Expect Differing Review Scores For Heavy Rain
Quick note: we are not to talk about Heavy Rain until February 10, so bear in mind that I won't be doing that in this article. I'm merely informing you of what to expect from the critical reception.
Here's the thing- although there's no such thing as a game that gets virtually the same score from every source, for the most part, there is majority agreement when it comes to most high-profile titles. For example, you will be hard-pressed to find any major source that gave Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Gears of War, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, or the recently released Mass Effect 2 lower than a 9. Every professional critic, personal opinions aside, agrees that such games are worthy of the elite 9+ rating and will recommend a purchase. You can expect this same response to games like God of War III; it's just...easier. I say "easier" because of the wider mainstream appeal and the fact that we can all recognize the inherent greatness of such titles. But I'm telling you right now: for Quantic Dream's production, you should expect review scores, even from top sources, that might be very different from each other.
You may have noticed some early discrepancy in European reviews; I've seen a 9 and a 6 already. Of course, these reviews shouldn't exist yet; they ignored the embargo date and Sony is none too happy about it, but the point is, don't be surprised to see - as an example - IGN give the game a 9 and GameSpot give it like a 6.5. The reason? Well, I can't really get into that right now - saving it for the review - but I just want you to be wary of the facts. Now, I'm certainly not going to tell you what we're going to give it (although I'm already almost done with my second play-through) and I'm not going to say either side - the side that doesn't get it versus the side that does get it - is "right." Just...a forewarning.
I would suggest picking your most trusted source, making sure you read and understand the review carefully, and then make a decision based on that. As for PSXE readers; we know we're your trusted source, right? ;)
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
2/4/2010 9:21:21 PM Ben Dutka