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#1 Posted by SSValis (1197 posts) -
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#2 Posted by SaltyPancakes (115 posts) -

I haven't played Heavy Rain but voted for it anyway. I became very bored of L.A. Noire about half way through the second disc.

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#3 Posted by JasonR86 (10157 posts) -

Heavy Rain was ok but had a ton of ugly story problems, sort of off-gameplay and left a bad taste in my mouth.  LA Noire had a bit of a shitty ending (though I get why they did it that way) and the gameplay wasn't always perfect BUT it was a much better game then Heavy Rain with a much better, more consistent story.

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#4 Posted by SumDeus (1898 posts) -

I've only played L.A. Noire, which definitely had plenty of problems but wrapped up nicely. From what I've heard, Heavy Rain was good but didn't live up to the hype either so....I DUNNO.

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#5 Posted by Vinny_Says (5912 posts) -
@SaltyPancakes said:

I haven't played Heavy Rain but voted for it anyway. I became very bored of L.A. Noire about half way through the second disc.

brilliant
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#6 Posted by SeanFoster (947 posts) -

Really tough call, can't decide so I didn't vote. I think they're both great but flawed games.

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#7 Posted by SSValis (1197 posts) -
@JasonR86 said:
Heavy Rain was ok but had a ton of ugly story problems, sort of off-gameplay and left a bad taste in my mouth.  LA Noire had a bit of a shitty ending (though I get why they did it that way) and the gameplay wasn't always perfect BUT it was a much better game then Heavy Rain with a much better, more consistent story.
The thing I liked about Heavy Rain is that I felt every little thing had some sort of consequence. L.A. Noire didn't do that as well, but I still liked the story.
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#8 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -

Heavy Rain cut a chunk out of their own plot, making it incomplete and really confusing.  At least LA Noire didn't rip out a chunk of the story.

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#9 Posted by JasonR86 (10157 posts) -
@SSValis said:
@JasonR86 said:
Heavy Rain was ok but had a ton of ugly story problems, sort of off-gameplay and left a bad taste in my mouth.  LA Noire had a bit of a shitty ending (though I get why they did it that way) and the gameplay wasn't always perfect BUT it was a much better game then Heavy Rain with a much better, more consistent story.
The thing I liked about Heavy Rain is that I felt every little thing had some sort of consequence. L.A. Noire didn't do that as well, but I still liked the story.
Yeah, they handled consequences really well.  But the main story was so...off in so many ways those consequences didn't really matter to me.
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#10 Posted by Hizang (9359 posts) -

It's a tough choice, but I think I enjoyed Heavy Rain more because I could not put the controller down, literally did it in one day.

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#11 Posted by Zacagawea (1677 posts) -

I still can't get myself to beat L.A. Noire so my answer should be obvious enough

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#12 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5777 posts) -

Noire

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#13 Posted by JasonR86 (10157 posts) -
@Zacagawea said:
I still can't get myself to beat L.A. Noire so my answer should be obvious enough
How can you not 'get yourself' to beat a game?  What does that mean?
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#14 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -

I definitely preferred Heavy Rain. I never played a game where a player's actions could have such an impact on the outcome of the story and I also enjoyed the actual story and the twist at the end.

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#15 Posted by Cameron (814 posts) -

Heavy Rain. I thought the atmosphere in that game was top notch and I can live with the flawed story. L.A. Noire drags hard in the middle and that almost made me stop playing it. I thought it really picked up near the end, but the inconsistency really lowered my opinion of it.

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#16 Posted by SSValis (1197 posts) -
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I definitely preferred Heavy Rain. I never played a game where a player's actions could have such an impact on the outcome of the story and I also enjoyed the actual story and the twist at the end.
yea man, I hope the make a sequel.
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#17 Posted by RE_Player1 (8005 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

@Zacagawea said:
I still can't get myself to beat L.A. Noire so my answer should be obvious enough
How can you not 'get yourself' to beat a game? What does that mean?

I've had that problem too. You start a game and want to finish it but just can't for some strange reason. Not liking one aspect and dreading to go through it can lead me to not put in a game for awhile. For example I bought Prince of Persia 08 in 2009 and didn't finish it until this year. It ended up being one of my favorite games this generation but I put it away and didn't look at it because I didn't like the camera.

