Heavy Rain is by far one of the most ambitious video games to hit consoles in quite some time. From David Cage, the man behind Omikron and Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain is much more heavily invested in real human emotion than in supernatural phenomenon.
Regardless of whether the story affects you, we guarantee you've never played anything like this before.
Jeff: Heavy Rain isn't a video game per se. It's actually an interactive story that you watch first and participate in second. The narrative told in Heavy Rain is so many light years ahead of anything else out there that it stands separate from the rest as a truly innovative piece of software. The game places you in the shoes of four central characters whose storylines interweave and connect through one common goal: revealing the identity of a serial murderer known only as the Origami Killer. Make no mistake, the true star of Heavy Rain is its psychologically thrilling exposition, a story with just the right amount of twists and turns that it trumps most of what Hollywood offers us today.
Things don't pick up until an hour or so in, but when they do, Heavy Rain is able to successfully transport you into its creepy and occasionally all-too-real atmosphere. By giving you control over making major decisions in each of the main characters' paths, you are able to identify with these fictional people. And because these ultimatums must be made with great haste, you're easily able to understand the gravity of their importance. Playing off the basic human emotions of love for one's family and the desperate lengths we go to preserve that, Heavy Rain is much more identifiable than your average game.
All the action is carefully choreographed and--most impressive--dynamic. Fight scenes can change on-the-fly, all but guaranteeing you'll never see the same sequence twice. Every decision you make in the game is linked to changes in the story's presentation, which add to the overall sense of a personalized experience. All the major chapters have such impressive build ups and suspense that we occasionally forgot this was a Blu-ray game in our PS3 and not a drama on cable.
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