rain PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 77 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 77
  2. Negative: 2 out of 77
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    70
    Rain cannot reinvent itself, but instead delivers a usual gameplay from start to finish, in a driven and linear adventure. The sense of wonder that comes in the early stages tends to stall, washed away by a heavy rain.
  2. 70
    Rain is another interesting and different proposal from the studios of Sony Computer Entertainment. It does not have the same depth and range that Journey has, but it’s still a charming title.
  3. Oct 8, 2013
    70
    Faults or not, if you’re looking for a different involvement with a video game, then you should give up a spare afternoon to sit down and wet yourself in Rain’s absorbing little world.
  4. Oct 3, 2013
    70
    A dark, moody and melancholic game that seems tailored for older gamers.
  5. Oct 2, 2013
    70
    Without the option to deviate from the game’s strict and straight path at any point, and with mechanics repeated to the point of exhaustion, Rain certainly shows there’s room for artistically vibrant properties in games, but that aesthetic shouldn’t detract from a focus on engaging, consistent gameplay.
  6. 70
    Visually arresting and audibly moody, Rain is a little damp in terms of depth.
  7. A curiosity that rewards, but shouldn’t be showered with praise. There are fewer new ideas in here than it seems in the opening level, but pace-changing pursuits and a dreamy Debussy vibe mean it’s still well worth playing.
  8. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    I think Rain, with its simple design and story, is best for families to play together or gamers looking for a relaxing weekend jaunt. It is for the most part quite lovely, but it lacks both the narrative and visual punches that could have ascended it to more worldly appeal and acclaim.
  9. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    A competent, though uncomplicated, puzzle effort, with a decidedly average storytelling style. The invisibility mechanic is also a wonderful idea, yet flawed in execution. Rain has moments of greatness, particularly in the way it is framed, but overall, it drizzles to a close.
  10. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    An average puzzle platformer that is saved from mediocrity by strong visual and audio design.
  11. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    There are some poetic moments using evocative music and words that seem to exist within the world right along with you, and though it rains for hours, the atmosphere somehow never feels tiresome. Rain can be a bit irritating though. You don’t get to see the script beforehand, and the stage managers often fail to provide you with proper cues. Things seem to stretch out too long, with some scenes seemingly exist just to fill time.
  12. That’s also part of the problem: It’s merely reminiscent of greater works. It doesn’t have a voice of its own. Its hesitant, wavering tale of a boy and girl struggling together to dispel the dark doesn’t carry the weight of other poetic adventures. Like a frivolous pop ballad filled with vague notions of love and heartbreak, Rain left me in want of clarity, resolution, and a more distinct message.
  13. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    Too weak in its gameplay to be considered a proper videogame, Rain is just (and only) a wonderful story that could have been an unforgettable title.
  14. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    The experience of playing Rain felt like it should have culminated in an emotional and poignant ending, but the abstruse storytelling only acted as a roadblock to a sought-after moment of epiphany – it borders on pretentiousness. But where the narrative and gameplay are let-downs, the impressive art style and outstanding soundtrack are a treat for the senses.
  15. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    It makes you feel lonely and lost, yet fails to really make the most of its wonderful attributes, never maturing into the rich experience it could've been.
  16. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    Rain pulls you in from the early moments. The abandoned city that you roam through is beautiful in its gloominess, and the quiet piano score adds subtle background texture without overwhelming the other aspects. The pieces of Rain meld wonderfully together, and as the story comes to a tense conclusion, it becomes absolutely riveting. But there are hours between the evocative opening and cathartic ending that go through the motions.
  17. Oct 1, 2013
    65
    Rain tries to tug at the heartstrings, but I never felt connected to the characters.
  18. Dec 12, 2013
    60
    The idea of having the boy and girl only visible in the rain is in of itself a brilliant idea. The same goes for the games theme of childhood with strays of nostalgia. But Rain still suffers from some clumsy moments that pulls focus away from the larger story. It’s a pleasant little game that does a lot of great things, but it never really reaches full potential.
  19. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 24, 2013
    60
    This puzzle adventure oozes melancholy and captivates through atmosphere, setting and for a while even its gameplay. Unfortunately, the game quickly runs out of breath and finishes mostly in agony. [Nov 2013]
  20. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    It has a wonderful premise, but rain too often neglects its gameplay in this otherwise honest, heartwarming tale of childhood solitude and trust.
  21. Oct 11, 2013
    60
    Rain’s emotional potency is progressively diluted by tiresome design, but there’s no one particular grievance that completely ruins the experience.
