Heavy Rain Demo Impressions - New Nightclub Scene

David Cage walked us through another intriguing scene in this upcoming dark thriller.

Developer Quantic Dream only recently started sharing more juicy details about its highly anticipated thriller, Heavy Rain. At Sony's PlayStation Gamer Day, we were introduced to one of the story's four main characters, Norman Jayden, as writer and director David Cage walked us through a scene titled, "Mad Jack." Today, behind closed doors at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Cage once again showed us the same scene with Mad Jack, but this time, the demo ended with Jayden as the one who ends up beneath the heavy crane. For more details on that scenario, please read our hands-on here. What we were looking forward to the most was to see Madison Paige in action--and we definitely saw much more than we were expected. Because Heavy Rain is primarily based on its storytelling, readers should be aware that the following explains the entire sequence of events; be advised that these can be considered spoilers.

The hypnotic Madison was the star of last year's E3 tech demo, which was created to give us an idea about the gameplay, but the story of the taxidermist had nothing to do with the game itself. Before going further, Cage gave us a bit of backstory on Madison, and we learned that she suffers from severe insomnia and can only sleep at motels for some reason. She's also a journalist and a photographer with an urge to help the authorities regarding the case of the origami killer. As usual, Cage narrated the presentation and his colleague Guillaume de Fondaumiere controlled the character. It's easy to be taken by Madison's slender figure and attractive features. Her short-cropped hair suits the shape of her face, and with her big brown eyes and flawless skin, it's clear that she was modeled on a very beautiful woman. This scene was titled, "Madison at the Blue Lagoon" and took place at a happening night club, with crazy lights and loud techno music.

We watched as Madison entered the club, dressed in a bright, short-sleeved button-down shirt and a black skirt, weaving her way carefully through the throng of clubbers (and couples making out) so that she could get to the bar on the other side. Cage noted that this area is supposed to contrast the Mad Jack scene, which was dismal and desolate. The goal here was to find Paco Mendes, the owner of the club, and interrogate him because he apparently has information that is critical to the case. After learning that Paco was sitting in a VIP area with no interest in talking to her, Madison walked around the club trying to think of a way to get his attention. The screen split at this point to show that Paco had his eyes on a blond girl who was dancing on a raised platform. We saw him whisper something to his guard, who then obediently went over to fetch the girl. This was when Madison came up with an idea.

Madison walked over to the platform, and we saw the option to dance appear. By pressing L1, you can bring up her thoughts, which gives you a clue as to how you should proceed. After hitting the X button, she got up on the podium to dance. This started a sequence, which seemed like a rhythm game, where a series of buttons would appear and you had be accurate with your timing. Our demonstrator missed a step and had to do the dance routine again. After successfully showing what kind of moves she had, it was clear that Paco still had no interest in her. Madison realized that she needed to be sexier, and she was steered to the women's restroom to make it happen. While standing in front of the mirror, there were five options that appeared over various parts of her body. Here, we were given the chance to manually apply mascara and lipstick to Madison, and because makeup was not enough, she tore off a portion of her skirt to show more leg. Long legs and cleavage is what this creepy club owner likes, so she unbuttoned her shirt a bit and tousled her hair until she had that "wild" look going.

Once she was satisfied with her transformation, she strutted back to the glowing platform and began her seductive dance again--which Paco definitely noticed. The Blond girl got the boot, and Madison swooped in on Paco. She obviously knew how to play the game because as soon as Paco tried to make a move, she asked that he take her somewhere more private. He led her to his lounge upstairs, which was decorated with white leather couches, tiger-print lamps, and a giant fish tank. We should note that the music playing in the background was like something taken from a really bad porno, with a woman moaning constantly as though she were the vocals. Before entering the room, Madison double checked the gun in her purse and went over a few thoughts in her head. As soon as she entered, he snagged her purse, tossed it on a chair, and led her to the couch. He clearly had only one thing on his mind, and that was for Madison to please him in more ways than one. Options will appear and swirl around your head each time you are faced with a decision. In this case, she hesitated, telling him that this was a misunderstanding. That was not an answer he wanted to hear, so he pulled a gun on her. We saw that there was a lamp behind her, which seemed to be her only weapon within range, but she needed a way to get to it without making it obvious. In order to distract him, we watched as Madison undressed, one article of clothing at a time. Standing in her underwear, she danced seductively for him, bending over and giving him the best view possible. He was obviously very pleased, but before he knew it, she quickly grabbed the lamp and whacked him hard on the head. When he woke up, he was strapped to a chair with duct tape, and now Madison was the one with the gun in her hand.

