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Heavy Rain (PS3)

by Sony
PlayStation 3
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
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Game Information

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

Product details

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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 (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301 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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11 of 11 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 160 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Aug. 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have very high praise for this game. "Heavy Rain" totally drew me in, the level of realism was so great that I really cared what happened to the people I was watching on screen in a way that quite surprised me.

I can't say much about the plot other than the obvious (4 people become embroiled in the search for a serial killer), because everyone who plans to play this needs to know as little as possible about the plot to get the most out of it. You need to know about the style of play though. Apart from making the character move about, which is done with the directional stick, every other action on the screen is co-ordinated by following on-screen button prompts. Some of this simple, for example, if you stand facing a cupboard, you might see an arrow pointing to the left flash up - and pushing the analogue stick to the left makes the character open the cupboard and see what's inside. And some of the action is more complex. Anything like fighting, escaping or carrying out difficult tasks means that you have to watch the screen closely and press the right button quickly as it appears, or hold three down at once, or mash one as fast as you can...get the idea? Sounds like it would get boring fast but I have to say it didn't - although I got sore hands after a few of the very diffcult combinations when I ran out of fingers!

The success story of "Heavy Rain" though, is the sense of real drama. The story and the characters are fantastic. All four leads are amazingly lifelike, and they speak, move and emote with real depth, and this makes you become hugely involved with the plot...well, I certainly was, When my characters encountered hurdles or were subject to attack, I was with them all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought on release, still feel the same
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