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The Critics Agree: Heavy Rain Sets A New Standard

Never judge a book by its cover. Never turn down food before it’s properly cooked, also don’t you give up on a story before you arrive to the end, and when someone tells you ‘it can’t be done’, just think of Heavy Rain. Quantic Dream managed to pull off what most developers wouldn’t dare try: A $20 million risk of a game, and now it seems they have the last laugh yet again.

Heavy Rain, when it was still under development, was the recipient of much criticism from the media, saying it’ll never succeed. Gamers also had their doubts; they’d seen enough big out-of-the-box efforts come to nut and therefore, instinctively, they lean towards the negative end.

But now the reviews are in, and critics across the board are hailing Heavy Rain as something totally ground-breaking, and that it sets a new standard in almost every way but especially interactive gameplay and stroytelling.

IGN: Heavy Rain won’t be for everyone (namely kids or people just looking to blow stuff up) but its deep story, branching paths, and fleshed out characters make it a title that should be played by anyone looking to see what videogames are capable of in terms of heartfelt experiences. I cared about these people by the time the credits rolled, and that’s what made me want to go back and get their stories right.

Heavy Rain’s an interactive movie, and it’s an enthralling experience.

Eurogamer: It would be a shame to look past Heavy Rain for these reasons, however, because while it is an intricate game that deserves to be debated for a long time, it is also a simple one to enjoy: a thrilling mystery, cleverly composed, and unlike anything else you will play this year. It may also be the only game you play this year where pulling the trigger makes you really feel something, and I can think of no greater compliment.

Game Informer: Taking the right lessons away from its previous title, Indigo Prophecy, developer Quantic Dream has shorn away most traditional video game trappings from Heavy Rain. What remains is an innovative journey through an engrossing and well-paced mystery. You’re given just enough gameplay to forge a connection to the world and its characters, but not so much that it interferes with the game’s cinematic sensibilities. Heavy Rain is a truly pioneering title, and hopefully the vanguard for a new genre of interactive narratives.

As you can see, the verdict is unanimous on this one, it’s a must play, no, a must buy title. One you’ll need to keep in your library, and to enjoy over and over again for the massive amount of replay value it offers.

We’ll be telling different stories about our experiences with Heavy Rain, your end will be different to mines. Your path might be more complicated, or it might just be an easier route. Can you remember a title where such detail was implemented? I can’t, not for the life of me can I remember a game like Heavy Rain.

And that’s the reason we talk about it here so often, nothing like it has ever been done.

You be the critic, do you agree?

5 Comments

  1. Sat, 13th Feb 2010 at 9:08 am

    Nice read, a day one buy for me for sure.

  2. Sat, 13th Feb 2010 at 9:11 am

    A day one buy for everyone who owns a PS3, or at least should be.

    I’d ever go as far as to say, HR is a reason to purchase said system.

  3. Sun, 14th Feb 2010 at 1:38 am

    As soon as I get my tax refund from Uncle Sam this week, I am going straight out and getting a ps3 and buying Heavy Rain. I am so pumped to experience Heavy Rain and all the reviews are getting me really hyped up I can’t wait to find the killer and hear the rain start to fall. PS3 and Heavy Rain here I come!

  4. Sun, 14th Feb 2010 at 3:20 am

    I’m actually downloading the demo for this right now. It’s been downloading for about the last 2.5 hours, and it says it still has about 2 more hours to go!?

    Here’s hoping the demo convinces me the game will be worth a buy. I don’t trust “reviewers” these days.

  5. Sun, 14th Feb 2010 at 8:26 am

    lol, I agree, but I’m almost sure you’ll purchase the thing bro.

    Hope you enjoy the demo.

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