• 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 1, 2013
    88
    Rain is a melancholic poem that grabs you as you play it and stays with you after you turn off your PS3.
  2. Apr 19, 2014
    75
    Without any multiplayer, exploration, or any other significant points of interest, Rain is a short, easy ride you'd be hard-pressed to venture into more than once.
  3. Mar 11, 2014
    86
    Rain is sad, beautiful and highly playable. [Nov 2013]
  4. Rain drops shows more than just silhouettes, with its great take on atmosphere and beautiful musical score, Rain is a classic.
  5. 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.
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    75
    Not enough gameplay for kids and the story is too weak for adults. Rain is not perfect but it’s one of those games that gives PS3 its unique character. [12/2013, p.65]
  7. A three-hour experience that is equally touching, haunting and well worth your time. [December 2013, p82]
  8. Oct 31, 2013
    80
    If you have a PS3 and can roll with the kind of plaintive adventure Rain revels in, it’s one of the year’s most interesting peculiarities.
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Oct 19, 2013
    77
    This is a beautiful and brave adventure with an inescapable sense of melancholy. [Dec 2013, p.66]
  13. Oct 18, 2013
    40
    Rain tries to emulate the form of others, while totally failing to capture the same substance. The result? A forgettable also-ran that feels more like the product of a committee than someone trying to bring their vision to life.
  14. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    In the end, Rain is a beautifully crafted game on the PlayStation 3 which proves that sometimes less is more. It is well narrated and features some sturdy gameplay that I could happily recommend to all gamers who want something a little different. Given that, Rain is also an emotional experience that successfully draws the player into this dream like world of rain.
  15. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    A unique and highly atmospheric game you just can't help but finish in one sitting... though that leads us towards its biggest shortcoming: it's too short and perhaps a bit too easy as well.
  16. 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.
  17. Oct 9, 2013
    75
    Rain brings up the poet in you. With a beautiful soundtrack, refined story and a style that oozes beauty, it keeps you looking for a deeper meaning. That makes for an intriguing experience, although the stylish bubble has a tendency of breaking and the simple gameplay becomes an obstacle.
  18. 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.
  19. Oct 8, 2013
    80
    Rain is the next downloadable game by Sony, that shows perfectly why the PlayStation Network-titles are made. Short, intriguing experiences that centralize the player. This mysterious world is beautiful and creates a memorable experience for the player. It's a shame that it takes a while to get going and uses a lot of text, but after an hour or two no one will care anymore.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Oct 7, 2013
    90
    The only thing we don’t like about Rain is its playtime: it’s too short, we want to enjoy more of this game. A stunning display of story, with a magnificent soundtrack and we haven’t even talked about the gameplay yet. Puzzling in the rain has never been this beautiful and good.
  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 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Oct 3, 2013
    70
    A dark, moody and melancholic game that seems tailored for older gamers.
  27. Oct 3, 2013
    80
    Rain is a beautiful experience for PS3. A creative and charming adventure with all the flavors of Sony Japan Studio.
  28. 50
    Some brilliant and charming ideas can't prevent this lovely tale from becoming stale really fast. More variation would have been needed.
  29. Oct 2, 2013
    80
    Rain won't tax players the way other puzzle-platformers might, but what it lacks in challenge it more makes up for in atmosphere and story. An aching, moody title, it will nonetheless charm those who brave its inclement climes.
  30. Oct 2, 2013
    85
    It is short, but Rain gives you tons of magical, suspenseful and emotional moments.
  31. 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.
  32. 50
    Impressively unique in terms of both visuals and gameplay but all the most interesting ideas seem to wash away disappointingly quickly.
  33. Oct 1, 2013
    90
    Through complementary presentation, pacing, and the ease of the puzzles, the game’s rain mechanic transcends gimmickry and effectively serves both the gameplay and the narrative.
  34. Oct 1, 2013
    83
    The story loses us every now and then, the control isn’t always spot-on, and there were missed design and gameplay opportunities. But the result is what matters. What matters is that we feel as if we’re part of something attractively surreal, an interactive endeavor with intrigue and a bit of philosophy, a distinct style and ambiance that is simple yet memorable.
  35. 70
    Visually arresting and audibly moody, Rain is a little damp in terms of depth.
  36. 88
    Rain isn’t the longest game I’ve ever played, nor is it the most frantic or thrilling, but it is definitely an incredibly enjoyable and engaging tale of two children lost in the cold, dark of night.
  37. 84
    If you are looking for a game that’s a non-stop thrill ride, you should look somewhere else. But if you want to connect with a game in a way that you aren’t used to, want to feel something, or just love buckets of precipitation–rain is the game for you. At $15, there isn’t really anything else like it.
  38. Oct 1, 2013
    87
    Rain is a wonderful, atmospheric game that’s too short but well worth the experience. It takes turns that I never expected it to.
  39. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    While Rain offers interesting puzzles, in the end, it falls short and its ideas are never fully developed. The concept is simple: you are only visible when exposed to the rain. The theme and the atmosphere of the game are gorgeous, unique and exciting, the problem is the execution: the story lacks pacing and it gets dull sometimes. Other than that, Rain it's worth a download. It should be the perfect companion for a rainy day.
  40. Oct 1, 2013
    75
    This original game wants you to relax. Its good design, excellent soundtrack and outstanding narrative are paired with a classic-style control system. This system is one of the shortcomings of the game, besides the general feeling of being discouraged from replaying any level we've already finished.
  41. Oct 1, 2013
    30
    Like an actual storm itself, the game expends all of its invigorating freshness within the first 10 minutes, and what follows is more of a tedious and waterlogged slog.
