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WeView Verdict: Heavy Rain

Seven. But that's just us, right?

Well less of you got involved this week, but those of you who did were certainly feeling vocal about Heavy Rain. I don’t think we’ve had a week so far with so many long reviews – in fact Eldave0 managed to top a thousand words in his review, something that I wasn’t sure we’d see in WeView.

To kick things off it only seems appropriate to start with Origami Killer. I mean come on, where else can you start for Heavy Rain? So let’s start with how the game handles characters, something that Heavy Rain seems to pride itself on.

The characters in the game are not pointless uninteresting pixels on a screen but people, you can relate to them easily and feel the pain they go through in the game. This is what makes Heavy Rain, the ability to feel the emotion of the characters in the game. Without this the game wouldn’t be half what it is. The voice acting is quality and the actors chosen for the game are perfect.

Next up a note on how the game’s dynamic story works. This, to me, seemed to be one of the most interesting aspects of what Quantic Dream was trying to achieve with Heavy Rain. Yes, games have attempted multiple paths before but not to the extreme that Heavy Rain has attempted them.

Unfortunately, in KeRaSh’s opinion, the way the game ended didn’t actually reflect this flexibility.

The game also claimed that your actions decided the outcome of the game, which is true, but it was more limited than I expected.

Getting all the endings for the Platinum Trophy felt like watching a bunch of stitched together cut scenes that appear in a different order for every ending. Some endings having more short cut scenes than others depending on how many characters survived during your playthrough, some had a few different cut scenes thrown into the mix but the most interesting aspect of the game, the killer, was always a constant in your endings.

Of course, it’s nice to have a little disagreement sometimes, and although KeRaSh wasn’t impressed it seems that cam_manutd felt that the multiple endings actually added to the game, giving it more replay value. They also had a little to say about the game’s plot, something that we’ll touch on more in a moment.

There are twists and turns but without giving too much away, the story has an effect on the player. There is one particular moment that you self harm to further yourself in the plot. The nerves and reactions are shown terrifically here something untouched in the medium.

There are also multiple endings and ways to play out each section giving plenty of replay value while also being like the director of the game.

Next up, the plot. Now most of you said you loved it, but I think tom_lord summed it up absolutely fantastically.

One could describe Heavy Rain as a straight to dvd B-movie. This is a massive compliment. Anyone that dismisses this game because it’s not as good as a soap opera is way, waaay wide of the mark. You may think this is the case, but what some (and it’s a tiny minority) fail to understand that this is the first game ever to reach the lofty heights of storytelling that is at least comparable to other media platforms.

Add in to the equation the interaction with the tale and choosing which path to follow brings a new level of immersion into the gaming platform.

I think tom_lord is absolutely spot on. For a game to have a story that feels even close to other mediums is rare, when we talk about a game having a good story it’s normally when compared to other games. I wouldn’t say that Heavy Rain is quite the first, Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed may also be hitting close to the story telling in other mediums, but it’s certainly amongst the first crop that have stories which really feel meaningful.

It only seems fitting that I give the final word on Heavy Rain to Eldaveo, just for the sheer length of his review. Here’s their conclusion.

In summary, any gamers who love a solid story should absolutely check this out. Sure, there are a few plot holes in the game’s narrative but I didn’t notice these until the ending credits rolled and I sat down and really thought about it. During my first play through, it completely gripped me and kept me guessing throughout.

That, mixed with a solid collection of characters, means it easily stands as one of the best stories I have experienced in a video game. Add to this a basic, yet brilliant, control scheme and you have the formula for one of my favourite games of all time.

Onto your verdict. This week wasn’t even vaguely close, with only one Bargain Bin vote coming from teflon with justification that it’s where you’d find the game now. So with an overwhelming eleven out of twelve votes, Heavy Rain is officially rated as a Buy It by the TSA Community.

Finally, a quick note. I’ve been asking this on Twitter as well, but if you have any games you’d like covered in WeView then please drop me a note in the comments. We can’t pick everything but it would be useful to gauge interest for titles.

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29 Comments
  1. Jim H [Teabags]
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    It’s great to hear actual gamers singing praise about Heavy Rain and not just critics. By far the best game I played in 2010; it’s just a shame QD were budged into making the game Move-compatible instead of working on more of those fantastic DLC episodes.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 12:06.
  2. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Dragon Age 1 and Fallout New Vegas please. I haev already review Fallout New vegas and would do it again. It is in TSA vedicts somewhere.

    I enjoyed Heavy rain when i owned it. My Dualshock 3 broke last year so i decided to trade it in as there was no point having a game i could not play.:( It was one of the best and unique games i have ever played. The graphics are amazing but was let down a but by the low res textures on some objects. It was one of those games that engaged the player in a deep and emtional story. I sheded some tears at the begining when that event happens.
    I should have reviewed this in weview.*slaps self* i wonder what the other members thought of it?

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 12:09.
    • BrainDiver
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      I would also like to see a Dragon Age: Origins WeView.

      Also, glad to see Heavy Rain getting some love, I managed to find a pre-owned (but like new) collectors edition (with the cool cardboard case) pretty cheap soon after they released the move edition.

      I loved it. Flawed, but still brilliant. So glad it had good sales.

      Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 16:34.
  3. bacon_nuts
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

    I didn’t like this game much, tried to do it as badly as possible and killed all the characters except the main.

    Next WeView Little Big Planet or Little Big Planet 2? Unless that’s been done and I’ve missed it already..

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 12:40.
  4. ratkiller75
    Member
    Since: Nov 2010

    A possible WeView that I’d like but doubt that you’ll do (you don’t ask you don’t get) is R.U.S.E. as this is one of the few in the RTS genre on console. It is however quite old by now (getting on for a year) but it could represent another outside the box game (as RTSs aren’t normally seen within half a mile of a console).

    Also perhaps later on inFamous 2 once its come out, although we have a while to wait yet.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 12:46.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Aargh – i meant to do this but completely forgot. Oh well, let’s just say i’ve completed it a few times and intend playing it a few times more – unlike the other current detective game which is going to be traded in imminently.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 12:50.
  6. coruscant
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    It’s interesting how none of those selective comments mentioned gameplay. I played it around my friends house and although I can’t comment on story, I found the actual gameplay often very frustrating.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 13:00.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I mentioned it but they didn’t pick that part. :)

      Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 15:37.
  7. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Wow, some great opinions there. Would love a metal gear solid 4 we view.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 13:23.
  8. Origami Killer
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    thanks again for the mention, with my username i knew i would ;) currently lending my copy of Heavy Rain to a friend but i would have loved to play through it again when psn was down.

    Really love this feature, so i don’t mind what game comes next. Maybe Dead Space 2, Fallout New Vegas, and i think Enslaved should get a chance ;)

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 13:24.
  9. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Damn, no shout put for me this time lol. Enslaved is a good shout from origami killer. Something a little less mainstream would be good.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 13:38.
    • Origami Killer
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      saying that i still havnt completed it so i couldnt do a mini review on it though :P would like to see everyones opinion on it though to give me some incentive to play it again

      Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 14:27.
  10. haz360
    Member
    Since: Forever

    I wrote a review but my Internet is down so couldn’t upload it in time :( To sum it up briefly, Heavy Rain is flawed but should be played by everyone.

    As for future WeViews, Dead Space 2, L.A. Noire and Uncharted 2 for me :)

    Comment posted on 30/05/2011 at 13:41.

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