Paco didn't seem too worried at first because he didn't think Madison had the guts to pull the trigger. Using the Sixaxis controls, Madison slapped him across the face repeatedly. When a guard came knocking on the door the see if everything was OK, Madison kept her gun tightly pressed to his forehead and performed a When Harry Met Sally pie scene to convince the goon that everything was most definitely fine. Stunned, Paco sat there with his mouth wide open, and Madison shocked him again by grabbing his testicles, asking about the name of a guy who rented an apartment from him. We weren't sure how long this scene could be extended, but when he finally gave her what she needed, she walked out nonchalantly and headed down the stairs.

The demo ended abruptly here because the game crashed unexpectedly (it happens), but what we saw was enough to get a good feel for this particular scene. By now, it's obvious that the focus of the game is not necessarily the gameplay but how the story unfolds and how you interact with everything and everyone around you. This scene didn't have the kind of quick-time events as the Mad Jack scene had, but whenever you approached someone or were faced with a decision, you had several choices you could make. Icons would appear onscreen if there was a motion you could perform, such as applying makeup, so that you felt like you were controlling this character every step of the way.

There are two more characters that haven't been unveiled yet, and we were told that one would be disclosed at Cologne and the final member of the cast at the Tokyo Game Show. We look forward to seeing what the others can contribute to the story because we were told that Norman and Madison are supposed to cross paths. Unfortunately, we didn't get to make it that far, so we'll have to wait to see what happens next. The game is only 75 percent completed, and Cage said that there are still several areas that will be touched up by the time it is released. Heavy Rain is currently scheduled to come out in early 2010.

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vivalatour
vivalatour

excellent movie , but as for a game ? it's like popping a pimple with the controller !

Semione
Semione

is this game going to finally be in 1080p and take the xbox off the map?

adrianysm
adrianysm

I want it now I want it now!!! 2010 I love you!

coolkid93
coolkid93

This game looks pretty good.

wkociol
wkociol

I want it now, I want it now, give me....(hysteria;)

oblivion-IV
oblivion-IV

2010 will be the greatest year...full of good games

Leefx
Leefx

This is gonna be groundbreakingly awesome I reckon, cant wait for this!

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Can't wait. Indigo Prophecy was awesome.

jin-ro
jin-ro

cant wait again , 2010 looks really good !!!

LordPhatD
LordPhatD

I'm very excited about this game

Joaovpo
Joaovpo

This game will be amazing. There will be alot of options on how to do a situation you are, and you can even continue the game after one, or two, or three of the main characters die. This is going to be awesome.

muguntie
muguntie

im starting to regret buying an xbox 360

shanem_69
shanem_69

Wow the more I hear about this game, the more I want it. When I heard them use Se7en as an example of how the story would be I was sold (neo and film noirs are my favorite genre and seven is one of my favorite modern films) so I am so excited for this. It will be a nice change of pace from all the shooters I've been playing of late. Hopefully this will help introduce even more games that focus on better stories for mature gamers. I'm so glad I now own a PS3, because when I first heard about this game I was so jealous of PS3 owners, and after playing IP I knew this would be must have.

purple_pride99
purple_pride99

Looks pretty amazing, at the very least I'll rent it.

tlow0678
tlow0678

its like Silence of the Lambs: The Game. It looks enticing.

J_78
J_78

I MUST have it!!!

forhekset
forhekset

This game is number 1 on my most wanted list. Too bad I don't own or plan to own a PS3 anytime soon :(

AyuSora
AyuSora

Can't wait until Tokyo Game Show to find out all the characters. TGS is definitely the second-best convention if not as good as E3.

don_bidarian
don_bidarian

I enjoyed Indigo Prophecy pretty much, one of the best games I've ever played. Since I'm one of those gamers who enjoy story more than headshoting others, this game is 100% for me.

alexQ4tomorrow
alexQ4tomorrow

i still don't know if this game is going to be fun or boring. it's so different from other game's. i need to see more.

dijji497
dijji497

Im so glad that the industry is taking games more seriously. The gamer average is 30, (even though im only almost 14) so why keep games under lock and chain? Its strange that parents can be so calm with violence (Gears) but cant handle anything sexual, even if it be a hardly revealing lap dance. Drugs are another issue to. Obviously gamers dont really complain about not being able to take drugs in games (with the exception of Saints Row), but parents chuck a fit about it. Moving on, im really excited for this game and its basically the reason im trying to buy a PS3. The graphics are mind blowing and even though the game is filled with quick time events, considering this game is about normal people and building a great story, im willing to let it go. And the way they are implemented is just fantastic! Like the way that you exited the car at the live demo and the way you were fighting. Im was also impressed by the car crusher scene, how there were like 5 different options whilst in the car. The mind view with the floating words around the dudes head is an amazing idea. I dont think that there is really any way for this to fail (except for maybe repetitiveness and reviewer slamdowns because of quicktime events). Really hyped, cant wait.

michaelsgreat
michaelsgreat

Well said, Wej_accept_it. The average gamer is in his thirties, it's time to stop being so prude. Violence needs to grow up too. GTA IV, for example, isn't realistic because New York city does have children and pets in it last time I checked.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Sound like gaming is growing up big time. Stuff like seducation would normally earn a game a ratings ban or a bad rep, but in this case its mature content being handled in a mature way. And that makes for a impressive (sensible adults only) experiance.

