Cage On Heavy Rain Content: "Nothing Is Gratuitous"
When considering questionable or racy content in any entertainment product, critics and fans usually ask the same question: "is it in there for the express purpose of titillation or does it actually add something to the game?"
It's often a very difficult question because there are those who believe a feature like nudity almost never "adds anything" to an entertainment experience...unless we're talking about adult entertainment. Even so, you mustn't think Quantic Dream set out to make a game that would grab headlines for all the wrong reasons. Despite the well-documented nudity and foul language which exists in Heavy Rain, Quantic boss David Cage insists he didn't write the story for this adventure "with tabloids or censorship in mind." In speaking to the UK edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine, he says that you don't think about censors, "because otherwise you'd never do anything." The point is, "nothing is gratuitous." Added Cage:
"The game is not shocking for the sake of being shocking. There are some impressive scenes later in the game, but there's never sex for the sake of sex or gore for the sake of gore. Nothing is gratuitous, and I think that everything supports the narrative and the emotional immersion of the player."
Although we haven't played it yet, we're more than ready to believe him. Everything we've seen and heard about Heavy Rain indicates an impressive achievement on the artistic and literal levels. There's no reason for us to believe Madison strips down for the sake of only stripping down, for instance. However, you can't convince everyone of this, which is why we get the feeling that Cage will be defending Heavy Rain until he's blue in the face. It's unfortunate, but also true.
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
1/25/2010 10:34:13 AM Ben Dutka