Heavy Rain (2010)

Video Game   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama


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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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Director:

David Cage

Writer:

David Cage

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16 February 2012 | MaximumMadness
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| An ambitious, thrilling and interesting video-game, "Heavy Rain" twists the format around by becoming more of an interactive-movie than a full-fledged game- and it is amazing!
I really don't know whether to review David Cage's 2010 PS3 release "Heavy Rain" as I would a video game, or as I would a film. The game is a unique exercise and experiment that further blurs the thin lines between the mediums of games and films. (A line that has been continuously blurred over the past 10 years, as many video games deliver compelling plots and intriguing characters that are beyond the processed, sanitized crud that Hollywood spoon-feeds the public... There have been games with Hitchcockian levels of suspense and storytelling lately.) Indeed, the game is, more or less, an interactive movie. You spend about a third of the game watching scenes go by as you would a film, taking control of the characters at points to interact with others, explore areas, and looking for clues. It is very much like one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books you'd read as a child (your choices affect the outcome of the story, with dozens of different endings), although this is a very mature, adult tale of love and sacrifice.

Pascal Langdale provides the voice (and motion capture) for out main character Ethan Mars, a man who lost one of his two sons in a tragic accident that also put him in a coma for a period of time. When his only other son is kidnapped by the infamous "Origami Killer" (so-called because he leaves an Origami figure in the hands of his victims), and he gets a box of clues beckoning him to a series of demented tests in order to save his son, he must go on a treacherous journey to get his son back.

The player also controls three other characters at times, including Scott Shelby (Sam Douglass), a private investigator hired by families of the victims of the killer. Maddison Paige (Jacqui Ainsley), a beautiful young journalist whom meets Ethan and tries to assist him. And Norman Jayden (Leon Ockenden), an FBI agent whom is brought in to help with the investigation, who hides a severe drug addiction from everyone else.

These four characters all have compelling story lines in their own rights, and together, they form a marvelous cast for our story, which is essentially a mystery/suspense tale of Ethan trying to get his son back, and the others all trying to find the identity of the killer. The plot is loaded with cunning twists and turns (including a climactic twist near the end that I didn't see coming and pulled the rug out from under me), and as said before, is the sort of classic, Hitchcock story that movies just don't give us anymore.

I will now break down the game by it's various aspects...

Graphics... 8 out of 10 The character models for our four main characters are stunning and quite lifelike. Environments are generally brilliantly realized, and secondary characters also look convincing. This is a gorgeous, life-like game. It does lose a few points for two reasons- 1) some scenes with vaster scopes do look clunky (large crowds in the game look cartoony and unrealistic, and some textures pop in and out), and 2) the design of the game isn't very convincing. This game is supposed to take place in the US, but you can tell it was made by Europeans- it isn't realistically designed at times.

Sound... 10 out of 10 Normand Corbeil's orchestral score for this game is incredible. One of the finest scores in gaming history, in my opinion, and one of those rare scores in games that feels like it would fit into a Hollywood film. It is very emotional, tragic, and suspenseful. In addition, the voice acting on everyone's part is perfect. Everything clicks in the sound department.

Controls... 9 out of 10 The controls are difficult to master (having to hold "R2" to walk feels... wrong), and are very simplistic. To be honest, you could probably play this game with one hand at times. As this is more of an "interactive movie", there isn't much button mashing or anything like that- this is a game where you will occasionally need to hit a few buttons, or use some quick reflexes. But once you get past the eccentricities of the control scheme, you will find it works darn-near perfectly! (With the exception of a few moments where you are suddenly required to press and hold about seven different buttons at once, which are frustrating as heck!)

Story... 10 out of 10. As I said above, it is a strong mystery/suspense tale. A serial killer known as the "Origami Killer" has been kidnapping young boys and drowning them in rainwater over the course of several days. Ethan Mars, the father of his latest kidnapping victim has only a few days to save his son.

Overall... 10 out of 10.

This is a unique game. It certainly isn't for everyone (I know more than one person who adores it, and I also know more than one person who loathes it), and it feels like an enormous experiment, albeit an incredible one. I love this game. And I highly recommend it!

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Trivia

In one of the Behind the Scenes videos Jacqui Ainsley is seen while auditioning for Madison. The dialogue 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.


Quotes

Norman Jaydem: No warrant? No problem for Blake. He thinks his badge entitles him to do anything he wants.


Goofs

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.


Alternate Versions

The PS3 Demo has an alternate tutorial starring Scott Shelby as he works his way out of his car, has a brief asthma attack, and segues into the Sleazy Hotel scene. In the full version of the game, this scene does not exist, and the Prologue level starring Ethan Mars serves as the tutorial.

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Genres

Adventure | Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

23 February 2010

Language

English


Country of Origin

France

Box Office

Budget:

€16,700,000 (estimated)

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