Heavy Rain (PS3)

Copyright Sony Entertainment



Story Rating: 3.5/5 – Essentially a giant “Choose your own adventure” story: every decision you make determines the path your plot will take.

Spoiler Alert
Why the hell didn’t any of the reviews mention the fact that this story is about children being murdered? I was not happy to discover this fact, nor the fact that I was more than likely playing the killer at times.

Environment Rating: 5/5 – One of the most realistic environments you’ll find yourself in (although there’s naturally a bit of uncanny valley going on)

Game Play Rating: 3/5 – It’s pretty much entirely walking + quicktime events. The walking gets old very quickly as the controls get very convoluted due to automated camera angles. At times the quicktime events feel like you’re playing twister with your fingers.


Overall, I found this to be a stressful and infuriating game. If I had to pin it to a genre, I’d say it’s somewhere between a Die Hard: With a Vengence and Saw. Yeah, you heard me. Amusingly enough, I somehow ended up with the happiest ending possible (as far as I can tell). I’m thankful, and I’ll leave the other, less happy endings for pogle to explore. I was both thoroughly freaked out and somewhat impressed with how well the developers captured primal female fears, though.


Rating: ★★★☆☆ 


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