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Old 01-08-10, 06:09 PM
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Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

OK, it seems that Heavy Rain talk is filling up the PS3 thread, and since there's so much interest in this PS3-exclusive title, I though it was time for a dedicated thread. Feel free to post questions, opinions, articles, images and trailers here.

From Joystiq:



Did Qore say February 16 was the day Heavy Rain would be released? It meant February 23! As if specifically intended to correct this morning's report, Sony just announced the for-real North American release date for the adventure game. A reminder: pre-ordering the title will get you free launch-day access to the first downloadable Heavy Rain Chronicles episode, which won't be available otherwise until a later date (at which point it'll be $5).
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

How do people plan on playing this? Let some characters die? Try to keep them all alive? Play multiple times with different actions? Play it once?

I will play it the first time shit-face drunk, that way I won't remember and playing it the 2nd time will be different and AWESOME!

Also - worth checking out Quantic Dream's website - pretty cool, and has some demos of the tech. www.quanticdream.com

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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

I'm really anxious to see how this one turns out. I loved Indigo Prophecy, so I really hope Heavy Rain doesn't disappoint.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

How do people plan on playing this? Let some characters die?
I just can't imagine playing that way. It sort of defeats the purpose in my mind unless the characters are directly tied together (ie husband/wife, daughter/mother, etc) and not just held together by the plot.

I would want to play thru with all the characters alive at the end -- unless the story forced a death or two... and I won't play shitfaced
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

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I just can't imagine playing that way. It sort of defeats the purpose in my mind unless the characters are directly tied together (ie husband/wife, daughter/mother, etc) and not just held together by the plot.

I would want to play thru with all the characters alive at the end -- unless the story forced a death or two... and I won't play shitfaced
They are tied together by the story is what I imagine.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Originally Posted by KingSmoth View Post
I'm really anxious to see how this one turns out. I loved Indigo Prophecy, so I really hope Heavy Rain doesn't disappoint.
I loved the first half of Indigo Prophecy, but the second half of the game with all the lame sci-fi stuff was really really bad. I hope Heavy Rain doesn't end up the same.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

So can I get that pre-order bonus at Gamestop or is it just through amazon pre order?

I'm highly anticipating this game as well. One thing I'd love to see them do is have at the end of the game a movie mode enabled where you get to watch the entire game with the choices you've made without all the text prompts.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

My most anticipated game of the year!
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

So I have 2 weeks to finish Bioshock 2 before this comes out GAME ON
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

I was just saying the other day how this reminds me of Indigo Prophecy. Definitely something I'll pick up.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Originally Posted by nickdawgy View Post
I was just saying the other day how this reminds me of Indigo Prophecy. Definitely something I'll pick up.

Well it is being made by the same developers so it should remind you of Indigo Prophecy...
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Another vote for playing it shit faced drunk. What game are we talking about again?
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Originally Posted by rocketsauce View Post
Another vote for playing it shit faced drunk. What game are we talking about again?
I just did a spit take all over my computer screen. Thanks a lot a-hole!

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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Can't wait for the inevitable "you don't do anything in this game!" backlash once it's out, but I am seriously excited for the game.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Looks pretty cool.

I had heard the name, but hadn't payed attention to it at all because I didn't have a PS3. Now I'm intrigued. I'll have to read up about it.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Originally Posted by Tarantino View Post
I'll have to read up about it.
Here's IGN's most recent preview, copied below and spoilerized:

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Heavy Rain: Hands-on with the Opening Chapters
We've played through the first few hours. Has Quantic Dream pulled it off?
by Chris Roper

December 14, 2009 - There's perhaps no more curious a game headed to the PlayStation 3 than Heavy Rain. Its story-heavy gameplay is based on contextual actions rather than a never-changing control scheme, your choices directly reflect how the game is played out, and it's even possible to have main, playable characters die off and still have the story come to some sort of conclusion. In short, it's an experiment in interactive storytelling and we can't wait to play through it.

While we'll have to wait a couple more months to play from beginning to end, Sony recently sent us a preview build featuring the first 11 chapters of the game (out of 60+ from what we understand). All four main playable characters make an appearance here and there's a fairly wide variety of gameplay to be seen in the build.

Do note that this preview will contain a number of slight spoilers from the opening segments, so if you wish to remain completely fresh when the game hits, you're probably best moving on.


For better or worse, Heavy Rain opens up slowly with a drawn-out sequence where Ethan Mars (an architect) wakes up, takes a shower, maybe has some orange juice and generally just tinkers around in his home for a bit. His wife and two sons are out shopping for his youngest son's birthday, giving you some time to wander around, figure out the mechanics and generally come to grips with how the game plays. After the rest of the family comes home, there's a bit of family interaction that takes place before they all wind up at the mall some time later.

This opening chapter does two things really well; it gives you a chance to figure out how to interact with stuff on your own time, and it sets up the family dynamic nicely with some good character development. It's written like a movie opening, which I think is why the pacing is a little slow. In a film, you'd never show much of a guy walking down the stairs, exploring the kitchen and that sort of thing. It would be trimmed to be tight and concise. Here, you have to go through all of that walking and looking around which slows the pacing down quite a bit.

Still, it sets up the next event, and what happens to Ethan because of it, very well. When the family heads to the mall, his son Jason runs off and Ethan loses him. After a rather claustrophobic run through the mall's crowd (which is packed like a concert rather than a sedate shopping center), Ethan and Jason are both hit by a car, with the accident killing Jason and sending Ethan into a coma for six months.


