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Why Is Heavy Rain Misunderstood?

The concept isn't new, but perhaps due to the advanced technology we currently enjoy, the basic goal of a game like Heavy Rain gets lost amidst the technical analysis and discussion.

I just didn't realize that avid gamers could misunderstand the intent. We've defended Quantic Dream's project before, and recently produced an editorial pondering the idea of an "intellectual genre," although it seems that such an effort fell on deaf ears. A new - and heavily misguided - article has arisen, accusing the developers of perking the ears of the media with nothing more than "smoke and mirrors." In all honesty, we had no idea someone could make such a grave error, as we had assumed that Heavy Rain's gameplay and appeal had already been revealed. The premise of the aforementioned article is that the title in question only has fantastic visuals going for it, and that it simply isn't enough in the eyes of gamers. They talk about an 8-10 hour game failing to give us the appropriate bang for our buck, and question the gameplay mechanics (albeit indirectly). As the article has gained plenty of attention around the Internet, we feel it's necessary to issue a crucial clarification on this matter.

Heavy Rain's primary focus is on the storyline and characters. We will be seeing an intricate plot from a variety of different viewpoints, and depending on the actions we make, the story will change significantly. Therefore, no two play-throughs will be the same, which immediately puts a crimp in the "only 8-10 hour" argument. Now, some people believe stories don't really have a place in video games; one of them is game guru David Jaffe, who has said in the past that complex storylines and video games just don't mix. The man gets all the respect in the world from us, but we have to disagree with him on this topic. Personally, I believe we can go an awfully long way with with storytelling in this interactive hobby, and masters like Hideo Kojima have already taken gigantic strides. Heavy Rain is trying to be a pioneer in this particular realm, and succeed or fail, we should certainly applaud Quantic Dream for the effort. The gameplay doesn't take precedence; the atmosphere, character development, and writing take the limelight, and while I realize this may be difficult for some gamers to understand, this is nevertheless the case.

So please, don't go and accuse of a developer of trying to "fool" consumers with a flashy visual display when neither the graphics or gameplay represent the focal point of the production. Clearly, the author has never played Indigo Prophecy and hasn't done a whole lot of research on Quantic Dream's promising title. For him and for anyone else who remain confused, even after reading this, we humbly point you in the direction of our up-to-date preview.  It may not be your cup of tea, but one should at least understand what the game is about.

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

7/15/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (32 posts)

kevinater321
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:07:31 PM
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I can't wait for this game, and I don't agree with that guy either. My favorite games are only my favorite becuase of the great story telling.

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:16:02 PM
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Jaffe said that? What does he think got me through the hours of hack and slash in GoW? It was to see what happened next. aka story!

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:19:21 PM

Yeah I can't believe Jaffe said that :(

God of War has such an engaging story!
Anyway I completely disagree with D. Jaffe!

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:11:53 PM

I was taken aback when I read that bit. The God of War series has always had an interesting story. It almost saddened me to hear that Jaffe thinks that, but hey, he's a pretty action-oriented guy. We all have our "thing" and Heavy Rain will cater to those of us who enjoy being connected emotionally to the characters on-screen. That single element is (largely) responsible for Uncharted's distinguished place in the Action/Adventure genre. Perhaps Heavy Rain will be the beginning of the Drama genre in gaming!

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:18:21 PM
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Same treatment Final Fantasy XII gets

Just because you didn't understand, and because it was different than every FF before it, doesn't mean that it wasn't a good game.

I find it amazing how these "journalists" take themselves seriously.

It's like saying that Silent Hill sucks just because its gameplay/control scheme isn't Gears of War-like.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 2:50:53 AM

FFXII is bad, and no its not because "i didnt understand it." Which seems to be your main deffence everytime the topic arises. I played through the 80 hours of torture searching for good qualities. but didnt find much. To me it was the biggest disapointment ive ever had in gaming.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 10:17:44 AM

Right. 80 hours to find something you liked.

Either you're lying or a massive masochist. Either way, don't say such a thing because it makes zero sense.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 11:17:12 AM

Well its an FF games after all i was determined to beat it. The only things i liked were Balthier and the Judge battles, i found nothing else appealing.

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Sol
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:20:21 PM
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The author of that article is just one guy (and an ignorant one at that). The only purpose of that article was to stir up dust. I look forward to Heavy Rain, you guys look forward to it, that's all that matters.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:36:32 PM

Wisley said my friend...

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Xbox_Killer
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:45:19 PM
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Sounds like something M$ would say.

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Jalex
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:54:41 PM
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People are just ignorant to adventure games that don't involve shooting or platforming or some such unnecessary element.
I really miss the point-and-click games of old, and this seems like it will fill my void (I realize it's not point-and-click, but it's essentially the same type of game).

That article reflects a large majority of gamers these days (sadly):
Loud-mouthed and narrow-minded.

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robinhood2010
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 7:12:39 AM

It is ALL about Broken Sword!

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Deleted User
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 10:55:29 PM
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I played Indigo Prophecy and LOVED it. no other game has gotten me so immersed into it, feeling what the character on the screen must feel. So I can't wait to play Heavy Rain, because I know it'll give me the same fantastic emotional response gameplay that I had in Indigo Prophecy.

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bebestorm
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:09:16 PM
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Why are people confused about this game seriously?.. There have been several articles and interviews with Davd Cage.. Are they only watching the videos? Personally I would like see more games like this...

