Epic's CliffyB: "Heavy Rain Has Birthed A New Genre"
It seems that just about everyone has fallen in love with Heavy Rain, even those who normally don't work with the PlayStation 3.
First, designer and Fable creator Peter Molyneux, who has been a definite supporter of Microsoft and their Xbox platform, said that Quantic Dream's masterpiece was "absolutely brilliant," and now, Epic's Cliff Bleszinski - also known as "CliffyB" to most Xboxers - has praised Heavy Rain's uniqueness and innovation. Over at his Twitter page, he said:
"By combining elements we’ve seen before in an excellent manner it appears as if Heavy Rain has birthed a new genre, the 'Interactive Drama.'"
A reader responded by clarifying that past titles like Sega's Shenmue and Quantic's own Indigo Prophecy introduced such gameplay styles first, but Cliffy responded by simply saying that the reason Heavy Rain is unique is "because this game does it better than anyone else." See, it's one thing to introduce the concept; it's quite another to flesh it out and bring it to a completely revolutionary level. Even when I was playing IP - and loving it, by the way - I was saying to myself, "man, think of what else could be done with this..." Like I said before, love it or hate it, everyone seems to recognize what Heavy Rain has done for the industry.
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
3/20/2010 10:43:49 AM Ben Dutka