Heavy Rain Review

Heavy Rain is a thrilling interactive videogame which centers around 4 characters trying to solve the mystery of the Origami Killer. You play as a father Ethan Mars, journalist Madison Page, private investigator Scott Shelby and FBI profiler Norman Jayden. Each character is trying to uncover the serial child killer’s identity. The killer uses long periods of rainfall to drown his victims, and then dumps their bodies with an origami figure in their hand, hence the name. You play as each of the 4 characters as they try to catch the killer before another murder is committed. Unfortunately that’s the extent of the plot that I can describe without really giving anything away.

Heavy Rain could be described best as an interactive movie. You interact with scenes using the controller such as pressing X to block a punch or moving the right analogue stick to open a door. You will have to perform some actual gameplay at times, but for the most part you interact with cut scenes. However if you don’t press the buttons, you’ll inevitably get everyone killed within three hours of the game. And there won’t be a game over. The game will just end. Letting a character get killed means they’re dead and no longer play a part in the story. Almost every decision has a consequence and you will have to make some tough decisions.

The story is gripping and has plenty of twists and turns that relate to what decisions you make, and is a better thriller or crime story than half the stuff you’ll see on TV. A must buy, or at least rent for a weekend. I played it for hours on end just to see what happens next, and having completed it once I can’t wait to go back, make different choices and see what happens this time. I’ve had many nights already sitting the pub with friends, each of discussing the different endings and scenes we had.

A must buy, or at least rent for a weekend. I played it for hours on end just to see what happens next, and having completed it once I can’t wait to go back, make different choices and see what happens this time.

9/10

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