Heavy Rain PlayStation 3

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  1. George
    Mar 2, 2010
    10
    Amazing! Absolutely Amazing. This is the second best game I have ever Played! (second only to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves). Every aspect of Heavy Rain is perfect, the story was engaging and thoroughly interesting, with the Origami killer's identity a must-know after about 3 hours of gameplay. The campaign itself will take about 8-10 hours to complete, and every minute is amazing. The Amazing! Absolutely Amazing. This is the second best game I have ever Played! (second only to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves). Every aspect of Heavy Rain is perfect, the story was engaging and thoroughly interesting, with the Origami killer's identity a must-know after about 3 hours of gameplay. The campaign itself will take about 8-10 hours to complete, and every minute is amazing. The only criticism would fall on the slow start, but, once the main plot focus begins, you will have to fight yourself away from the game, because its a true gaming revolution. Sure the interactive play isn't as interactive as you might want, but who cares. This game is as close to perfect as you can currently get (not forgetting Uncharted 2). Buy it! BUY IT NOW! It's money well spent! Can't wait for Heavy Rain 2 (and Uncharted 3)! Expand
  2. PabloH
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    I really enjoyed this game although I know many of my friends will completely miss the point and write it off but for those of you who yearn for something different with a bit of depth I can't recommend this game enough!
  3. CharlieF.
    Mar 2, 2010
    10
    This game is downright incredible. The bad reviews you see are...ridiculous. Any of the reviews that give this a 90 or lower I just cant respect. I know we're supposed to respect other people's decisions (and i normally do) but in this case, I simply can't respect anybody that reviews Heavy Rain and doesn't give it a "good" score. This game deserves all of the praise This game is downright incredible. The bad reviews you see are...ridiculous. Any of the reviews that give this a 90 or lower I just cant respect. I know we're supposed to respect other people's decisions (and i normally do) but in this case, I simply can't respect anybody that reviews Heavy Rain and doesn't give it a "good" score. This game deserves all of the praise it gets. Congratulations, Quantic Dream. You have made me feel more emotional about a video game than I ever have before. Expand
  4. TimM
    Mar 3, 2010
    10
    A superb title. QuanticDream succeeds in creating an intense and bleak atmosphere. Where a tiny bit of the acting can sometimes fall a little short(only for some of the characters, a lot of them were mostly well-done), this is one of the few games I can think of in recent history that makes you genuinely care if the characters live or die. A few of the characters weren't completely A superb title. QuanticDream succeeds in creating an intense and bleak atmosphere. Where a tiny bit of the acting can sometimes fall a little short(only for some of the characters, a lot of them were mostly well-done), this is one of the few games I can think of in recent history that makes you genuinely care if the characters live or die. A few of the characters weren't completely fleshed out as much as QuanticDream would have liked(a lot wasn't persay discussed about Madison or Norman, but they were still cool characters), but most characters seemed mostly developed. There are some critics that for some reason think the story is lackluster(such as Destructoid's own big fat guy, Jim Sterling), but obviously these kinds of critics come off as pretentious, as the story itself is mostly well-written. There are a few plot-holes, but that doesn't make the story bad in anyway, it just makes it not perfect. I personally thought the gameplay was really intriguing, as most of it is either walking around investigating the area or a series of action-packed quick-time-events...which I suppose wouldn't appeal to the "I LOVE CALL OF DUTY" twitch shooter guys, but that's OK because this game isn't for everyone. BUT, I can honestly say that this is a game like no other. Never before does a game pull you into the characters like this game does, nor can I think of too many games in recent history that give you the same kind of adrenaline rush that this game does. The game can be depressing, but in a very beautiful and artistic way. The game also LOOKS fantastic. One of the best looking console games so far. It has a few minor flaws, but for the most part it looks excellent. I've rambled on long enough. Anyone that is willing to look at games in a different light and aren't expecting a typical shooter or typical game really... should go and give this a try. I feel this is a game that should be played and discussed. At the very least, rent it. But if you want to support unique games that rely on more than what most games typically provide, I suggest you go out and buy a copy of Heavy Rain. How far would you go to save someone you love? Expand
  5. RobC
    Mar 10, 2010
    9
    The beauty of Heavy Rain is that it is one of the few games where you can truly FEEL the emotions of the characters, which range from agony, to desperation, to complete and utter fear. The moments are extremely tense; success is extremely rewarding, while failure leaves you breathless and emotionally drained. And no game will let you feel the true consequences of your actions. It's a The beauty of Heavy Rain is that it is one of the few games where you can truly FEEL the emotions of the characters, which range from agony, to desperation, to complete and utter fear. The moments are extremely tense; success is extremely rewarding, while failure leaves you breathless and emotionally drained. And no game will let you feel the true consequences of your actions. It's a great reprieve from the traditional video game; the first-person shooter where you kill solider after solider without a second thought. If you're willing to submit yourself to the characters' emotions in these tense situations, you'll be pausing the game often - for example, to take time to decide whether you'll kill a villain or negotiate with them - to make sure your actions don't come back to haunt you. You'll care so much for your characters, that any wrong move can be emotionally devastating. This is not an interactive movie with quick-time-events, as some people would suggest. It's not perfect, but it is different than any game you've ever played before. It is definitely less interactive than most games - but the impact of your choices will be felt like no game you've ever played before. Expand
  6. Brad
    Mar 2, 2010
    9
    This is one of my favorite games of all time. The story, themes and realistic tone are something we rarely see in video games. Those people who think that this game is linear haven't played through the whole. The first half is engaging but slow and fairly linear - it does have a bunch of scenes that can't really be "lost" because the game is getting the player used to the This is one of my favorite games of all time. The story, themes and realistic tone are something we rarely see in video games. Those people who think that this game is linear haven't played through the whole. The first half is engaging but slow and fairly linear - it does have a bunch of scenes that can't really be "lost" because the game is getting the player used to the controls, but in the second half of the game is incredibly intense and everything counts. I have played through the second half three times now and had things play out in wildly different ways each time. On my first playthrough two of the main characters died - one of them fairly early on. Heavy Rain isn't for people with an itchy trigger finger, but it is one of the great games of this console generation. And anyone who says bad things about the graphics must be high. The game looks stunning. Expand
  7. ChristopherS.
    Mar 2, 2010
    9
    What a great game! I am a large proponent of entertainment software as a legitimate art form -- just like literature, drama and films, so this game is a step in the right direction. It is also a gripping, entertaining and emotionally moving experience. There are, however, some serious flaws with this game. The most jarring to me as an American is that this game was clearly made by What a great game! I am a large proponent of entertainment software as a legitimate art form -- just like literature, drama and films, so this game is a step in the right direction. It is also a gripping, entertaining and emotionally moving experience. There are, however, some serious flaws with this game. The most jarring to me as an American is that this game was clearly made by foreigners who don't really understand the way things work over here. Someone from Europe or Asia might not pick this up, but if you're going to release a game in a market set in that market's culture -- GET IT RIGHT! The voice acting was not "bad" at all, but, as many pointed out, it is clear that many of the actors were foreigners trying with varying degrees of success to emulate an American accent. The private eye, Ethan, and Madison all have believable (or close enough) American accents but many of the other actors have jarringly affected accents (no Hugh Laurie's here). The second thing that stands out -- (and this is admittedly trifling, I suppose) is the U.S. Citizen ID Card. Such a thing is not only non-existent, but it sends shivers up my spine even contemplating the idea of such a thing! There are other little things that show lack of polish in getting the setting right -- I won't go into them. But, hey Quantic Dream, if you set a game in the States, make sure to hire a consultant expert in American culture so you get it right. I will mention that a legal expert might have been nice too -- the whole scene with the cop, fbi agent, and psychologist show a profound lack of understanding of the American legal system. (I don't think even a Cop like Blake would be THAT blatant in his disregard of the law especially with an educated citizen who could do something about it). I am totally willing to forgive these flaws because the overall theme, "How far would you go to save someone you love?" does not fail because of these flaws. They do make suspension of disbelief a tad more difficult for Americans, particularly educated ones. I'd imagine a Euro or Japan audience wouldn't even notice though. Finally, with Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, has demonstrated the concept of the interactive drama as a medium of expression. My sincere hope is that rather than focusing on new engine's, better graphics for these type games, Quantic Dream and imitators will focus on maturing the NARRATIVE -- make more like this but don't expend so much effort on graphics, etc. Focus on maturing the narrative both the plot and technique. Don't let the technology tail wag the narrative dog. Because it's an incredible, rather unique and emotional experience that can pave the way for the maturation of entertainment software, the game deserves a 9. Expand
  8. EoinF.
    Mar 2, 2010
    10
    Fantastic, all the way through, fantastic. Now if your basing the option whether to buy this game or not on these reviews: DON'T. Mostly action junkies post reviews on this site. In my opinion, this is definetely one of the BEST games on PS3. Don't let the beginning put you off, get a bit into it and you'll see why!
  9. KritU
    Mar 3, 2010
    10
    This is one of the BEST games I played so far this year. I understand many reviewers may not like it because of many reasons (I bet the paycheck from Microsoft is one of them). But I quote this from X-Play Morgan Webb "This game is not a game for everybody, but everybody should play". I think people should give it a try and see for themselves. I cannot promise that all of you will like This is one of the BEST games I played so far this year. I understand many reviewers may not like it because of many reasons (I bet the paycheck from Microsoft is one of them). But I quote this from X-Play Morgan Webb "This game is not a game for everybody, but everybody should play". I think people should give it a try and see for themselves. I cannot promise that all of you will like it. But I bet most of you out there will. Just set your mind straight before you play it, this is not a GAME. You will be watching a movie that your decision mean something in it. Expand
  10. RobertK.
    Mar 3, 2010
    10
    Storytelling at a new level, Heavy Rain puts the videogame as a medium to a new level. Poor people see only QTE's instead of the story mechanics and pissed off xbox fanboys will give it a 1/10 too.
