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Heavy Rain Review

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Graphics:

 

9.8

Gameplay:

 

9.3

Sound:

 

9.6

Control:

 

9.0

Replay Value:

 

10.0

Overall Rating:       9.5

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

SCEA

Developer:

Quantic Dream

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Adventure

Release Date:

February 23, 2010

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” -- Robert McKee

Great stories leave us fulfilled and even breathless. Great stories we control? The concept is in its infancy stages but after playing Heavy Rain, we feel something in addition to fulfillment and satisfaction; we feel as if we’ve only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg. We see it from afar at first, sitting aboard a comfortable vessel that carries the expected, the familiar, and as time rolls on, the mundane and predictable. That tip of ice hovers in the fog, barely perceptible but somehow managing to impart the fact that a glacier of unimaginable proportions spreads beneath. At the start, we’re a little afraid of leaping overboard and leaving all that we know behind but soon, we’ve disregarded the freezing water and reached out a finger to touch that haunting tip of ice. In that instant, the world changes, the water is warm and inviting, and the fog lifts. We’re glad we took that plunge and begin to relax and indulge. “How far will you go to save someone you love?” No plunge…no answer.

There’s little doubt that Quantic Dream’s masterpiece is one of the best looking games you will ever see. With full motion capture from real actors, over 30,000 unique animations recorded, and an astounding level of detail in the backdrops and environments, Heavy Rain can indeed compete with the best of the best. Close-ups on those very human faces are downright incredible (you’re treated to this at the start of each new section) and although some of the landscape occasionally seems viewed through a misty windowpane, the clarity and overall beauty of this title is impressive. Due to the intense atmosphere that continues throughout the story, we need just the right lighting and shading in certain situations; the visuals are essential for infusing the correct mood into each scene. Quantic Dream really shines in this capacity. Now, I personally think the facial animations are a little overdone, in that each character seems to have a few ticks that – for only brief moments – make their expressions appear silly. There is also a bit of pop-in and screen-tearing when viewing the visuals from certain angles, but these flaws are minor.

The point is that Heavy Rain’s graphics are gorgeous and manage to place the characters in the limelight at all times. We are always drawn to the faces of the major characters, although we continue to drink in our surroundings, which contribute directly to any sensations we feel. Obviously, in order to complete the presentation, the sound needs to blend with the outstanding visual palette. Here, we get the benefit of professional voice acting, nearly flawless sound effects, and a soundtrack that keeps us precariously perched on the edge of our seat. The classical score works extremely well and enhances every tense situation. I’m not the biggest fan of all the spoken voices and I still say Uncharted 2: Among Thieves features the best cast in gaming this generation, but Heavy Rain is a solid second. The professional actors are all wonderful, and Pascal Langdale (Ethan), Jacqui Ainsley (Madison), Sam Douglas (Scott), and Leon Ockenden (Norman) should be commended for excellent performances. The music will sometimes cut out during gameplay, but it’s rarely experienced and hardly a significant drawback. In the end, despite a few extremely small technical missteps, the graphics and sound are absolutely amazing when combined.

What is Heavy Rain? This is a question that has dominated the Internet ever since we read through the first gameplay details with greedy eyes and anxious hearts. Some claimed it would be just like Indigo Prophecy and wouldn’t boast much in the way of extra innovation, while others didn’t like the idea that it was “only about QTEs.” Let’s clear this up right now- yes, you control the action elements via QTEs. The rest of the time, you walk about with the current character and explore your environment with simple button presses and analog movements. Much has been made about movement being mapped to the R2 button and at first, I too questioned this decision. However, after playing for a bit, I came to the following realization: the right analog handles most of your actions when maneuvering about your surroundings (press down to open a door, rotate right and up to open a cabinet, etc.), and the left analog handles the direction of your head. This allows you to look about – which can even shift the fixed camera a bit – and put your eyes on important things.

The R2 is merely held for the action of walking and it’s not really a distraction. However, I will say that this game’s biggest flaw does indeed center on movement. Moving your head doesn’t always gel with the movement of your body, and in cramped spaces, it can be frustrating to move about and peruse. It’s a common, recurring issue and one that unfortunately remains a minor problem throughout the experience; you’ll no doubt notice this rather quickly. The other problem centers on the camera, which isn’t always in the best position. Now, you can switch to an alternate view with the L1 button, which often helps, but even so, there are areas where neither view is really ideal. …that’s it. I’m done with the negatives, believe it or not. Because the entire experience is one continuous, adapting story, the fluidity and seamlessness of the adventure always reigns supreme and you quickly overlook the aforementioned shortcomings. Now, before I begin with the following, please bear in mind one thing: in 27 years, no video game has ever managed to engage me so completely and so often, on a mental level. This is purely subjective but well worth mentioning.

As for the QTEs, they’re perfectly implemented. At no point will you believe the game cheated you; i.e., you think you executed the correct command in time but it still didn’t work. This never happens. If you do it, it always works; I know because I’ve played the game through twice already. I have never been a fan of the Sixaxis motion control, primarily because it usually feels like a gimmick and isn’t 100% accurate but it never fails you in Heavy Rain. The motions are simple, too; it’s either up and down or side to side (or sometimes tilting it in a steering fashion), so you’ll never feel overwhelmed. You have just the right amount of time to complete each command – not too fast to be hard, not too slow to be overly easy – and there’s a wee bit of leniency offered for the more difficult commands, like when you have to quickly move the right analog right and down. There are times when you have to twist your fingers into a bit of a pretzel when holding down multiple buttons at once, but the developers know enough to make the majority of such combined mechanics “hand logical.” In other words, you’ll often hold down the Square and X button; see how you can do that easily with your thumb?

You view the story through four sets of eyes: Ethan Mars, Scott Shelby, Madison Paige, and Norman Jayden; a father and architect, a private detective, a journalist, and an FBI profiler respectively. You will switch between each of the four characters as the story progresses and at first, they are only linked via the Origami Killer – a maniac who kidnaps boys between the ages of 9 and 13 and drowns them in rainwater; hence the title, “Heavy Rain” – but eventually, they all come closer and closer together…provided you keep them alive. As you might have heard by now, any given character can die in certain situations if you don’t execute correctly, and when that happens, there is no “do-over.” The story adapts to that occurrence and continues forward. This creates many branching storylines with any number of results found at the end of the path. How intricate is this process? At one point, Madison gets attacked by a deranged doctor; I missed one of the button prompts and she got slashed across the midsection. Later, when she’s stripping down in the club, I see that slash on her body. …yeah. Impressive.

The questions immediately begin to swirl after significant events. What if I hadn’t managed to fight off that guy? What if I hadn’t escaped the police? What if Jayden succumbs to either his “problem” or to Mad Jack? What if only Madison and Ethan are alive at the end? What if I had Ethan reject Madison? What if Scott hadn’t finished his mission of revenge? What if…what if…what if…? Well, I had to test this, so after my first play-through – when I got the Silver “Four Heroes” Trophy for keeping everyone alive and what I assume to be the ultimate happy ending; this took about 10 hours – I just had to go back and start a new game, complete with totally different decisions. The result? Well, not every event is crucial and will change the story’s direction, especially in regards to the early occurrences. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter much. But later on, most everything matters. Once the really important events and decisions kicked in and I made my alternate choices, I was greeted to all new scenes and an entirely different climax. I’m currently on my third time through and I’m still seeing new scenes; I’m only just now starting to realize how many branches there may be…

The key to the entire experience is the sensation and feeling that makes the heart race. For instance, I am not a father and yet, the prologue was very difficult to watch and even watching it a second time didn’t make it any less horrible. Furthermore, I have this old-fashioned respect for females; even a deference, so-to-speak, so when I was controlling Madison and suffered an injury, I actually winced. The point is, I’m not a father nor am I a woman, but when a single bachelor honestly feels the unimaginable pangs of a distraught father, and when a 6’3, 220lb. individual is terrified for an innocent woman’s well-being (when she’s being attacked in her apartment, I was actually breathing heavy), that is a true, undeniable sign of immersion. You feel so wonderfully connected to every character when you control them. Now, prior to playing, I would have agreed with the argument that less actual control over a character would detract from the overall immersion, but I won’t make that claim now. My reactions are solely responsible for this person’s survival; if he or she dies, that’s it. No “Game Over.”

