Quantic Dream presnted us with a free browser-based teaser to their highly anticipated game, Heavy Rain. It's the Four Day Online Experience, where you're given instructions every Tuesday to solve some mystery and sumbit your answers. The reward for signing up was a plain black PlayStation Home t-shirt, pretty worthless as it comes if you ask me.
The first day, nothing to do but observe and you qualify to the second round. Second round, very difficult investigation to conduct using a given set of clues that you have to use to look for tiny details. The reward, the Heavy Rain demo a number of days in advance. Pretty much, the challenge was very difficult, I didn't bother. Am not stupid, just lazy.
So Kotaku posted how to answer it and no sooner had the Heavy Rain website been overloaded and it became really hard to use it. Took me a good long hour to get it working before actually submitting my answers and getting my personal code to the Heavy Rain demo.
With that aside, let's talk about the demo. As I mentioned before numerous times the first thing you notice upon playing a game are undoubtedly the visuals, here being unprecendented. Utilizing Nvidia PhysX to render things such as hair and using a very advanced engine, the game is easily the best looking console game and arguably the best looking game of all time. Judging by how hideous Indigo Prophecy was, I give thumbs up to Quantic Dream for perfecting this area.
Now for the main part, the gameplay. Heavy Rain is all about becoming your characters. It has this strange way of getting you to live your character, you feel what he/she feels, you think the same way, you basically become the character playable at given time. Furthermore, there is one action sequence in the game where you're being attacked (do not worry, no spoilers follow) and you have to play it using the buttons shown. It was absloutely suspenseful and very dramatic that it actually got me off my couch going at the screen.
With that being said, there's not much to "play" in the game but rather watch. It feels as if they grabbed a movie, and gave you a set of options that you have to choose from to realise the outcome. There will be consequences. But nevertheless, I found myself enjoying it. This somewhat awkward game actually manages to pull off something completely new. But speaking or myself, I doubt I'll ever get it. The story is all too gloomy, and by gloomy I don't mean bloody. I LOVE the Dead Space gloomy sort of game where you tear your enemies limb from limb and watch them crawl after you with their intestines blown out everywhere. But no, Heavy Rain is emotionally gloomy, one thing I do not like...
Now with that done, I was sitting there looking at my game collection and I just realised something, most of that stuff I never reviewed. How could I? I have to review them soon and I will most likely start off with BioShock, something that impressed me with mixed reactions.
So did any of you try the Heavy Rain demo?