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Heavy Rain Patch Available, Should Fix All Problems

It's one of the most impressive games of the generation...but it's hard to go along for the emotional ride if the game keeps freezing on you.

While it didn't appear to be a massively widespread problem, many did complain of crashing and freezing issues when trying to play Heavy Rain. Well, Sony and Quantic Dream have heeded your cries of, "fix it, please!" and provided you with update 1.02, which should fix any and all issues. It's a 38MB download and won't take you long to grab, so pop in your disc and snag the update so as to avoid any future problems or bugs. We also turn your attention to a recent Industry Gamers interview with Quantic Dream boss David Cage, where he is obviously happy with the success of Heavy Rain. "It's way above my expectations in my craziest dreams, to be honest with you," he said. As of now, he notes that 373 total reviews have scored the game at 9 or above, and according to a Sony study, the game holds a 90-95% "satisfaction rating" with consumers. He adds that sales "definitely exceeded what we expected," which is great news, because we were a little worried about that...  No need for concern now.

The game has done very well overall and that's just plain awesome. If more games take a cue or two from Heavy Rain, the industry will be much, much better off.

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

3/19/2010 12:28:19 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

Jawknee
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 12:43:19 PM
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Only issues i experienced were some audio skipping and minor freezing that would undo itself in a matter of seconds. Not a big deal, but nice to get these fixed none the less.

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frylock25
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 12:57:49 PM
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how bout a patch to help me afford this game. ugh, to many games, to little money. i think i may suck it up and get this game very soon. i so want to play this and my gf keeps buggin me to get it. she wants to play it really bad and she doesnt even like most of my games. she has played the demo like 5 times. which was cool cuz i couldnt bring myself to purposely lose the fight in the demo but she couldnt do it so i saw the dude get his ass kicked.

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fluffer nutter
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:00:00 PM

Well, if you bought GoW III at TRU and got the $20GC, they're offering $10 off any game 39.99 and higher, so essentially, you could get Heavy Rain for $30 today.

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frylock25
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:12:08 PM

at where? what is TRU? never heard of it.

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NeoHumpty
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:29:21 PM

My girlfriend liked it a lot. The only problem with both of you playing is not seeing stuff that gives too much away that the other hasn't seen yet. I waited until she was at work one night and got WAY ahead of her so nothing was ruined for either of us. Great game.

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MyWorstNightmar
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:52:42 PM

Frylock - TRU (Toys R Us)

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Lemon_Saint
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @ 3:23:24 PM

Yeah, ponying up the dough for these games is getting ridiculous. My girl was the same way, (she really wanted to play it, so she bought it for me)! Otherwise, I would have waited until the price came down in a year or so, (and consequently had the game ruine by spoilers).

Speaking of which, I just picked up Brutal Legend at Target, new, for $20.00 ... now that's a deal!

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maxpontiac
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:09:00 PM
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I have only had one freezing issue, outside of that, the game has been fine!

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LividFiction
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:09:12 PM
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I wonder if this fixes the nudity glitch that Kotaku talked about.

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SvenMD
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:12:55 PM
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Yeah I never had any problems with this game either, but I applaud Sony and Quantic Dream for getting a patch out there relatively quickly.....they obviously care about the consumer.

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NeoHumpty
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 1:25:39 PM
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I love the game and am looking forward to playing it again once I clear some other games. BUT, the DLC is way over priced for as short as they are. I'd have been mad if I paid $4.99 then had it beat 10 minutes later.

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kraygen
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 2:16:50 PM
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this is good news, now when I have the money to get the game I know I won't experience anything other than uber awesomeness.

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Karosso
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 2:21:57 PM
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Going for my third run, might be the first and last game I'll ever get a Platinum Trophy... so much fun.

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Deleted User
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 2:33:16 PM
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The only person who didn't like the game is that idiot Scott C. Jones, who always seems to be on downers when he reviews something on Reviews On The Run.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 3:35:11 PM
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I never had a problem, but the patch downloaded last night anyway. Hope it doesn't muck things up.

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Alienange
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 4:25:17 PM
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It's unfortunate that they couldn't avoid this. Having to Patch single player games always comes across as lazy.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:32:21 PM

So 20 something patches for MW2 in 2 weeks is nullified by that fact its a multiplayer game?

Gotcha.

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Alienange
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 6:45:09 PM

For a guy who plays MW2 like crazy I'd think you'd know how many patches it's had. Your hate has obviously made you blind.

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Hezzron
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 6:52:15 PM

I hear you Alienange. I've read some player reviews that rip the game as unplayable due to all the bugs this patch supposedly fixes now. It makes me wonder what all the professional reviewers were playing.

Anyways, I'll probably only rent Heavy Rain....you know, "just like a movie".

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Jawknee
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 8:03:08 PM

yea my "hate." Everyone's a hater to you who doesn't see it your way.