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#18 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@SSValis said: 
yea man, I hope the make a sequel.
I hope they don't and Quantic Dreams have said that they won't. The story is fine on its own.
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#19 Edited by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

Heavy Rain was boring as shit. Nothing interesting happens and the killer is totally lame. Not to mention there is borderline zero gameplay. That fact could be waived if the story was any good but sadly it's not.

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#20 Posted by SSValis (1197 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
@SSValis said: 
yea man, I hope the make a sequel.
I hope they don't and Quantic Dreams have said that they won't. The story is fine on its own.
I don't care about that story arc, I just want another predecessor.
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#21 Posted by JasonR86 (10157 posts) -
@RE_Player92 said:

@JasonR86 said:

@Zacagawea said:
I still can't get myself to beat L.A. Noire so my answer should be obvious enough
How can you not 'get yourself' to beat a game? What does that mean?

I've had that problem too. You start a game and want to finish it but just can't for some strange reason. Not liking one aspect and dreading to go through it can lead me to not put in a game for awhile. For example I bought Prince of Persia 08 in 2009 and didn't finish it until this year. It ended up being one of my favorite games this generation but I put it away and didn't look at it because I didn't like the camera.

...yeah, I guess.  I guess it is just weird to me because I've never had that problem.  I'll only stop if I'm on a section I can't beat 'like the last level of Ninja Gaiden 2' or I'm not enjoying the game.
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#22 Posted by RE_Player1 (8005 posts) -

@JasonR86: Well that was the case with me. I completed a level but ended up falling of ledges so many times due to some wonky camera controls I put it away. I picked it up later and never had the same problem and enjoyed my experience.

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#23 Posted by SSValis (1197 posts) -

So why do you guys think Heavy Rain was not as critically well reserved as L.A. Noire was?

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#24 Posted by Zacagawea (1677 posts) -
@JasonR86 said:
@Zacagawea said:
I still can't get myself to beat L.A. Noire so my answer should be obvious enough
How can you not 'get yourself' to beat a game?  What does that mean?
By having other games to play and feeling like I've seen all that game has to offer.
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#25 Posted by EuanDewar (5160 posts) -

L.A. Noire. By the end of Heavy Rain I was pretty annoyed by the nonsensical plot and the fact that a major plot point at the end of that game is decided by a sixaxsis movement and the sixaxsis control in that game is dodgy at best.

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#26 Posted by skyline7284 (694 posts) -

I was impacted by Heavy Rain, it was easily the most impressive storytelling experience that i've seen in a game (Followed by Alan Wake).  LA Noire was "Meh" for me.

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#27 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Despite the awful movement controls, and the gaping plot-hole, I adored Heavy Rain and its characters. The amount of influence your own choices impacted upon the story gave an extra amount of attachment to the story too, and it's overall one of my favourite cinematic experiences within gaming. 
 
L.A Noire did get kinda dull, and the majority of the Arson department was so boned. The interrogations I really didn't like because of how simple and arbitrary they were either. The characters were fantastic, though, and while the over-arching story sucked, there were some truly amazing self-contained stories within some of the cases. Gameplay wise I didn't like the shooting, but the chases, both on-foot and by car, were pretty exhilarating and some of the best the game has to had to offer. The open-world was a complete waste too, with it ironically being the largest World with a Rockstar logo on it, and having barely anything to do.

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#28 Posted by DAFTPUNK (1307 posts) -

L.A

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#29 Posted by TheMummyDetective (18 posts) -

I played Heavy Rain with three friends, each of us playing one of the characters in the game. It was easily one of my favorite gaming experiences and leaps and bounds more fun than L.A. Noire 
 
Heavy Rain: 2011's 2010 Muliplayer Game of the Year.

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#30 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I haven't played either but I voted Heavy Rain cause it has a better title.

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#31 Posted by TooWalrus (13389 posts) -

Haven't played Heavy Rain yet... I'll get to it!

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#32 Posted by StriderNo9 (1302 posts) -

Heavy Rain.

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#33 Posted by RobotHamster (4247 posts) -

JAAAAAAASSSOOONNNNN!!! 
 
Actually I voted LA Noire.  Both games were good but the facial capture stuff was pretty impressive. 

