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Heavy Rain (PS3)

by Sony
PlayStation 3
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B002BWONF8
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 26 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,416 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Please note: This is the UK PAL version of the game and only includes English Language content

Experience a gripping psychological crime thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where even the smallest actions and choices can cause dramatic consequences. The hunt is on for the Origami Killer, named after his calling card of leaving folded paper shapes on victims. Four characters, each with their own motives, take part in a desperate attempt to stop the killer from claiming a new victim.

  • A unique emotional experience that makes you feel as if you’re IN a psychological crime thriller
  • Stunning graphics, animation and technology combine with a strong narrative that delivers a movie-like experience
  • Mature content, reflecting a realistic world setting that explores powerful themes
  • Accessible gameplay via intuitive, contextual controls and interface

Manufacturer's Description

Heavy Rain is a dark, immersive and emotionally-engaging experience; one that expands upon the innovative ideas of 2005's acclaimed Fahrenheit to create a noir-thriller where decisions are charged with importance and actions can have drastic and unforseen consequences.

In Heavy Rain you don't watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence. The choices you make and the way you interact with other characters have repercussions throughout the storyline. With unprecedented responsibility over the fates of the game's characters, Heavy Rain is an emotional experience unlike any other as a mature game for a new world of adult gamers.

From the team behind the critically-acclaimed Fahrenheit comes an even darker and more adult thriller, set to test the boundaries of video game storytelling. The story revolves around the hunt for a serial killer called The Origami Killer by four very different people: a FBI profiler, a private detective, an architect and a journalist.

Catch The Origami Killer before you become a victim
The combat sequences are as intense as any action game
Like Fahrenheit and 24 this often uses split screen views
The characters in Heavy Rain are the most realistic yet

If one of them dies the fact is simply incorporated into the story and you carry on playing with the remaining characters until either the killer is caught or the game ends in failure.

Although the story and characters are paramount the game still features plenty of action, playing out via quick time event sequences similar to Fahrenheit - where you have to press the buttons indicated on screen within a time limit. The game aims to be the most cinematic and emotional video game ever made - could this be the start of the game noir genre?

Key Features
  • Heavy plotting: A dark, adult-themed thriller with believable characters and a captivating plot full of love, violence and sacrifice.
  • Virtual luvvies: Breakthrough facial animation features the most realistic virtual actors ever seen, each capable of mimicking real and varied emotions.
  • Consequences: If a character dies they stay dead - no extra lives or continues, just an organic plotline with multiple different endings.
  • Quick Time: Intense action sequences that anyone can play, with simple controls and fast-paced against-the-clock challenges.
  • Conscious action: Unique control system lets you see what your character is thinking as they explore the world - and then act on it with a press of a button.
About the Developer: Quantic Dream
Always pushing the boundaries of cinematic presentation, the first game from this French developer was David Bowie vehicle The Nomad Soul. Their first big hit though was Farenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy), a very adult adventure that paved the way for "interactive drama" Heavy Rain.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different 10 Dec 2012
By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I played the demo of Heavy Rain when it first came out and I was intrigued, I had to get it! This is more of an interactive story than an action game, but the story is like that of a detective thriller movie, in a lot of ways it is like those old choose your own adventure books, with a hint of the good old point and click adventure games, and a few action sequences that play out using quick time events for good measure. It is unlike anything currently on the market although the creators, Quantic Dream, are bringing out another title in the future (Beyond: Two Souls)which is supposedly going to use a similar gameplay style.

In Heavy Rain, you control four different characters all looking for the Origami Killer, who kidnaps young boys who then get killed by drowning. The gameplay is split into chapters and in each chapter you play a different character. Choices you make during the game effect the story and ultimately the ending, there are several different endings you can achieve, but your first play through will be the most exciting as at this point you do not know anything about the story and the characters or who the killer is. However obtaining different endings is still worthwhile, especially if you wait awhile between playthroughs.