  11. AlexM
    Mar 5, 2010
    10
    Truly stellar. A compelling narrative that, while it may suffer from some presentational flaws, reveals something different and exciting with each subsequent playthrough. Heavy Rain is an example of cliches done right, with characters that the player truly feels for. A well done endeavor and worth the purchase, if you think the departure from normal gameplay conventions is something that Truly stellar. A compelling narrative that, while it may suffer from some presentational flaws, reveals something different and exciting with each subsequent playthrough. Heavy Rain is an example of cliches done right, with characters that the player truly feels for. A well done endeavor and worth the purchase, if you think the departure from normal gameplay conventions is something that you might be able to tolerate. This is certainly a love it or hate it affair but those willing to detach a bit from previous notions will be rewarded with a well crafted story. Expand
  12. MarcosV
    Mar 5, 2010
    10
    Masterpiece. The game is absolutely incredible. From the first scene it got me totally absorved into the story and the ambience. The beginning is slow but the game gets to a point where you cant stop playing no matter what and you have to make decisions that really really matter. I felt a lot of emotion while playing most of the scenes and that has been very difficult for me this last Masterpiece. The game is absolutely incredible. From the first scene it got me totally absorved into the story and the ambience. The beginning is slow but the game gets to a point where you cant stop playing no matter what and you have to make decisions that really really matter. I felt a lot of emotion while playing most of the scenes and that has been very difficult for me this last yars. I've been really bored of videogames lately and couldnt find any that i liked really. But this game is so entertaining for me i cant even explain. Hope they continue making games as wonderfull and absorving as this one, so they will have me still interested in videogame industry for the years to come. 10 for me!! absolute masterpiece!! Expand
  13. CraigH
    Mar 8, 2010
    10
    Given my voted score and that this is the best game I've played in a very long time I'm disappointed with the extreme low ratings on this review. There's only one rating that I appreciated, which was the very first one that gave it a 3, by James S - at least he gave some solid reasons to rate it low, and actually made some good points. The plot hole of why Ethan has the Given my voted score and that this is the best game I've played in a very long time I'm disappointed with the extreme low ratings on this review. There's only one rating that I appreciated, which was the very first one that gave it a 3, by James S - at least he gave some solid reasons to rate it low, and actually made some good points. The plot hole of why Ethan has the blackouts that's never explained is admittedly one that I wish they had explained properly, as it would've given the whole story a much more rounded and intriguing memory to it, so leaving the explanation of that out was a mistake. I'll also admit there's a few othe mistakes and problems with the game, but my rating would already be so far ABOVE 10 that these few things really just bring it back down to a 12 or 13 out of 10. Rating it so low for these few things as many people here have done is a TOTAL INJUSTICE to this game. The amount of effort put into creating this is beyond imagination, it's not like throwing a few actors in front of a camera, creating it virtually, and still making it look and SOUND so movie-esque professional is a feat in its own right. The music is fantastic, deeply moving, the story is extremely engaging, and the graphics - especially the close ups of the faces are to be truly admired. I hope in time this one looks like a poor cousin to what may be to come in the future, but for now this is the most amazing game that's ever been created, and the low rating people are really having themselves on and expecting far too much in terms of technology advancement in too short a time. Excellent, amazing, truly entertaining and a fantastic experience to be remembered for a long time to come! Expand
  14. WagnerPaiva
    Mar 8, 2010
    10
    Heavy Rain is not just an amazing game, it is, like MGS4, such a unique game that it can justify the purchase of a PS3 only to play it. It is a book in form of a game, a relaxing and also exciting experience like with no equal in today´s gamming scene (althought Farenheit on the PS2 had a similar felling). The graphics are superb and so is the actors and music. You can play Heavy Heavy Rain is not just an amazing game, it is, like MGS4, such a unique game that it can justify the purchase of a PS3 only to play it. It is a book in form of a game, a relaxing and also exciting experience like with no equal in today´s gamming scene (althought Farenheit on the PS2 had a similar felling). The graphics are superb and so is the actors and music. You can play Heavy Rain dozens of times giving it a replay value with no match or rival. It is just a must have game for gamers that want more than shotting friends on the head in online multiplayer generic FPSs. 10/10. Expand
  15. Denbar
    Feb 23, 2010
    10
    Awesome awesome game, one that will revolutionize the gaming industry for sure. I'm a filmaker and I love a good movie and a good plot. If you love suspense...get the game...of you can appreciate superb graphics and realism in a game...then this is a game for you. iF you are a hardcore gamer who only play games like God of WAr and other action oriented intense button smashing Awesome awesome game, one that will revolutionize the gaming industry for sure. I'm a filmaker and I love a good movie and a good plot. If you love suspense...get the game...of you can appreciate superb graphics and realism in a game...then this is a game for you. iF you are a hardcore gamer who only play games like God of WAr and other action oriented intense button smashing games...stay away. THis is something new and it will take some getting ajusywd to the mechanics. I called out from work and picked this game up and I am beyond satisfied. The story is compelling and the replay value gets high points from me as I cannot wait to replay it over and over again and have different outcomes.there really isn't much of anything negative to say here other than again if you're open minded and don't have an attention deficit disorder then you will love this game. Most users on here who score it low, in my opinion scored it low on there minds before they ever played it and when they did the mechanics confused the he'll out of them. I will be eagarly anticipating future updates and a sequel. Expand
  16. SeanD
    Feb 23, 2010
    8
    In a gaming environment where CoD X is the top of the list of twitchy action entertainment and Bioshock is the extent what most gamers consider "intelligent" games, Heavy Rain doesn't stand a chance. Which is a shame, because the game narrated and plays like reading a great book; and the attention span of the Youtube generation most likely doesn't even allow for that slow a hobby.
  17. DustinL
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Despite minor a/v glitching, the game itself stands as an example of what gaming should be, engaging. I had to force myself to stop playing last night to get some sleep, its that good. The control scheme won't be for everyone, but if you really give it a chance it'll grow on you. I've been gaming for over 20 years, and this game is by far one of the most enertaining games Despite minor a/v glitching, the game itself stands as an example of what gaming should be, engaging. I had to force myself to stop playing last night to get some sleep, its that good. The control scheme won't be for everyone, but if you really give it a chance it'll grow on you. I've been gaming for over 20 years, and this game is by far one of the most enertaining games I've ever seen. Expand
  18. JustinF
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Despite some noticeable flaws(terrible tank style controls for character movement, sub-par voice acting, and some questionable plot choices), Heavy Rain is still a very engaging, immersing, and unique experience. If you are primarily an FPS or action game player, there is a good chance you might find the game to be slow paced and awkward, but if you are a fan of story driven games that Despite some noticeable flaws(terrible tank style controls for character movement, sub-par voice acting, and some questionable plot choices), Heavy Rain is still a very engaging, immersing, and unique experience. If you are primarily an FPS or action game player, there is a good chance you might find the game to be slow paced and awkward, but if you are a fan of story driven games that make a strong emotional connection then I highly recommend Heavy Rain. Expand
  19. RandyB
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    Heavy rain is...,well perfect! i bought this expecting a different way of storytelling and what i got was so much more, this game goes above and beyond and achieves what few games have, the wolrd and its characters are are so rich that you will want to play this game for ages to come. I didnt expect to like this more then bioshock 2 and mass effect 2 but after playing through multiple Heavy rain is...,well perfect! i bought this expecting a different way of storytelling and what i got was so much more, this game goes above and beyond and achieves what few games have, the wolrd and its characters are are so rich that you will want to play this game for ages to come. I didnt expect to like this more then bioshock 2 and mass effect 2 but after playing through multiple times i just have too say, this is the best game i have ever played! Expand
  20. SamH.
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    Heavy Rain was a surprise to me. I loved Indigo Prophecy and so I was hyped up for Heavy Rain. It completely hit my expectations and sometimes surpassed them. Heavy Rain fixed a lot of problems that its predecessor had. First of all the story doesn't just drop off half way through, it actually keeps getting better and better. There was probably one or two plot holes but nothing Heavy Rain was a surprise to me. I loved Indigo Prophecy and so I was hyped up for Heavy Rain. It completely hit my expectations and sometimes surpassed them. Heavy Rain fixed a lot of problems that its predecessor had. First of all the story doesn't just drop off half way through, it actually keeps getting better and better. There was probably one or two plot holes but nothing major. The graphics are excellent and the music is amazing. Though on a few rare occasions (happens maybe 5 times for 1 second out of 10 hours of gameplay) the sound would drop out but instantly come back. At the ending of the game, which can be completely different from another ending, I found myself standing up and didn't realize it until the credits, that was definitely a first. Expand
  21. JoeS.
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    Anyone who enjoyed the journey with Indigo Prophecy (also know as fahrenheit) put out by Atari on Xbox in 05 will have fun playing this next in awesome games from Quantic Dream. Glad to see we still have games from time to time that don't stick to the first person shooter cookie cutter mold! Kudo's!
