Heavy Rain Game Review
SoHood.com Reviewed by: Mario Diaz
Format: PS3
Game Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’m going to try to do this review on Heavy Rain without giving any plot points away, so don’t worry about any spoilers, as I’ll keep things short and to the point. Being that the game’s strong point is the story, it wouldn’t be fair to spoil it before actually experiencing it for yourself.

The story revolves around four characters, a private investigator Scott Shelby, FBI agent Norman Jayden,  insomniac Madison Paige and Finally, the main protagonist Ethan Mars. You’ll control their daily interactions, which ultimately are in some short of way connected to each other.

The strong point of the game is its story/plot, as the game moves from cut-scenes to actually controlling the character itself. You’ll be able to interact with your surrounds, in hope of finding answers, and clues. Heavy Rain will undoubtedly leave many that invests their time in the game, with a deep profoundness to this game and its journey that one had just gone though. One question that you’ll soon learn is ‘How far would you go to save someone you love?, without giving away too much, it’s a sad and serious question that one must answer, as the player would be tested numerous times with this dilemma though-out the journey.

A lot of the action sequences are played through onscreen prompts or quick time, as many God Of War fans may recognize. As you press specific buttons in sequence, move the right analog stick in specific directions, shake the controller, and move to interact with the scenes. Sounds easy, but Heavy Rain has a way of many these actions harder, when a character is scared the onscreen prompts move quicker and shake in a way that makes them hard to read. This does not make the game less fun, or frustrating, as it relays the seriousness of the situation, in the quest to form a bond with the character on screen.

Some action sequences give you an option of either going left or right, as in a car chase, you’ll be ask numerous times to either drive frantically and dart to the left or right-hand side of the road to evade a car. The weird part is that you’ll never know if you’ll wrong or right, when choosing one or the other, as there is no terms of success and failure. There is no right or wrong way to play. It’s as if the game will still move forward, but in doing so, it will adjust to the consequences of your procedures.

Heavy Rain is a game that is not made for everyone, as it starts off way too slow, and it might turn off many people. But those who give it a chance will find a game that has an emotionally engaging story, which will adapt to your actions.

About the Game:
Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed by: Quantic Dream
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: US: February 23, 2010
MSRP: $59.99