I don’t think we really understand just how poignant that is. And speaking of poignancy, the artistry of Heavy Rain must be appreciated. It may sound boring to control a character as he brushes his teeth, opens a cabinet, cooks something in the microwave, or simply leans against a wall. But here’s where the atmosphere comes into play; I’m not a good enough writer to make you feel this appropriately, but I’ll try:

An unthinkable tragedy causes a happy family to splinter. Two years later, the father, gaunt and unshaven, stands in the rain and picks up an unsmiling, mostly unresponsive son after school. The aforementioned tragedy prompted a split of the two dedicated parents; for the father, the large, bright, meticulously decorated house has given way to a drab, cramped apartment. The son is on one of his scheduled visits; he sits on the sofa and watches TV, replying to his father’s gently probing questions about school and friends with a depressingly dismissive tone. The ceaseless rain beats against the dirty windowpane as the father prepares a modest dinner for his son, who has finished his homework in silence and now proceeds to eat in silence. In a heart-wrenching display of desperation for an idyllic past that can never be reclaimed, the father juggles a few apples, which elicits the first bright response from his son. But the somber mood returns immediately and the father sits at the kitchen table and waits patiently for his son to finish. Later, just before he puts the son to bed, the father dusts off a desk that hasn’t seen an architect’s touch in quite some time, and views an old home video. He weeps quietly.

Now, in the game, I made all this happen but at the same time, it all happened fluidly and in real-time. Can you appreciate the simple act of sitting down beside your son and watching some TV? Considering the situation, it’s deeply poetic. But if you need more in the way of traditional action, you’ll just think all of this is boring. And here comes the most difficult part of my review; the admission that Heavy Rain, despite its brilliance, isn’t for everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone has the requisite patience, sentimentality, and appreciation for artistic storytelling to actually experience this drama. You must give yourself over to this story. You must realize what it is. If you can’t do that, you will never enjoy it and you will likely be confused as to why it receives any acclaim at all. “It’s barely even a game,” they’ll say. And they have a point. I’m not entirely sure this is a “video game” based on our current definition. But I can indeed tell you it’s a revolution for the industry; this is storytelling that makes us feel in every damn scene. Up to this point, I haven’t felt like this when experiencing a story unless I’m watching a movie or reading a book.

Lastly, there is indeed full nudity in this game but as David Cage said in a recent interview, none of the content is gratuitous. Yes, Madison gets fully nude and takes a shower but that’s only if you decide to wander into the bathroom and make her do it. Yes, she strips down in a nightclub but only if you take off her clothes before reaching for the lamp. It’s all about choice. There is some strong language as well, but it’s hardly overdone and there’s little or nothing in the way of blood and gore (these designers understand that our imaginations are typically worse than actually seeing). I especially like how all the characters are distinctly human. Nobody is a superhero; they move like humans, they have the same limitations and capabilities as humans, and one major character – Scott Shelby – even has a big ol’ gut. Madison has a hell of a body but she doesn’t have the impossible “DD/tiny waist” dimensions we see in other games; she’s a slender, healthy, good-looking woman. Ethan and Norman exhibit the very same traits as males. This is absolutely essential because we always have to believe in the realism of the characters we control.

Heavy Rain isn’t just a masterpiece; it’s an ingenious step in the right direction. I’m terrified that it won’t do well on the sales charts, because this means gamers aren’t mature enough. It means the developers have grown up faster. I honestly hope this isn’t the case and I want nothing more than for Quantic Dream to be rewarded for this effort. If you’re not sure about this game, here’s a clue- if you’ve read this entire review and you actually enjoy reading (you know, books), you’ll likely adore this title. If the only games you’ve played in the past year are shooters and you aren’t having any fun unless there’s blood or explosions or a combination of both, you’ll probably just play this game and laugh at its “lameness.” At which point, I start to feel sorry for you. But to each his own and as amazing as Heavy Rain is, this 9.5 score doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a must-buy for everyone. But I will say this may very well be the most “human” game ever made, and an absolute triumph for the industry. Take from that what you will.

2/10/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (189 posts)

pavlovic
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:32:10 PM
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Awewsome, played the demo and I'm in love.

Great review Ben

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convergecrew
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:10:33 PM

Yes. I think this will be my first game purchase of 2010.

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to_far_apart
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 6:33:57 PM

Masterful review Ben.

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OPHIDIAN
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:05:48 PM

I'm going to ask a straightforward, perhaps stupid, question: Why do people love this game so much?

I'm I the only one uninterested?

Just got 37/40 fro Famitsu too!

BTW, that was an incredibly well written article. Brilliant use of English punctuation and grammar.

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Lazytrappin
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 8:08:41 PM

Haven't played the demo yet, but I've already placed my pre-order. Not going to miss this one. I'm playing Dante's Inferno and I don't care if they ripped off GOW's control scheme. The game looks good, it's full of action, and the overall gameplay is excellent. I'm also buying GOW III as on day one, so don't think I'm picking sides. I will own both of these games. Similar gameplay is fine as long as it's quality.

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:38:54 PM
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And that is why this is going to be a day one purchase for me

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:12:58 PM

i've already paid this off. i knew this would get a great review

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spiderboi
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 9:42:07 AM

Ditto. Day 1 purchase for me too. It's gonna be waay captivating (similar to my experience in U2 when exploring), looking around the eye-candy surroundings

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Superman915
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:41:54 PM
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The minor complaint about the head movement seems like something one simply needs to get used to. everything else sounds amazing. cant wait for this. However, I also fear that it wont get the deserved sales, mainly because Ive yet to see a single commercial for it.

"Up to this point, I haven’t felt like this when experiencing a story unless I’m watching a movie or reading a book."

Hmm...the only video game I can say that came close and many times succeeded in portraying those feelings were Shadow of the Colossus and to a lesser extent, the Metal Gear Solid.

The PlayStation brand wins again!

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Bromus398
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:44:08 PM
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Great review, Ben. I've been following the site for quite some time, but I had to register after reading this review just to mention that I appreciate your perspective on games as it is definitely closer to my own than most gaming sites.

Once again: thanks man, great review.

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robinhood2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:46:06 PM
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You are obviously in love with this game =)

Sounds like my videogame store employee discount is going to be well used on this.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:46:10 PM
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Nice, ill be getting this now for sure.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:46:20 PM
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Excellent review, Ben. As much as I wanted this game already, you've succeeded in convincing me it is an absolute must-have. Now all I have to do is summon the patience to wait another two weeks for it :(.

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chucknasty
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:02:26 PM

you and me both Pineapple. I usually abhor QTEs but I am willing to make an exception for this.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:01:05 PM

waitin another 2 weeks is the hard part. and the demo comin this week will make it harder to wait ugh

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:46:28 PM
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I read up until " ...yeah. Impressive." Are there many spoilers or things in this that may take away from the first time experience? (Moves away, giddy like a girl who's about to climb the rope in gym class for the second time.)

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:50:34 PM

No, he's already said he wouldn't spoil anything and there are none in the review =)

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:57:10 PM

Thanks. I still had to ask. I can't wait to climb the rope, er, play this game. lol

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 6:42:50 PM

You lied! I went and read something that I wouldn't want to have known during my first playthrough. Drats!