G00DANG
G00DANG

With games like this, its clear that us xbox gamers are missing out on some pretty neat titles. Damn the swings and roundabouts of exclusivities.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Now that's a game to look forward to.

gmax
gmax

Perhaps we'll see a major new sub-genre in rythm games along these lines...

king_bobo
king_bobo

@ DPWaring - really? The only reason? Wow...

DPWaring
DPWaring

The ONLY reason I'd get a PS 3 is for this game!! It looks great!!

forhekset
forhekset

I fear this game will be critisised for its one dimensional rail roading. She MUST dance to get his attention and she MUST look sexier - I know the depth comes from the variety in which you can pass/fail at these continuous tests and the actual character immersion, and I'm more than happy with that, but I think alot of reviewers won't be even if the person writing the previews gets it. Either way I've been looking forward to this companies next game for so long, ever since I finished Indigo Prophecy.

forhekset
forhekset

SO SICK of console preference wars in unrelated topics. So over it. I'll buy a PS3 when I can so I can get this game. Doesn't matter which is "better" when you have all of them. It doesn't matter anyway. The games have always made the console.

majere613
majere613

As always with this sort of thing, whether it's any good is going to hinge on how much freedom you get to solve problems. I'll happily play a game where you use logic and reasoning to proceed, but not one where you have to sit there and try to read the design team's mind to figure out what they want you to do next.

SosdanRhuzine
SosdanRhuzine

Looks great, sounds great, great game?...HELL YES

shenton47
shenton47

Like da1writer, I also own several consoles, PC's and handhelds. Must admit I do have a personal preference for my Xbox 360 but I'm not a fan boy. I'll buy a game because I like it, regardless of platform. And to be honest, I couldn't imagine Microsoft pulling this off on the 360. I'd rather Sony did it justice on a console that makes it look as good as this, than Microsoft trying to do the same thing and falling short.

da1writer
da1writer

@ freerunner01: Nope not a fanboy but I am one about Indigo Prophecy which I played on the PC as the title Fahrenheit (sorry, never played it on PS2 or Xbox, heard they took out things and decided to get the "original/unedited" version). Sorry about my rant seeming like a Sony Fanboy, just kinda got sick of the comments before mine dumping on this yet released game already from obvious 360 fanboys, which I do detest (actually I detest fanboys in general). I actually own 2 consoles, 3 handhelds, and 2 Pc's, so in actuality I'm what you call a Gamer like you ;)! Can't wait for Heavy Rain though, HUGE FAN of the guys behind Fahrenheit (unrated Indigo Prophecy) and this game!

token247
token247

I don't understand all the haters if the game you are like the concept awesome i will enjoy talking with you about it once it is out but if u dislike the game do you really have to detract from all the people who are looking forward to it?

Thomas-Crown
Thomas-Crown

On the merit of the first game and of course after reading such vivid description, a must own for me. :)

STR33TFiR3
STR33TFiR3

I just hate button mashing games and it looks like another of them!

junglist101
junglist101

Graphically this game looks amazing and the story seems interesting. I'm looking forward to see how this game turns out. Most likely another win for the ps3.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I am going to pass on this game.

Itachi11432
Itachi11432

wow the wii basically is a work out system. while were playing hardcore games the wii is stuck with wierd sports games and yoga.

pakhair
pakhair

Wanna know more. B4 commenting...........

Sonphil
Sonphil

Can you say, Sega CD, Dreamcast Shenmue, This was done with tons of Sega CD games, Supreme Warrior anyone. Also PC like Freerunner01 says Indigo Prophecy, Basically a company shouldn't get away with a game with quicktime event button pressing. I thought PS3 is more capable of Real Gameplay, I should of learned my lession with killzone 2 . Anyways Since I'm a PC gamer Since Sega Died, I will be waiting for Alan Wake, Sony should learn from them.

freerunner01
freerunner01

just one thing da1writer, Indigo Prophecy was on microsoft's platform before and thus please don't generalize all 360 owners as "mindless shooter lovers", this simply shows our own ignorance. Now I am a proud owner of both platforms and laugh at fanboys and guess what you sound like right now?