Reader Review: Heavy Rain

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Yes, that’s right, we’re now publishing reader reviews here on Kotaku. This is your chance to deliver sensible game purchasing advice to the rest of the Kotaku community.

And thanks to the very kind chaps at Madman Entertainment, purveyor of all kinds of cool, indie and esoteric film, the best reader review we publish each month will win a prize pack containing ten of the latest Madman DVD releases.

This review was submitted by Ben Carey. If you’ve played Heavy Rain, or just want to ask Ben more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Heavy Rain (PS3)

Playing Heavy Rain is like watching Seven for the first time: the suspense builds and builds until right at the very end when you go, ‘Oh my god!’ However, in Heavy Rain you have the distinct advantage of being able to change the ending (no head in a box for me thank you!); in fact you decide pretty much everything that happens in the game.


Visuals: The visuals were one of the main things the developers were bragging about during the promotional stage and for damn good reason too. The general aesthetic of the game, dark and grungy, is wonderful and the environments look great, but the crowning achievement is the characters’ facial expressions, which are hauntingly realistic.

Diversity: The diversity of tasks, which the player has control of, is astounding and a real credit to the developers. Tasks range from taking part in fights, escaping the police, changing nappies, putting on make-up, and even making love. Show me another game which lets you do all that and I’ll eat my hat.

Story: Heavy Rain boasts a rich, emotionally charged story, which has elements of a thriller, a murder mystery, and even a love story. The team behind it wanted it to be seen as an interactive movie rather than a game, and that’s exactly what they have created. Part Seven, part Saw and part 24, Heavy Rain is a superb mix of action, drama and suspense.


Heart Attacks: After about the halfway mark you get very little relief from the stressful events taking place left, right and centre. If you play the game anything like I did you’ll be worrying about your characters dying all the time, which can happen if you miss the right button at the wrong time. This puts a lot of pressure on you not to screw up.

Heavy Rain is truly revolutionary and a must play for all PS3 owners.

Reviewed by: Ben Carey

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    I'm so annoyed, when I was writing this I was sweating over being a couple of words over 300. 500 seems like a much better limit. Now I can go on tangents! =P

    Hmm looks like another game on my "reasons I should buy a PS3" list.

    It is becoming unfortunately substantial.

      I assume this list includes Little Big Planet, Valkyria Chronicles, and the Uncharteds =D

    For the moment, this is the worst game I have ever played... until they patch the F-ing thing so I can get past the 4th scene. I tried for the 5th time from the beginning last night and it freezes at the exact same spot, every time.

    The hard thing is trying not to have the game spoilt by reading and talking to people about it. As a launch day buy for me, this is VERY frustrating.

      Try freeing up space on your HDD to at least 25%. I tried this and it worked for me. I have a feeling this game is HDD intensive.

      That really sucks that you're having issues with it freezing. Luckily, I didn't. And as for spoilers, well I got it, went home and played it through real fast before anyone could spoil it =P

      Hope it's fixed soon for you, cuz it's seriously kick-arse.

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