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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Langdale ...
Jacqui Ainsley ...
Madison Paige (voice)
Norman Jayden (voice)
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)
Leslie Clack ...
Gordi Kramer / Ash / Passer-by Trendy Man (voice)
Taylor Gasman ...
Norman Stokle ...
Patricia Davidson ...


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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In one of the Behind the Scenes videos Jacqui Ainsley is seen while auditioning for Madison. The dialog she read for Madison explained that while on assignment in the middle of war zone a terrorist attack took place and she felt responsibility since she was powerless to stop it. This would have explained to the player Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was the cause of her insomnia, but the monologue is not in the final version of the game. See more »


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 »


Ethan Mars: [Holding gun to strangers head] I'm a Father too...
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References Memento (2000) 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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