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Highlander
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 11:57:33 PM
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Some people, some bloggers and 'journalists' just have to try to appear smarter than everyone else by tearing down others and acting as if they've somehow pulled off an expose of mammoth proportions.

I like stories in games. I like complex stories in games. I like to get attached to characters. I do that in books and movies and TV shows, so why not games? I adore the Xenosaga games (as if the avatar pic wasn't a dead giveaway) because it has a deep story and characters with real dimension to them.

Heavy Rain sounds very interesting, and right up my alley, thanks to the story heavy character driven nature of the game. I understand that some games are simply shiny toys to be picked up and played with for a while, before being put down until next time (Cross Edge for example) while others require time and thought to complete, and you feel like you can't stop, like when reading a good novel. There's room for both.

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Banky A
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 1:31:30 AM
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Jaffe said WHAT!!!??

He lost 1pt of Street Cred from me :(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 1:42:45 AM
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I refer you to the first reader comment on that page, and more to the point: the gomer writer is actually judging a game he hasn't played. We all do it, I friggin hate Harry Potter but I've never seen it. Thing is, I'm not gonna write a review of something I haven't seen and call it journalism.

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GlavinChris
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 7:40:43 AM

Exactly, the person who wrote the article is getting torn to peices on his own website. I think the first mistake he had was calling Heavy Rain a "RPG."


-The Glavin

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OriginalSin
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 1:59:18 AM
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I for one can't wait for this game. I think I haven't been this intrigued by a game in a very long time... To be honest the last game that had me so excited was MGS4...

Don't get me wrong I was equally excited about a lot of other games, but just like with MGS4 I can't wait to see what the story has to offer. I like games that really make you think...

The rest of the games like Killzone, Fallout, RE5, LBP, Uncharted(1),and so on were awesome games but none of them really had a very deep satisfying storyline.

I for one want more games like MGS series FF Series and so on that spend time on the actual characters and who they are.

I think it's maybe because I'm older now that I would like games to be like a proper written novel just playable...

When I was 13 blowing sh*t up was enough, but not anymore that's what I can appreciate what they are doing with Heavy Rain. And especially because they have the balls to attempt something completely different...

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 2:56:47 AM
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This game will be sensational, Why others arent as hyped as i am i dont know, this game is going to define the next level of gaming.

Farenheit (Project Indigo) as one of the best games on the PS2. People complain about the quick time events. but to be fair most modern action games included this in many moments, So i dont see why everyones getting huffy about it. Farenheit was so interactive and Heavy Rain seems to excell in everyway, I really cant wait for it.

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___________
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 3:30:50 AM
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???????
doesn't GOW have a complex story line?
well ok may be not complex but its based on greek mythology how more complex and detailed do you want.
hell no games that have a in depth and complex story line are the ones i like most.
thats the only thing i liked about assassins creed at the end with all those cryptic messages.
and thats the only reason why im extremly interested in heavy rain.
because how you play the game changes the game.
i wish only wish more devs had the balls to make a game that was different.
instead of riding the safe line on FPS lane.

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OriginalSin
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 3:57:39 AM

Okay fair enough my bad G.O.W and the whole Greek mythology is pretty deep... But you get what mean or was trying to say.

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Ricochet
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 5:16:18 AM
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http://ps3thevolution.com or (console)theevolution.com is nothing but a PS3 trolling site that to which the writers have an intellect and attention span of a 360 fanboy. I can help but notice how anti-PS3 the site is, with topics like "PS3 Delays Giving The Xbox 360 Some Breathing Room In 2009" and "Heavy Rain: A Perfect Example Of “Smoke and Mirrors”. Every 99% of the comments do not agree with these ignorant topics and you can see that it's rightly justified.

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XRAVE
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 5:51:01 AM
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day 1 buy for me really looking forward to this game.

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PSNclaw18
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 7:10:53 AM
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I read that article yesterday.. the guy was an idiot and completely flaming that "genre".

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Mr Bitey
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 9:59:23 AM
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I think games that put an emphasis on storyline and characters, are pretty close to being dead this generation. It seems nowadays, >10 hour story and an online multiplayer component is all you need to keep gamers/reviewers happy. It's pretty sad actually.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 12:08:07 PM
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This is the type of game that appeals to a certain type of gamers, it should be an astounding game that doesn't want to create you as a murder machine all over again. This type of innovation is hard to find in many titles, other games try to evoke certain emotions through primerly action. But Heavy Rain is different, its matuer with every action affecting the story in a specific way. This is one of my highly anticipated titles and will be an experience like none other, the intellectual genre is anything thats smoke and mirrors and is in fact my cup of tea.

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tes37
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 3:55:20 PM
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This game is on my must have list. I hope it does very well, so that this genre will continue to develop and have more offerings in the future.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 16, 2009 @ 4:31:39 PM
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Fanboy writer's always fear what they can't understand!

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jerocarson
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 1:11:07 AM
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gaming journalism has always been a pain in the ass.
but i can no longer understand the media bias against Sony and its products.

just the way CNN made NIGERIA looked like a WAR FRONT, due to the NIGER-DELTA crises, that once you enter the country you would be shot dead, but when i was oppotuned to go there, the whole story was different.
from that point i disrepected CNN.


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cadpig
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 3:22:06 PM
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I'm not sold on Heavy Rain just yet...It looks like a bunch of quicktime events.

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