Personally I get tired of all the generic shooting games out there, war in the past, war in the present, war in the future, war in space, you get the idea, and welcome something a little different with some decent story telling and I hope to see more of this type of game in the future. If you fancy a change, Heavy Rain is certainly worth a look. However if fast paced action and lots of shooting is more your thing, you might not enjoy it as much as I did.
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149 of 159 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A landmark in video games 27 Feb 2010
By Mr. T. Pooley VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
"Heavy Rain" is by far the most innovative game I have played for quite some time. No other title has immersed me so deeply and made me feel so much a part of a story. Although it does have a couple of minor faults, this is likely to be a contender for Game of the Year (and we're only in February!).

In a city on the East coast of America, a murderer known as "The Origami Killer" is on the loose and taking the lives of innocent children. You, the player, are drawn into this terrifying tale by playing four different characters in an attempt to bring the killer to justice.

What makes "Heavy Rain" so great is the fact that it is utterly unique. Every action you take, every word you say, has a consequence. The way in which you react to any given situation has an effect on how events unfold later in the game. Sure, there have been games before in which a player's actions determine which variant of a path they travel down (RPGs such as "Fallout 3" come to mind, for example), but not on the scale that "Heavy Rain" does. If a character dies, there is no returning to a previously saved game - the story progresses without them and the way it pans-out is affected by such events. The developers claim that there is an exceptionally large number of ways in which this game can conclude, and this means that everyone who plays it will have a different experience. In short, "Heavy Rain" delivers a level of interactivity heretofore unseen in video games.

The story is immersive, gripping, and full of suspense. The characters have a lot of depth to them, and offer enough variety between one another to keep things interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep,Intelligent And Completely Brilliant ! 15 April 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is like nothing else before. In fact it is more than a game, it is an experiance. After completing Heavy Rain i took a big sigh of relief, not because i was glad it was over, but because you became so immersed and involved in the game that you almost become a part of it, a part of it's world. This game is no idiotic everyday action game, this is not something you simply pick up and play for five minutes or so, and neither is it a game to relax to. I spent most of the game at the edge of my seat with sweaty palms shouting at the tv with suspense. The game is a cocktail of button sequences,clue-solving,investigative work and of course decision making. Which is where the genius of the game is. Every choice you make,every action you take has a consequence. And that consequence changes the game's story or character involvement. The storyline is chilling,gritty and smart. It keeps you guessing right until the end, but of course how will it end ? That is up to you. The ending is one of the game's highlights, because there are so many.It all depends on how you've played the game. I got one ending, and my friend got a completely differant ending, as did his friend ! It's completely brilliant ! This game is amazing. From the storyline, to the player involvement, to the tense action scenes, to the charaters, to the cinematics, everything about this game is truly stunning. I recommend this game if you are looking for something fresh,exciting and completely mind-blowing.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not quite what I had expected. 18 Mar 2010
By Steve
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is my first review so I hope the fanboys and other critics wont be too hard on me! After all, these are simply my views. (Sorry if it seems a little long)

I have played through the entire story several times now. (several replays in order to unlock different endings and trophies/achievements)

The most important thing for me when it comes to a game is that it must be fun. Heavy rain, although unlike any other game that I have played was fun the first time I played through it. I was gripped by the story and I couldn't wait to finish it and find out what happened next.

The way in which the story was told was very good in that it kept my attention and aside from a couple of frustratingly long sequences with very little interaction worked very well.

The first time I played through the game I did not realise that you can go back to any chapter and play the story from there - My understanding was that if you made a decision, you had to live with it - and what ever happened was final - This made the action sequences genuinely exciting for me as I really didn't want to mess up.

So, with that in mind, my first play through was great. fun story, exciting sequences and at times, I did feel very immersed in the game's atmosphere.

It is a terrible shame that I did not take the game back to the shop then and trade it in for something else. I had finished MY story and thought it was very exciting, and very entertaining.

Unfortunately, I played it again and in doing so, I realised a few things which took a lot away from my enjoyment - and even managed to taint the first (seemingly brilliant) play through.
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