PSXE Poll Update: Heavy Rain Nudity Under The Radar
Only after I put up this poll last weekend did I realize we really can't answer it until the game is made visible to the mainstream media...and that won't be until February 23.
So unfortunately, I don't think we can answer the question, at least in regards to how it pertains to the anti-game activists that absolutely must tear down a game for having questionable content. These people still think all video games are for kids so of course, the nudity in Heavy Rain is destined to get a lot of flak, right? Guess we'll still have to wait and see but at least we can say the nudity didn't affect critics; most all of them mentioned it, but few - if any - considered it a detriment. The reason most critics don't harp on it is for two major reasons: first and foremost, the artistry and atmosphere of the game, which lends itself to brutal authenticity and human realism. Secondly, the nudity is hardly "required viewing;" you have to go out of your way to see Madison strip down, either early on in her apartment or later at the club, or in the hotel room with Ethan. If you want to see her body, you're gonna have to opt for that. If you don't want to see it, you don't have to. After all, if choice is the primary driver for this game, how could we not have the option?
Feel free to read our review if you haven't already; clearly, it impressed us. For this week, due to the explosion of reviews for this game, we're wondering if the critical reception has altered your view in any way. Obviously, most all major sources let fly with their reviews the instant the embargo listed this past Wednesday, and the majority of those reviews consider Heavy Rain to be a great title. Many, if not most, claim it's a pioneering, revolutionary experience. So what sort of impact has this critical reception had on you, if any?
2/14/2010 9:48:40 PM Ben Dutka