The first eight hours of Heavy Rain

The only background information I have about Heavy Rain stems from two things: the playtest demo they showed at the Leipzig Games Convention and the downloadable demo on PSN.  That's my only frame of reference.

Now that you know about how little I know about this game, I can tell you how the game feels.  I had a really enjoyable time playing this game.  It's got this kind of hook that doesn't really sink in to me with other games.  The characters are sharp, easily recognized — it's not too difficult too imagine any of these people in a TV drama or as your own neighbor.  Well except for Jason.  I've never met a child that stupid.

The quick time events (QTE) weren't as clumsy or as awkward as I thought they might be.  Resident Evil 5 had some pretty simplistic QTEs, but Heavy Rain goes above and beyond that by syncing the button presses in conjunction with what you're actually doing on screen — if the character has to hold something with two hands, you better believe you're gonna be pressing at least two buttons to do the same thing. 

Pretty clever.

I've often compared this game to those choose-your-own-adventure style books.  I have yet to beat the game, but I'm already itching to play through a second time.  Hell I might even play it ten times just to see everything there is to do.  It's possible to cheat the game and reset the game after every event to see every outcome, but you'll be cheating yourself out of a game experience if you do that.  So don't. 

It'll be a waste of $60 bucks if you do that, as you'll effectively be killing the replay value in one sitting.

While Heavy Rain is not without it's shares of pitfalls, it does do several things badly.  Things like:

  • Tiny font: Don't play this game on a standard definition TV.  You'll have to squint to read the in-game text.
  • Clumsy action commands.  I can't tell you how many times I confused shaking the controller sideways to shaking it up and down. And don't even get me started on just walking forward alone. 
  • Triplets: Three siamese triplets work at the police station.  How the hell…
  • Clipping: More of a small gripe than anything, but it's fairly weird to see Half Life 2-esque glitches.

So in conclusion for you TL;DR cats: this game is great.  It's got a catchy story that will hook you in, although the controls are a bit wonky at times that'll rip your hair out.  Play it lots, and don't cheat yourself.  If you do, this game ceases to be anything more than a nice Hollywood-style story with little gameplay outside of QTEs.

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2 Responses to “The first eight hours of Heavy Rain”

  1. 1 Kimura February 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Did you experience those freezes that seem to haunt some of the players of this game?

  2. 2 patapete February 27, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I did, but just once. Couldn't believe it!

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