  22. EdB
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    Absolutely Amazing. Truly never played anything like it. It isn't right to even call it simply a game, because it truly is so much more. It is an interactive masterpiece. A type of visual storytelling never seen before. It is an experience that defines why gaming should be accepted as a form of art. Brilliant. Do not listen to any of the Xbots who are jealous of this games success. Absolutely Amazing. Truly never played anything like it. It isn't right to even call it simply a game, because it truly is so much more. It is an interactive masterpiece. A type of visual storytelling never seen before. It is an experience that defines why gaming should be accepted as a form of art. Brilliant. Do not listen to any of the Xbots who are jealous of this games success. Pathetic Fanboys like that are not even real gamers. Real Games are open to ALL games on ALL systems without any Bias. Fake Gamers (Fanboys) purposely limit themselves because of a juvenile and pathetic bias towards the competition. They willingly refuse to experience games, not because they aren't good, but because of some blind loyalty. How is it fair to call both of these groups "Gamers" when only one is willing to experience games to the fullest? Fanboys have no business playing games. Expand
  23. ErickG
    Feb 26, 2010
    8
    Let me begin by saying that this game is a welcome addition to the video game industry. In an industry getting drowned by endless shooters and whackers, H.R. (Heavy Rain) is such a soothing relief. The gameplay alone is very different as a mere button press will result in different angles and plot in the game. And such actions are reflections of your decision making. Either you let the Let me begin by saying that this game is a welcome addition to the video game industry. In an industry getting drowned by endless shooters and whackers, H.R. (Heavy Rain) is such a soothing relief. The gameplay alone is very different as a mere button press will result in different angles and plot in the game. And such actions are reflections of your decision making. Either you let the game control you or you control the game yourself. I let myself dictate the story with my decisions and actions and I failed miserably. After the game, I was so sucked into the outcome that it made me think what could be the possible bad decisions I made that reflected the outcome of my first playthrough. Like I said, I failed the first time. I have never felt so sorry for my actions in a video game (or shall I say, a mini-movie) until this one. Not even Bioshock 1 and 2 can come close to it. Sadly, it could be a showing of my real-life subconscious that dictated me throughout the whole game. And it failed me. Honestly, it made me think about my own life as well. Could I be already doing something that may fail me in the future? I hope I am not. But then, I am just human. In terms of mechanics, it takes a while getting used to it and it may not be easy as you think it is (well, I played the hardest level though) as you should think on your feet when playing this game. There are no turning back when making decisions. You press a button in a big scene, it's locked in. Like in real life. When something's done, it is done. And judging by the number of trophies I got (I got only about 20 my first playthrough), I know there is more to this game. And the very ending was so disturbing. Made me jump out of my seat (I didn't know it has a horror part lol). I'll definitely replay this game over and over again. Graphics-wise, H.R. will not take the crown this year. Yes, it looks good over-all but screen tearing and framerate lags are just unbearable. Yes, my TV can only output to 1080i but I also tried running the game at strictly 720p and it didn't do anything at all. Hope Sony/Quantic will do something about it. There were also some nagging issues at the beginning of the game wherein the screen just goes black and the sound of the rainfall becomes so loud and glitchy. This happened specifically where the FBI agent (don't want to name names...spoils it...) met with the local cop and also the scene where Dr. Mmmm met with patient Mmmm in a psyche session. I had to re-start the game but luckily it didn't brick my PS3 (whew!). Sound is great and pairs well with my surround sound (again, with the exception of the above mentioned glitch/bug). Worth the money, worth the hype and definitely worth trying for MATURE people out there. I say mature as this game isn't for kids at all. Again, I don't wanna spoil it but just take my word for it. Expand
  24. PaulS
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    I don't normally vote, but I am truly wondering if any of the people who are trashing this game have actually played it for any length of time. I'm about 60% of the way through the game, and I have been on the edge of my seat the entire time. Without giving any spoilers, the story is fantastic, and you are often forced to make split-second decisions that have lasting I don't normally vote, but I am truly wondering if any of the people who are trashing this game have actually played it for any length of time. I'm about 60% of the way through the game, and I have been on the edge of my seat the entire time. Without giving any spoilers, the story is fantastic, and you are often forced to make split-second decisions that have lasting repercussions throughout the remainder of the game. This game is action-packed, albeit interactively, so there is no Halo-style shooting or God of War-esque button-mashing. The action contained in these scenes, though is frantic and fast-paced, and the story will continue on if you fail and your character dies. Lastly, the voice acting (which seems to be a major complaint) does sound a little strange, but you have to consider the fact that these are not American actors. Overall, a fantastic game with a thrilling and tense story. Well worth the price of admission. Expand
  25. LongJ
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    Best story for a video game ever!!!!!!!! I can easily see how some people won't like it but as I think OPM UK said 'This is an unmissable experience, YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT!' and I agree with that in every single way! Sure the controls are a little bit stupid but overall... AMAZING! It really is unmissable, YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT! And its a shame that fanboys are polluting this Best story for a video game ever!!!!!!!! I can easily see how some people won't like it but as I think OPM UK said 'This is an unmissable experience, YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT!' and I agree with that in every single way! Sure the controls are a little bit stupid but overall... AMAZING! It really is unmissable, YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT! And its a shame that fanboys are polluting this comment page! I know it is a love it or hate it but I would say it is a 85% love 15% hate and it has been patched so it doesn't screw your PS3 up! And if they rated it 0 then why the hell did they play to the end? FANBOY SPAM!!!!! This is a story telling experience that can't be missed! And although it would be brilliant as a movie it just wouldn't work out! I would highly reccommend this game! HIGHLY!!!!!! But unless you are really interested then just rent it and see all endings like me :( I regret renting it instead of buying it! I thought this game would be a useless game about pressing buttons! WRONG! Expand
  26. JeffS
    Feb 26, 2010
    9
    It is a very correct statement to say that this game is NOT for everyone. This is certainly for a more mature gamer, someone that doesn't need to be killing someone or something every 5 minutes or less. It is interactive storytelling at its finest and has many innovative qualities including stellar graphics. The gameplay itself boils down to a combination of quicktime events, precise It is a very correct statement to say that this game is NOT for everyone. This is certainly for a more mature gamer, someone that doesn't need to be killing someone or something every 5 minutes or less. It is interactive storytelling at its finest and has many innovative qualities including stellar graphics. The gameplay itself boils down to a combination of quicktime events, precise analog controller movements and clue investigation all of which comes together very nicely. If you need a game your girlfriend can get into, this could be the one. If you only play Space Commando or Football games, this is a rental for sure. I love this game. I'm halfway through my second play and am already thinking about what I will do the 3rd time through. Expand
  27. LouisS
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    Heavy Rain is very much like fine art. Either you like it, or you hate it. It is a very polarizing "game." I say "game" because it is not a typical game. I must agree with the developer in calling it an Interactive Drama. There is no leveling system. There are no points.There is no "princess" to save in a far-away kingdom. There is the story and how you help mold it. The experience is the Heavy Rain is very much like fine art. Either you like it, or you hate it. It is a very polarizing "game." I say "game" because it is not a typical game. I must agree with the developer in calling it an Interactive Drama. There is no leveling system. There are no points.There is no "princess" to save in a far-away kingdom. There is the story and how you help mold it. The experience is the reward. Like a good book, suspend your disbelief while engaged with it. The characters lives, cares, worries, fears, accomplishments and joy become yours. The more seriously you take the experience, the more you get out of it. Heavy Rain is an extrapolation of the classic adventure games of bygone years. Story, art and music command a greater focus in the "gameplay" (for lack of a better word) than the mad smashing of buttons. Unlike most adventure games, both action and inaction cause change in the world. Also, unlike adventure games, the game doesn't necessarily wait for you. Time is always passing, things are always moving forward. The first "act" starts off slowly in order to get you accustomed to the interface. While this undoubtedly has turned some people off for being "slow" or "boring" it is necessary to build an emotional bond with the on-screen character. Like a fine wine, or piece of exquisite art, Heavy Rain is more suited to a more sophisticated palate. Expand
  28. richardb
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    This is the game (or maybe it isn't even a game) that I have been looking for all my life. If you are an action junkie this isn't for you. Voice acting is tremendous for everyone. Can't wait for the secoond in the trilogy. Doesn't have a cliffhanger ending but great ending(s).
  29. MaxL
    Mar 11, 2010
    10
    This game is one of the best experiences ever and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Sure, it's not really a game, it's more of a player-directer story. Sure, it has issues - I didn't really dig the way you move the characters around. And sure, there are some (very) minor inconsistencies in the story. But overall, it's an awesome experience. Me and my two This game is one of the best experiences ever and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Sure, it's not really a game, it's more of a player-directer story. Sure, it has issues - I didn't really dig the way you move the characters around. And sure, there are some (very) minor inconsistencies in the story. But overall, it's an awesome experience. Me and my two roommates were practically glued to my PS3 until the minute I finished the game. It's a thrill ride from start to finish. The characters are great, they feel like humans and you feel sympathy for ALL of them. The graphics are mindblowing, the music is fantastic... the voice acting has some issues, but that doesn't make Heavy Rain a bad game. It's a great game. I bought a PS3 + HR bundle and I don't regret doing it. Expand
  30. KeithR
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    Look, let me just say right off the bat that i'm a 360 fanboy.My cousin left town for a weekend and lent me her ps3, she had just gotton heavy rain. THE GAME IS AMAZING, this game alone made me want to get a ps3, i mean dude, this is one of, if not the best games of 2010, and i mean the entire year, unless the holy savior of games comes withen now and the end of the year, looks like Look, let me just say right off the bat that i'm a 360 fanboy.My cousin left town for a weekend and lent me her ps3, she had just gotton heavy rain. THE GAME IS AMAZING, this game alone made me want to get a ps3, i mean dude, this is one of, if not the best games of 2010, and i mean the entire year, unless the holy savior of games comes withen now and the end of the year, looks like ps3 will have the best game of the year title again. Expand
  31. JonC
    Mar 12, 2010
    9
    One of the best games I've ever played and definitely one of the most intense. The graphics are uneven in some parts, but as a whole it's a amazing looking game. It is a bit slow going at first, though once it picks up I really couldn't stop playing. Only complaints would be the walking controls are a bit clunky, and some of the voice acting could be better. Other than One of the best games I've ever played and definitely one of the most intense. The graphics are uneven in some parts, but as a whole it's a amazing looking game. It is a bit slow going at first, though once it picks up I really couldn't stop playing. Only complaints would be the walking controls are a bit clunky, and some of the voice acting could be better. Other than that, It's one of the best experiences I've ever had playing a game. Expand
  32. JamesD
    Mar 1, 2010
    10
    If you go into Heavy Rain thinking that this is going to be a full blown action game, you will not be impressed. If you go into it thinking you'll be engaged because of the narrative, then yes that is most certainly what Heavy Rain will give you. This is the most emotional game I've ever played and I think it is crafted so well that no other medium could possibly handle its If you go into Heavy Rain thinking that this is going to be a full blown action game, you will not be impressed. If you go into it thinking you'll be engaged because of the narrative, then yes that is most certainly what Heavy Rain will give you. This is the most emotional game I've ever played and I think it is crafted so well that no other medium could possibly handle its originality. From its innovative use of quick time button presses, to the brilliant story with multiple epilogues, then this is a 10 hour movie extraveganza. This is no dumb game with a subtly driven plot. I found myself almost in tears at some of the harsher moments and with joy at the most proudest of these moments. This is a game that PS3 needs and as far as my objective opinion goes, this is the best story driven game I have ever played. Yes there are some rather dumb level design choices and the walking around sections are clunky but these issues are completely thrown when uncovering what a lovely experience it really is. Expand
  33. openminded
    Mar 2, 2010
    9
    Heavy Rain boldly goes where the vast majority of developers wouldn't dare tread, and does so with one hell of a kicker. Let's get this straight right off the bat.. This game is certainly not for everyone. FPS junkies with ADD beware, there is a ton of thought, consequence and emotion in this wonderful title so if you're looking for the a quick fix, I suggest you stay away. Heavy Rain boldly goes where the vast majority of developers wouldn't dare tread, and does so with one hell of a kicker. Let's get this straight right off the bat.. This game is certainly not for everyone. FPS junkies with ADD beware, there is a ton of thought, consequence and emotion in this wonderful title so if you're looking for the a quick fix, I suggest you stay away. To those with a little patience who want to experience something totally new and insightful, you owe it to yourself to pick this title up today. It is one that will be on your mind when you're not playing it and one that will make you press pause and ponder the right decision for some time. No, it isn't perfect (my only issue being that of french actors doing the voice overs) but in a venture that took massive courage, it is pretty close. Congratulations Quantic Dream, you hit this one out of the park. Expand
  34. MinbadThefourth
    Mar 3, 2010
    9
    Not so many real choices, and one big disappointing fact imo, but I won't spoil it here. Overall the game is beautiful, the ideas are original, and most important of all, you feel emotions playing it. Fun, anxiety and suspense rise the player's levels to "very high"... If you're just not that open-minded, then walk away.
