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Please don't let Heavy Rain win. It's a horrible game with a horrible story that has huge plot holes that are never answered. Stuff like Ethan's random black outs are never explained. It's also a horrible exploitation of women with a creepy strip scene. Ghost Trick is an incredible game that has one of my favorite art styles in any game. It's a great story that also has great gameplay that is unique. It also has incredible music and the best dog in any game. Vote for Ghost Trick.
Unfortunately this is another pairing that leaves the choices a little one-sided for me, as I've never played Ghost Trick. Heavy Rain I at least genuinely enjoyed despite its faults, so I'm not completely opposed to giving it the vote anywhoo.
I kind of hope more people take the stance of just not voting if they haven't played both. It would be sad for an amazing game like Ghost Trick to lose a matchup more because it was the less-played of the two instead of because it was the lesser quality game.
I think Heavy Rain was interesting and enjoyable. It was another evolution of David Cage's weird experimenting and, despite some pretty big issues, it did actually have some pretty fantastic moments.
But Ghost Trick is the sort of game that makes me want to bully people in to playing it.
Ghost Trick has sick beats and Heavy Rain doesn't.
But seriously, I know it's nearly effortless to dislike Heavy Rain (and/or all things related to David Cage) but while Ghost Trick is low-tech by comparison it has a vice grip on what it wants to be. Everything is nailed down tight from characters to story to the soundtrack to the gameplay. That game has personality for days and days. While Heavy Rain felt to me like they tried to brute force with tech while cutting corners on just about everything else from voice acting, to plot, to likable characters. Heavy Rain has
Jason no soul. Ghost Trick has Missile.
Gotta support Ghost Trick.
I'm starting to wonder how many people that are like 'Fuck Heavy Rain, fucking thing sucks' have actually played it?
I think people actually miss the whole definition of 'Game of the Generation' thing to begin with in these polls, this isn't your favourite game out of the two , this is what in this generation of gaming did this game do differently that made it stand out from previous generations. (At least thats what I've thought these polls have been about, if it's simply Favourite Game of the Generation then fuck it, Fallout 3.)
Ghost Trick was a cool point and click puzzle adventure type game with a great art style, humorous story and set up and neat mechanics.
Heavy Rain on the other hand had its flaws - poor dialogue, voice acting and mishandled story. But it also strived to attempt things that games simply aren't doing right now - a sense of permanence, consequences for your actions, an adaptive story that crafted itself (not always successfully) around you. A mature, dark subject matter that games haven't tried to tackle before. A control scheme that strived to mimic the actions you were performing in game and make them some what relatable.
Were Quantic Dream always successful in everything they tried to do with Heavy Rain? No. But I'd much rather have games like this try and fail and push forward with interactive storytelling than have 100 more games that use the same recycled tropes and mechanics over and over again (not talking about Ghost Trick here just the games industry in general).
I have not played both games (which I believe would make it unfair for me to vote), but I'm just coming in here to say that Heavy Rain is a great experience and it gets more hate then it deserves.
For transparency reasons I am announcing that I decided to vote for Heavy Rain because people in this thread are saying a lot of really extreme things about a game they probably didn't even play.
It does my heart good to see all this Ghost Trick love. It easily became one of my games of the year that year and one of my favorites ever. It might be closer than I'd like but justice will win out. If you haven't played it and you own an iPad or DS, you owe it to yourself I think.