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Heavy Rain

HEAVY RAIN 心の軋むとき

Developer: Quantic Dream Publisher: SCE
18 February 2010
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Ethan Mars, still trying to come into terms with the death of his younger son two years prior, becomes entangled in a series of crimes perpetrated by the Origami Killer when his other son was kidnapped. Soon he encounters three other people who are attempting to investigate these murders: intrepid journalist Madison Paige, hard-boiled detective Scott Shelby and troubled FBI agent Norman Jayden. Will Ethan be able to uncover the truth behind the killer, or will he and his son become yet another victim?
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Holds a special place in my heart.
As a twelve year old when this game released I had never played anything quite like it, and at the time it was engrossing enough for me to platinum it.
For all the laughable acting and gaping plot holes, there are many surprisingly endearing moments from these faux American accented puppets, and as a whole the game can be compelling if you enjoy basic thrillers/mysteries. It's noticeably more focused than Cage's earlier and later works, although this isn't saying much. Sure, the plot holes and red herrings are glaring, and the twist is literally baby's first detective novel/trope, but I sure didn't see it coming back then.

I think Quantic Dream should stop trying to make American/international games and embrace their country of origin. Everything in their games are about as American as the house in RE7 is from the deep south, though you could argue this adds an unintentional uncanny quality to the game which elevates it.

Heavy Rain's biggest flaw asides from that which I've already mentioned, is that it doesn't embrace the psychology/backstory or go deep enough on characters like Norman and especially Madison, as they're only interesting on a surface level.
For all the time you waste about with Ethan in the first hour or so, the character development is seriously lacking. Still, I can't help but love it... and yes, the music is great.
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Cai um pouco mais no meu conceito sempre que penso nele. Em 2015 já estava datado.

Os controles de movimento são, na melhor das hipóteses, sem graça, a história tem uma reviravolta pouco crível e o protagonista é meio chorão demais pro meu gosto.
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It's truly amazing how poorly crafted this game is in so many areas, contrasted with what is a body of work that I feel a significant amount of care was put into.

I love how dissonant the voice actors sound from each other at times, how some of them struggle past their inherent accents and how that mixes with the actors who actually are American. All on top of reading from a script with dialogue that ranges from just fine to humorously bad.

At points this game is almost like if Tommy Wiseau was a more developed director and writer, and yet with that came an amount of plot holes that you can only succumb to and look past. You can more or less get used to it though.

Still, nothing makes me cringe more or get used to the voice actors for the four children throughout this game, some of which apparently having voiced two different characters, one of which being David Cage's son, and combined with the 'uncanny valley' of their faces and puppet-like behaviour... it's a marvel.

Despite everything I said this game still draws me in like no other with its story, its characters, and scenes that draw you in, the 'car scene' being one of them.

The characters you play and all the twists that come with them are memorable, one having to do with drug addiction, one with insomnia, and in saying that it's a shame how underdeveloped Madison Paige is as a character. I get that she's supposed to be mysterious but it doesn't excuse having your character feel empty and unfinished compared to "Nahmen Jayden FBI" and Scott Shelby, who have their own problems, but what can I say, I still love this awkward game for what it is, and the music is killer!
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Heavy Rain is a funny game, I first played it the Summer break between my Freshman and Sophomore years of college and actually fairly enjoyed it. It was my first game of this style I played where you are essentially in an interactive story and get to choose what to do and your decision impact the ending, along with having main characters who can die but the story continues without them. Heavy Rain is a game that was good in 2010 but each year that goes by it shows its age more and more.

Heavy Rain mostly rides on the story. The gameplay is very basic walk from this point to this point and click on things to investigate them and talk to people by selecting different dialog branches. That's all you really are able to do in this game is walk and click on things, so the story is really the main focus. It starts off as a basic father taking care of his sons then turns into a murder mystery that 4 different characters get tangled in and your goal is to figure out more about the mystery killer/kidnapper as all these characters while going between different areas. The best parts of Heavy Rain are really in the first few chapters when the atmosphere and mystery are strong and less characters are involved, the game then gets a bit more convoluted as it goes, introduces random characters to throw your scent off the murderer and the game heavily tries to make you suspect one of the main characters your playing as that it just becomes completely obvious he is innocent. The father trying to find out who kidnapped his son and goes through trials like in the movie Saw where he has to torture himself and risk his life to find clues that lead to where his son is located.