  35. ValerianR.
    Mar 3, 2010
    9
    I´m playing video games for almost 18 years now. No matter if racing, shooting, horror, jump´n´run what so ever, I´ve played it all. I have never written any critics or have reviewed a game. This is the first one, ´cause I have never in my life played anything quite like Heavy Rain. I was hooked the moment it started. Of course I´ve heard all the hype I´m playing video games for almost 18 years now. No matter if racing, shooting, horror, jump´n´run what so ever, I´ve played it all. I have never written any critics or have reviewed a game. This is the first one, ´cause I have never in my life played anything quite like Heavy Rain. I was hooked the moment it started. Of course I´ve heard all the hype and normally I don´t believe "hype". For example imo Modern Warfare (2) plain out sucks (sorry guys). So please forget the "hype argument". I do understand that not everyone loves Heavy Rain the way I do, ´cause it surely isn´t a game for everyone. But it really is something absolutly new. So even if you don´t like it for God sake at least rent it, ´cause you really have to expirience something like this game. The only reason why I am not giving it a 10 is because I wasn´t able to do all the buttoncombinations while hanging relaxed on my couch. But normally this game is so full of drama, emotions and pretty intelligent stuff that you won´t be able to relax, because you can´t let it happen to not-witness even a slpit second. After the first 30 minutes of playing I couldn´t wait to get through the game only to start all over again to see the other possible ways to get to the end. A lot of the other points like gameplay, story, innovative fighting scence and so on would get a 15 out of 10 if that would be possible... Honestly guys, check this game out - even if you don´t love it you sure as hell will never forget this game. THIS is next gen the way I think it should be. THIS is the future. Expand
  36. MB
    Mar 5, 2010
    8
    A technical marvel, and a riveting experience that is made imperfect due to a simple contradiction: The style of game is designed to bring the story to the forefront of the experience, which puts an already flawed story under even heavier scrutiny. A few patches over a plot-hole filled, mashed together endgame would have elevated Heavy Rain into the pantheon of adventure gaming. Sadly, we A technical marvel, and a riveting experience that is made imperfect due to a simple contradiction: The style of game is designed to bring the story to the forefront of the experience, which puts an already flawed story under even heavier scrutiny. A few patches over a plot-hole filled, mashed together endgame would have elevated Heavy Rain into the pantheon of adventure gaming. Sadly, we must be content with the game merely being "good". Expand
  37. ParkerJ
    Mar 5, 2010
    10
    Heavy Rain is literally the greatest game I have ever played. I have never been addicted to a game like I have Heavy Rain. The story was phenomenal. The characters were incredible. I can't fit my emotions towards this game in a comment. It has to be experienced hands-on. No one will fail to thoroughly enjoy this game, and if you do, you need to rethink entertainment. I was in awe and Heavy Rain is literally the greatest game I have ever played. I have never been addicted to a game like I have Heavy Rain. The story was phenomenal. The characters were incredible. I can't fit my emotions towards this game in a comment. It has to be experienced hands-on. No one will fail to thoroughly enjoy this game, and if you do, you need to rethink entertainment. I was in awe and shock at the ending. You will not be let down or regret buying this game. It's worth much more than its current price. Expand
  38. JasonT
    Mar 6, 2010
    9
    I'm sorry to see the low user score for this game. I just finished my first play through, and I'm deeply impressed with what has been accomplished here. I think if you judge this game as a movie, or as a video game, it fails. This is what many people have done. I think it's a new thing, with nuances and new ideas, and you need a new system to judge it. Quantic Dream wants I'm sorry to see the low user score for this game. I just finished my first play through, and I'm deeply impressed with what has been accomplished here. I think if you judge this game as a movie, or as a video game, it fails. This is what many people have done. I think it's a new thing, with nuances and new ideas, and you need a new system to judge it. Quantic Dream wants to show you something new, they take risks that don't always pay off, but if that appeals to you, don't waste your money on the Nth FPS game this year, play this game. QD and others will undoubtedly improve on this foundation, but someone has to start. You should get in and support what they're doing. I'd like to get one kind of dumb thing out of the way now. People have complained about the voice acting... this blows my mind. The voice acting is not universally good, but the leads are extremely strong. Really only the child actors sound unpolished, but Heavy Rain plays like "The Piano" compared to any of the new Star Wars movies. And who cares if some of them sound a little French-affected? I'm charmed whenever somebody is willing to learn my wacko language to get through to me. Pretend the game takes place in Paris if that helps you get past it. The first thing to discuss is the idea of plot. The game does not have a linear story, or "wow! four different endings". It's a giant branching tree enclosing a large number of stories and tones, and the sum of the whole things is what the game offers. I think you must play through more than once to get the big picture. You cannot save at some point and keep replaying a scene until you get the outcome you desire. This alone was a bold choice and drastically changes your relationship with the game, and it will certainly alienate a lot of perfectionist gamers. In fact, the extent to which you can screw something up, and the narrative just folds seemlessly around your errors like a wound closing, is a major technical accomplishment. The rest of the review contains *** MAJOR SPOILERS *** For example, I played all of the characters fairly well to a point about halfway into the game, where I see my FBI agent Jayden killed horribly in a scrapyard. At this point I sacrificed any hope of seeing him through to the end; I have no idea what his story was like, all of the time I invested with him played out to nothing. I really felt like I had let him down, I worried that other characters would have to make serious sacrifices to make up for his loss, and I was right on both counts. I had to stop playing for the night, which you know doesn't happen too often :). Quantic Dream has also given you the ability to play a character "a certain way", which may not have anything to do with the ending, but affects the way the drama unfolds. For example, many people have complained about "the big twist", being Scott Shelby as the origami killer. The point of this twist is not to startle you cheaply. The point is that it's easy to like this guy; and because you like him, you play him like he's nice, expecting the game to reward you for being nice; and you work hard to make him nice, and then the game betrays you. And it makes you mad... you want him to succeed, but all of the help you've given him turns out to be help covering his tracks as the killer, working against what you're doing with the other characters. When you play it the next time, will you make him a jerk because you know what else he does? Do you think he gets away with it *because* he's nice? The truth is, it's easy to see it coming, but they don't point big fingers at it. Shelby talks down strong leads provided by Lauren. The question of who hired Shelby, and how long it goes unanswered, should have been burning in everyone's mind by the time the killer's identity is revealed. And the ease and directness with which he murders more than a dozen security guards gave me some serious pause when it happened. Similarly, you can play Ethan as a kind man or as a jerk. Do you overpower your kids playing with them in the backyard? Do you sit on your ass while your wife cleans the kitchen? Do you regard Madison with suspicion, take her help but keep her out or your life? Ethan is innocent, but maybe he's a jerk anyway. I intend to play the game through again this way, just to see how it affects the narrative. I suspect many people will not explore your ability to control the game's tone through character judgment, but it's a huge part of the game's offering and your experience is weaker if you don't take advantage of it. Frequently you have to make hard choices, and sometimes the outcome is not what you expect. Sometimes you're rewarded for chickening out. Sometimes you think you're making a sacrifice but you aren't. Late in the game, you have to really think about what you're doing, and because I couldn't reliably predict what the outcome of my actions would be, I'd instead think "what would Ethan do?" And even if I thought it was a dumb thing to do, or it conflicted with information that other characters had (but ethan didn't), I'd go ahead and do it, for Ethan, and feel some kind of satisfaction for helping this character do what he had to do. Even if I thought it would take me further from the best ending. That is a new thing for me in a video game, or really any kind of media or art. So I feel real gratitude for having this game now; that's a new thing too. Expand
  39. RubenK
    Mar 6, 2010
    8
    Er werd aan dit spel toch heel wat ruchtbaarheid gegeven en Sony zelf beweert dat dit hun beste spel ooit is. Eerlijk gezegd kan ik dit slechts tot op een bepaald hoogte volgen. Grafisch en game-technisch gesproken is dit inderdaad een game van de bovenste plank en boeit de story line tot op de laatste seconde. Bovendien wordt er toch op de emoties van de gamer gespeeld. Ik heb zelf het Er werd aan dit spel toch heel wat ruchtbaarheid gegeven en Sony zelf beweert dat dit hun beste spel ooit is. Eerlijk gezegd kan ik dit slechts tot op een bepaald hoogte volgen. Grafisch en game-technisch gesproken is dit inderdaad een game van de bovenste plank en boeit de story line tot op de laatste seconde. Bovendien wordt er toch op de emoties van de gamer gespeeld. Ik heb zelf het spel 2 keer gespeeld om even te testen of de intelligente story line ook werkt en inderdaad de tweede keer lag de uitkomst van het verhaal toch helemaal anders. Naargelang je keuzes speel je ook meer of minder verschillende scènes. Los van dit alles zijn er toch een aantal minpunten die het vermelden waard zijn. De game komt in het begin nogal verwarrend over, het verhaal op zich is niet helemaal duidelijk en het helpt dus zeker niet dat je met 4 totaal onafhankelijke personages speelt. Verder duurt de overgang van één speldeel naar een ander (lees van één spelkarakter naar een ander) toch wel soms tot 1 à 2 minuten wat een beetje de atmosfeer breekt. Ook werd er reeds bij andere gamers vastgesteld dat het spel crasht, iets wat toch niet zou mogen bij dit soort hoogstandjes. Persoonlijk heb ik dit een 4-tal keer voorgehad, niet zo leuk dus als je net midden in een spannende scène zit. Ook de manier hoe de controller gebruikt moet worden in deze game, bracht hier en daar wel wat ergernis. De manier hoe je je personages moet laten lopen is verre van handig. Ook het feit dat je hele toetsencombinaties moet gaan gebruiken (al dan niet vasthoudend) om je personage bepaalde activiteiten te laten uitvoeren maken deze game niet erg gebruiksvriendelijk. Als laatste punt toch ook even aanhalen dat indien je een paar foute beslissingen maakt of één van je personages sterft, tja dan heb je echt wel pech want dan speel je dit speel op een regenachtige namiddag in één ruk uit. Je kan er natuurlijk voor opteren om het spel opnieuw te spelen en proberen beter te doen of andere beslissingen te nemen, maar dan nog speel je het spel in een mum van tijd uit. Ik had toch verwacht dat dit spel langer zou meegaan, zeker voor het prijskaartje wat er aan vasthangt. Besluit: al bij al zeker geen slechte game als je van adventures houdt, maar toch nog heel wat ruimte voor verbetering. Expand
  40. Beguiler
    Mar 9, 2010
    8
    If there was a game I really wanted to give a perfect 10.0 on, Heavy Rain was it. Unfortunately, there was enough sloppiness in execution that I had to pull it down to a decent, yet disappointing, 8.0 The Good: I found Heavy Rain to be a very original, engaging, and mostly enjoyable gaming experience. It was very cool to have a player
  41. NeT.
    Apr 25, 2010
    9
    I just beat the game a couple of minutes ago, and although I didn't like who they set up as the origami killer, I loved the game! It was gripping and the story kept me hooked all the way through! This game started off really slow, but once the action started, I couldn't wait to see what happened in the next chapter... and then the next, and then the next! I can understand why I just beat the game a couple of minutes ago, and although I didn't like who they set up as the origami killer, I loved the game! It was gripping and the story kept me hooked all the way through! This game started off really slow, but once the action started, I couldn't wait to see what happened in the next chapter... and then the next, and then the next! I can understand why this is a love/hate game for a lot of people- but if you love great characters, an interesting mystery plot, and adrenaline pumping action, you should give this game a try. It truly was a great game and it was unlike anything I've ever played before! Expand
  42. brettl
    Apr 4, 2010
    10
    In all reality i want to give this game an 8, but since i see that most ppl are hating on it for little or stupid reason ill just go with a 10. very different from most game out there, but more importantly, they do it well. the quick time events are actually involving. what i mean by that is when you swipe to the left to block, you actually feel like your swiping to the left. at time (not In all reality i want to give this game an 8, but since i see that most ppl are hating on it for little or stupid reason ill just go with a 10. very different from most game out there, but more importantly, they do it well. the quick time events are actually involving. what i mean by that is when you swipe to the left to block, you actually feel like your swiping to the left. at time (not many to be fair, but there is a good amount of them) i just guessed at what the input should be and got it right, it was that inutitive. i love my gow, my ninja gaiden, even dynasty warriors, but in a way this is the best action game ive ever played. but heres the thing, you cant take it as an action game. this is not gona be everyones taste so try the demo first. if you like it get the game, just remember that its a very slow start, seriously, one of the slowest starts ive ever experienced, but get threw that and its fun. Expand