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HAMCHUNKS
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 11:15:16 PM

hey bro i was disappointed about the slight spoilers, having never played it i can't be certain but still i will now just be waiting for these moments to come

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 11:58:41 PM

Aw, really? Crap, maybe I missed that part? All the paragraphs I might have skipped one, haha, sorry man =P At least I'M still not spoiled =D LOL

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:25:48 AM

Christ. I can't believe I have to say it again.

There are NO SPOILERS. Just because you know something about the story doesn't mean it's in any way important. That's like saying, "OMG, I know that person's NAME, now I'm screwed." Just calm down, people.

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 5:16:03 PM

I can't speak for others but I am calm. I understand your point about spoilers, Ben but I didn't want to know certain aspects of the game before the first playthrough. I know, it's my fault for reading. My choice, my fault and no one else's. I don't get upset, either. Life's too short. Remember, I don't listen to mallcore bands so all is good. :D

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whiskeytango74
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:49:15 PM
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Awesome review, I played the demo and loved it. Now lets all pray that i have a little extra cash so that i will be able to buy this game when it releases

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:03:04 PM

we have to find the cash to gets this game. we have to make sure it succeeds or else this might be the last time and game of this stature is released.

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Buckeyestar
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:50:08 PM
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I have my copy already paid in full, can't wait for the release date.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:51:15 PM
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Pure genius. This game is so innovative and groundbreaking =O Feb 23rd can't come soon enough. Sigh, I'll be playing this non-stop once I get my hands on it.

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killzone100
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:52:28 PM
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The demo didnt have enough time to show your consequences for your action so the full game wwill be so much better!

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tridon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:54:00 PM
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Damn, I wish I had the money next week to pick this up immediately. Actually, now that I think of it, I think I'll pick this up in April when I'm done with God of War III. The way I see it, I'm going to spend a lot more time with Heavy Rain than with GoW, and this way I won't have to rush through this game before it's time to play with Kratos (boy, does that sound dirty).

I want to read your entire review, Ben, but I'm afraid of spoilers. Either way, though, I'm sure it's a kick-ass review and I'll definitely spend the time to read it after I've played through the game.

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tridon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:06:52 PM

Okay... I gave in and read it.

Kick-ass review, Ben! Really, truly great stuff!

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bOnEs
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:54:40 PM
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i wasn't sure if this style of game was my cup of tea... but, the demo convinced me that i am going to have a blast playing this... but, it's not a day one purchase for me, yet... i've got more games to spend my money on in the next couple of months that, i am finding it hard to fit this into the budget as well...

if it wasn't for R* announcing episodes of liberty city coming to the PS3, this would be a day one purchase for me... now i'm not so sure i can afford it...

but, great review ben... as always, your reviews are the ones to read...

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inkme101
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:03:09 PM

you are putting off heavy rain for gta dlc? wtf?

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bOnEs
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:17:19 PM

i loved GTAIV so, to each their own... i'd rather have that personally since my friends are getting it too... but, i also want heavy rain... maybe i'll bite the bullet and add another game to the budget, even though i really can't afford to...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:51:40 PM

Hey, to each his own. I loved GTAIV.

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bOnEs
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:08:23 PM

that's right... and get this, you might not believe me but, i got a feeling that some might not get god of war III because of the episodes coming out around the same time... don't let the internet fool you, millions enjoyed GTAIV...

but my goodness, heavy rain's demo was probably the most enjoyable demo i've ever played... maybe i'll axe god of war III off my list to get this one... i mean, i already know what i'm getting with GoW... but, heavy rain is something entirely different...

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inkme101
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:04:56 PM

i loved gta as well but there is no way id "axe" either HR or GOW3 for it. but, u r right. to each his own.

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bOnEs
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 12:46:51 AM

i wouldn't normally "axe" god of war or heavy rain either off my list... but, the fact that some of these games pushed their release date into this part of the year has forced me to make sacrifices... and with bills to pay, i have to make sacrifices...

and they are putting their games up against the games i wanted to play well before they put they're games into this quarter... i've been wanting to play the episodes of liberty city and R*'s other game, red dead redemption... all of a sudden, these "exclusives" are jumping at me saying, "BUY ME!! BUY ME!!" and everyone on the internet is saying i'm stupid for passing on these...

but, i guarantee that ben is excited about playing red dead redemption and the episodes just like me...

to each their own... so, don't get mad that i passed on this... get mad at the fact that i am not rich, lol...

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Roach721
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 5:08:58 AM

You need to go ahead and bite that bullet bones,do whatever you have to do to add
Heavy Rain to your collection.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:56:48 PM
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What an impressive pair of statements Ben..

"in 27 years, no video game has ever managed to engage me so completely and so often, on a mental level."

"But I will say this may very well be the most “human” game ever made, and an absolute triumph for the industry."

I am now buying this game for sure..

If what you say is accurate, and I tend to agree with you, this could be the greatest game made.

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Roach721
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 5:11:25 AM

I too will definitely buy this game when it comes out. It's a must buy hands down!!!!

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:57:36 PM
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Kudos on the review, I feel generally the same way about the game. It's something I have been looking forward to, I followed all the articles, blogs, and footage just to see more. Finally when I got my hands on a demonstration I played it 3 times, the detail, how people interact, the detail in the faces, its just so astounding it made my adrenaline rush. It is the little things I enjoy, like holding L2 to see what they're thinking, and exploring, just doing things around the house that makes the characters real, like Ben stated, Human. I love actually being able to connect to the characters and get in to it. Pure emotion, and an actual gripping story makes this game 1 for the record books. Thank you Sony and Quantic Dream for making this happen!

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JofaMang
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:58:01 PM
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Having created a UK account to get the demo early, I have indeed been waiting eagerly for this game. The demo alone shows the advancement over IP/Farenheit, not only in graphics (a no brainer) but in general fluidity. It is too bad that they won't have a graphically captured game developer hosting the tutorial again, unless that is a nugget they are holding onto for the full game.

This is a fantastic review, that confirms the impressions I had gathered about what this game will actually be. We are closer to the interactive movie than ever before, and while not all gamers will desire this, or get satisfaction from it should they give it a chance, many like myself might be (re?)introduced to a new genre. perhaps it shouldn't be called a game, afterall.

I would be ok with that, as the metric that most "games" are judged upon would unfairly punish HR. a 9.5 is a killer score, but I am afraid less empathetic writers will merely measure it against other high scoring games (GTAIV, MW2, UC2 etc) and not appreciate it for what it is. I understand a bit more where you were coming from, Ben, when you predicted a substantial variance amongst reviewers.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:58:56 PM
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Thank you Ben. Well written and in-depth. I love it.

Thank you for taking the time to play through and bring us a review that gives us a taste of what Heavy Rain really and truly is. I was kind of hoping it would be as you have described. From your review this seems like a novel that you play. By that I mean that although it's a visual presentation, it takes a minimal approach to things. It allows your imagination to do it's work, while providing the framework for your imagination to work on.

The multiple branching story lines and events with consequences in the story, such as being injured and seeing the effects of that injury later are very different concepts for some. It's a rare game that makes all your decisions count. The fact that there are multiple paths, as presumably multiple endings really adds to the game for me.

I think this will be a quick buy for me, and I suspect that even if it's not my wife's cup of tea to play, she may enjoy watching me play it. Which brings me to the thought I had about this game at the start. It's something that happened with both Uncharted games and the Xenosaga games I mention so frequently. This almost seems like a game that some will enjoy watching others play, *more* than they will enjoy playing it themselves. Now What I am getting at is that although the game play may not be everyone's cup of tea, the presentation makes the game almost a movie for the viewer. Because of the multiple paths and endings, even a second (or third) play through doesn't have to be the same story all the way through.

