The Quick time events give you options to advance the story but unlike other games where if you miss the timed button hits you have to start again in this game it doesn’t put a stop to the flow of the game it just changes the direction of the event on screen. This removes the frustration experienced by other QTE’s in games. I know my first play through was controlled more by mistake as I bashed buttons in a panic when I was supposed to keep them pressed down than by choice but happily that adds to the game rather than taking away from it.
One of the first things that will hit you is this game is simply stunning to look at. Sometimes it looks so life like it’s spooky. The environments they have created are both gritty and beautiful which is hard to do, but even in the dirtiest grimiest locations you will turn up something that will impress you. The supermarket such a simple location but was really impressive the level of details gone into this game is incredible.
The story I just can’t get into without risking ruining it all for you but it follows 4 characters that you can control at different times in the game and centres around the origami killer a serial killer that has plagued the city for the last 8 years abducting young 10 year olds drowning them and leaving them on wastelands.
Heavy Rain is more like a gritty TV cop drama than a game or a movie giving you ample opportunity to shout “you stupid chief!” at the chief of police. The storyline is full of exciting twists and turns as each new scene brings something new to the table.
There is a father, a prostitute, a FBI agent, a PI, a detective and a journalist all playing major roles in the story along with many others to keep you guessing.
Its not just a massive long cut scene with some QTE thrown in either, it also requires some thinking and puzzle solving, and you need to mix your detective and forensic skills with good old cop work. Throw in some feminine charm and a good old dose of ass kicking to crack the case. But if you are expecting a free role like usual 3rd person shooter you will be disappointed. While you can and do walk around quite freely most action is controlled to a certain extent.
Over all on my first play through I found it an incredibly addictive experience. It is so well written and acted that you get lost in it just as you do a good film or TV show. I sat down at 5 30pm to play it and didn’t get up until 3 30am (not recommended for H&S reasons) while not always fast paced it is always interesting the more exciting bits will have your heart pumping, the moments that are meant to fill you with panic do as you try to think and act quickly. I’m not sure how much replay value there will be as I now know how the story end but I am going to go back and start again just to see what happens if I make different choices.
This really is a game everyone needs to experience at least once.