Heavy Rain - PS3

Game Description:Heavy Rain: In this dark, atmospheric mystery game, players jump between four characters as they try to solve a case involving a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. Gameplay consists of guiding the characters through interactions and events by hitting corresponding letters that appear on screen at specific moments, making the experience more akin to an interactive movie than a traditional video game. Featuring stunning visuals, an engrossing story and unique gameplay, this is one storm you'll definitely want to be caught in.
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Heavy Rain GamesCom 2009 Preview

Heavy Rain GamesCom 2009 Preview

By Billy Berghammer - Posted Aug 21, 2009

If you’ve been following my work for the past few years, you know I’m a bit excited for Heavy Rain. At this year’s GamesCom, Quantic Dream revealed the last two playable characters, resulting in probably the most interesting game demo I’ve ever had. That’s a pretty bold statement, considering I’ve been attending game demos for over 10 years. Why was Heavy Rain so fascinating?

Because Quantic Dream barely showed anything. And it was freakin’ awesome!


We were introduced to Ethan Mars in the latest trailer, but a few journalists (including myself) were shown a behind-closed-doors demonstration of Ethan’s portion of the game. As found out at the press conference, Ethan was a successful architect, who married and had two children. One fateful day, while the family was at the mall, one of the sons disappeared and was accidentally hit and killed by a car. The demonstration started two years after the incident.

While I don’t have kids, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child. And this is what has happened to Ethan. He can’t work. He lost his wife. His whole world is completely in shambles. The demo begins with Ethan picking up his surviving child Shaun at school. They don’t really talk much as they drive home. Instead of the super flashy house he lived in during the trailer, their new dwelling is drab, boring, and dismal in comparison. It’s obvious their relationship has deteriorated and the loss of the son has had numerous adverse affects on their relationship. For the most part, it’s dead.

Shaun’s usual schedule is on a chalkboard. After trying to talk with Shaun numerous times, Ethan headed upstairs to check out his son’s room, where he finds a drawing of his brother getting killed at the mall. Obviously, Shaun is still quite traumatized. Upon returning downstairs, he hears Shaun sneeze, and warns him about coming down with a cold. Ethan heads back up stairs to fetch some medicine.


It’s then homework time for Shaun, while Ethan goes outside and shoots hoops in the rain to calm his nerves. After checking his son’s homework, Shaun returns to the couch and Ethan cooks him dinner. Post-dinner, Shaun once again returns to the couch. After repeated attempts to converse with his son, Ethan retreats upstairs to his former office where he watches an old video of both of his sons playing. Emotionally destroyed, Ethan weeps.

After he gets his composure, he tells Shaun it’s time for bed and they both go upstairs. Getting Shaun into his pajamas, he tucks him in and the demo ends.

And that's all they showed us at GamesCom. Really.

Basic everyday life is part of the emotion Quantic Dream is trying to convey. It was a very touching sequence, even though there was very little action, outside of a little basketball and pizza cooking. But Heavy Rain’s director and writer David Cage discussed the many different paths even this scene could take before rolling a video presentation that presented some of the other scenarios. What if Ethan barely talked to his son? What if he didn’t get Shaun to do his homework? What if Ethan completely ignored his son? Shaun might have to make his own food, fall asleep on the couch, or when getting tucked into bed, he might scream at his father, “I hate you, Dad!” The mind-bending part of is how that could affect how the story plays out later.


I was then shown the original GamesCom trailer once again and the impact of this scene hit home even more. The loss of Ethan’s son has played a very significant role in Ethan’s life, but how its effects will play into the game and the game’s full premise -- “How far will you go to save someone you love?” -- makes my head spin with theories.

Maybe it’s because I’m a highly emotional person, or maybe it’s because I enjoy psychological thrillers, but there’s something about Heavy Rain that gives me goosebumps and tugs at my heart strings every time I see it. Now that we know all the characters, I hope Quantic Dream decides not to show anything more until the game is released. Spoiling what’s really going on and how the Origami Killer plays into each of these characters lives is something I truly expect is going to be beyond fascinating.

Keep an eye on G4tv.com for an extensive interview with Quantic Dream’s David Cage next week.

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  • Undertaker89

    Man i can't wait for this game. Its a love/hate relationship with the devs for this game however. This game is clearly the successor to indigo prophecy, and indigo was a pretty good game...some of the things they could have polished off better but it was still a really good game. Heavy rain looks like its just perfect (no game is perfect but right now..this game sure as hell looks that way) but the one thing i hate...is the constant teasing!!...They show this game once....we drool...they (they as in the devs for those who are lost) now know we are in the palm of their hands and now they tease us more...showing little by little....and we are relishing it...but at the same time...i sooo don't want it anymore...cause it just makes me want to play this game even more than i already do and i want to play this game soo badly that I might actually explode from the anticipation....quantic dream....i love you...but i also hate you...and for that...thank you!