  43. AlexP.
    May 15, 2010
    10
    This is a love it or hate it game. It is so far outside what most (video) gamers consider "gaming" that for some it is impossible to understand. There is a genre of video game that strives to become interactive television. Some JRPGs have pushed these boundaries (Final Fantasy), but Heavy Rain brings you much closer to that experience. While QTEs feel out of place in most games (Resident This is a love it or hate it game. It is so far outside what most (video) gamers consider "gaming" that for some it is impossible to understand. There is a genre of video game that strives to become interactive television. Some JRPGs have pushed these boundaries (Final Fantasy), but Heavy Rain brings you much closer to that experience. While QTEs feel out of place in most games (Resident Evil), or simply artificial in others (Arkham Asylum), they are perfect in/for this slow paced thriller. If in the proper mindset, this game grabs you an puts in in the story more than any other video game EVER. Expand
  44. BarryH.
    May 17, 2010
    10
    The best story driven game ever made. Any review by anyone claiming different just doesnt enjoy story as much as the point and shoot games EVERYWHERE. With an industry full of just shoot em in the head games I cant be the only one sick of just shooting things. any reviews below a 7 are made by people who just want another shooter to blast through and move on and dont understand a need for The best story driven game ever made. Any review by anyone claiming different just doesnt enjoy story as much as the point and shoot games EVERYWHERE. With an industry full of just shoot em in the head games I cant be the only one sick of just shooting things. any reviews below a 7 are made by people who just want another shooter to blast through and move on and dont understand a need for story and meaning. This game is better then all the God of Wars, Call of Duty's, and Assassins Creeds put together and I have payed them all. Expand
  45. PatrickB
    Feb 23, 2010
    10
    I'm only going on what I played in the demo but my family and I had alot of fun playing through the demo and each getting different experiences. Can't understand the teletext review though.
  46. ConradsS
    Feb 23, 2010
    9
    Just received my special edition copy and played the first two scences. Amazing. The game really requires you to get emotionally involved. I'm enjoying it immensly. Havent figured out how to access the special edition content yet and the background visual style made me think there's something wrong with my TV.
  47. RobertH.
    Feb 23, 2010
    10
    One of the most compelling story lines in any game ever, mixed with a unique, fresh twist on gameplay and storytelling makes this the best game of 2010 so far and will take some beating. With infinite replay value based on every single decision you make, this game will go down as one of the greats.
  48. BenjaminB
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Probably not the best game for a preschool teacher in Portland, OR to be playing at this time of year
  49. TimS
    Feb 24, 2010
    8
    Although this game is not for everyone it should be reviewed according to the style of game that it represents. This is not a FPS, not a mass multiplayer, not a sports game, etc... I think the game is great and deserves 8/10. The voice acting could have been improved and many items in the game arent as appealing to the eye as others. This is a STORY more so than anything else where you Although this game is not for everyone it should be reviewed according to the style of game that it represents. This is not a FPS, not a mass multiplayer, not a sports game, etc... I think the game is great and deserves 8/10. The voice acting could have been improved and many items in the game arent as appealing to the eye as others. This is a STORY more so than anything else where you the player determine the outcome, so rate it as such. Expand
  50. JordanR
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    Im giving a 10 to balance out all the prepubescent teens who are giving it terrible scores. Honestly what did you guys expect, another shooter? Get over yourselves. This game deserves a 10 because it is a HUGE step forward for the industry. It helps to cement the "videogames are art" theory, pushes the Mature rating better than any game Ive seen before it, and forms a bond with the gamers Im giving a 10 to balance out all the prepubescent teens who are giving it terrible scores. Honestly what did you guys expect, another shooter? Get over yourselves. This game deserves a 10 because it is a HUGE step forward for the industry. It helps to cement the "videogames are art" theory, pushes the Mature rating better than any game Ive seen before it, and forms a bond with the gamers on an emotional level. Idk about you, but whens the last time you actually had to make a TOGUH decision in a game? There are tons in Heavy Rain. ITs sad to see it getting such poor user reviews, and even a couple poor media reviews. My advice is: if you are mature enough to handle the title, and you go in knowing its not the next Call of Duty or Uncharted.... you will have an experience like you never have in gaming. Expand
  51. joed
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    Heavy Rain is a breath of fresh air in a market polluted with over the top shooters and hack and slashers. In the world of innovation Heavy Rain is a breath of fresh air which other than maybe Uncharted has done more to advance storytelling in video games than anything else. It's so nice to finally play a game where your choices affect the outcome and that choice is more than just Heavy Rain is a breath of fresh air in a market polluted with over the top shooters and hack and slashers. In the world of innovation Heavy Rain is a breath of fresh air which other than maybe Uncharted has done more to advance storytelling in video games than anything else. It's so nice to finally play a game where your choices affect the outcome and that choice is more than just blowing away a couple hundred baddies who come pouring in through some adjacent hallway. I think just for innovation alone in the gaming medium, Heavy Rain is an unquestioned 10, not to mention the unbelievable story it boasts that by the time the credits roll leaves you as if you've just outlasted a real rainstorm, leaving behind a sweet smell to ponder all your memories and think about the choices you just made and how they could have played out differently if you'd just waited one more second instead of pulling the trigger or pushed yourself just a little bit further instead of walking away a bruised and beaten coward... In the end Heavy Rain is an easy 10 and I hope to see more companies use this form of media as a basis for this type of storytelling in the future. Expand
  52. FrankW
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Not without its flaws notably the movement controls and sometimes audio, Heavy Rain is still a very powerful emotional experience that's unlike anything I have ever played before. I look forward to replaying the game to try different scenarios and also to the upcoming DLC. Quantum Dream deserves acclaim for this title and I eagerly look forward to new "Interactive Drama" both from Not without its flaws notably the movement controls and sometimes audio, Heavy Rain is still a very powerful emotional experience that's unlike anything I have ever played before. I look forward to replaying the game to try different scenarios and also to the upcoming DLC. Quantum Dream deserves acclaim for this title and I eagerly look forward to new "Interactive Drama" both from Quantum Dream and from other developers as well. Truly a remarkable adult experience. Expand
  53. VoltageXxV
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    A true experience of a game. Storyline is a bit transparent, but that's okay given it's NOT like other games. Anybody not understanding the importance of this type of game in the landscape has forgotten that video games are supposed to be on the forefront of telling stories. They go where movies will never be able to. First game in awhile that actually had me thinking, massive A true experience of a game. Storyline is a bit transparent, but that's okay given it's NOT like other games. Anybody not understanding the importance of this type of game in the landscape has forgotten that video games are supposed to be on the forefront of telling stories. They go where movies will never be able to. First game in awhile that actually had me thinking, massive props for that. Expand
  54. Krisa
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    this game is amazing. i finished it in 2 days because i couldn't put it down. it has an amazing plot and it's a very unique game. i recommend it to people who have been waiting for a video game that isn't a cheap, unreal, video game type of game... it has very mature content. there's little repetition. the graphics are stunning. the low reviews are ridiculous. this this game is amazing. i finished it in 2 days because i couldn't put it down. it has an amazing plot and it's a very unique game. i recommend it to people who have been waiting for a video game that isn't a cheap, unreal, video game type of game... it has very mature content. there's little repetition. the graphics are stunning. the low reviews are ridiculous. this game deserves many awards. there was a lot of effort put into this game. please, ignore the low reviews. they come from video game reviewers who are closed minded and are ignorant about games that don't appeal to their tastes. trust me, this game is amazing! Expand
  55. Dr.Ghettoblaster
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    If the walking controls were a little better, I'd have given this game a perfect 10. It is incredibly progressive, beautiful to look at, deeply engrossing, and overall a very impressive and enjoyable (near addicting) experience. HIGHLY recommended.
  56. MichaelK
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    This game is "THE" most memorable, entertaining nail biting experience I've ever had in a video game. You really second guess your choices, they have weight to them and you feel genuine remorse. Once I loaded the game and started playing I couldn't stop until the credits roled... (about 11-12 hours later) "No matter what the consequence to my choices I continued playing." I This game is "THE" most memorable, entertaining nail biting experience I've ever had in a video game. You really second guess your choices, they have weight to them and you feel genuine remorse. Once I loaded the game and started playing I couldn't stop until the credits roled... (about 11-12 hours later) "No matter what the consequence to my choices I continued playing." I eagerly enjoyed every bit of it and want more, oh sooo much more. I'm going to play through it again ASAP anxious to see what different results I get in certain situations!!! The reason for the 9 and not 10, -1 for walking around it can be frustrating at times but not too big of a deal. There was one scene shortly after you begin where you watch Shaun and I didn't do everything on the list and kind of got stuck watching the clock (in real time). I just reset that one and only scene the whole game in order to do what was on the list and move forward faster. Oh and I have to admit the shower scene with Madison (Perfect Pixels... Wow how graphics have improved over time!!!) I played it an extra time because I pushed a button too fast and didn't get to see the full scene haha. I had to absolutely play that one over again. ;) ***Simply Amazing, Beautiful, Exciting and Completely Original Game!!! Much Luv, one of those games you just can't wait to show off to friends!!! Expand
  57. EllT
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    Its a very good game,but its kind of a gamble. It isn't for everyone. if you don't like quick time event games then this game just isn't for you. If u have played Indigo Prophecy and you liked it then u will love heavy rain. Long story short, you will either love it or hate it. Its a game that is definitely worth a try though.
  58. IHS
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    OK let me get some minuses out of the way first: - Kid voice actors were really lame. - Sometimes the characters pick funny direction to walk in until you move your analogue again to where you want to go. That's it. Forget some of those reviews, I am not even going to dignify them beyond this point. This game was the most gripping and exciting thing I have ever experienced. I just OK let me get some minuses out of the way first: - Kid voice actors were really lame. - Sometimes the characters pick funny direction to walk in until you move your analogue again to where you want to go. That's it. Forget some of those reviews, I am not even going to dignify them beyond this point. This game was the most gripping and exciting thing I have ever experienced. I just sat through it non-stop, 9 hours of gameplay and literally EVERY scene had me on the edge of my seat or at the very least kept me entertained and the best bit? It was all realistic in it's universe. There was nothing in this game that made me think "pffft, yeah right" and that realism, along with the EXCELLENT interaction is unmatched in any medium. Seriously, books or movies can't even get close to this in my opinion, if gaming expanded more towards this angle, everyone will be craving the next videogame blockbuster and not movies. Everything was designed so perfectly, like the dialogue where you had limited time before saying something but in places where a long pause made sense, the game didn't rush you. And many many MANY more small touches all over the game shows so much care went into it and it's through that caring they give us something so very very special. I consider myself somewhat of a tough critic when it comes to crime thrillers as I love reading/ watching those types of stories and this story by any standards was very very good and blew my expectations away. It was so much more complex, so much more unpredictable and so much more intelligent than I expected. I can't sum up or express my gratitude towards this experience and how excellent it was, it was simply something out of this world. 10/10. Collapse
  59. EamonO
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    I can't say anything that already hasn't been said about this masterpiece. All I can say is that if you're someone who gets antsy in a movie theater if the movie is over an hour and a half, this isn't for you, It's for people who appreciate good story, great characters and have that little something called patience.