I wonder whether the game will be played by more than one person at a time with one player holding the controller but everyone influencing the decisions made? I see a husband and wife playing together, or a small group of friends. This could turn out to be a very social game - in an understated manner.

Again, thanks for such an in-depth look.

I wonder whether this game could be a hook for some who are not into games and yet see someone playing this and give games a second look?

Last thought. I don't know how many gamers are mature enough to give this game the patience it needs. But I know I am. Could there be a market for this game in some of the older PS3 consumers who purchased the PS3 with BluRay playback as one of their major criteria? In other words PS3 owners who play the occasional game but use their PS3 more for movie watching.

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tridon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:14:17 PM

My girlfriend is the same way, Highlander. She likes to various puzzle games on my PS3, but that is all. She LOVES to watch me play games, though.

She loved watching the God of War games, she loved watching the Uncharted games, and she loved watching Shadow of the Colossus. In fact, the only time she'll buy me a game is when she thinks she'll like watching it. If she thinks she won't like to watch it, she won't buy it for me because she thinks that I'll ultimately not like the game. She's usually right, too.

I'm getting the feeling that she'll absolutely adore watching me play this game since she loves reading fiction. Here's hoping she does... because I'll probably be playing this forever when I do get it!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:28:56 PM

LOL that's how my GF is too, only enjoys watching games because she said she doesn't play too well? But then she took my Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and won't stop playing it, LOL. But we recently got Folklore (epic game) and she's been watching me play that a lot, haha

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Crabba
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:02:46 PM

You know, I was thinking the same thing. This is the kind of game that could appeal to a lot of people who normally don't play games, or only very casually, such as a lot of those people who only bought the PS3 for its blu-ray capability. I would like to include Uncharted 1&2 in that category, but Heavy Rain takes it another step further.

I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who don't get into gaming simply because they think it's all about shooting/killing and nothing else, and sadly most blockbuster AAA-titles are...

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:38:49 PM

My wife is going to be watching and helping me with the choices during this game. I can't wait.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:57:53 PM

Thanks, Highlander. I put a lot of effort into this review.

It's also interesting to hear people talk about how their girlfriends and wives might appreciate seeing it. I didn't really consider that angle but it makes sense. It really IS like a novel; in fact, when you first start the game, you get a Trophy called "Tried the Interactive Drama" or something like that.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:59:59 PM

yeah i know my girlfriend is going to love this game. she reads a lot of book and i haven't shut up about this game so i know she's very interested

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rogers71
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:00:37 PM
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Great article once again.

I share alot of the same interests as you. (Books especially) I usually read 4-5 books per month. I really love the certain way an author is able to paint a scene or detail a character. I was hoping that Heavy Rain could get that aspect and based on your review, they did. I really hope the game can hit sales but sadly I don't think it will.

Like you, I think the majority of gamers will see this as boring and lame and jump back online for thoughtless shooting and blood.

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mexgeo86
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:02:23 PM
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gonna preorder it today. great review.

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XxNoir
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:04:06 PM
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Very great written review ben,very in depth like every other one of your reviews.

I can't believe those jerks on destructoid said the game had a poor narrative and bashed & nitpicked it with joy.

19 years old i enjoy several different genres from RPG's to FPS's to platfomers and sports but like some I'm ready for something mature and intelligent so i will be getting this day one.Darn shame millions will see through this game like glass because of they're unfortunate lack of[though not intentional] willingness to give something new that is both grown up and a step forward in the gaming industry the light of day because it doesn't play it safe.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:32:15 PM

I think that a lot of gamers are imagination impaired. That impairment makes it hard for them to be immersed in a game that isn't constantly pushing the reward button with another kill or another item to collect or some other tangible 'reward'. Games that rely on story and character more than action require players to have an active imagination in order to create the immersion in the game.

Like you said, many gamers will look through Heavy Rain like glass - because they are not patient enough, mature enough and lack the imagination to make the game really work.

I hope no one here is crazy enough to blurt out that they shouldn't have to use their imagination, the game should do it all. That would be immediate confirmation of their imagination impairment.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:05:01 PM
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same here Buckeyestar & LW, I can't wait till the 23rd! I think this game already has the innovative game of the year award down-packed.

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:05:38 PM
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Most of the reviews seem to be pretty good scores, This sounds like a definite buy. Great review Ben!

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JofaMang
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:07:35 PM
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Did anyone else notice that the female character in the sleazy room scene in the demo is from the orginal heavy Rain "Casting Call" trailer? Awesome, she might not have got the top job, but she got some work!

Hows that for dynamic line blurring personality? 2 years ago they did a fake casting call with a rendered female reading a scene as the first HR trailer. At the end of the casting call, the director behind the camera basically brushes her performance off. here comes the demo, and the fake real woman who auditioned for a real role in a real game, is injected into an early scene, in a non major role. This is the sort of attention to detail and lore on multiple levels of reality within simulations, that excites me.

Finally, "games" are moving forward in a way that trivializes the graphical and online advances that the game industry has focused on to sell their wares, which are generally regurgitated concepts and playstyles. THIS is what I have been waiting for since the first time I finished FF7 and the giant move forward it brought to console RPGs and gaming in general.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:08:07 PM

Her name is Aurélie Bancilhon, a French American actress who plays Lauren in the game. It's actually not that small of a role at all; in fact, it's almost like having a fifth main character in some respects.

You also unlock that virtual acting scene with her when playing through the game. It's really excellent; I've watched it several times.

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JofaMang
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:35:48 PM

Awesome, thats great to know, as I just assumed her inclusion in the demo was reference to the original conceptual trailer. I am probably going to stop reading about this game soon to avoid ruining anything for myself.

I do it with all the games I really want to play, sort of a self-imposed media blackout.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:15:40 PM
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This is actually one of the best reviews ive read anywhere in awhile. What i mean by that is the detail and depth and allowing us to know your opinion is subjective instead of TAKE MY REVIEW AS GOSPAL. So, lovely stuff.

HR, as usual, sounds fantastic. I would probably add more emphasis on voice acting criticism though. By the demo at least, some was tacky like the woman beater who Shelby hilariously takes on, "beat it punk!" tut, tut.

Itching to see how Arnold is going to get me band with his WKC review haha.

Its all still one's opinion though at the end of the day and that's what it's taken as, good or bad.
Im just glad there's more intelligence in some places ;)

question:

I wanted to know more about the music as i think that has the power to turn something 180 from bad to good if done right. I want to know, specifically, about the more emotional pieces like, the piano piece that plays upon Ethan's opening....that piece enhanced that scene so much, i watched it over and over! How much more is like that and is the trailer music present?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:05:44 PM

The music is always there, and always wonderful. In fact, as you play, you will unlock behind-the-scenes videos and one of them is all about the music, and the effort Quantic Dream went to creating the original scores.

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___________
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 6:08:53 AM

gamesradar gave it the same score.
i think people are disappointed with the extent your actions effect the storyline.
the way david hyped up his game anything and everything you do effects what happens next but thats not exactly true.
there are certain parts in the game that have a major effect, outside those your decisions dont really effect anything.
maybe they were expecting too much, it sounds like a pipe dream to have every action watched.
would be extremely nice, but i doubt will be seeing that for a long, long, LONG! time.

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backatcha00
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:16:06 PM
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This was an exceptional review, thanks Ben. I can't wait.

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gumbi
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:32:38 PM
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Great review Ben. I don't know what else to say... I will definitely be getting this game.

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Squirreldriver
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:43:00 PM
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Thank you Ben for that beautiful review! I couldn't read much though as I want to be suprised. Already pre-ordered.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:46:24 PM
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I played the demo Ben and while at first I was like huh what the hell. Then the magic happened and I was like wow, brilliant. It was just me getting used to the controls.
Now im interested in what will happen if 3 of the characters die and you end up playing with the one lol or even 2.

