Title: Heavy Rain
Release Date: Feb 23rd-25th 2010
Genre: Interactive Drama
Platform[s]: Playstation 3
Developer: Quantic Dreams
Publisher: Sony Entertainment
Version Reviewed: Playstation 3
Addictiveness Rating: 5/5 - This is my crack

Heavy Rain is more than just a game, it is a masterpiece. To this day I have never come across a game that genuinely made me care so much for the characters I am playing. The old Final Fantasy games may have came close once upon a time, but their latest releases have fallen flat for me in regards to really giving a shit about the people within the game. Pretty Boy Character A died? Well.. I..Ohh, a Chocobo!

It goes without saying, however, that Heavy Rain is a lot like Marmite; you’re either going to love it or you’re going to hate it because there is no middle ground for an “interactive drama” such as this. Most gamers will have seen the previews, the advertisements, the trailers and assumed that this was a full-blown action game and will be severely disappointed to find themselves having to make their character take a shower (although seeing Madison’s boobage might prove me wrong there) or bandage a wound by doing more than just pressing one button. To them the title of this article will mean the complete opposite to what it means to me. More fool them!

The first thing that hits you when you sit down to play Heavy Rain are the finely tuned graphics. The attention to detail is truly phenomenal - From the slightest twitch of the eye to a brief movement of the mouth, this game catches it all and delivers it to you in a sweet package. You can see anger, pain, sadness and amusement so easily in the faces of the characters that you sometimes forget that you’re playing a game and not watching a movie. It doesn’t matter whether you hated the game or not, no one can deny that Heavy Rain is pure and utter eyecandy.

As rain is a major theme of the game I also wanted to mention how perfectly rendered the water is in this top title. When you pause the game the current image on the screen freezes and suddenly splashes of water cascade across your screen. The first time I paused the game I was completely taken aback and it is the small, trivial little things that really matter in Heavy Rain and it’s what makes it so artistic and more than just a “game”.

Although the graphics drag the gamer in, it is the storyline itself that grips hold of you and refuses to let go until you’ve savored every last drop of drama that this game has to offer you.  Playing as people who are not superheroes, who are not  Knights in shining armor, who are just regular humans who find themselves in a difficult situation, is what really makes this game so wonderful. I found myself stepping into the shoes of a father of two and finding that the footwear suited me enough for me to want to go running. I am sick and tired of being a soldier, a rock star, an assassin that it is actually a nice change to play the Average Joe.

The story follows Ethan Mars, a family man who looses his first son in a horrible accident during the game’s prologue. It doesn’t take long for him to then find out that his second son, Shaun, has been taken by the Origami Killer (a serial killer who uses rainfall to kill his victims). As the story progress we meet Madison Paige, a journalist who tries her best to help Ethan in her own special way; Norman Jayden, an FBI agent who is assigned to the case; and Scott Shelby, a Private Investigator  who also wants to uncover the identity of the Origami Killer. I found myself getting attached to each character for all their little quirks and enjoyed playing the part of each one of them. Quantic Dream obviously thought long and hard about their protagonists and there was a lot of depth to be found in each one.

Some have argued that Madison is the shallow little “damsel in distress”, but I completely disagree. She is not a ditzy, giggly little girl who needs others to rush to her rescue. She stands on her own two feet and does a lot of leg work in helping Ethan work out where his son is being held. I dare anyone to argue against that. Alright, I will admit that the moment in the game where she mentally shouts “You go girl!” did make me cringe, but to be fair the poor cow did just have to strip in front of a fat creep and managed to thwack him before he came in his pants.

If the graphics and storyline weren’t enough, the soundtrack of the game really is the icing on the, rather delicious, cake. There is this one scene that has stuck in my mind that I would like to share with you all. Two years have passed since Ethan lost one of his little boys and he has been separated from his wife for six months now. He is in is new, dreary looking house and has his remaining son over for the evening. They are both sat at the table, with Shaun eating pizza for dinner (like hell was I feeding him that yummy looking chicken!) and the sad atmosphere was emphasised by the emotional music playing softly in the background. You can really feel Ethan’s pain, how he blames himself for the death of his boy and how he now feels as though his second son is slowly slipping away from him because of this. If I was a more maternal woman no doubt I would’ve felt a little choked up, but I definitely felt my heartstrings being pulled. The whole scene could’ve been pulled right out of a dramatic movie and I congratulate Quantic Dream for really hitting the nail on the head with their genre of choice. I felt for Ethan, I empathised with him and you’ve got to give them credit for that.

Addictiveness Rating: 5/5 - This is my crack!

I can honestly say that this game is not going to appeal to a lot of gamers, but for those who do manage to appreciate the unique gameplay, the gripping storyline and the interesting characters are going to find themselves unable to put their controllers down. With a variety of different endings (although the shocking revelation of who the killer actually is remains the same), one piece of downloadable content already available and more in the works, Heavy Rain is a game that keeps on giving.

And boy am I glad it does!

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