Article written by Kris Lipscombe.
Published on 24/05/2011 at 12:30 PM.
So, Heavy Rain. What an unusual concept for a game. If this doesn’t completely divide the community then I’m not sure what game will. With its fairly unique approach to story telling and gameplay this seems like it should split the community again.
There’s no denying that Quantic Dream’s goal for Heavy Rain was truly breathtaking. The real question is did they manage to convert their vision into something we can actually play? Well we didn’t think they’d quite managed it when we reviewed it last February.
Heavy Rain has arrived with a bang. It’s flashy, technically stunning but ultimately slightly empty.
Characters vary from vapid to engaging, the FBI agent a highlight but lead Ethan tends to look bored rather than desperate. If you’re looking for a decent story with minimal interactivity to occupy a wet weekend, one cut with mystery and suspense, Quantic Dream’s latest might be right up your street, but gamers looking for anything else will be left out in the rain.
A great idea, but unfortunately one not fully realised.
Ultimately it just seems it was missing a little something. Our score reflects that, putting it at a 7. However, I can almost hear some of you shouting that we were so very wrong about the game. Take a breath, remember those words, head over to the forums and put them down in electronic form.
Once you’ve done that remember to give it a score on the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It scale. Finally, if you want it included in the verdict post on Monday you need to get all of that done by Sunday afternoon, otherwise I’ll have already written the article.