I want this game now. :)

I read all the time Ben I love reading im never without a book as I start coming to the end of one book. I have another on standby to start reading that one again. I read every night unless im drunk or really really tired like last night after playing the heavy rain demo till the early hours of the morning (3.35am) and as much as I love my gore and violence in some games this sounds like a welcome break. Hey we all love Sackboy in Little Big Planet and no blood and gore in that right. :)

Good review Ben. :)

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Oxvial
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:47:19 PM
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When Jim Sterling reviewed this game at 7.0 I know it was really a 9+ xD.

thanks Ben,I'm gonna preorder this.





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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:52:35 PM

I'm REALLY hoping nobody actually pays that guy to type his drivel.

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DragonSphere
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 9:42:48 PM

Well don't just blame Sterling... apparently the entire staff of Destructoid (or at least the EIC, judging by his comments on there too) shares his view on HR as well. I mean, people have different opinions, but the way he goes about makes it seem like he _wants_ to instigate an argument, you know?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 1:00:01 AM

That's because Destructoid is run by children, not journalists.

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:27:37 AM

I went on Destructoid, yesterday, and read some of the reviews and commentary and have to agree with Ben. That place is as bad as a Hot Topic in the mall. Who the heck wears a bright pink shirt with grey camo pants? Seriously.

I'm so glad to have found PSXE because I can always trust that I am reading something that doesn't make me feel like I'm the smartest person on the site. You guys rule.

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Ergi
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:49:44 PM
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Great review. The difference with these QTE's as compared to their us in other games is that here you have different choices. This is what does it for me, makes me feel more involved as to when you just have to push a button. Day one purchase, def.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:50:31 PM
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Btw, this paragraph:

"An unthinkable tragedy causes a happy family to splinter. Two years later, the father, gaunt and unshaven, stands in the rain and picks up an unsmiling, mostly unresponsive son after school. The aforementioned tragedy prompted a split of the two dedicated parents; for the father, the large, bright, meticulously decorated house has given way to a drab, cramped apartment. The son is on one of his scheduled visits; he sits on the sofa and watches TV, replying to his father’s gently probing questions about school and friends with a depressingly dismissive tone. The ceaseless rain beats against the dirty windowpane as the father prepares a modest dinner for his son, who has finished his homework in silence and now proceeds to eat in silence. In a heart-wrenching display of desperation for an idyllic past that can never be reclaimed, the father juggles a few apples, which elicits the first bright response from his son. But the somber mood returns immediately and the father sits at the kitchen table and waits patiently for his son to finish. Later, just before he puts the son to bed, the father dusts off a desk that hasn’t seen an architect’s touch in quite some time, and views an old home video. He weeps quietly."

THIS is what i have been waiting for video games to do. Every time, in an RPG, specifically, they rest at an inn or something and banter about things that arn't necessarily important, i feel, comfort, immersion and even relaxation. I love the more quiet bits...in film too. I was just waiting for video games to do it in a mature way.....well, i got it.

Although, many should know by now im an art lover and want more of it in my games.

Ugh....i sound so snobby on that last bit!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:03:53 PM

If we're at the point in society where an art lover is considered "snobby," I think I'll go kill myself.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:05:56 PM

You know, upon re-reading the paragraph you quoted, I am moved to stop and tell Ben something. Ben, you definitely understate your own talent as a writer. That was a beautifully written description of the scene that conveys the mood and emotion within it.

Bravo! Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:08:33 PM

Thanks, but I think that's the best I can do. LOL

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rogers71
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 6:05:17 PM

Seeing as how I read 4-5 books per month, I have definitely read worse. As a matter of fact, when I was reading that paragraph I had my 7 year old son in the back of my head and actually got a little choked up thinking about if our relationship were like the detailed painting of words that you laid out.

Does anyone else want Ben to type up a novel for us? I would definitely be in line to get that. Think about it Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:23:44 PM

I'll get back to you on that.

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WolfCrimson
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:50:46 PM
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Wow, I've never seen such a ... what's the word... passionate review. Seems like you enjoyed yourself with this one, Ben. Just a question, aren't you just glad you got to review this instead of Arnold? Btw, where is he? Haven't seen him review anything in a while.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:02:29 PM

I care a great deal about this game. And besides, Quantic Dream deserved my effort.

Arnold's cranking on the White Knight Chronicles review. It should be up within the next day or so; I even know what score he's giving it.

And expect a Bioshock 2 review soon after that.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:30:23 PM

Damn you guys are busy. Keep it up!

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:51:15 PM
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I have a stack of games i'd like to play through before i start Heavy Rain, but im still going to pick it up on day 1. I know this is a game im going to love (if the demo is any indication. i've played that like 6 times, lol), and i'd love to see more games move in this direction.

Great review, Ben. I noticed the wonky camera in the demo, but im glad to hear thats the only major negative in the game. Its also great to read a review where the reviewer understands that his/her view of the game isnt universal, especially on a game like Heavy Rain.

Anyway, you've convinced me to buy this game asap, even if i dont play it for a few weeks.

One great thing i've seen today is that nobody gave HR a low score. Its like the reviewers finally understand that a game can be different and daring and appeal to a different audience without having to be marked low just because of those same traits.


Anyone here play Indigo Prophecy? I'm thinking about picking that up when i go to get Heavy Rain. Is it worth getting?

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tridon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:58:00 PM

I've been hunting down Indigo Prophecy, too. I never really gave that game a second look after I first saw it, and now with Heavy Rain coming and my anticipation building, I think I'll definitely buy IP.

Damn, though... I REALLY wish that sexy Collector's Edition from Europe was coming here to Canada. I'd buy that instantly! I'd import it, but then downloading all the DLC later on would probably be a major headache. I guess I'll just suck it up with the "ugly" copy of the game. Oh, well... at least its insides are the same! =D

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:00:58 PM

Indigo Prophecy is great and probably well worth playing.

...however, if you DO plan to find it and play it, I would strongly suggest doing that before playing Heavy Rain. The latter is what IP could've been with the technology they didn't have at the time.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:54:20 PM

For anyone looking for QD's earlier masterpiece, Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy... check out Gamestop because they're selling it right now for only $9.99

BTW, for any of our Canadian friends who want it too, Gamestop now has a Canadian website up & running too....
http://www.gamestop.ca/

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coverton341
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 6:22:53 PM

I have played Fahrenheit, the EU version of the game, and I can tell you that it is a terrific game and I would highly recommend hunting even harder to find yourself a copy of it to play.

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XxNoir
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:55:53 PM
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@TheHighLander

I agree with you,that gamers with little imagination or interest in games with any sense of substance will understand/be satisfied with what heavy rain tries to make that player ultimately feel.

In my belief the amount of imagination & maturity a gamer has is not 100% sourced from age.It varies from multiple things.By the age of 9 i had already played and enjoyed games like metal gear solid/jet force gemini/ect and even though i didn't have the knowledge and understanding that people older than me had that enabled them to enjoy the game more to some degree,I made of for it with imagination and patience.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:23:44 PM

Never, ever, underestimate the power of imagination.

Without imagination we would have none of the things we take for granted today.

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michiganfan1983
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 1:58:10 PM
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13 more days and counting... I can't wait.

Great review Ben

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Hexen
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:01:17 PM
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I gotta first commend you Ben for this perfectly well detailed review.This was already a buy for me but you did manage to answer a couple questions that I was curious about.This is a great step forward for the gaming industry in general even if some don't seem to think so(Destructoid).Some of my buddies are on the fence about HR so I'll be sure to give them the link to this review.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:23:14 PM

You should never take seriously Jim Sterling .

