Heavy Rain (2010)

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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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Madison Paige (voice)
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Norman Jayden (voice)
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Aurélie Bancilhon ...
Max Renaudin Pratt ...
Shaun Mars / Scott Sheppard (voice) (as Max Renaudin)
Quentin de Gruttola ...
Ginnie Watson ...
Grace Mars / Hospital Nurse / Passer-by Trendy Woman (voice)
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Gordi Kramer / Ash / Passer-by Trendy Man (voice)
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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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€16,700,000 (estimated)
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Playable scenes where Ethan would have to navigate through nightmares in known locations while completely submerged through water, making it clear to the player of what Ethan's blackouts were like. Ethan's blackouts were also explained as being brought on by the Origami Killer, who had established a mental connection to Ethan at the event of his son's death. It was cut for pacing reasons, and because the cause gave a supernatural tone the game developers didn't want. There is still a reference in the final version of the game by Ethan's psychologist that he was suffering from nightmares of drowning. See more »

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The game is supposed to be set in the United States, yet Ann Sheppard's hospital room has "Type-G" wall-sockets next to her bed. These sockets are meant for 220-240V/50Hz European voltage, and would never be found in an American hospital. See more »

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Scott Shelby: Ethan... You have my respect.
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References Saw (2004) See more »

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One the first major contenders for 2010's best game
28 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

It might leave you baffled, elated or just plain determined not to like it because you aren't blowing up people every five seconds. Yep Heavy Rain will (as expected) not be for everyone, which should be mentioned now as this game isn't for the young or inpatient. But it is everything that was hoped for and oh, so much more.

We play as four characters who are all centered around one particular lunatic who has a hobby of killing people in rain water - hence the title. Ethan Mars, is the character who seems to have the most obvious and complex problems and has to undergo some serious exertion throughout the game to the point where you think what else can they throw at him?! But obviously this is a spoiler-free review so I won't ruin the experience he can choose to take or not. The other playable characters include Scott Shelby a street hardened private detective who surprise, surprise is looking for the killer; Norman Jayden (FBI this one) also investigates the killer, mostly with his superspecs that could make Sherlock Holmes jealous. Madison Paige is our last individual who suffers crippling insomnia and finds solace by sleeping in motels, she finds herself drawn to investigating the killer.

The story is in a word: phenomenal, truly addictive gaming (take that Call Of Duty) as long as your willing to be submerged by it's complexity. But the best thing that really astounds is the huge amount of choice and the sometimes fatal repercussions it can have, it makes the game feel a lot less linear and really does ask 'How far are you willing to go to save someone you love'. Graphically it also exceeds - just take a peak at the loading screen if you are doubtful, I only found the odd hiccup while playing such as the audio occasionly stopping or the love scenes which could have been pulled off by Quantic Dream if the people didn't look like they were trying to suck the air around each other's mouths rather than kissing.

It sometimes feels hard to believe that you can be playing a game that is hugely refreshing and enjoyable despite some of the extreme lengths you have to take. The introduction and end are both oddly satisfying, it uses a cinematic start and knockout finish (no matter which one) with beautiful cut-scene's throughout. Heavy Rain is easily one of Playstation's best exclusive and a style that will hopefully inspire many more to follow its lead. To David Cage I say 'Bravo' on this masterpiece and greatly anticipate the DLC.


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