  22. Oct 8, 2013
    60
    Rain is a laconic, precarious and delicate game, made of loneliness, fear and phrases choked in his throat. Unfortunately, its gameplay is quite intriguing at first, but soon monotonous and repetitive.
  23. 60
    I really want to like Rain. It has sympathetic ideas and does an admirable job of setting the mood, but you just can’t get around the fact that it’s rather unexciting and often just plainly boring.
  24. Oct 5, 2013
    60
    Rain recalls some kind of sensitivity unusual in videogames, but you can't forgive that it's also a game with many things that could have been done much better.
  25. Rain looks like it strives to be a high-minded indie release akin to The Unfinished Swan or Journey, but it doesn’t measure up to those titles on either the artistic or gameplay level. Its environment is definitely different, but its story isn’t compelling nor is the action all that exciting.
  26. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    There’s the potential for a beautiful journey here, but Rain seems to be too content to wallow in its melancholy to create any real engaging gameplay. All the set pieces are present for a new nonviolent darling, but with the plodding narrative, uninspired gameplay, and often frustrating camera tied to environmental puzzles, Rain combines a string of mishaps rather than a heartwarming journey to save a little girl in need of a helping hand.
  27. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    Rain is packed full of interesting ideas and themes: the visual aesthetics, the characters, the metaphors being woven, the mechanics. All of these are pleasing in their own right and could have warranted their own small title, but ultimately their sheer number overwhelms and muddles the delicate nature of the story trying to be told.
  28. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    Rain is an interesting but failed experiment. The single mechanic that renders everything invisible when in shelter from the rain is clever and quite endearing, and the way it is implemented creates a unique stealth-driven puzzle game. Yet the game consistently fails to consider its audience. The puzzles and narrative are too simplistic for adults, yet the environment and control mechanics too dull and confusing for children, so it is unclear who the developers are targeting.
  29. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    As for the narrative that the cinematic camera serves, Rain's tale is too flimsy and poorly-paced to build into something significant.
  30. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    As a work of art, Rain masterfully captures and maintains a mood that will speak to players, but as a game, it's soggy and unrewarding. It's also quite short, so if you'd like to explore which side of Rain appeals to you more, you can do so in an afternoon – rain or shine.
  31. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    rain's premise is certainly interesting, and as far as aesthetics go, it does put you into a somber, yet intriguing world of dreariness. But rain's gameplay doesn't live up to its setting, and doesn't offer much more than the occasionally tricky puzzle or stealth sequence.
  32. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    I love games that experiment with a unique visual and emotional palette. But compared to amazing PlayStation indies like Journey and The Unfinished Swan, Rain is just a passing shower that fails to soak through to the skin.
  33. Oct 7, 2013
    50
    Rain’s core ideas remain frustratingly underdeveloped throughout, and it comes off more like a watercolour sketch than the oil painting that was promised.
  34. 50
    Some brilliant and charming ideas can't prevent this lovely tale from becoming stale really fast. More variation would have been needed.
  35. 50
    Impressively unique in terms of both visuals and gameplay but all the most interesting ideas seem to wash away disappointingly quickly.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 166 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Oct 3, 2013
    4
    Sadly, rain doesn't make anything out of it's interesting wet vs. dry concepts, instead let's you walk through an extremely linear gameworldSadly, rain doesn't make anything out of it's interesting wet vs. dry concepts, instead let's you walk through an extremely linear gameworld and do the same, simple, boring and uninspired stuff you've done in too many similar games before. Push a box here to climb up there. Pull a lever here, jump there. The graphics, while pretty, are technically surprisingly weak and the story is exactly what you'd expect. The solutions to each area are obvious but the game still holds your hand throughout the game and tells you what to do before you even get to try anything. It's not that you can't have good moments with this game, it's just that it's so forgettable and uninspired. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    8
    In short Rain is beautiful,short,sad and immersive. Like every game it does come with flaws....the main ones being how short it is and onceIn short Rain is beautiful,short,sad and immersive. Like every game it does come with flaws....the main ones being how short it is and once you beat it that's pretty much it....however if you can immerse yourself in this beautiful,stunning world then you will come out of this game like me amazed. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2013
    10
    Rain has to be my best purchase this year! With a beautiful soundtrack and wonderful atmosphere I got sucked into the world of rain almostRain has to be my best purchase this year! With a beautiful soundtrack and wonderful atmosphere I got sucked into the world of rain almost immediately. It's the type of game that only comes around once every couple of years. Everything was so perfect there's nothing i can say i would change. If i had to pick one word to describe this game it would "Simple". Full Review »