I am well aware that this game, Heavy Rain, has been out for a very long time for the PS3. The thing is that, for the longest time, I was an avid Playstation hater. I have no problem admitting that. I refused to taint my console set up with anything Sony related. I held this stance even to the point of missing out on some quality games. Don’t get me wrong, I could give praises to games that were awesome and I understood that I probably just would not be able to lay them and that was okay.
But then, things started to change.
Not sure how or when or even why. I started putting together a list of Sony Playstation games that I would want to play and have in my collection. Games like the God of War series, Uncharted collection, Heavy Rain, etc. Then when I first saw the Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, I broke! I immediately started making plans to owning my own PS3. In fact, the Last of Us was one of the main reasons for my PS3 purchase. You can check out our review right here.
So after completing the Last of Us, the next game on my list which I just HAD to play was Heavy Rain. I am an addict when it comes to games with deep story lines and Heavy Rain had just that. I know there are tons of reviews from before the game was released back in 2009 and shortly after. But really, 4 years later? Well, tough, I’m still going to write one because I loved the game and want people to know about it. Don’t worry this will be a short review seeing that the game has been out for such a long time.
In a nutshell, Heavy Rain, a Quantic Dream interactive drama, adventure, action game, puts you in the role of four main playable characters. You play each character trying to solve the crimes of a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. The four characters include a father, Ethan Mars, a private investigator, Scott Shelby, a FBI investigator, Norman Jayden, and a journalist, Madison Paige. While you do play as each of these characters, Heavy Rain’s main character can easily be Ethan Mars. The game follows the latest victim of the Origami Killer, Ethan’s son, Shawn. You find and follow clues as you race against the clock to try and find his son.
Heavy Rain is a clever game. I love games where the choices you make affect the flow of the game. For instance, if you are not careful, characters in the game can die. Also, although you are playing as four individual characters which in the world of Heavy Rain probably would never meet or interact, their storylines actually crisscross each other. One of my favorite parts of the game was seeing how my choices affected each of the story lines. I promise you, by the end of Heavy Rain, you’ll be saying, “oooohhhh that’s why ____________!”
Now, I am thinking that because Heavy Rain has some age on it what I am about to say is justified. While at times the character modeling was pretty to look at, there were times that the graphic work looked dated. Also, don’t expect pin point responsiveness from the controls. The game at times handles like a 5 ton truck with a 10 ton hitch, in other words, not that well. However, what Heavy Rain loses out in controls, it more than makes up for it in an engulfing storyline. The atmosphere of the game is spot on and at times downright depressing, which works for Heavy Rain.
Heavy Rain will need to be played at least a couple times through just to try out the different choices and decisions and watch the various outcomes. Also, if you get the chance, download the DLC the Taxidermist which is a sort of prequel. Overall, Heavy Rain is a very enjoyable game with a very decent story line and subpar controls. If you like detective murder mysteries then you’ll enjoy Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain.
Confident Gamers give Heavy Rain an 8.5/10.