  42. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    A simply beautiful experience, and a perfect example of the kinds of games which Sony have tried to foster on their platforms over the last few years.
  43. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    Just like the weather, Rain arouses different feelings. Some people may consider it as a melancholic, familiar phenomenon, while other might see it as a purely magical moment. Because at the end of the road, it's just a question of interpretation, like art.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Oct 1, 2013
    95
    The night I finished “rain”, I fell asleep thinking about the story and what had transpired during the journey. Then the next morning I awoke thinking about it once more. While I didn’t have any clear ideas as to what it all meant, I was left with the undeniable feeling that I had experienced something exceptional.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    An average puzzle platformer that is saved from mediocrity by strong visual and audio design.
  51. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    With an emotional story and great sense of style, Rain should be one of this year's best games. Unfortunately it's marred by a story that ends far too soon and puzzles that are never challenging. Even with those problems, fans of ICO and stealth action will find a lot to like about Rain. At least for the three hours it lasts.
  52. Oct 1, 2013
    75
    While not as intriguing or long-lasting as something like Tokyo Jungle, I think PS3 players will still find themselves enraptured by the unique design of Rain's water-soaked world.
  53. Oct 1, 2013
    90
    With similarities to the likes of ICO, Shadow of The Colossus and last year's Journey, it's another exceptional entry in Sony's arthouse-inspired run of games that it consistently does so well.
  54. Oct 1, 2013
    65
    Rain tries to tug at the heartstrings, but I never felt connected to the characters.
  55. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    Rain is the latest game out of Sony Japans PlayStation C.A.M.P.-initiative, and it's the one most focused on story-telling. Through a rainy town, an invisible boy searches for a friendly face, an invisible girl. Through narrow alleyways and abandoned factories, the quest to banish loneliness and isolation goes on. A touching, moving and sublime beauty hangs over Rain, and the story delivers quite an impact.
  56. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    Rain is a creative and charming adventure that provides a refreshing set of twists beyond what we’re used to. Nearly everything it does it does with a sense of style and grace, but it’s also easy to feel as if Rain’s ideas could have been fleshed out even more had the project had a bigger scope to it.
  57. 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.
  58. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    Rain is a moving yet quiescent exploration of a very real emotion. It manages an unsettling but tranquil tale that wants you to confront your own fears of being alone. It does so with story and gameplay in unison, though it could have told us a lot more by saying a little less.
  59. 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.
  60. Oct 1, 2013
    88
    From the very first video, you already knew whether Rain was for you or not. It's short and simple. Actually, it's always trying to tell you what to do next, preventing you from even attempting to think how to solve a situation, which is something hard to understand and annoying. But if you can forgive this, you'll live an experience that no other game can give you.
  61. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    One of the most sensible experiences of the year, RAIN is pure feelings in a simple tale of boy meets girl and scape from monsters. The shadow of ICO is undoubtedly planning over SCE Japan Studio's new creature, but the makers of Puppeteer manage to give its creature an unique personality. Beautiful, lyrical, and extraordinary deep in feelings, RAIN makes itself Debussy's Claire de Lune to touch us and make us part of its own rain.
  62. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    A wet and mild ride through a spirit-infested city, Rain is soaked with smart stealth-lite systems and awe-inducing presentation. The simple puzzles and short running time wash away some of its triumphs, and it certainly won’t leave you streaming like Japan Studio’s most memorable excursions, but the adventure will still linger on your lips like a kiss under a dark cloud.
  63. 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.
  64. 80
    The game does manage to immerse players in Rain‘s world and the sound team in particular has done a fantastic job. The results of their work will likely draw an emotional response from Rain‘s intended audience. For people looking to play a game, this is not Rain’s foremost concern. For people looking to experience a narrative, Rain is for you.
  65. 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.
  66. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    Rain is not quite the model of refinement that some of its PlayStation Network peers have been, but it's an overwhelmingly amiable, effectively cultivated little adventure. Calming and scary, amusing and sorrowful, Rain is a game that jogs calmly through a gamut of emotions, rather than sprints headlong into mood whiplash, and it's incredibly difficult to ever dislike it, even during its twitchier moments. Rain is, above all, a most balmy experience.
  67. 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.
  68. Oct 1, 2013
    90
    If Tokyo Jungle didn't make you believe in C.A.M.P, Rain certainly will. With all of the doom and gloom about how Japan can't compete with Western megahits, it's definitely refreshing to see these smaller projects feel so tightly designed and well-realized. In a world where Ico was the hit it should have been, we would have been seeing games like Rain a lot sooner than 2013.
  69. Oct 1, 2013
    88
    I became invested in the characters almost immediately and found the game very accessible. It's perhaps a little too easy or too linear for some, and I would have appreciated another gameplay mechanic or two, but I found the design and difficulty to be perfectly fitting for the type of game this is.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. Oct 1, 2013
    85
    Rain is an anxious emotion — something that pulled me in with a setting so charming that I wanted to spend time there even when I was on edge.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. 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 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 »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. Nov 6, 2013
    9
    One of the best gaming artistic experiences I ever had. Set in a European city, probably Paris, in a wet raining night, escaping from what it is the metaphor of an illness. In terms of gameplay it may seem a bit weak, but that its not what the games focus on, it is all about the experience. Also you bet you will still manage to die anyway. I have been a bit disappointed by the ending, that like the prologue turned into a water colours clip. But apart from that the journey gives what intended to, what any lover of raining days does expect. It can't be missed, you won't regret it. Full Review »