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:59:14 PM

Here's a general rule of thumb: don't ever bother with anything Destructoid says. About anything.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:12:04 PM
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HURRAY!!!! Ah fantastic review, I'm so pumped for this game now, Very happy to see replay value hit a 10, to think how much i played Farenheit! I oh im going to play the demo again :P

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www
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:17:23 PM
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Great!!!! Still feel uncomfortable with the scores FFXIII is getting. At this point so far, I think Heavy Rain is the better game.

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Shams
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:26:28 PM
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Great review, Ben. I'm sold. Although you gave previous hints of your approval, the review really mattered to me with a game like this.

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Karosso
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:30:14 PM
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First and foremost, thank you Ben for the amazing review! You managed to answer all my questions without giving away anything about the story. Top notch Mr. Dutka.
So... right now is snowing like there won't be a tomorrow in NYC but I'm to the point of running to Gamestop after work and pre-ordering the game, just too excited about it. I think this will be my favorite game on the PS3 for a long while or until The Last Guardian comes out :)

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just2skillf00l
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:36:05 PM
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I gotta say Ben, that was truly a great review. I could tell you wanted to say more about the game but spoilers prevented you from doing so. By leagues the most in depth and true game-capturing review I have read for Heavy Rain. Well I'll just have to pre-order this now. A game of this caliber deserves it, plus I want that downloadable prequel. This is the game I've truly been waiting for! Once again, picture perfect review!

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Karosso
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:50:19 PM

That is true, I was just going to walk in and pick the game up when released but, if you preorder it, you get the free DLC chapter. Well... preorder it is!

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sunspider13
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:39:26 PM
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I paid off half of the game already and paying off the other half saturday while looking for a Vday gift for my gf. Thanks Ben for that review, one of the best that I've read in a while.

The more I learned about the game the more sold I was. I must say I'm very glad to be a PS3 owner.

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tridon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:59:26 PM

Why look for a Vday gift for your girlfriend when you can simply just tell her that her gift is sitting next to you while you both experience Heavy Rain?

LOL.

Yeah... that wouldn't fly with my girlfriend, either.

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Darth Koth
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:46:27 PM
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Fantastic review, if anybody wasn't sold on the idea before, they have to be now

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inkme101
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:13:45 PM
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great review ben, although i havent taken any score to heart as i've had this game pre-ordered and paid in full for months. no matter what any reviewer or critic had to say about HR i knew it was an absolute day 1 must own and you have just solidified that thought even further. fantastic well thought, well written, and in depth review though.

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Ghidora
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:21:01 PM
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nice review... the game is getting very good reviews everywhere!

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coverton341
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:21:54 PM
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I have to say, and it has been said already by others, that this is the best damn game review I have ever read and now all I can do is drool in anticipation of this game to release. I have been playing the demo since it was released through the Four Days Challenge and I am in love with this game. The review just put the icing on the cake and the final nail in my wallets coffin. I am heading out to pre-order and pay in full for it as soon as work is done. Something I absolutely never do any more.

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darxed
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:27:56 PM
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I was hoping this game would be great, now I don't have to hope anymore. Looking forward to It when it realeases!

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 3:47:18 PM
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Thanks, Ben. Great review and no spoilers. It just became a day one purchase for me.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:02:25 PM
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Aazing review! Youre review made me want the game more.

I knew when I first heard about this game I wanted it. I'm not going to clutter the comments with why, because your review said it all. This game is (or in my eyes will be) amazing!

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daizycutter
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:18:11 PM
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i was really interested in this game and look forward to getting it soon ..i also feel that this game will be enjoyed by my girlfriend and I while we play it together and believe it will open up a new gamer base!

a great article btw

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Darwin1967
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:20:35 PM
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wow, great review! I've been mucked up a bit...stuck in a groove where games are concerned, but thanks to you guys and this review, I can hopefully find new light in my PS3 and play some awesome games I might never have been tempted to try.

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palmerjones
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:24:31 PM
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On another review they said there's only 6 hours of gameplay. Is this correct?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:34:20 PM

Absolutely not. As I said in my review, it took about 10 hours for my first play-through, and you WILL want to go through it again...and again...

We don't give 10s for Lasting Appeal for 6-hour games that have no incentive to play again.

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lupus
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 5:55:48 AM

maybe that reporter died with all 4 charecters lol then the game ends.

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Fane1024
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 5:27:56 PM

Two other reviewers I read have said 8 hours and 9 hours, respectively...and both emphasized the replay value.

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BlackBriar
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:26:56 PM
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Bloody Great Review! This is really awesome, I have alot faith in this game. I will be there day one,Waiting is the hardest part!

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BlackBriar
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:34:42 PM
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A 90 Metacritic score

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fstop
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 4:45:41 PM
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Great review Ben, I've been playing the 4 Days of Rain online experience and the demo and both have me hooked. Quantic Dream deserves credit for originality.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:02:48 PM
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Another thoughtful balanced and eloquent review; when does that Demo hit the US store guys?

Obviously I haven't had a go at it yet, but the R2 walking reminds me of Shenmue :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:18:24 PM

Demo comes out tomorrow.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:54:06 PM

tomorrow? aww crap i'm going to be on a flight to detroit ugh.

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inkme101
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:09:27 PM
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the us gets the demo 2morrow doesnt it?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:15:16 PM

hope so!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:12:31 PM
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@Ben,
Great review as I already thought this game would be(since they also did that other masterpiece, Indigo Prophecy).
And eloquently written too...you, you, literary poet you!

I didn't DL the demo, becaue I wanted to be shocked & awe'ed & be totally immersed when HR comes out.

And, I'm actually so hyped up about H.R. that this will be the first game that I'll buy at "full price" since Ace Combat 1, 2, 3, 4, & Zero.
Just got to feel around behind the sofa cushions, the floor of my truck, and all my other coat pockets, and sneak up to make a Bust-A-Move on my piggy bank for some extra spare change in the next few weeks. LOL

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:29:20 PM
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I noticed that sometimes in Uncharted 2 the characters seem to have extra muscles in their faces too, sup with that anyhow? No biggie but it kind of startles you.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:40:03 PM
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Just let me play the game with Madison and I'm set!

Damn happy this game is already a GOTY contender (9.5 would say so!)

Seriously, Ben points it out as it is. No game is perfect. But at its core and from a complete experience standpoint, this game is second to none.

I will be getting this!

Thank you Ben and psxe!

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tes37
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 5:40:15 PM
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I have to agree with everyone about how great this review is. I read it again just to get in the spirit of the game. I can't wait to get my hands on this.

Edited for bad writing skills

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 6:52:30 PM
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From all I've read & saw so far, this game is more like an interactive movie, so I'm thinking that HR could even bring in some brand new gamers.

HR could wind up being the very defining start-up moment of gaming for some of these folks that had only bought a PS3 for the BD player aspect.

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I C E_COLD
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:02:46 PM
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"Poetry" is the way I discribe the review,made me think you know,what a trip .thanks Ben !

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Milonakis
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:06:42 PM
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Only game that has made me cry to date is FFVII. Hope this will do the same.

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Shams
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:24:06 PM

I fought back a few tears in MGS2, too. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed made me a bit sad surprisingly, recently. Seeing Elena wounded in U2 was very unnerving (especially when she was weeping in pain), and GTA4 made me feel glum, especially when he drove off with the radio turned off. But definitely, FF7 was the first gaming experience for me that truly tugged at my heart strings.

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fstop
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:48:05 PM

@Shams:
Man that Elena scene was amazing! The facial expressions (as Ben stated in his review) were top notch. You are so correct my friend, that was very unnerving.
FF7 started it all when it comes to the tears falling. A moment in my life I will never forget.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:52:43 PM

....Kingdom Hearts?