    Posted: August 27, 2009 7:54 PM
  • christof_

    this game looks like the interaction side of mass effect but more polished. very interesting

    Posted: August 22, 2009 5:54 PM
  • Sawblood45

    I think heavy rain is the Next Big Thing. It just brings back something similar to indigo prophecy with very nice graphics and will attract a lot of people who have never experienced a game like this.I think this game will bring back what a quite a few games lack today, replay value. Also it will have suspense and mystery that is dark and real. Like in Final Fantasy X the player can connect emotionally with the game, will purchase 1st day.

    Posted: August 22, 2009 1:12 AM
  • FrikinAsian811

    Heavy Rain is possibly the most realistic, emotional, and greatest real-time simulation game shown this year. The love and determination put into each of the 5 characters is strong and makes the game fast paced. I love the variety of choices put into the game and of how much each choice can affect the future of the story-line.

    This game is definetly on my, "I wish I had another console besides a Wii" list.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 8:12 PM
  • 100percentgood

    seriously, every time this game gets talked about, or screenshots get shown, or some new video comes out... i just get shivers.

    this is probably the most emotionally engaging piece of art that ive seen in a long time. a long time.

    it has a whole lot to live up to. and from what ive seen, its living up to it. its absolutely fascinating.

    replaying this game for all of its nuances will probably be one of my biggest joys in this generation of gaming.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 6:11 PM
  • Melotraumatic

    Some of the readers here need to read up on this game a little more. Heavy Rain is a murder mystery adventure game. It combines the individual stories of four main characters trying to uncover the mystery of the "Origami Killer". The game's story is obviously tied to the emotional experiences of its protagonists, so it would have to include some sort of backstory.

    Just because this one segment of the game features a family living their everyday life doesn't mean the entire game is a Sims: PS3. Part of the fun of a mystery game is the anicipation of what will happen next. Can't wait for this game!

    Posted: August 21, 2009 5:13 PM

    i don't understand the point of this game. i play games to experience stuff that i can't in real life. if i want to experience everyday life, i want it to be my own, not this guy's. looks hell-boring to me

    Posted: August 21, 2009 4:32 PM
  • zeke_a_leak

    man this game looks so sick. cant wait to play it. the replay value is gonna b of the charts. ps3 is takin names with thier exclusives

    Posted: August 21, 2009 3:17 PM
  • XXXSpartan118XXX

    Looks boring as hell. id rather play Killzone 2 all day then this crap.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 3:13 PM
  • koldz18

    probaly need to get a 360 sooner or later as well.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 1:22 PM
  • koldz18

    I have a Wii no 360, but After price drop I think im going to get a PS3. It definentaly looks like a priority.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 1:21 PM
  • snookgum123

    Omg I wish I have a ps3!!! Oh wait I do have one !!!!

    Posted: August 21, 2009 1:04 PM
  • WhiteWolfAssassin

    I imagine I would get the same feeling you get Billy, if I where to watch the demo. I think a lot of games choose to ditch emotional drama because it did not fit in with the game and that is perfect plausible. But it's great that Heavy Rain's main selling point is about how much this game is about emotional drama and there is a lot of appeal seeing that in a game. For example, my favorite scenes in The Dark Knight where when you saw Harvey Dent unravel after the death of Rachel. Especially when he wakes up from surgery and goes into a grief-stricken rage when seeing his burnt coin, knowing that Rachel was dead. There is a lot of intensity in emotional drama and I hope that Quantic Dreams Heavy Rain proves that emotional drama can be just as entertaining as big explosions.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 12:49 PM
  • Joshua360

    Sony still hasn't given a reason to own a PS3. And about the game, MAS PUTO...

    Posted: August 21, 2009 12:45 PM
  • ghost_XII

    I got something better mapaco138313 stop being a fanboy and just get a ps3..price just dropped why not get one and oh yeah. PS3's have sold like 23 million I'm sure they will make money. Maybe not as much as they would being multi-platform but it's there choice. Hey i own a PS3 and i'm getting this also, next pay check I'm about to get a 360.

    I swear some people just need to stop being so damn cheap

    Posted: August 21, 2009 11:48 AM
  • niglett

    Is there an actual game part to this or is it a extended playable movie?
    and whats the point of the game?

    i think it might be about fixing this guys life. heavy rain doesn't look fun just depressing.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 11:46 AM
  • demonfreak

    Only for PS3 because this is Sony flexing their dev partners muscles. It's only going to get better because Sony not only owns a ton of dev studios but have great relationships with others. Why would you make a game exclusive? You should ask yourself the same thing about the 360s exclusives or almost non-existent exclusives for this year.

    @mapaco I guess you didn't hear that EA made more money on the PS3 version of their games than the 360s...hmm guess they don't want to make money.

    Posted: August 21, 2009 11:42 AM
  • rogueassassin14

    i agree...this game looks amazing but im a 360 owner an this game got me thingking...why would you make an exclusive system game...like infamous, or this game...this game looks like a combo of GREAT games like silent hill, re, and indigo prophecy...i would buy it in a second if it came out for 360

    Posted: August 21, 2009 11:12 AM
  • mapaco138313

    only for ps3...fail

    i guess this company doesnt want to make money or what?

    Posted: August 21, 2009 10:54 AM