't really add anything to the main story (it is only referenced once in the main game, in an off-hand comment by the star of this piece, Madison). It's merely an unnecessary, yet extremely interesting, layer which gives Madison more depth. To be perfectly honest, there's a lot of potential nitpicking to be done with this release, but the deciding factor for each person is really wether or not you loved 'Heavy Rain.' If so, do not delay another moment and do yourself the favor of downloading this. But if not, there's really nothing here to change your original opinion about the game. Expand
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    I received this DLC free of charge when pre-ordering, so I cannot comment on the value-for-money ratio. But I find it a very good and enjoyable addition to the main Heavy Rain game. The atmosphere is really excellent and very very creepy. Although you can finish the level in about 20 minutes, you really feel you are part of an interactive movie. I know some people don't like Heavy Rain because it is essentially an interactive movie that you control through your game play, but for me this is definitely a great way to spend half an hour in a Psycho-like environment. **** would have loved it, i'm sure Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    This dlc feels unfinished. Like it's a beta demo or something. Also, you're encouraged for multiple playtroughs, but honestly these kinds off games do not benefit from multiple playthroughs at all. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2010
    There are too many floors in this DLC to give it a positive review. Although the fantastic core game mechanics and the solid graphics remain, there are a few definite issues that should have been fixed. The voice acting of Madison is weird but that's not the only drawback. The fact the story takes place before the story of the core game, there isn't as much excitement because you already know the fate of the only developed character - Madison. With story being the major driving force behind the game, this DLC is fairly lacklustre and is flawed. The entities of the original game hold up a '6' because the original was so good. Overall, if the original left you wanting more, then for just £3.99 you can add this frankly 'lazy' dlc to the game. Ultimately though you will be left unsatisfied. Expand
  6. Oct 24, 2014

    -As if the quality of the voice acting wasn't bad enough, the main character is voiced by another actor... It's not
    even a sequel... And somehow it managed to be even worse...
    -Extremely short