Heavy Rain (2010)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Crime | Drama  -  23 February 2010 (USA)
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As a child goes missing, his father tirelessly works to rescue him, while a journalist, an FBI agent, and a private detective try to identify his kidnapper known only as the "Origami Killer".

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Jacqui Ainsley ...
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Madison Paige (voice)
Leon Ockenden ...
Norman Jayden (voice)
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Aurélie Bancilhon ...
Max Renaudin Pratt ...
Shaun Mars / Scott Sheppard (voice) (as Max Renaudin)
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Ginnie Watson ...
Grace Mars / Hospital Nurse / Passer-by Trendy Woman (voice)
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Gordi Kramer / Ash / Passer-by Trendy Man (voice)
Taylor Gasman ...
Norman Stokle ...
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Architect, and Father Ethan Mars joins a Private Detective, a Journalist, and an FBI agent in a race against time to save his son for a child murderer known as the Origami Killer. Written by Anonymous

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Set in Philadelphia (and the surrounding area). See more »

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If Ethan is arrested and interrogated by Blake, Norman has the option of interfering by shoving Blake and then punching him. Blake will then force Norman out of the room by threatening him with his gun. It is against police protocol to carry a sidearm into interrogation, for fear the suspect might get possession of it. This rule is deliberately violated by Blake to demonstrate further corruption. Other examples of disobedience committed by Blake include trespassing on a suspect's property and using excessive violence towards them. This is used to make the player consider Blake a possible suspect in the case. See more »

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Scott Shelby: Goddamn Asthma. Can't breath when it rains.
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References Saw (2004) See more »

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Like nothing you've seen for a gaming system before
27 February 2010 | by (Culver City, California) – See all my reviews

Heavy Rain will be a game that will divide people. Some will dislike it, feeling that it is too linear and that there is too little gameplay. Others will enjoy it for its fantastic and deep story. But, you can't deny that Heavy Rain is something new and possibly game changing. I'm on the side of those who finds this game to be fantastic with an unforgettable experience.

In the game, you play as four characters each investigating the Origami Killer, someone who has been taking young boys and drowning them. In this case, you are trying to find the whereabouts of Ethan Mars young son, Ethan Mars being one of the playable characters.

Heavy Rain once again proves that gaming can be just as good as any film out there. It is an emotional roller coaster. Despite a plodding beginning of mundane tasks, you can't help but smile at the happiness of a man playing with his children. And it weighs heavily on your soul when you have to choose between killing a man for the sake of your own child's life or letting him live because he has children of his own. These kinds of emotional peaks and valleys are at the heart of Heavy Rain, and the added factor that any of your playable characters can bite it at given points makes the game even more thoughtful. More so than any other game, you want these characters to live. And with a total of 22 different endings, anything is possible. The game also keeps itself grounded in reality. Unlike Quantic Dreams previous effort, the critically acclaimed Indigo Prophecy, or Farenheit for the European crowd, there are no aliens, cyborgs, or strange cultists. This is all about real characters facing real issues, all things we can relate to. And that may be it's strongest suit.

Where Heavy Rain lacks, obviously, is gameplay. The actually gameplay here is typically down to a few button presses or pulls of the joystick. There are times when you have free reign over the characters movement, but each area is set up like a scene in a film, so as to what you can actually do is limited. However, you do have to be careful while in these environments. Make a wrong choice, or overlook something, and the consequences could be heavy. Anyone looking for a huge amount of involvement may find themselves disappointed. This is definitely not GTA. But, to me, the game is still very much worth it. It generally takes a 60 hour rpg to reach this kind of emotional and character depth, but the game just goes to show that attaining the kind of character depth and dramatic emotions in a game that should be there isn't all that hard to achieve. It's very much possible, and that makes Heavy Rain worth playing for anyone who can. The story is also great, with some moments that will be unforgettable.

So, if you can play it, at the very least rent Heavy Rain. It's a worthwhile experience, and one you won't soon forget.


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