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Heavy Rain storms into stores for PlayStation 3

PC(-only) owners can simply read it and weep, but PlayStation 3 gamers must now make the first of many decisions, as the highly-anticipated unique genre-blender Heavy Rain has now been released in both Europe and North America.

The PS3 exclusive is the new game from Quantic Dream, the ambitious creators of Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. Like its predecessor, Heavy Rain blends traditional adventure exploration, context-sensitive controls, a series of complex QuickTime Events, and a host of consequential choices into an intense, emotional storyline to create a new type of interactive movie experience.

In Heavy Rain, players control four different characters, including an FBI profiler named Norman and a photojournalist named Madison. The protagonists are unrelated to each other, but each has personal reasons to track down the "Origami Killer" throughout the game's 60 distinct chapters that can play out in a variety of ways according to player decisions along the way.

For more information about Heavy Rain, be sure to check out our preview of the game and the official website.

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If you are an adventure game fan you will love this.  It’s absolutely worth buying a PS3 just to play it

Feb 26, 2010

From the comments above it appears that this game almost seems worth getting a PS3 for.

Well here’s to hoping I find a good deal on a PS3 or by some strange occurence Sony allows this to be released on PC.

Feb 26, 2010

Yeah same experience as you guys. Just bought the game and this is one of the most immersive experiences I’ve ever had.  You are completely pulled into these characters and the story.

Feb 26, 2010

Same here.  I got the game on Tuesday night and played from 10pm-2:30am when I finally wrenched myself away from the game to go to sleep for work Wednesday.  I constantly feel like what I’m experiencing is the result of choices I made earlier.  I can’t wait to replay it to see what would happen if I had chose differently.

Feb 25, 2010

This game is truly a thing of beauty. Only a few hours in and I feel deeply protective of all the characters and completely immersed in the story. It was released this morning in Australia and I take it as an extremely good sign that I bought one of the few remaining copies at the store, ‘cause they were all sold out already.

Feb 25, 2010

I got this last night and played for 3 hours before having to go to bed for work today, but I can safely say that if I did not have to work I would have stayed up all night playing this incredible game.

I have said in other forums that at its core this reminds me of an adventure game and it most definitely is. It is also so much more. When David Cage describes it as an ‘interactive drama’ he is right on the money. You control the actions of 4 characters as they progress through a harrowing time in their respective existences. The game is FULL of choices and each and every one of them has a huge impact on the rest of the game. I can’t imagine how long it will take me to go through it and try every option but I desperately want to!

I truly hope that this game gets the attention it deserves for pushing a semi-underground genre into the spotlight of the mainstream. So many games these days teach you to shoot first and ask questions later. This game instead teaches players to think carefully about the choices they make and how they treat others because there can be HUGE repercussions from the most casual insult or the simplest gesture of affection. More people need to learn to consider the consequences of their words and actions. Band of Horses put it nicely when they said, “...be careful, and watch how you treat every living soul.”

Feb 24, 2010
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