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The Taxidermist DLC Commentary

I was thinking about doing a review for the first downloadable piece of content for Heavy Rain - called, “The Taxidermist” – but I decided it’s unnecessary. It’s the same game, which I’ve already reviewed and it’s only one episode. However, at the same time, I think it’s definitely worth talking about, if only because after a good long time away from the game, I find myself once again loving Quantic Dream’s awesome and groundbreaking title.

For the record, this is only the first episode in a series of planned downloadable expansions for the game; the developers say they plan to release one extra episode for each of the main characters in the game. First on tap is journalist Madison Paige who, while pretty and apparently intelligent, likes to get herself into sticky situations. At the start of “The Taxidermist” – essentially a prequel – she is on the trail of the Origami Killer, and she has a tip that a creepy taxidermist might be the culprit. So, she heads to his house to get some answers and when she finds that he isn’t home, she decides to find a way in and do some snooping. Admirable and brave for an investigative journalist but once she discovers the nasty secret that lurks within, she immediately regrets such a bold endeavor. Obviously, your goal is to sneak around and see what you can discover but at some point, the taxidermist returns.

Now, depending on what you’ve done when he comes back, you could be in some hot water. First of all, you’ll be stuck on the landing with the creaky floorboards (unless you’re on the ground floor or in the garage; a situation I haven’t placed myself in yet) and secondly, any signs of your passing will be noticed. So if you couldn’t catch the stuffed eagle in time, or you left the refrigerator or the cabinets open, he’ll suspect an intruder and at that point, you can either hide or run. But there are other possible scenarios as well; if you’re stealthy and leave no signs of your existence behind, and you’re out of eyesight (and earshot) when he comes back, he’ll go about his business. Maybe you should just get the hell out. Maybe you should use that phone you saw in the bedroom. Maybe you should confront him…or maybe not. The point is, as you’ve come to expect with Heavy Rain, there are any number of options available to you, and you’ll have to play “The Taxidermist” through several times.

Upon completing it, you’ll see that you’ve seen one of five possible outcomes for the scenario. They’ll even tell you the names of each of the five endings you could attain, so that’s plenty of incentive to keep trying for them all. So while it’s true that it’ll only take 10-15 minutes to go through once, fans of the game will most certainly go through it at least a few times, meaning that this piece of DLC ultimately adds well over an hour of extra play time to the story. However, I would like to add that this episode isn’t new, at least in terms of development. When Heavy Rain first debuted several years ago, we saw three or four amazing screenshots and a video that showed us gameplay. That trailer, which wowed everyone at the Games Convention in Leipzig back in 2008, shows you “The Taxidermist.” Therefore, the team must’ve decided to cut this scene from the game but I do not believe they did this to get some premium DLC. I think it’s plain that such a scene really doesn’t fit well with the game’s storyline; it’s sort of out of left field and I think any good editor would’ve cut it.

By the way, Sam Douglas, the voice of Scott Shelby, lends his voice to the taxidermist. That’s why you’re saying to yourself, “damn, he sounds familiar.” And lastly, if you find the chainsaw with Madison when being chased and you succeed, she will do something to him that….oh dear God…the freak deserves it but it’ll make any man wince. Damn, girl.

3/23/2010 Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 10:03:15 PM

I've got two of the endings but I didn't find the chainsaw, I'll have to go back through and check it out. While I agree it has nothing to do with the story, it WAS one of the more tense scenes in the entire game.

Honorable mentions go to Ben for mentioning Madison and sticky situations in the same sentence.

You also may wish to write Spoilers at the top of this.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 1:02:54 AM

I don't think there are any spoilers here...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 1:59:05 AM

Oops... the world has ended, lol... I haven't played the game yet :)

...so I have to look for a chainsaw, I guess its still a tip of sorts :)



Last edited by Qubex on 3/24/2010 2:00:39 AM

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 10:13:14 PM

I didn't read the whole article because I want to be suprised.

The most important question is, is it worth it? Is it long enough for $5? I would hope for something like 2-4 hrs.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 11:06:04 PM

eh, that feels a bit steep. I got it for free but probably won't get the others at that price point.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @ 10:25:31 PM

I LOVE Chainsaw's

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 12:26:32 AM

I have to go through this again to try the chainsaw outcome. Sounds pretty rad.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 12:33:55 AM

I got the chainsaw ending first time through. I was pretty dense about getting out of there though, a lot of frantic running around towards the end for me XD

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 12:56:22 AM

Considering how many times I've played thru the main game (nearly 70 hours worth combined), there's no way I'll miss out on any of the 'Chronicles.' All day one buys for me (wish the whole Collector's Edition pre-order deal had been open to me, but I'll take what I can get).

Hopefully all the people who were disappointed this was left out of the retail version will download it once it's available to all.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 2:00:22 AM

I haven't bought the game yet. I would like to, however I am waiting for a special deal where some of this DLC is bundled together... more value for your money :)



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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 2:02:28 AM

Wow Ben, you were so excited that you kind of told everyone, who hasn't played the DLC, everything to expect or look for...I think that was wrong. I know it wasn't your intention, but anyway, after reading your article, you helped me find ways to get different endings. I keep getting the same two and I didn't know what else to do...lol.
I'm still mad that they are selling these episodes instead of just giving the fans what they paid for in the first place. $5 for 15 mins of 'outstanding' gameplay is a go and a no go...just depends on how bad I want it. Madison was free, but I don't know about everyone else. Gotta pay for those and I don't want to support this overpriced DLC trend. I bet alot people are going to be mad I sad that...deal with it, a rip off is a rip off.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 2:05:34 AM

If we preordered this game from Gamestop should a code be available to us?

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 2:30:08 AM

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 3:51:12 AM

it is by far the most tense, most emotional scene in the entire game.
i can see why they cut it, because well its a prequel so the only place they could of had it was at the start and it really would not make any sense.
though, i wont be buying the rest of them, unless they beef up the length.
i dont have enough cash as it is, let alone blowing it on 10 minute DLC.

this is what every developer should do for their game, id love to see a prequel or something for uncharted 2 or GOW3.
what ever happened too that level they showed at E3 when they announced the game?
that must be the titan level stig was talking about, i hope they release it as DLC that was looking epic!

speaking of GOW3 im going to the IGN media night tomorrow.
can not freaking wait, i can not believe i got it im so freaking excited ive never won anything in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wonder who from santa monica will be there.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 8:19:37 AM

The chainsaw scene was pretty messed up and took some guts to do. As Ben put it, 'it will make any man cringe.' I saw it coming when I found the chainsaw.

I will say that it was fun to play as it was free for me but I hope the other ones are longer because I think $5 maybe be a little steep. It does have 5 different ending and if you find them all it maybe worth it. I have 2 so far.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 12:58:59 PM

I am sorry Ben, I avoided reading this until I play it.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 @ 2:14:16 PM

Sounds like a lot of fun, for me I'd play it to get every ending so I'd get a good hour out of it at least. I look forward to playing this after I play the full game, which will be whenever I can afford it.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 12:30:20 AM

Looking forward to the DLC. Might still be another weeks before I can get my hands on Hokuto Musou.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 3:42:47 PM

Just played it...it's super creepy

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