From here, things start picking up. Cutting to two years later, Ethan is a mess, has a disconnected relationship with his other son, Sean, and, most importantly, blacks out randomly, waking up with an origami creation in his hand.

After Ethan's opening chapters (all of what I'm explaining is intermingled, cutting between characters for most sections), you wind up playing a couple segments as private detective Scott Shelby. In the first, he goes to question a prostitute about her son's murder, and in the second chapter, he visits a shop owner for the same reason (though a different kid). It seems that the Origami Killer has been hunting down young boys, abducting them in broad daylight, killing them and then "allowing" the police to find the body five days later. Gruesome stuff indeed, but this is a story (and game) for an older audience, filled with enough cussing, violence and nudity to please a sailor.

In both of Detective Shelby's sequences, the person he goes to interview is attacked. With the prostitute, someone goes to her door and starts roughing her up right after you leave. You can break in and help or leave her to deal with her own problem. With the shop owner, a thief comes in and tries to rob him at gun point. Wrong place at the wrong time for Shelby once again, it seems.

While the first 11 chapters aren't enough to show us the full breadth of these choices, choosing to help these characters looks like it'll result in them helping you more (or even at all) later in the story. Ignore them and you probably won't fill in all of the pieces, and perhaps the Origami Killer will walk away clean.

We've written about the third character, Norman Jayden, and his ARI (Added Reality Interface) back around E3, but in short, he's an FBI agent with an experimental investigative device that allows him to see things that the human eye might miss (like blood, scents, fingerprints, etc.). It also processes information about these things and files them away in a database that he can access and reference later.

He has two sequences in this first bit of the game. First, he shows up at a crime scene to investigate what's happened. You don't learn too much here, just some clues that will likely help you piece things together later on, but one thing I noticed that was really cool was that the dialog would change to reflect the order of what you checked out. So, for example, if you find some footprints somewhere, he might mention that he doesn't know whose they are. Then if you find more of them at the body, he'll mention the other set that you'd already found. Or, if you find the set at the body first, when you find the second set he'll say that they're the killer's, rather than not knowing whose they are. It's a small touch but a really nice one.

Jayden's second section has him go to the local police department to claim an office to work from. You can opt to sit in and watch a press conference that's taking place there, which gives you a little more insight into the murders (though it doesn't seem necessary in terms of gameplay completion), or you can head straight to your office to begin work. Rather than carrying a briefcase, Jayden simply uses the ARI to access and compile all of the evidence and even change the environment that he's working in to appear to be something other than a dusty office. It's pretty cool stuff.

The fourth and last character that I got to see, who didn't show up until the build's 11th and final chapter, is Madison Paige. She wakes up in her apartment very late at night (or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it) and after walking around and exploring the place for a bit, she notices that the refrigerator door is wide open. Soon thereafter, you see a shadowy figure scurrying around the apartment and try to make a break for the front door. I won't spoil what happens here, but it can be a somewhat lengthy sequence that ends the build in both an adrenaline-filled and "what was that all about?" sort of fashion.

In terms of gameplay, the basics are the same stuff that we've written about numerous times before, though the movement controls feel a lot more natural since the last time I had played it back in May. You still need to hold L2 in order to walk, but the left stick no longer "aims" your forward movement but instead moves you like you'd expect to in any other third-person action or adventure game.

Something else that's also new since then is that you can now pick up and play any chapter that you've reached. It's tied to your save, so if go back and play chapter 40, for instance, and a character had died at chapter 30, that person will still be dead. You'd have to go back before they were dead to continue their story, which means you can't just watch all of the endings easily. Go watch Back to the Future if that's too confusing for you. What's nice is that you can pick a new save spot to play from and work through the rest of the game again.

Heavy Rain is looking really good at this point with great presentation all around. I don't know if the pacing will suit everyone who tries it, but those who want an engrossing story, one that's determined by how you play it, will probably find a lot to like here. I for one am excited to get my hands on the final release.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

so... it's just a bunch of cut-scenes linked by a "Choose Your Own Adventure" type of selection process?

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I'm in!

edit: okay, so it's more than cut-scenes. I'm still in!
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

For those of you who have never played Indigo Prophecy, here is the Quick Look the guys at GiantBomb did for it the other day. It's not Heavy Rain, but it'll give you an idea of the roots:

http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-...phecy/17-1797/

Man I can't wait for Heavy Rain!
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On 1 vs. 100 last night on Live, the Penny Arcade guys were guests, and the host asked what their most anticipated games were - one of them said Heavy Rain. Of course he got no response from the host.
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On 1 vs. 100 last night on Live, the Penny Arcade guys were guests, and the host asked what their most anticipated games were - one of them said Heavy Rain. Of course he got no response from the host.
That is funny. It is sad when people can't promote good games rather than just systems. I understand that the show is probably Xbox related but it is sad that people act like children about it because a guy mentions a game on another system.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

Damn, I was hoping I'd be able to hold off on getting this but that's looking less and less likely
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

does anyone else thinks this game has the same kind of feeling like Alan Wake?

From previous readings it seems they will play different, but for me they get associated like inFamous and Prototype last year.
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Re: Heavy Rain -The Official Thread (Launches 2/23/10)

This popped up in my gold box today and I couldn't resist putting in the pre-order. This game wasn't even on my radar until recently, everything I've seen looks very cool, and 2/23 is my birthday, so I figure maybe it's a sign, lol. Happy birthday to me. Only problem is that Amazon isn't offering release date delivery yet.
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I have no idea why it is being associated with Alan Wake, the games play nothing alike at all.

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