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Honest Game Trailers (SHAUN!) Heavy Rain. It's All About The (SHAUN!)

Can a game be “so European, it hurts?”. Apparently so, according to the latest instalment in Smosh Games’ Honest Game Trailers. This time around Heavy Rain is the target, as a celebration of sorts for the remastered (and still very awkward) PS4 version.


Not Even The PS4 Can Save Heavy Rain's Terrible Sex Scene

Heavy Rain remastered is out for the PS4 this month, and boy, some aspects of the game have not aged well.


The 15 Most Twisted Video Game Achievements

My favourite trophies and achievements in video games are the gimmick-based ones. They’re not about finishing a level or getting a certain amount of headshots. They’re about doing something specific, often something outlandish, silly, deliberately provocative or plain screwed up. They can add levity to a sober gaming experience, provide a diversion from a linear plot, or open the player’s mind to unconsidered gameplay possibilities.


Ms. Pac-Man Is A Feminist, And Three More Daring Video Game Arguments

This has been a very good year for video games, but it has been an exceptional year for books about video games — surely the best ever. I can’t tell you who will win the prestigious BAGOTY award for 2015, but Cara Ellison’s Embed With Games, Simon Parkin’s Death by Video Game, and Michael W. Clune’s Gamelife are all garnering buzz among devoted BAGOTY watchers.


QTEs Don't Have To Suck

“Press X to not die.” It’s a gaming cliche at this point, one that many view as a symptom of lazy game design. Quick time events, as they’re known, are glorified cut-scenes. Things happen, and we press buttons that don’t really match up with the action on screen. They can be pretty bad.


Some Of The World's Best Cartoons Are Hidden Inside Video Games

Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, are about as polarising as a developer gets. Some people hate their games. Some people love them! I’d like to think there’s one aspect of their output we can all get behind, though: the way they include some of the world’s best animation shorts in their games.


Who Needs A Hero? Let's Have More Games With Multiple Main Characters

I love a game with a cool, interesting main character. But you know what I think I might love even more? A game with multiple cool, interesting main characters. Why not, right? Modern video games are huge! They’ve got room to spare. I love a hero as much as the next red-blooded American, but it’s time to keep expanding.


The Creators Of Shenmue And Heavy Rain Have A Chat About Storytelling

Yu Suzuki and David Cage walk into a room. This isn’t the setup of a joke but what ends up being a thoughtful session of comparing notes over the methods of storytelling in Shenmue, Indigo Prophecy and the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls. Take a look.


Heavy Rain Creator: 'The Only Thing I Didn't Want To Do Was A Sequel'

Heavy Rain got some criticism. There are whole train of thoughts that either praise or slam Quantic Dream’s experimental PS3 game. Some people love what it tried to do in terms of how play mechanics and plot continuation when certain characters died.


A Visual History Of Attractive Video Game Characters: The '10s

The past few years produced a huge amount of great games and a surprisingly decent amount of them have well-developed characters that are hard to forget. And, of course, some of them look really attractive.


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