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Shams
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 3:32:16 AM

I know, huh, fstop. Unforgettable. I somehow forgot inFamous, which I just played through, again, tonight, for the 4th time. And DMCse. I remember beating the game on "Dante Must Die" mode, and hearing Vergil groan "Dante!" as he succumbs to the last hit in the most frenetic boss fight ever, feeling both joyful relief, mixed with unexpected sadness. Very emo game, but it had it really did have it's tear-welling moments.

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Shams
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 3:33:25 AM

Oh, yeah. Somehow, I missed out on Kindom Hearts. I might just pick it up, though. During a slow season, of course.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:43:18 PM
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Anyone wanting Madison to get a sequel? I mean seriously....Heavy Rain 2 should be based on Madison....

She's hot! And seems incredibly charming/charismatic

In fact, I wish the game was solely base don her

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rogers71
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 8:28:46 PM

It would be kind of hard to base a game on a character that, depending on how you play through Heavy Rain, could be dead. I mean, say a person plays through Heavy Rain and Madison dies.

I would love to see a game with her as the main character but it would be hard for QD to do that because they have set her up to possibly die in the playthrough of Heavy Rain. Just saying.

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chucknasty
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 8:30:25 PM

for your Madison needs check this out (contains spoilers and NSFW video)
http://www.jeuxvideo.com/extraits-videos-jeux/0000/00004460/heavy-rain-une-douche-et-au-lit-hd.htm

also, it is in French:)

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fstop
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:48:50 PM
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@Scarecrow
I'm with you on this one buddy!

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:51:42 PM
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Nice quote, Ben! I just used it for an English paper. :) You are a very accomplished writer, great job.
This review pretty much eradicates any doubts about this game.

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R3ZR
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 8:05:24 PM
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confirmed i didnt make a mistake in pre ordering

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Minishmaru
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 8:59:10 PM
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I too fear that the game won't get what it deserves in terms of sales because it's not exactly explosions and violence. But due to the PS3 selling very well currently and that Heavy Rain is exclusive might help sales. I think there are more mature gamers on the PS3 vs any other console out there, and sometimes you just need something more cuz I'm getting tired of Modern Warfare 2's online.

Great review Ben, I'm glad I held off on buying Dantes Inferno and Bioshock 2.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 9:04:51 PM
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this game gets a big MAH from me j/k

anyway great review ben i love your work

now if i can only get to my local gamestop thourgh this 12' pluse inches of snow to pick up my copy of Bioshock 2 and pay off HR
*steps outside with a shovel and starts to dig my way to gamestop*

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 9:31:07 PM
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Since you guys are all saying it & making me feel bad for forgetting... GREAT review Ben. Very in-depth, yet no spoilers told, I appreciate it.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 9:37:27 PM
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Oh yea, about it's Metascore. It has more 95-100's than
-90's.

Review scores between 95 & 100? = 8.
Review scores below 90? = 7.

Ben was right, it's gotten two 70's, as well as two 80's wtf?

This is 33 reviews in by the way.

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fuk u
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 9:59:51 PM
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how interesting it is to know that alot of people on here seem to have been waiting for bens review of this game stating " great review im definitely getting this pre-ordering right now ect." now dont get me wrong very nice in depth review 'hands down' now I had this pre-ordered a long while back and after reading this review ( the first review I have read, considering its a game that im really interested in and and buying for that fact ) just put the icing on the cake! you deserve alot of props' Thanks Much Ben, lots of props' to you. now you said here ben= "Heavy Rain isn’t just a masterpiece; it’s an ingenious step in the right direction. I’m terrified that it won’t do well on the sales charts, because this means gamers aren’t mature enough. It means the developers have grown up faster. I honestly hope this isn’t the case and I want nothing more than for Quantic Dream to be rewarded for this effort." I hear you out on this matter, but atleast for those who are mature enough and use there imagination will be greatly satisified with HeavyRain...

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King James
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 10:51:02 PM
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Yep. Consider it coped.

Oh and Ben, I think this is one of your best reviews I've read, since I joined the site. Guess ground-breaking games bring it outta u.

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Alienange
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 10:58:48 PM
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If this game is half of what you're claiming in your review, you should have given it a 10.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 11:04:16 PM

sounds like there were a few minor technical issues though.

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Alienange
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 11:17:35 PM

True. It sounds like nitpicking though compared the the paragraphs of praise. I'm just saying, if this game is a grand slam then score it as one. It doesn't matter that the guy on second was scratching his ass. It's still a grand slam.

By the way, you notice that even Playstation Blog has quoted Ben's review in their tweets?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 12:58:40 AM

The camera and movement issues keep it from a 10, and there are some very small inconsistencies in the story. The technical issues - drop-outs in music and graphical pop-in - are also taken into account.

I think a 9.5 is just about right.

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HAMCHUNKS
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 11:06:33 PM
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BEN
WHY!

i feel a little disappointed that you mentioned she gets in a fight or somthing with a doctor, for a story a game i don't want any spoilers, not even a whiff, and i thought you removed that kind of stuff from your reviews

plz im very sensitive because now i will ponder this and wait for it to happen til the 23rd

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___________
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 12:16:42 AM

your seriously going to remember that for 2 weeks?
geez ill probably forget it by the time i go to bed tonight.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 12:57:25 AM

It's hardly a spoiler. It has nothing to do with the story.

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Qubex
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 11:21:13 PM
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Thank you Ben for a masterful review. I was skeptical of Heavy Rain from the start, but after reading your review I am inclined to invest in this title. I will play the demo and try to grasp the game play mechanic and visualisation of Heavy Rain.

All in all, its one small step for Quantic Dreams, one giant leap for the games industry...

Q!

"i am home"

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___________
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 12:15:39 AM
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like i needed any more hype for this game, the next 2 weeks are going to be utter torture!
i hope they have improved on the graphics and bugs from the demo because it certainly was quite buggy and unpolished especially for a game 4+ years into development.
i dont think the facial animation is as good as uncharted 2 though, uncharted 2 looks more defined you can see the sharp edges on drakes face as appose to Elana which is quite rounded and smooth.
ahhhh only time will tell, now all i need to do is finish dantes inferno, bioshock 2, ME2, darksiders by the 25th.
should be a cake walk.

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Robochic
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 12:50:39 AM
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WOW just WOW Ben, amazing review I think this has to be your best review that I have read, very poetic.
I can not wait for this game, have it paid off now just waiting. I knew from the first video I saw that this would change the way we play video games. I know that as a mother and wife that I will be crying through this game, and I am really not that type of Woman I usually never cry during movies or games unless a animal gets hurt but the way this game is sounding from your review it's going to hit hard especially since I have a 5 year old son.

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 2:10:34 AM
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so far, regardless all the high review or scores, this title still remains as a weird game with weird idea and a weird name to me,but my mind is not completely shut on it yet, as i still have no clue about what we are going to play for in this game. i might bother to find it out later on cuz the only thing interest me is to solve the puzzle and mystery of the killing, just like Room 214 on DS or Ace Attorney elements on DS.


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Banky A
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 3:35:53 AM
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Wow Ben I don't know what to say. You're amazing.
<3 (haha).

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Axe99
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 4:39:08 AM
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Great review :) Pre-ordered mine today, and really looking forward to it :)

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lupus
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 5:54:29 AM
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looking forward to this one - i loved the demo

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tanner1
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 6:54:04 AM
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What an emotional review, loved it, dont even need a demo, getting it thanx

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NeoHumpty
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 9:15:55 AM

Yeah. I think I may skip the demo, too. Save it for the whole game.

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Kiryu
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 9:40:18 AM
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Day one purchase ben!

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tridon
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 9:44:20 AM
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Is the Special Edition for 'Heavy Rain' REALLY coming to the U.S.?