  60. DylanR
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    When I see all these '0's I'm actually ashamed. Ashamed that these people are involved in the same gaming community as me..albeit with their heads stuck up their butts. But none the less this game deserves at least a 9; the Metacritic score does do it justice. The main thing you need to keep in mind when approaching this type of game is maturity. The story is intriguing and When I see all these '0's I'm actually ashamed. Ashamed that these people are involved in the same gaming community as me..albeit with their heads stuck up their butts. But none the less this game deserves at least a 9; the Metacritic score does do it justice. The main thing you need to keep in mind when approaching this type of game is maturity. The story is intriguing and even more so are the characters...love the P.I. btw. Sure the tone on the voice acting can seem a little out of place sometimes but what do you expect from some low payed 'extra' sitting in a room with cameras surrounding them while they read from a script. Though much of the voice acting is spot on (see Scott Shelby) And as for the presentation, it can be choppy at times but for a game this ambitious it is easily permissible. Let me leave it at this...If you like Adventure games, then you should absolutely check this game out. Expand
  61. NathanD
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    I didn't like it. Even if the makers of this game are calling it an interactive movie then they have failed. The acting and overall story is flawed and anyone who has seen Saw should feel ripped off. If your idea of fun is being interactive in a movie where you have to do tedious things like make scrambled eggs and feed and change a baby then this is for you. There was a scenes that I didn't like it. Even if the makers of this game are calling it an interactive movie then they have failed. The acting and overall story is flawed and anyone who has seen Saw should feel ripped off. If your idea of fun is being interactive in a movie where you have to do tedious things like make scrambled eggs and feed and change a baby then this is for you. There was a scenes that was only in there so you could see one of the characters walk around in their underwear and take a shower naked. It did not contribute to the story or mean much at all or was a very loose thread. A big part of this game is replay to see the multiple endings and this is seriously hampered by a confusing saving scheme and a lack of skipping cut scenes that you may have to watch many times before you get it right and one mistake at any time means you have to start the scene again which means rewatching all cut scenes again. An attempt at something different but its got a lot of flaws in my opinion. Expand
  62. DanB
    Feb 25, 2010
    8
    As these review's show, you will either love or hate this game. I played it from beginning to end in around 15 hours. This game is a who-done-it story about a child killer and the hunt to both find them and a missing child. Yes the game is based on Quick Time Events, some people bash the game for this - but isn't every game is about, pushing buttons to react to whats on screen? As these review's show, you will either love or hate this game. I played it from beginning to end in around 15 hours. This game is a who-done-it story about a child killer and the hunt to both find them and a missing child. Yes the game is based on Quick Time Events, some people bash the game for this - but isn't every game is about, pushing buttons to react to whats on screen? This is just done a little differently to most games. It's about decisions, while some will have little impact on the story or character others will have a larger impact - in fact i managed to kill one of the characters on my first play though though a decision i made. Graphics very nice, as are most of the animations. The game's biggest let down is some pretty average voice acting - this really should have been alot better for a game that is all about story and believable characters. In short I recommend renting this game first, as it will not be for everyone, but for those of us that enjoy this type of game/entertainment then it is a hugely enjoyable and unique experience! Expand
  63. JohnH
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    Fantastic. Completely surpassed my expectations in every way. People who can't appreciate how amazing this game is in our current industry are too closed minded. Go in with low expectations (if any) and prepare for an addictive ride. I couldn't put it down.
  64. CarlW
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    Shocking, heavy, and just purely amazing. This game may have received many negative reviews but its positives overall kill the bad. This game is amazing and is almost at par with the graphics of u2, its a must buy.
  65. Chris
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    Brilliant game, the story is original, and the decisions affect you more than you could ever think. You feel apart of the story and its intriguing, and you want to know who the killer is. I can't see how some people think this is bad or average, brilliant.
  66. JohnB.
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    This game reminds me of the good old days of the phillips CDI. graphics are awesome controls are very life like. this game is right up there with hotel mario and pushing a hoop with a stick. the biggest mystery of tis game is how they fit so much awesomeness into it. definitely recommend this to anyone who cant get a kick in the nuts for $60.
  67. JamesS
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    First, as said many times, this game is not for 'everyone'. It is an interactive movie. There is no right or wrong in the game, just consequences from your decisions (or lack of being quick on the quick time events) I loved the story and was very engrossed into the characters you control. I wanted the best for them. My only complaint is the game is pretty short (10-15 hours but First, as said many times, this game is not for 'everyone'. It is an interactive movie. There is no right or wrong in the game, just consequences from your decisions (or lack of being quick on the quick time events) I loved the story and was very engrossed into the characters you control. I wanted the best for them. My only complaint is the game is pretty short (10-15 hours but does offer replay value to those who want to try different scenerios) so it maybe isn't a "must buy". But I highly recommend anyone who calls themselves a "gamer" to play this. Rent it, borrow it, buy it, or whatever. But DO check it out. Expand
  68. DavidS
    Feb 26, 2010
    8
    This game really surprised me. I'd had high high hopes for a story central game where the quicktime events fleshed out scripted scenes with some level of choice, but the way it all comes together is astounding. The game is not without flaws of course. The beginning can be a bit slow, it has a pretty glaring plot hole that's never explained, the controls for walking around are This game really surprised me. I'd had high high hopes for a story central game where the quicktime events fleshed out scripted scenes with some level of choice, but the way it all comes together is astounding. The game is not without flaws of course. The beginning can be a bit slow, it has a pretty glaring plot hole that's never explained, the controls for walking around are pretty archaic, and some of the voice acting can be sub-par (what with how some are obviously Europeans trying to sound American). However the game makes you actually care about the 4 main characters, and it does this so well that the action scenes are made that much more intense because if you screw up (which admittedly can be hard to do) that character will die and you have to go through the rest of the game knowing its your fault. I could actually feel my heart pumping during the action scenes and was genuinely distraught when I thought I had screwed up. When you care that much about a character's well being then you know the game has nailed it's goal of drawing you in to the story. The plot is stellar for a game and it almost feels like you're watching a thriller movie, but the choices and consequences push it further and make this a truly personal experience. Anyone looking for a game that puts an emphasis on skill and/or mindless fun won't find what they are looking for in Heavy Rain, but if you want an experience that will keep you enthralled till you see the dramatic conclusion then you CAN'T miss this game. Some people don't even call this a game (and it's true the gameplay itself is kept to a minimum), but if it's not then whatever Heavy Rain is it's something special and I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of it. Expand
  69. StevenS
    Feb 26, 2010
    9
    This arrived yesterday morning from HMV. I got the collectors edition and played it through in one sitting. It's a long time since I've sat at a computer overnight but it was too brilliant to put down. There are areas of the game where the controls get a little clunky and for that I marked the game down one point. Other than that it is amazing. There are hundreds of first person This arrived yesterday morning from HMV. I got the collectors edition and played it through in one sitting. It's a long time since I've sat at a computer overnight but it was too brilliant to put down. There are areas of the game where the controls get a little clunky and for that I marked the game down one point. Other than that it is amazing. There are hundreds of first person shooters released each year, multitudes of driving games. Yes, it has it's flaws but this game is different, it's original, and it's amazingly well done. Expand
  70. MikeS.
    Feb 26, 2010
    10
    No matter what games come out by year's end, yes that includes GOD OF WAR 3, HEAVY RAIN is my game of 2010. A game has never effected me emotionally like this... ever, and by the end, my heart was racing, and the game became almost too much! This is a cornerstone in interactive entertainment. A LANDMARK.
  71. DanielW
    Feb 27, 2010
    10
    A wonderful nod back to the adventure games of the past. Heavy Rain is a wonderful interactive story with great characters and an intriguing plot . It is unique experience not seen elsewhere. If you like a good story, check it out. If you're looking for Halo and Modern Warfare...pass this one up.
  72. PsyminC
    Feb 28, 2010
    9
    Heavy Rain is a game unlike any other. I am not really sure why everyone bashes the gameplay- I had more tense moments in this game than any other game released this year, or last, and it was because of the gameplay. Obviously, the story is the REASON to play the game because it is enthralling, and the characters are well laid out, but don' t just brush off the fun gameplay Heavy Rain is a game unlike any other. I am not really sure why everyone bashes the gameplay- I had more tense moments in this game than any other game released this year, or last, and it was because of the gameplay. Obviously, the story is the REASON to play the game because it is enthralling, and the characters are well laid out, but don' t just brush off the fun gameplay mechanics. My only complaint comes with the sometimes wonky, often clunky controls. This was nowhere near a game-killing problem, though, and I was able to see play through it just fine. The real point that makes this game worth your time and money, though, lies in the repayability of the title. You can play through it making different choices each time, and get a different story. It is really unparalleled in that regard. Lastly, the graphics are stunning (I have never seen better hair in a video game)! Overall, Heavy Rain is a stellar title that is absolutely worth your time. 9 out of 10. Expand
  73. KevonW
    Feb 28, 2010
    10
    Heavy Rain is very underrated and at first I was very reluctant to purchase this game. The story is great and the characters are very well developed. This game draws you and end keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. People have been giving this game poor reviews because they try to compare it to other genres this is one of those situations where you just got to sit back and Heavy Rain is very underrated and at first I was very reluctant to purchase this game. The story is great and the characters are very well developed. This game draws you and end keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. People have been giving this game poor reviews because they try to compare it to other genres this is one of those situations where you just got to sit back and enjoy it. I completed the game in about 8 hours and the ended I saw was pretty good. There are a lot of twist and turns with this game but the playing experience is very rewarding. I will say that this game deserves patience at the start and you got to give it chance to get the full effect. So if you want a great 8 to 10 hour experience I fully recommend this game. Expand
  74. AndrewH
    Feb 28, 2010
    10
    OKAY NOOOOBS, The lead creator David Cage stated that the game (interactive movie) would'nt be for every one " love it or hate it", okay Noobs, and i personally love this game from story to gameplay.
  75. JCR.
    Mar 1, 2010
    9
    This game will make you feel intense emotion and engage you in feeling you are not used to be in in your everyday life on your first try. Some stuff are very low res in the environment but overall is a great leap in design. I suggest you give it a try.
