Heavy Rain would have made a great movie, or perhaps a TV miniseries.
As a game? Not so much. It follows the same format featured in Indigo Prophecy
, of adventure-style sequences where you interact with the environment and other characters for the slow bits, and Quick Time Events
to deal with the action-heavy bits. And it's a workable frame for the story, but it's not really a game. It's interactive fiction, and the problem is that the pace is too slow for the first half and a lot of the action sequences really damage what little build up the plodding pace provides.
I'll call out the fight Madison has at the beginning of her sequence. It could have been an interesting, and more importantly, dynamic
introduction to her character. All of a sudden she's being attacked, and taking over control of her immediately puts the player in a position to sympathize with her. And then, no, it was all just a dream. A few minutes of exciting gameplay and interesting character development all thrown out the window because the designers remembered that people need to stay awake through this.
The absolute worst part is that it fails as something to be viewed, as well. The problem with the Quick Time Event bits is that you've got lots of button and analog inputs flashing on the screen, right on top of the action. Sometimes you can't even really see what's going on, which makes it rather useless as something watchable. Not to mention the previously-mentioned pacing issues.
I absolutely can't recommend this. The story is good, but nothing you haven't seen done well in movies like Se7en
. The gameplay is crap because of the awkward controls and Quick Time Events. And the Replay Value
is lost because nobody in their right mind will want to plod through the first half of the game to see the second half, meaning that discussing the game with friends becomes awkward.
I consider myself a collector of games, and I didn't even bother to keep this one. I traded it in. It's worth a rental, maybe, or picking it up used when it drops to about twenty bucks. However, buying it brand new is pure folly.
I can't play this (I own a hex bawx) but that is just as I suspected
12th Apr 10
12th Apr 10
I have this game and hate it. My 63-year-old dad even said "the controls are ridiculous", and had more fun playing Uncharted 2 (on Very Easy mode, as he's not a big gamer), then playing this.
I think that if Heavy Rain
had a design like, say, Silent Hill
, in which you walk around with more freedom, examine things, and actually control your character directly during action moments (instead of Press X To Not Die
, or to not whatever, as the case may be), it would be a better game. I'd like the freedom to drive my car and visit other places and investigate. I'd like to actually fight. Ironically, point-and-click games have more feedom than this. Movie-like camera angles can still be used, as the first 4 Silent Hill
games have taught us.
But I don't like Heavy Rain
. Give me the same story but more gameplay freedom, and I might enjoy it. But give me what's basically a movie with button prompts, and locking the player in each building or room until the relevant story portion is over, and I feel more limited than a Choose Your Own Adventure
It's a shame, as there's obvious detail put into the individual areas. In the shopping mall, the people walk around realistically, and I wanted to explore the individual stores (I couldn't really do that). In the park, when my character's son was playing, the kids were running around realistically and playing around, and it felt alive. Every location feels -alive- and believable. That part is really well done, and to be honest, something I've wanted to see in a video game in a long time.
It's a shame that the gameplay itself doesn't appeal to me, as I think this game could have been something special.
13th Apr 10
(edited by: BonsaiForest)
19th Apr 10
I have this game, finished it, and found it to be pretty damn amazing. I don't see why everyone hates it.
21st Dec 10
(edited by: HikarutheHedgehog)
21st Dec 10
3rd Aug 11
It's pretty damn bad as a movie, too. The plot is thin as sieve, and has just as many holes.
8th Sep 13
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