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Hitch
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 2:13:16 AM

*sigh* Jawknee has been blind from the outset. He's nothing but a fanboy. Just play your PS3 and be quiet.

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FxTales
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:34:27 PM
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I've yet to play it, bought it on its release but can't till a couple of weeks. For someone like me having the patch before my first play through means I can look forward to a smooth experience.

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thj_1980
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:39:00 PM
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I still do think Heavy Rain is such a fun game, but these flaws do really degrade the overall quality of the game. My biggest issue is probably the frame rate since I like nice and smooth games to play. Graphics for Heavy rain is extremely good but I just cannot enjoy them as much when the game skips and cuts on me because of the bad frame rate. PS3 games have been very notorious for a worst frame rate in some of their exclusives and multiplatforms. Thought lately bioshock 2 does experience bad framerate even when the game has framerate maximizes on? My guess is probably the 256 mb ram on the ps3 correct me if i'm wrong.

move.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:41:03 PM

the frame rate is fine, its the screen tearing that blows.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 6:15:33 PM

Seriously, the tearing was a disappointment. Not something we should expect from Sony exclusives.

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Jalex
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:46:00 PM
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Fortunately, I've only experienced little things that are present in nearly every game, but I've seen a considerable amount of people become vocal about the much more serious issues they've faced, so I hope this fixes their problems.
A shame for anybody's experience with this fantastic title to be hindered by technical issues.

Oh, and speaking of 'Heavy Rain's phenomenal success, I believe it has, in a mere three weeks, surpassed 'Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy's (which was released not only on the PS2, but PC and Xbox as well) lifetime worldwide sales. Kudos to Quantic Dream!

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thj_1980
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 5:51:00 PM
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Screen tearing framerate still issues like this is what makes a good game into a bad game, sometime not all. I think game developers should start 60 fps soon for ps3 games.

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Qubex
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 9:34:17 PM
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Guys, lest not forget that it has been said a few times already; technically the PS3 has limitations. The polygon count in Heavy Rain was particularly heavy and in order to create the kind of film like quality to it Cage really pushed the hardware hard.

The screen tearing issue can be resolved to some extent, however, it some cases it does not matter how much you try to "optimise" code, the actual bandwidth of the machine is reached... in theory the PS3 can only push so many polygons... when you get to peak you will get a drop in frame rate and you will get, in some instances, screen tearing anomalies... the hardware tries to maintain a steady refresh rate but unfortunately, under heavy load, it is not always possible.

I also don't buy the argument about the 60fps and 30fps issue. For a smooth image the human eye needs a minimum of 25fps. Anything above this is good enough for me. If you want the "film look", you can drop it down to 24fps, otherwise 25fps and above is good enough technically to maintain a steady visual flow and to "minimise" screen tearing anomalies...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Dancemachine55
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 10:28:15 PM
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Yay!!! Now there's no excuse for people NOT to enjoy this game.

BTW, the story, for anyone reading who is not convinced... HOLY CRAP!!! The constant changing script, the twists, the on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspension and intense moments!!!!

All of it was freakin incredible!!! And now with no glitches or freezes, the game has no reason NOT to do well.

One giant HUZZAH to Quantic Dream and their masterpiece..

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FM23
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 11:48:38 PM
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Yeah Santa Monica should talk to Cage, because SM needs some assistant in the storytelling department.

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___________
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 2:23:15 AM
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"While it didn't appear to be a massively widespread problem"
it didnt?
so thats why there were hundreds of threads on the official playstation site within 2 hours of release, and hundreds on other sites.
ben, your sounding like sony PR.
hopefully this time the patch fixes the game, and not destroy it like last time.

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kraygen
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 5:24:53 AM

I personally know several people who have beaten the game and never had an issue. It's also common to find hundreds of threads for a single problem regardless of how few people experience.

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Dancemachine55
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 7:25:01 AM

Only ran into 1 freeze when playing in the entire time from start to finish.

Apart from that 1 freeze towards the beginning, I had little to no problems after that.

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___________
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 8:26:21 AM

i spent hours resting my ps3 trying to get past the shopping center scene.

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Bloodysilence19
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 1:05:12 PM
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i didn't start experiencing problems till i got to the girl with the baby. i start talking to her and the audio would go out. after that i notice lil game problems like freezing and the billion min loading screens. the loading was the main thing i think they needed to fix other than that the audio could be fixed.

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Robochic
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 2:37:26 PM
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I never had an issue with it either but it's nice to see a patch for other players that had a problem with some aspects of the game.

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Richy
Monday, March 22, 2010 @ 11:23:48 AM
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hello...

so cool! mine is already at the custom will try get it this saturday, it took so long to get in my part of the world, i will do all updates before playing, so won't be able to compare.

cheers!

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