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Finally the Final Fantasy Series ended (see what I did there? xD). Well, to be honest I’ve been playing Final Fantasy Tatics A2 for the Nitendo DS but it is still soon to write about it and since I only have a theme for April… You guessed it! I had to input some random game in there to make the bridge!!
Although random this game quality is over the top, so don’t think that because I just picked this for today’s random post is going to be a “meh” game, much on the contrary, I loved the heck of this game and I was wanting to review it for some time now!
Heavy Rain is those kind of games that you it’s like watching a movie which plot depends on what you choose and what you do. The game was released for the Playstation 3 in 2010, but I just played it on my PS4 some months ago (I wasn’t able to buy the ps3 so no games from there until they come to ps4 >.<).
Ok… Now, if I say this is one of those games that are like watching a movie there are two main points that they need (in my opinion ofc) to really develop extremely well to make it good and interesting instead of… Just boring (?) that is story and music! Let’s face it, you will not get different strategies to think about or make sure to count every bullet as a headshot when replaying it in hardcore/impossibru/hot sauce level (I dunno, games seem to give the harder difficulties stranger and stranger names! Easy, normal and hard are things from the past everyone) the only thing they have in their pockets to give you is an excellent story (interesting characters would is a big plus) and a cinematic OST that believe me, makes completely the difference!
That said, let’s start with the premise of the story so you can understand a little more about what is Heavy Rain. If this would be a movie it would be a policial/suspense one, but you know… A great one! The story is about a crime that is happening, a guy/girl named the Origami Killer kidnap children in rainy days and they show up death some days later with an origami near their corpse. That’s why it’s called Heavy Rain and that’s why the murderer is called the Origami Killer! Not rocket science I know, but the way they lead the plot and how they make you discover who is, well… It completely makes all the difference!
So, let me see if I can explain you the story a little more in detail. The story starts as another normal day of the architect Ethan. You just get up, have a little work done (or watch TV, or just go to the backyard, you decide honestly) until you wait for your wife and kids to arrive from the grocery shop so you all can have lunch in the special occasion of Ethan’s oldest son birthday. Later they decide to go to the shopping mall (or another day, the game doesn’t really explain) and long story short, Ethan loses Jason, the oldest son, in the middle of the crowd. He ends up finding him outside in the other side of the street. The moment Jason sees his father he starts running through the street without even taking into account the car that is passing, Ethan still tries to save him by running towards him and embracing him, but in the kid ends up dying.
The game then goes some years later and you see that Ethan’s life is completely different. It’s not that difficult to understand that he blames himself a lot for what happened (who wouldn’t) and he ended up divorcing his wife. He is now in a different house not really in the best part of the town. He goes pick his youngest at school, who you can see that he’s not the happy kid he was some years ago and for now you just need to take care him for the day. However, if you look through the things in the house you will see that Ethan just received a letter with an origami inside. The next day Ethan and Shaun go to the park and you guessed it! Shaun is kidnapped.
From here all, your game will be trying to find Shaun while still alive and you will try to find the culprit from 4 different perspectives:
Ethan which will be passing trial after trial sent by the origami killer for you to get clues about where is the place Shaun is. However, he doesn’t know if is suffering double personality since he do things that he can’t remember.
Madison, a journalist that lives alone and suffers from insomnia. The way she can sleep the best is by going to motels where she ends up finding Ethan in a pretty bad shape and with her perspicacity understands something is going on and starts helping Ethan with her own private investigation.
Norman, a FBI officer who uses some sort of virtual reality glasses to discover who is the serial killer. However, that same advantage brings him the need of taking some kind of drug which is now addicted to.
Last, but not the least, Scott, a private detective who is also trying to find the serial killer his own means as a private investigation for the parents of the children who have died.
The greatest thing of the story is that ALL four of them go to completely different places, talk to different people, get different leads, different suspects, etc. but in the end, everyone is looking for the same guy!
The best thing of the game is that you really feel that you are the one writing the story! The options are countless! All characters can live… Or they can die, you can catch the culprit or not, you can save Shaun or not… You can even get to the last part of the story with everyone alive and screw all up and let the culprit get away.
Everything depends in two things: your choices and if you are able to insert the correct commands in the order and in the way it’s supposed to and this brings me the gameplay.
As I already said, you will be the one looking for clues and doing your own choices and the story will proceed depending on what you do. However, there is another thing that you will have to do – everything you do in the game will have you inserting commands in a certain way. Opening a door is not only pressing a button, you will need to the hand movement with the joystick for example. During the story you will have countless times that you are doing something where you need to insert the right commands in the correct way. It can be just pressing an array of commands when they appear before the time runs out, pressing a button repeatedly, or just pressing a lot of commands and maintain all of them pressed for a while – Not going to lie if you play it in hard there will be times that your hands will seem like a spider trying to press everything at the same time – depending on the situation you have to use your joystick fast or really slow. The gameplay ends up being pretty fun! Although it seems basic they developed in such a way that you really feel that the commands are making your guy do everything throughout the cutscenes due to how well synchronized they are!
But let’s face it, you can have the best mystery in the world, the best police pursuits, the best scenes with tension in it, but if you don’t have a OST that really transmits you that feeling the story will just feel flat. Well, don’t worry, the soundtrack is good enough to be in the movies in your nearest theatre. The game was able to really transmit the sensation of pressure, fast action and tension. Before you realize it your heart beat just raised and you are screaming inside “Run!” or “Dodge that!”… You know, the same thing we think when we are watching good movie. The difference here is that you do have the power to change events and if you want the guy to run he will run!
There are only 2 things that made me a little… hesitant (if you want to call that) regarding the story. I still don’t think the oldest son would die from that incident. The cutscene is not really that well made (the game is a little old so I understand), but the thing is a kid wouldn’t die from that… I think (?). The other thing is the characters falling in love so quickly. Ok, I know… It’s just normal in this type of movies/games, I mean doesn’t Solid Snake and Meryl fall in love only in a matter of hours? Well, here the same happens and even though my love story is something similar I do think it was inserted there for the sake of the “happy ending” (if you are able to get it) and it really wasn’t needed. Nevertheless, this is that kind of situations that change a person so maybe I’m just the one being too sceptical.
In the end the game is pretty awesome! I love games where my decisions change completely future events. Some examples are Dragon Age, Life is Strange and Until Dawn. However, none of them were able to execute it so extremely well as Heavy Rain! You do have the power to change every outcome through your actions and decisions! Moreover, the replayability is gigantic! The moment you know who the culprit is you just want to go back and play it all again knowing this important info from the beginning! It changes your perspective on the story completely!
I give Heavy Rain:
That’s it for today! Next week starts a new series! A small themed month eheh I think you will like it! 😀 Comment down below if you have or not played Heavy Rain and what do you think of it! Also, don’t feel afraid to give your feedback about this review! It really helps eheh 😀