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Heavy Rain Clocking In At 8-12 Hours

Game length is a common topic of discussion, primarily because everyone - not just gamers - wants to get the most bang for their back. We at PSXE are of the philosophy that length is irrelevant, provided the game fits nicely into the time mold allotted. This is why an RPG doesn't need to be 100 hours long to be considered a good buy; if the story can be told well in 30 hours without rushing or dragging things out, we're happy.

Heavy Rain isn't exactly an RPG, but the same theory applies for all games in our estimation. According to the Videogaming247 blog, Quantic Dream head man David Cage said at the Leipzig Games Convention last month that his project should take around 8-12 hours to complete...with one interesting caveat. While he says the team is "targeting" the aforementioned time estimate for completing the adventure, he reminds us there are reasons for the "hardcore" to play through it more than once:

"It’s impossible in one walk through to see everything there is to see. And that’s going to be OK. For most gamers, they’re going to play it once, and really enjoy it and have a great journey, but some hardcore gamers will want to come back and see everything, and all possible options."

Whenever you have a branching storyline, there are always reasons to go back and see how a different decision would've altered the outcome. And considering Heavy Rain seeks to break through some walls in regards to storytelling, this could be a very appealing option, and not just for the hardcore. Perhaps we'll have a bunch of saved games so we can go back to make an important decision differently after beating it, and see what happens...

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

9/12/2008 Ben Dutka

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 10:52:05 AM

thats not very long at all...

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 11:43:16 AM

better than quite a few next-en titles out there. heavenly sword, kane and lynch, assasin's creed, even uncharted. most games clock in at about that or less. depends how difficult you find the game.

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 11:44:13 AM

well its not Final Fantasy is it, this game will have tons of replay value. i was expecting it to be shorter. need i remind people many great titles are this lenght, Metal Gear Solids, Silent Hills, Resident Evils & so on, so don't panic

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 12:03:26 PM

It's fine for me. I don't have the time or patience to play a game for months and not being able to finish it.

I think this lenght is very standar

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 12:26:52 PM

well it comes down to cost again. a shorter story but with better graphics seems the way things are leaning. Something has to give..

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 12:55:29 PM

It's not too bad considering the game is almost like a movie. From the trailers/videos it looks like you just watch and hit a few buttons here and there. But it doesn't bother me, I'll most likely be picking this up, but probably not on the first day. I may wait for a review first.

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Friday, September 12, 2008 @ 10:30:21 PM

I'm perfectly fine with this length, considering I work 40 hours and don't hours upon hours to play a game each day. As long as I can finish the game and it has a solid story than I'm fine with that length.

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