Have you played Heavy Rain? Did you see the Kara demo? Okay, how about Beyond: Two Souls – did you see the E3 demo? Good. Now, do you know the man behind the game? Yeah, you’re right – David Cage. Warren Spector believes he’s a genius. For the record, we do too.
“David Cage is a genius. If Tim [Schafer - a "really good friend"] isn’t the best writer in gaming, David is,” Spector told MCV Pacific.
“I’ve never met the guy – I’d love to sit down and talk to him. But, basically, Heavy Rain works because it’s five scripts all jammed together and meshing together and branching together. It’s like it’s the world’s biggest choose-your-own-adventure book, and I can admire the craftsmanship behind that, and the skill it takes. I mean, I’ve actually written choose-your-own-adventure books, and I know how hard writing those is.
“But I also know that in Heavy Rain, nothing surprising will ever happen. No player will ever see anything, do anything, discover anything that David (with his undeniable genius) didn’t create. I think that’s a shame. I can’t look at that and say ‘that’s the future of gaming’, because the flow charts I did for One Thing After Another and Thing in the Darkness and other choose-your-own-adventure books that I did 1984 and 1987 are exactly the same structure as Heavy Rain. Exactly.”
He went on to heap praise on Cage and his game: “I loved that game as an experience – it was unbelievable,” Spector said. “It made every day mundane things high drama.
“I mean, holy cow! I’m in awe of the talent of the guy who wrote it and his ability to tell a cinematic story.”
hes good, but hes not THAT good!
allot of heavy rains story made no sense, and there really is never any link to any of the characters.
theres allot of inconsistencies and plot holes, so i dunno if id go as far to call him the best writer ever!
not even a genius.
a visionary yes, a brilliant writer yes, but certainly not perfect!
not like sir warren!
But he’s good, and I applaud him for taking risks most would never dare take.