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Heavy Rain Ushered In As Japanese Greatest Hit

It was well received by critics and better still, gamers rewarded Quantic Dream's fantastic, revolutionary effort.

This is why Heavy Rain will soon join the "PlayStation 3 The Best" ranks in Japan; this is the same as our Greatest Hits lineup in North America. This new re-release will be sold at the lower price of 2,980 yen and hopefully, even more gamers well get a chance to sample the dramatic interactive greatness. The game launched in Japan on February 18 and the honorary discounted version will be on shelves on March 10. Considering this, we have to assume it will become a Greatest Hit here in the US some time soon; with total sales of over 1.5 million, it certainly qualifies. Furthermore, any extra exposure this title gets is fine by us. Remember, Quantic Dream boss David Cage thanked everyone for turning his ambitious experiment into a huge success...makes us feel all fuzzy inside to hear that.

Now, all we have to do is hear about Quantic's next project. Whatever it is, we're willing to bet we'll be interested.

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

Tags: heavy rain, quantic dream heavy rain best

2/3/2011 9:07:59 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (26 posts)

PasteNuggs
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 9:22:40 PM
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Wow, I didn't expect it to be a Greatest Hit so soon. I guess it is almost a year though now huh. Time just flies.

Off Topic:
Here is an early KZ3 review from someone I feel seems like a moron.

http://www.videogamer.com/ps3/killzone_3/review-3.html

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Kiryu
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 9:36:31 PM

I assure u this review is false.

Watch the Killzone 3 review by a gamer not a reporter who got the game early.

youtube/ZeitgeistReview

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:48:12 PM

Heavenly Sword should be a greatest hit by now. Show dem Ninja Theory peoples the truth.

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Kiryu
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 9:34:15 PM
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Yeah obviously because,Japanese voice actor's are Epic in any game.

Last edited by Kiryu on 2/3/2011 9:39:29 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:48:39 PM

Are you Japanese?

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 12:05:56 PM

You don't have to be Japanese to recognize their talent. I don't speak more than about 6 words of Japanese, and certainly know none of the grammar, but I can still appreciate the talent of a voice actor conveying emotional depth, regardless of the language.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 4:28:47 PM

You mistake intent highlander, i was curious because kiryu says this in every single post he can. So i wanted to know.

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Eld
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:40:17 PM
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It was a good game, but... for me it was also one of the most overrated games of all time.

With its plot holes, hardly memorable characters, cheap predictable story, and ultimate shortness of the game [10.5h?] with virtually no replay value, for me at least, this is not the game deserving of all this praise.

Did it really succeed because it was truly such fenomenal game, or it was released at just the right time when it had no competition?

I'm glad it succeeded because it gives devs something to think about. Is it going to be another FPS or maybe... That's all it did for me.

Also, how about value of games as entertainment? This is one of the shortest ones in its class. No doubt they will get even shorter given success of titles like this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:53:33 PM

You're just wrong. Not many single player games even hit 10.5 hours. There are numerous endings and combinations of endings and scenes that give it replay value. Heavy Rain may be the shortest in its class but that's because it is in a class all its own. The characters were very well rounded, earning nominations for best original character at some places. It was projected to sell poorly and sold well because yes it was "phenomenal".

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Eld
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 11:02:14 PM

When I said class, I wasn't talking about game genres. I meant, what we paid for it "class".

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Beamboom
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 11:13:15 PM

@Eld: Apart from the shortness complaint I feel the exact same way about Heavy Rain. If that was a movie I'd change channel, or leave the theatre. And just like you, I'm really glad it succeeded too! Variety is good. And it was definately a quality production, too. Next time around they'll add a good story to the mix as well, and then you'll find me singing the praise hymns too.

No disrespect to those of you who enjoyed it, though. I wish I did, too!

Last edited by Beamboom on 2/3/2011 11:14:16 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 11:15:48 PM

"in its class" means compared to other things that are similar to it.

Anyway, I still say you're wrong :)

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Eld
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 11:33:32 PM

Bad wording on my part 2x. I was just clarifying what I really meant.

Last edited by Eld on 2/3/2011 11:34:36 PM

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kraygen
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 4:39:53 AM

Odd to hear complaints about a game lasting over 10 hours. Most SP campaigns these days barely last over 5 hours.

Also, it's fine if the game wasn't for you, but just because you didn't like it, didn't mean it had no replay value. It had a lot of replay value, but you had to choose to play it again.

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 12:04:20 PM

Ed, is that 10.5 hours an average, a personal best, or a speed run? Does that cover one ending, or multiple play throughs for different endings or making different decisions? I think the thing that a lot of people consider when looking at Heavy rain is the ability to replay it, knowing that you can make different decisions that affect the story and outcome of the game. So, although much of the game is similar on a repeat play through, there can be significantly different story elements and twists based on your actions. That must surely increase the 'length' of the game significantly. It's not like a game where there is a single goal to hit and once you do the game is over. Heavy Rain encourages replaying to experience the different paths through the story and different outcomes to events. one play through isn't enough to 'finish' the game.

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Eld
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 3:48:43 PM

@kraygen
I don't know which games you speak of, but If I bought a game for $60 and sp campaign ended in 5h, I would be very disappointed, especially with myself for making a bad purchase. Of all the games that I personally played this one had the shortest one time sp experience. As I said...it had no replay value, for me at least. If you were interested enough to go through the game 5 times, and you squezed 50h of fun out of it, good for you.

@TheHighlander
I think I completed 2 endings. It was easy because the game auto saves at certain points so I just reloaded last chapter and made a different decision. I realized there were different endings and other branch points in the game but, I guess, the problem for me was that after finishing the game I just wasn't interested enough to go back, so it ended there and then.
I guess it just wasn't the game for me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 10:58:52 PM
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That's good news, Quantic Dream deserves any revenue they can get out of this title for taking such a big risk in recognizing that gamers have grown up. Hopefully the lower price will kick the people who were scared to make a full price plunge in the ass to give it a try.

Whatever these guys are doing next is likely to get my money.

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Hezzron
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 11:06:29 PM
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Beats me how this is a Greatest Hit in Japan. It didn't even sell 100K copies there.

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Alienange
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 12:20:09 AM

Maybe that's why they just call it "the best" in Japan instead of "greatest hit."

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 1:03:00 AM

I think the worldwide sales are taken into account, then the world gets a Greatest Hit/ Best of/ or Platinum price point.

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 12:04:40 PM

PlayStation Ichi-ban!

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___________
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 1:27:11 AM
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about bloody time!
when the hells sony releasing the heavy rain move edition here!?
was suppose to be out in november, than EB set it back to jan and now its TBC 2011.
when will sony stop treating their fans like the gum under their shoe?
really wanted to watch the making of scenes, maybe its worth importing it.

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kraygen
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 4:41:00 AM
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I have actually been wondering why we hadn't seen a greatest hits version of this. This is good news as greatest hits games tend to sell well.

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Highlander
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:59:54 AM
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Yeah, they need to push out a Greatest hit's edition with move support on the disc. I think it would generate a nice additional sales bump.

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Danny007
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 2:14:41 PM
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So... is there any hope for ever getting that DLC for Heavy Rain or is it safe to say that we'll never see any more content for this game.

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Eld
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 3:56:00 PM

I think there was 1 DLC, but it didn't fare very well and then they stated they are canceling all other planned DLCs and focusing all their effort on completing move version of the game.
Don't quote me on this though, it's been a while. Things may have changed.

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