I was just reading the write-up for the game on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Rain), and under the sub-section titled SPECIAL EDITION, they listed the collector's set as coming to Europe and Australia at launch, AND the U.S. on June 6th, 2010. Am I missing something, or is Wikipedia just wrong?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:22:16 AM

Er...I'm not sure. Have to wait on that one.

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:31:09 AM

What? Fargin' frickin' frack. I kind of hope that's not true but you know what? This would probably be the first collector's edition video game that I'd buy just to put up on a shelf.

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tridon
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 10:59:21 AM

I hope this is wrong because if it isn't, I might have to wait until June to pick us this masterpiece; and I REALLY don't want to do that.

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Zorigo
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:13:49 AM
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why i'm completely sold on this game,
-the previews and demo
-the 9.5
-the best line of the review about how stories are basically great

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:38:27 AM
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Ben, this review was, sickely awesome, one of the best reviews for any game I've ever read. I'm glad that you did put that doctor cut part up, that's another thing that shows how much the story pays attention to details, just lovely ;)
Anyways, keep goin'
and Heavy Rain is awesome.

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Eppesazach
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 2:37:07 PM
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Awesome review!! Thanks!
I'm curious if anyone ever played Shadow of Destiny... It's also a very story driven game with not a lot of action... The story was pretty good although HR seems to be way more complex and emotional....

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 2:52:12 PM

Shadow of Destiny was EXCELLENT. Very artistic and with a really under-appreciated story.

It just came to the PSP, I think.

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Eppesazach
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 5:18:42 AM

oh cool! I didn't know they released it for psp... I might have to pick it up... I really enjoyed it...

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Sky_Genesis
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 3:46:43 PM
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Wow great review Ben..I was already hyped about the game coming out but this review solidify my purchasing of this game..gotta def Pre-order this game.

Also i Agree that this game might not get the sales its suppose to because this game really isn't for everybody..but hopefully we could be wrong and that the game does great in sales


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BikerSaint
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 3:52:48 AM

Ben,
Just an FYI,
I know Shadow of Destiny is at least, on the PS2, & was released for it in 2001(I finally found a used copy of it a couple months ago).

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Fane1024
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 5:34:49 PM

It's also on PSP now.

When I bought my (used) copy of Shadow Of Destiny (for PS2), the EB clerk said he was wondering if anyone would claim that gem.

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DaNgerSteVe
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 5:46:47 PM
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great review ben but did any one play the demo, is it possible when your at the hotel the girl actually dies. if you dont save her

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thecreed615
Thursday, February 11, 2010 @ 11:05:35 PM
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Heard about it. Didn't know if I would like it but from this review I know I will. I trust your reviews because you don't give high scores to just any game. Nice review, Ben. I am getting this game on day 1 if I have the money. Right now I'm downloading the game off of PSN. I will play the demo to see for myself what Heavy Rain is all about.

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Knightedrik
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 7:26:27 AM
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Ben, I have to say.. that was the best review I have ever read for any video game in my entire life. You really are a fantastic journalist. As for the game, I've had it paid for in full for months. I simply can't wait for it's release. And furthermore, I agree.. many people probably won't "get" this game. But hopefully, they will take a chance on something new. It kind of reminds me of the "Choose your own adventure" books I read as a kid. We need more games like this, especially on PS3, instead of the onslaught of generic first person shooters the market is saturated with.

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Fane1024
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 5:36:00 PM

"We need more games like this, especially on PS3"

Amen.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 12, 2010 @ 10:31:19 AM
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Just want to say thanks for the all the tremendous praise. I really did the best I could and I'm glad the readers appreciate the effort. :)

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Kowhoho
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 7:19:16 AM

That's why we love ya! ;P

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 8:04:58 AM
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Looks like this is getting some pretty decent reviews, though some are giving a kind of "if you can get into this, you might like it" caveat and sorta saying that it's really good for what it is (I seem to recall a Siskel & Ebert review of BENJI: THE HUNTED vs. FULL METAL JACKET argument about that).

Some of my concerns have shown up in reviews too...that a lot of the voice work seeming clumsy/uneven in previews is the same in the final title. Excepting reviews that only rate in whole integers (x out of 5 or 10), PSXExtreme seems to be the highest rating I've seen for it.

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thecreed615
Saturday, February 13, 2010 @ 3:14:15 PM
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I've played the demo and I've come to a conclusion. Heavy Rain is a outstanding game. The demo has left me wanting more. It has won me over with its realism and attention to detail. I am sad to say that not all of my gaming brothers will be able to appreciate Heavy Rain for what it truly is. This is one of the top games of 2010 for me. <playing demo right now again>

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MCsephiroth1313
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 6:16:57 PM
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I really enjoyerd this demo. Everything about it was just amazing. The script, the graphics (I've seen better though, graphics wise. Uncharted 2 *cough cough*) The only thing that was a little iffy for me was the voice acting. Not so much the voice ACTING, actually, but the voices.

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FxTales
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 12:10:42 AM
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I'm not a writer but I appreciate good writing. Thanks Ben for one of the most intense and informative reviews I've ever read.

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photo K
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 11:10:31 AM
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just bought my copy on amazon!

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Jotun
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 1:21:55 PM
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Simply awesome review Ben. For me, this is the game I've been waiting for(even moreso than my most anticipated rpg ever in FFXIII). I can't get enough of creative, thoguht-provoking, and REAL storyline-based videogames like this. Let us hope the maturity required to be fully immersed in and appreciate this experience prevails. I somehow doubt it will happen, however.

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Kr3sn1k
Saturday, February 27, 2010 @ 12:01:30 AM
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OMG this game is amazing, even if three of my characters died. just beat the game today , and all i can say is the graphics are stunning, the gameplay magnificent, and the story truly shocking. If you have not bought this game yet i would suggest you do it pretty soon.

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Happiness
Monday, March 01, 2010 @ 9:19:14 PM
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Thanks for such a full review Ben.

For quite some time this game has been at the top of my list as next game to buy, however of late some doubt has crept into my mind and I've been wondering whether I'm simply falling for a tad too much of advance hype. But now that I've read your review (based upon your actual playing of the game - more than once in fact) I've got no more second thoughts or cautious hesitancy about laying down my precious $60 for Heavy Rain.

I'd previously read other reviews, however, only now that I've had the privilege of digesting your brilliant intensely thoughtful review do I finally feel an unfettered excitement and very welcome sense of security about proceeding to buy this game. As a matter of fact, now I'm going to try hard to convince my wife that we take a drive to town (btw, that's a two hundred kilometer round trip) first thing tomorrow morning for the single purpose of getting this game tout de suite.

Cheers!

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cr67
Friday, March 05, 2010 @ 9:07:34 PM
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All I can say is "wow" Ben. I've read quite a few of your reviews over the years and I have to say, this is by far the best review you've ever written imho. Being an avid movie/book buff, I've never gone out and purchased a game (or movie) merely by someones review alone. I have always rented first because lets face it, reviews are all subjective. Being 42 and only the occassional gamer, the time I do spend on my PS3 playing games is something I take into great consideration, so your reviews hold a lot of weight with me. So today, on my way home from work, I stopped by my local BestBuy and picked up a copy of Heavy Rain. I absolutely love this game! Thank you for such a wonderful, well written and articulate review of a game that I'm sure will keep me captivated for a very long time.
It's your reviews that keep me coming back to this site for information on games before renting or (in this case)buying them. Your work is much appreciated!

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raiden213
Sunday, August 15, 2010 @ 10:05:17 PM
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I finally got a copy of HeavyRain for $29 at Walmart here in Canada. Although I'm not planning to play the game as of now because I need to buy a new HDTV and a sorround sound so that I can enjoy the whole experience, it is for sure down the road I will experience this gem of a game, I might even play the game once they integrate the psmove controls on the game. Anyhow, a $29 for a AAA ps3 game is absolutely a steal.

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