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#34 Edited by jorbear (2570 posts) -

L.A. Noire by far. I nearly threw my PS3 out the window during the whole, "JASON? Jasssonnn?" sequence at the beginning in Heavy Rain.

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#35 Posted by vidiot (2891 posts) -

I'm assuming we are comparing these two games, because they are probably the largest budgeted adventure games made recently? 
 
I would probably vote for L.A. Noire, but just barely. As much as I enjoyed Heavy Rain, there were some serious plot issues especially how certain parts were presented. While I liked how the game could radically effect parts of the plot, I personally more enjoyed the lengthy TV season style of Noire.
 
My choices for putting one-over-the-other seem like severe nit-picking though.

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#36 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

Heavy Rain easily. Wanna-Be critics love to tear it down but the experience of playing through it (especially the first time) is second to none. LA Noire is a good game but not great. History will remember it more for it's facial tech than anything else. Both games are worthwhile plays but Heavy Rain has far more weight in my opinion.

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#37 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

Gonna have to pick Heavy Rain for this one.

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#38 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2476 posts) -

Noire was more of a typical game than Heavy Rain. I liked how it was different so I vote for Heavy Rain.

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#39 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2482 posts) -

Heavy Rain, it kept me hooked till the end and as much as I don't like QTE the game handled it smartly. L.A. Noire was good until half way through the game where the story flipped on its head and missions went through the same boring procedures and the gun play and open world was rubbish.

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#40 Posted by Junkerman (365 posts) -

I couldnt even bring myself to  finish L.A Noire, it was too simplistic and repetitive- mixed with poor driving mechanics and not a strong enough story to compel me to look passed its negatives.

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#41 Posted by NTM (9545 posts) -

Those are the two "big" games that I haven't played, and I don't know yet if I plan to. I watched a lot of Heavy Rain knowing (or thinking?) that I'm not going to play it, and everything I see in it just isn't great. I mean, maybe the story is good, and maybe it's fun to play, but that voice acting is terrible. L.A. Noire just kind of look boring. I felt that way before it even came out. The only thing I would probably like about it is that era it takes place in. I'm sure the game is of great quality, but it isn't for my tastes.

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#42 Edited by Loose (417 posts) -

I haven't played Heavy Rain because footage made it look like like a long-ass interactive movie. LA Noire was a solid-enough game that I enjoyed it even if it did seem to go on a little too long.

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#43 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5135 posts) -

LA Noire because it's a videogame.

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#44 Posted by face15 (1377 posts) -

Heavy Rain was okay, I guess. I'm not a real fan of the story or the gameplay. In LA Noire, on the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed both.

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#45 Posted by Zithe (1059 posts) -

I really liked aspect of both games, but if I had to go with one it would be Heavy Rain. After I finished that game I felt like I had actually been through something and had a meaningful experience. L.A. Noire was just a somewhat interesting ride.

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#46 Posted by Trebz (488 posts) -

LA Noire. Heavy Rain was interesting and had some very tense, exciting moments, but, being built as an interactive movie, it depended more than most games on its plot. Unfortunately, that plot was riddled with holes. 
 
L.A. Noire wasn't quite as ambitious as Heavy Rain was in its storytelling, but it was a more entertaining game with a story that, while not earth-shattering, at least made sense.

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#47 Posted by Redbullet685 (6432 posts) -

Heavy Rain, even though I really like LA Noire.

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#48 Posted by Redbullet685 (6432 posts) -
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Heavy Rain cut a chunk out of their own plot, making it incomplete and really confusing.  At least LA Noire didn't rip out a chunk of the story.
Sure they did. The ripped out half of LA Confidential's story.
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#49 Posted by kennybaese (728 posts) -

LA Noire. As much as I loved Heavy Rain, I'm a giant sucker for Noir detective stories in general, as such LA Noire hit a note with me that hasn't been hit with me before. I thought the story in Heavy Rain was very cool, as well as the things they did with the way that game played, but I enjoyed LA Noire a bit more because the voice acting was better and the setting was a little more interesting to me.

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#50 Posted by Pibo47 (3238 posts) -

Ehh i guess i cant vote yet because i havent played LA Noire yet...but i do plan on doing so.