Of the 4 main characters 2 are done pretty well the other 2 are kind of done poor. I think Ethan and Shelby are done pretty well, both are developed pretty effecient, both feel like fairly realistic people, and both actually make you feel bad for them. On the other hand Madison just feels rushed and hardly gets much development, plus she somehow just falls for Ethan and the romance thing is just so cliche not to mention leads to one of the most awkward looking sex scenes in games, oh and it is partially interactive as well. Jayden has a cool concept and actually is the most badass of the characters you play, but he just feels shallow too and hardly much of his character is elaborated, even though you play him almost as much as you do Ethan. I found Jayden's segments to be the most interesting and funny but they mostly just felt like segments used to progress the plot rather than develop his character. But the Jayden scenes also have that asshole cop who is probably unintentionally the most funny character in this game.

Now the game has you switching between these 4 and unraveling the mystery as more people die and more weird shit happens while Ethan has the police after him and then the game starts going downhill about 2/3 in. The game leads you in a different direction and throws in different suspects to make you think the true Origami isn't who you think, but then it reveals those segments were basically pointless and just padding. And that best described the final 1/3 of the game, its completely padded with weird shit and unnecessary sections that drag the game out until Ethan can undergo his final trial and then one of the characters can figure out the killer's location. The cool thing is that you have 3 chances to find the killer's location with all the characters all with different clues but at the same time you can completely mess up and then the killer gets away. But when the killer is revealed the plot twist just comes off as a bit lame. I mean the man just didn't feel like a killer and his motivation is so lame, plus it feels so forced. Not to mention there are plot holes that come as a result and I just feel the twist makes the story kind of lame. Now I like that he game had different endings depending on who survives, if the killer was found or caught, and even all these endings have subtle changes depending on what actions you took, I think this game has something like 17 different endings, which is pretty insane for a game like this and some of the endings I actually think are pretty dark and funny, but overall Heavy Rain is a mixed bag.

About a year after I originally played this a friend in college wanted to play this as he heard good things about this and I ended up renting and we we brought it to our dorm lobby during the final week since this is before we got out for Summer. And it was hilarious as all our friends watched as he played and marathoned through this game in a single night, I remember during the sex scene people were coming down into the dorm lobby for their exams and it was a funny experience since my friends thought this game was hilarious at times. But yeah it brings back good memories and isn't a bad game for a playthrough, but once you played through it a single time or maybe two to make different choices, it has really no value and becomes practically worthless since the story isn't that great. I also forgot to mention voice acting is pretty bad and most actors are French so English isn't their first language so a lot of the dialog and voice acting in this just comes off as incredibly awkward but I guess that is part of the charm too.
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Heavy Rain scratches the itch of presenting a serial killer narrative, doing so from several perspectives and ticking the boxes to make an engaging enough detective story, with the despondent narrative giving each character the internal conflicts needed to drive the story on an emotional level even with hokey dialogue. Almost every scenario is engaging and the choose your own adventure aspect becomes just present enough in the final act to feel meaningful, at least in the sense that the game will let you know if you played poorly enough. And hey, the final reveal almost makes sense!

The David Cage-isms hold it back, as they always do, with QTEs presented and integrated marginally better than in Fahrenheit but still lacking a hook of their own, a few completely random scenes that add nothing to the picture, and a conclusion that seems focused more on shock value than giving everything that came before the credence needed to stand on its own. But even without my natural inclination for whodunits, Heavy Rain is suitably engaging despite its patchy points.
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I usually give these more intentionally 'cinematic' games (graphic adventures, interactive movies and such) some shit cause they're more often than not very ostentatiously and tastelessly executed, and so it makes sense that many don't seem to dig the works of Quantic Dream, but whether or not you mind games being more movie-esque, David Cage at least knows what he's doing. I like my good old Mystery/Thriller/Drama films as much as the next movie fan, and Heavy Rain gives off the same kinda feel. You could argue against the controls, but I think they work for this game in particular. It's definitely a strong advancement from Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy, which is also very good despite being dated for its sixth gen console era.
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williamsle07 HEAVY RAIN 心の軋むとき 2022-06-16T02:45:53Z
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Pandoras_Folly HEAVY RAIN 心の軋むとき 2022-06-15T01:40:38Z
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TheNightsBane HEAVY RAIN 心の軋むとき 2022-06-14T18:05:48Z
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    SHAAAAAAUUUUUN
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    Shaun!
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    extra point for gratuitous nudity
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    Honestly one of the funniest games I've ever played
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    David Cage's best game
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    Still one of the worst games ever made. But is useful for so bad it's good entertainment
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