  76. AlanA
    Mar 15, 2010
    10
    9.6 Heavy Rain Provides an intense cinematic experience but not perfect. ***SPOILERS***** yes, the killer was stupid and i would have much ratherd an NPC, but seeing its not, David Cage did a poor job of a twist. To many plot holes makes it a mess. They should have scrapped Ethans Blackouts, cuz NO ONE was convinced he was the killer. Instead they should have given the killer a split 9.6 Heavy Rain Provides an intense cinematic experience but not perfect. ***SPOILERS***** yes, the killer was stupid and i would have much ratherd an NPC, but seeing its not, David Cage did a poor job of a twist. To many plot holes makes it a mess. They should have scrapped Ethans Blackouts, cuz NO ONE was convinced he was the killer. Instead they should have given the killer a split personality, that would at least help the whole mind reading thing, but still, i would have rathered an NPC, if ur gonna go this route Do it properly! Shelby should have had a split personality, then all of his thoughts WOULD be genuine. and then fix the other minor problems, this twist could have worked, im a little disapointed that they didnt think. ***SPOILERS END**** I love Heavy Rain, but i ignolede it flaws. It was a great experience. I HIGHLY recomend it, i would have given it a ten if it werent for those plot holes, Amazing game though! 9.6 Expand
  77. StephenN.
    Mar 2, 2010
    9
    This game is brave enough to be different and for me it works really well. I am enjoying my playthrough and even experimented with playing scenes again to work out if they turn out any different and to a degree they do. It's not perfect but I really hope that this sells well and pushes other developers to build titles like this. This game is a good place to start.
  78. BrentJ
    Mar 4, 2010
    10
    First I have new reviewed a game before even though i consider myself a regular gamer. When i saw the user score of a 6.3 I was so pissed i decided to write a review. First the game starts off slow and im sure these idiots that gave the game a 5 or lower gave up after the intro. This is by far the prettiest game i have ever played on the ps3.It did freeze my system twice but that was no First I have new reviewed a game before even though i consider myself a regular gamer. When i saw the user score of a 6.3 I was so pissed i decided to write a review. First the game starts off slow and im sure these idiots that gave the game a 5 or lower gave up after the intro. This is by far the prettiest game i have ever played on the ps3.It did freeze my system twice but that was no big deal because it autosaves frequently. The story is brilliant and after the first hour the game gets going to the point you will not put it down. All the way to the end the story continues to improve and your decisions throughout the game really change the ending. I found myself putting myself in the characters shoes and sometimes standing really close to the TV getting into the game without knowing. The best part about this game is that my fiancee would beg for me to play HEAVY RAIN because she loved helping and watch the story unfold. Please do not be mislead by the user reviews. I promise that this is a 90+ game. Just get through the first hour because that is kind of like the games training. After that you better just hold on for the ride!!! Expand
  79. StevenA
    Mar 4, 2010
    10
    One reason why I love Heavy Rain is because its one of the very few games out there that actually made afraid to die in the game. Also, because its one of the first games to have my heart beat fast with fright at some points. Also, because I can tell that a lot of heart was put into the development of this game. Thats very important and Heavy Rain will not be forgotten anytime soon. I One reason why I love Heavy Rain is because its one of the very few games out there that actually made afraid to die in the game. Also, because its one of the first games to have my heart beat fast with fright at some points. Also, because I can tell that a lot of heart was put into the development of this game. Thats very important and Heavy Rain will not be forgotten anytime soon. I went straight to buy this game, because my mission is to collect a series of hardcore PS3 exclusives. Such titles include Uncharted 2, Infamous and God of War III. But Heavy Rain is not a game for everyone. And its definitely not the kind of game you pop up at a gaming party or something. Its too slow-paced for some, but being a multi-genre gamer, I see the good in games. I recommend a rental, in case you don't like the gameplay. But if you want to see everything 100%, its worth it to buy it. Excellent game. 10/10. For this being the start of a new popular genre in gaming. Expand
  80. JohnnyS
    Mar 5, 2010
    10
    This game has a ton of mixed reviews. By reading a lot of comments, it's clear that this game is either hated or loved. James S., why on earth would you call this game predictable? This is the more unpredictable than any game or movie I've ever seen. It literally has the biggest and best twist I've ever seen. It fits in perfectly with the game after you find out more This game has a ton of mixed reviews. By reading a lot of comments, it's clear that this game is either hated or loved. James S., why on earth would you call this game predictable? This is the more unpredictable than any game or movie I've ever seen. It literally has the biggest and best twist I've ever seen. It fits in perfectly with the game after you find out more information. And for the people saying it lacks game play - that's because this is a special type of game. It's not Modern Warfare 2. You're not running around, picking fights. This is a story-surrounded game. You're supposed to be focused on the story where you make changes to it as you go along. The gameplay is made how it is so that it doesn't distract from the story. Know what a game is about before you judge. Expand
  81. ChristopherY
    Mar 6, 2010
    10
    The most emotional and thrilling game I have ever played, hooked me right in. Artistically helped you build care and trust for the characters and the relationship between parents and children. Very unseemly made you feel as your life was threatened through innovative controls and fairly open ended results, building a bond to some characters that you knew you could lose and could never The most emotional and thrilling game I have ever played, hooked me right in. Artistically helped you build care and trust for the characters and the relationship between parents and children. Very unseemly made you feel as your life was threatened through innovative controls and fairly open ended results, building a bond to some characters that you knew you could lose and could never just reload the game to when they were alive. For me, I can say that my experience was more intense, investing and emotional then any movie I've watched too. On to the cons, walking is hard to get used to, but I got used to it, pulling the analogue stick all the way out when rotating made it a lot easier to make slower turns (walking didn't break immersion for me, but sometimes a little annoyance). Other con, plot twist.. it's unfortunate up until the big reveal I was so impressed with the game. But couldn't help but be disappointed, by that specific choice alone, with seemingly little explanation. But even so, Heavy Rain has a superb game design to create emotional responses and a keen sense of immersion. I really hope there's more, with a little happier endings I guess. I assume I'd knock off a point for the latter con, but: One, I still had an amazing experience; and Two, I really don't understand all these 0/10 scores... the reasoning behind a majority of them boggle me. Expand
  82. TimJ
    Mar 8, 2010
    10
    I remember way back in 2006 when Heavy Rain was first shown off, with tears running down the girl's face as she pointed the gun at me; I was in shock by how picture perfect this tech demo looked. Four years later, I finally have my hands on a copy of this game, and I am very glad that Quantic Dream took their time with this game, considering the lack-luster visual performance they I remember way back in 2006 when Heavy Rain was first shown off, with tears running down the girl's face as she pointed the gun at me; I was in shock by how picture perfect this tech demo looked. Four years later, I finally have my hands on a copy of this game, and I am very glad that Quantic Dream took their time with this game, considering the lack-luster visual performance they delivered with amazing Indigo Prophecy ('Fahrenheit' for you Brits). Not knowing this, you wouldn't believe that these two games came from the same development team, judging by the visual performance alone. Delving into the story, you can see that Heavy Rain is a spiritual successor to Indigo Prophecy. The interaction with the environment and the vast amounts of directions the game can take you. Halfway through the game, I felt that if I opened the wrong cabinet door, or turned a door knob the wrong way, it would set forth a Butterfly Effect that has yet to be seen. However, I do not say that in spite of the team, oh lord no. I wish there was more of this kind of interaction with the characters and environment in other games. I have never seen story telling in such a way until now that made me care for the characters. I wanted Madison to hook up with Ethan. I wanted Jayden to beat the crap out of Blake. I choked up at the beginning when Ethan's son died (how, I will never know, as Ethan was hit by the car). I actually felt for the characters and their possible outcomes. At the beginning before I even started the game, I was under the impression that the game would guide my actions to an ending that the developers wanted. Quite the contraire: my actions would influence even the most minute details of this amazing story. Heavy Rain is a visually stunning, story driven, user oriented drama that is required playing for anyone that I know, that is reading this, or that owns a PS3. Hell, even if you don't own a PS3, break into your friend's house that has one and play it there (they'll understand, trust me). If my mother can become intrigued by this game, sit down, and ask questions about it - something that she has never done - then Quantic Dream, you win. Expand
  83. TateO
    Apr 26, 2010
    9
    The only reason I didn't give this game a 10 is for one reason only (read to learn why). I read most of the reviews posted and I decided to treat this "game" like a choose your own adventure movie. I absolutely loved it. It was like a good book that I couldn't put down and finished it in two days time probably around 20 to 25 hours. The graphics are great...so why not a ten. The The only reason I didn't give this game a 10 is for one reason only (read to learn why). I read most of the reviews posted and I decided to treat this "game" like a choose your own adventure movie. I absolutely loved it. It was like a good book that I couldn't put down and finished it in two days time probably around 20 to 25 hours. The graphics are great...so why not a ten. The controls for the most part are intuitive and work well...most of the time. There are a few places in the game where the timing is hard and although I wanted my character to do one thing (in my mind) I could not get him or her to do it and it changed the dynamic of the outcome. Without giving away a spoiler lets just say one of my characters died because I couldn't push the buttons correctly and that's not how I wanted my "movie" to go. I will go back and do the movie over in a couple of months and reload from save when I fail to achieve the desired outcome but the first time through I went with the flow of my inadequacy in button timing which frustrated me but didn't detract from the overall movie like experience. Expand
  84. EvelynC
    Apr 5, 2010
    10
    I completed this game over the course of two days....some might think this is a bit short for a game you have to pay £40+ on. But as soon as I completed it I started it again. It's that good. This second play through has been completely different so far, decisions I have been making completely reshaping the story. I expect the end result will also be different. I can honestly I completed this game over the course of two days....some might think this is a bit short for a game you have to pay £40+ on. But as soon as I completed it I started it again. It's that good. This second play through has been completely different so far, decisions I have been making completely reshaping the story. I expect the end result will also be different. I can honestly say I haven't been as gripped by a game in a long time. I thought the story (well the one I saw on the first time round) was excellent. It kept me guessing (I was completely wrong in my guess as to who the killer was btw). I actually cared about my decisions. It builds atmosphere and sucks you in like nothing else you will play. It is a different experience and I suppose interactive drama is the best way of describing it - not everyone will enjoy it, but I for one did. Expand
  85. AndyS.
    May 2, 2010
    8
    I have played through this game, and while the plot is wonky (characters following leads I don't remember them coming across), the ending a bit weak and the controls sometimes frustrating, I also am happy I purchased it, and glad that I own it. Heavy Rain is a pleasure to look at, and despite its faults, it's quite engrossing. I'm not a fan of titles like God of War, Final I have played through this game, and while the plot is wonky (characters following leads I don't remember them coming across), the ending a bit weak and the controls sometimes frustrating, I also am happy I purchased it, and glad that I own it. Heavy Rain is a pleasure to look at, and despite its faults, it's quite engrossing. I'm not a fan of titles like God of War, Final Fantasy, etc... it's this kind of game that I enjoy spending time with. Games that attempt to be different. Though they didn't knock this one *quite* out of the park, there is more to like than hate. I look forward to the next Quantic Dream title. Expand
  86. RobertH
    Feb 23, 2010
    9
    Wonderful accomplishment in interactive storytelling. While it can't quite be classified as a game, it is definately a newfound pillar in this industry where innovation on this level is as rare as blue skies are in Quantic Dream's masterpiece. A few (hopefully patched) minor glitches keep this back from a 10.
