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