  87. GeniusSuper
    Feb 23, 2010
    10
    One of the best games this generation. I'm so impressed by this games. Its different, you need to understand it. Too bad that most gamers dont understand games like this, they only care for big explosions, shooting etc. Heavy rain has deep story, great graphics, incredinble atmosphere. Simply one of the best games. Must have for PS3 owners.
  88. JosephJ
    Feb 23, 2010
    10
    First let me start off my saying that Indigo Prophecy is my second favorite game of all time. When I heard that Quantic Dream was making a new game in the same style as Indigo Prophecy I flipped. I'm about an hour and half into the game and so far so good. I love the whole interactive movie style, there really aren't enough games out there like this. This game isn't really First let me start off my saying that Indigo Prophecy is my second favorite game of all time. When I heard that Quantic Dream was making a new game in the same style as Indigo Prophecy I flipped. I'm about an hour and half into the game and so far so good. I love the whole interactive movie style, there really aren't enough games out there like this. This game isn't really for everybody, if the reason you play games is for non stop action and shooting then you probably won't like Heavy Rain, but if you have an open mind and enjoy more sophisticated game play styles then you'll enjoy this ;) Again, this is so refreshing considering 90% of the games that come out are generic shooting bald space marine garbage. Expand
  89. AlexR
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    This is one of the greatest games to ever come out. It is a revolution in gaming, and I hope everyone gets a chance to play it. Even if you don't personally like it it is an experience that is not to be missed. The interactive storytelling is amazing. There were times in the game where I literally thought, "Oh crap, should I have made a different choice?" The intensity was crazy, This is one of the greatest games to ever come out. It is a revolution in gaming, and I hope everyone gets a chance to play it. Even if you don't personally like it it is an experience that is not to be missed. The interactive storytelling is amazing. There were times in the game where I literally thought, "Oh crap, should I have made a different choice?" The intensity was crazy, from trying to talk down an insane man with a gun without shooting him, to failing to sneak up on a man holding up a convenience store and having to negotiate with him instead. When that happened, I actually felt a twinge of regret that I hadn't been able to stop him immediately, but I was then vindicated when I talked him out of the store with no negotiations, and I actually felt glad that I'd screwed up earlier. It's these kinds of emotionally involving moments that make the game such a revolution. This is not a mindless game for anyone. But it represents the future of the industry, so don't miss out on this one! Expand
  90. RyanH
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    It's execution is not always perfect, but Heavy Rain creates an amazingly tense and emotional experience while taking video game narrative to a new level. Some clunky dialogue and misfit voice work (the "orig-yam-ee" killer) is easy to overlook in light of the greater picture. I played straight through until 4 in the morning because I had to see what was next.
  91. TylerM
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    Incredible game. There is no finer example of mature and compelling story telling in this industry. And to add to it, the game is filled with choices, many of which can truly challenge the player. These aren't the kind of black and white two dimensional choices you see in games like Fallout 3 or Mass Effect that give you choices and try to pretend that they matter. You'll face Incredible game. There is no finer example of mature and compelling story telling in this industry. And to add to it, the game is filled with choices, many of which can truly challenge the player. These aren't the kind of black and white two dimensional choices you see in games like Fallout 3 or Mass Effect that give you choices and try to pretend that they matter. You'll face some very tough decisions with no clear "right" answer. Let yourself get lost in this games world and it gives back ten fold with one of the most compelling and unique experiences I've ever seen. This is not a game to be missed. Expand
  92. NickV
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Heavy Rain strives to break free of the conventional video game molds we have come to see and expect from our games, and to a large degree, it succeeds. For the first time in a long time, your choices actually matter in a game, and the conclusion can be dramatically different depending on those choices. Let's compare to Mass Effect 2 in terms of storytelling. In ME2, the story stops Heavy Rain strives to break free of the conventional video game molds we have come to see and expect from our games, and to a large degree, it succeeds. For the first time in a long time, your choices actually matter in a game, and the conclusion can be dramatically different depending on those choices. Let's compare to Mass Effect 2 in terms of storytelling. In ME2, the story stops at several places, waiting for you to be ready before you continue. This, in my opinion, pulls gamers from the experience. The only way you can miss some of ME2s story is if you basically choose to skip it, and there are only a few of your choices that make any sort fo significant difference (and these are largely just individual character based). Frankly, I never felt like I could actually lose in ME2. In Heavy Rain, however, you can lose your characters at almost any point in the story and thus miss IMMENSE story segments and plot details. You can reach an end in which you don't win, and there is not necessarily a happy ending. This creates a level of tension not seen in many games. I wish I had time to go further, but I'll leave it at Heavy Rain is a completely different beast than almost all of the games that have come out recently. It makes great strides in storytelling and interactivity. Many people will not understand what it has accomplished or only play it once through and assume they have seen everything, but this is not the case. Play it again, act differently or intentionally choose not to push the buttons once in awhile and see what happens. This is a huge step for gaming and I hope to see more games attempt what this has. A different control scheme might be great, but for what it is, this is a brilliant achievement. Expand
  93. PatrickL
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    It's nice to have a change from absent-minded shooters which require no thought and don't really involve the player with the characters. Heavy Rain does. Astonishing soundtrack, visuals and a captivating ever-changing, multi-ended story mean this is a completely different experience to other mindless games. It's grown up adult gaming for once. Must experience this!
  94. PrestonJ
    Feb 24, 2010
    8
    Clunky movement, but is everything most of the reviewers told you it was. Those dissappointed are those expecting something the game wasn't.. I was expecting another Indigo Prophecy, or for those of you who played sega saturn, a filmed live action game with a similar control scheme. All in all i've enjoyed the game and will most likely play it multiple times.
  95. JalexD
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    A truly unrivaled experience in video games. Surely, many a narrow-minded person will criticize the game's lack of hundreds of NPCs to slaughter, platforms to hop from and to, and experience to be accumulated thru random exploration and culminating in a higher number being placed next to the character's name. But anyone can easily realize that 'Heavy Rain' is a video A truly unrivaled experience in video games. Surely, many a narrow-minded person will criticize the game's lack of hundreds of NPCs to slaughter, platforms to hop from and to, and experience to be accumulated thru random exploration and culminating in a higher number being placed next to the character's name. But anyone can easily realize that 'Heavy Rain' is a video game by definition as it contains more interaction in 10 hours (give or take a few) than most game franchises have put together. To summarize: The themes are mature ; The characters are very human and it shows ; The script is mostly excellent, with a few sour spots ; The voice acting can be both here and there, with some characters maintaining complete believability while a couple others achieve the opposite, and most have their ups and downs ; The pacing of the story is wonderful, and everything moves along nicely. Nothing feels rushed or dragged out ; The story itself is a joy, as it highlights many topics alien to video games but keeps everything high-quality AND manages to put it's own unique mark on the narration. This is a game EVERY adult gamer should try. Expand
  96. JustinW.
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    Outstanding game that really allows a novice to play and get into the story. I've been playing video games for 20+ years now and have barely been able to get my wife to pick up a controller (except for the Rock Band microphone). With this game she is as engrossed with the story as I am and can't wait to come home from work to continue the story. While the game is not perfect it Outstanding game that really allows a novice to play and get into the story. I've been playing video games for 20+ years now and have barely been able to get my wife to pick up a controller (except for the Rock Band microphone). With this game she is as engrossed with the story as I am and can't wait to come home from work to continue the story. While the game is not perfect it definitely pushes the medium forward in a very adult way. Here's hoping more publishers learn a few lessons from Heavy Rain and start to cater to us "older gamers" who value deep plots and complex narratives over the all too common point and click shooters.... Expand
  97. SeanO.
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Wow. Looks like a bunch of 360 fanboys came and trashed it when they haven't even played it. This is a very good game. The graphics are top notch and the storytelling is awesome. It is a little slow in the beginning, but it really picks up and becomes thrilling after a couple of hours.
  98. MysticStrummer
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    Wow what a bunch of slaves to the gaming status quo there are on here. This game is amazing. Controls take some getting used to, but I feel a sense of urgency when going through the action sequences just like I do when I'm controlling another game in the more traditional way. The main difference is the depth of these characters. Great story, too. I feel sorry for the people who hate Wow what a bunch of slaves to the gaming status quo there are on here. This game is amazing. Controls take some getting used to, but I feel a sense of urgency when going through the action sequences just like I do when I'm controlling another game in the more traditional way. The main difference is the depth of these characters. Great story, too. I feel sorry for the people who hate on this. You guys are fans of the same old thing, I guess. Expand
  99. JordanA.
    Feb 24, 2010
    9
    This was one of the most creative games i've ever played. Without spoiling anything, it's a fairly short game (7-8 hours), with lots of unexpected plot twists, and good story telling. It's very addicting, and even after the credits roll, I was still hungry for more. I gave it a 9/10, because there are a fair amount of unanswered questions and potholes in the story, and This was one of the most creative games i've ever played. Without spoiling anything, it's a fairly short game (7-8 hours), with lots of unexpected plot twists, and good story telling. It's very addicting, and even after the credits roll, I was still hungry for more. I gave it a 9/10, because there are a fair amount of unanswered questions and potholes in the story, and because i beat it in less than 2 days. for sure worth playing, if not buying Expand
  100. BradA
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    I don't understand all of the hate for this! I am not generally into story driven games...I prefer instant gratification and shooters...but I was intrigued and picked it up. After my first play through I am sold. This is an amazing "game" that really draws you in and makes you part of the experience. During my first play through I did not replay any choices or faults...ended losing I don't understand all of the hate for this! I am not generally into story driven games...I prefer instant gratification and shooters...but I was intrigued and picked it up. After my first play through I am sold. This is an amazing "game" that really draws you in and makes you part of the experience. During my first play through I did not replay any choices or faults...ended losing two characters to gruesome deaths and a sense of awe over the experience. I can't recommend this enough. The ONLY thing I saw that holds it back is the control scheme...most of the time it works fine, but other times it just doesn't. Expand
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 107 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 107
  2. Negative: 3 out of 107
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    90
    Put gaming conventions aside, go in with no expectations other than this is something new and massively good-looking, and you'll be rewarded with a unique experience that lurches between genius and madness, manages to be genuinely emotional, and that you'll be bursting to talk about with your friends. [Feb 2010]
  2. For many people Heavy Rain won’t be more than a progression of quick-time-events, but for me this game has everything a great game needs. The thrilling story, the beautiful graphics and the innovative controls will let you play on and on, till you just can’t look any longer into your TV.
  3. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    100
    We're enjoying it immensely... It is a game like none other. [Mar 2010, p.66]