All-in-One Heavy Rain: Special Edition Arrives Next Week

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Posted by patrickklepek (4127 posts) -
I'm still pissed the game never explained what was happening during those weird blackouts.

If you missed out on Heavy Rain last year, Sony’s prepped a special edition that’s arriving next week, complete with Move support, the one and only episodic add-on (future installments were ditched in favor of adding Move), and some other bonus features to round things out.

The whole package will only set you back $29.99.

Say what you will about what Heavy Rain did wrong--and it did plenty wrong--but I’m still encouraged to see designers like David Cage trying to do something different. Games can’t get it right until they get it wrong, and maybe Cage isn’t the guy to make that kind of storytelling click, but it felt like a step in the right direction. I’ll play whatever he does next.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4127 posts) -
I'm still pissed the game never explained what was happening during those weird blackouts.

If you missed out on Heavy Rain last year, Sony’s prepped a special edition that’s arriving next week, complete with Move support, the one and only episodic add-on (future installments were ditched in favor of adding Move), and some other bonus features to round things out.

The whole package will only set you back $29.99.

Say what you will about what Heavy Rain did wrong--and it did plenty wrong--but I’m still encouraged to see designers like David Cage trying to do something different. Games can’t get it right until they get it wrong, and maybe Cage isn’t the guy to make that kind of storytelling click, but it felt like a step in the right direction. I’ll play whatever he does next.

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#2 Posted by DarkTitaniv (8 posts) -

nice

#3 Posted by probablytuna (3617 posts) -

Was gonna get a Move to try it out on this game... Then I couldn't be bothered and just completed the game with the standard controller.

#4 Posted by popmasterruler (575 posts) -

Can't they make more episodic add-ons now that they've integrated Move into Heavy Rain?What are the other bonus features?

#5 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2402 posts) -

Great game.

#6 Posted by CyleMoore (494 posts) -

Amazing game

#7 Posted by Gnubberen (765 posts) -

I bet the black outs were suppose to get explained, in one of the now canned episodes....

#8 Edited by Winternet (8014 posts) -

Why don't take the opportunity and release it on the PC? I would buy that. Only thing this does for me is make me go back and play Indigo Prophecy again.

#9 Posted by JimmyPancakes (120 posts) -

Still a f*cking awful game.

#10 Posted by Stoneysilence (8 posts) -

Just rented this (older version) via Blockbuster. Should be arriving today or tomorrow in the mail.

#11 Posted by thetenthdoctor (291 posts) -

Thi game was all hat and no cattle. Beautiful to look at and intriguing for what it tried to do, but otherwise awkward to play and had plot holes and leaps of logic big enough to drive a truck through. $29.99 is a decent price for it- the original $60 made me feel ripped off.

#12 Posted by RobertOrri (1121 posts) -

This has been out in Europe for over a year now, as Heavy Rain: Move Edition.

#13 Posted by RE_Player1 (7558 posts) -

Even though I bought the game a month ago I'm not peeved at all by this edition. Amazing experience.

#14 Posted by cikame (993 posts) -

For xbo... no... nevermind.

#15 Edited by Anwar (864 posts) -

@patrickklepek said:

in the game

yeah it landed on the cutting room floor, it was supposed to be fucking crazy like the last game they made(Indigo Prophecy)

#16 Posted by NickLott (793 posts) -

David Cage explained what happened in those blackouts and why Ethan woke up with origami in his hand. It wasn't a very good explanation but it was supposed to be explored in Ethan's DLC which never materialized.

Basically the gist is that Scott Shelby was there the day the Ethan's son died in a car accident and from that day onward had a psychic link with him as a result of their trauma. So in Ethan's blackouts he was experiencing Shelby's actions. Like I said, wasn't a good explanation.
#17 Posted by Rirse (262 posts) -

I would hope the "director cut" would remove all of Madison's scenes from the game.

#18 Posted by CaLe (3959 posts) -

After having diarrhoea today I realised that it's important to be wrong sometimes because you learn from it and adjust your attitude towards things differently in the future.

#19 Posted by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

That first dlc was actually better than the whole game i felt :P. Bad decision to dump the dlc in favour of the move support..VERY bad.

#20 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

never played it but now i will

#21 Posted by TechnoSyndrome (850 posts) -

Experience the stupidity all over again

#22 Posted by shinluis (428 posts) -

I wish David Cage and Night Shyamalan wrote a movie together.

No I didn't.

#23 Posted by Th3_James (2577 posts) -

This was my favourite ps3 game, second fav was uncharted 2. Everything else felt like a waste.

#24 Posted by JakePike218 (42 posts) -

Didnt this already come out months ago?

#25 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1683 posts) -

I'd rather play a failed experiment over a polished version of the same old, same old any time. I absolutely loved this game in spite of its shortcomings.
 
With regards to the Move support, wasn't that added in a patch already?

#26 Posted by Landon (4138 posts) -

@RobertOrri said:

This has been out in Europe for over a year now, as Heavy Rain: Move Edition.

I bought a Move Edition from my GameStop, but it didn't come with the DLC. That was a few months ago though, also I live in America.

#27 Posted by Noxville (28 posts) -

The bonus features are three more Madison shower scenes, this time set to the sound of David Cage furiously masturbating.

#28 Posted by white_sox (206 posts) -

Very fun game...surprised so many people show such disdain for it.

#29 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

I really enjoyed Heavy Rain for what it was.

#30 Posted by phantomzxro (1571 posts) -

Yes i also really enjoyed heavy rain i feel it gets a lot of crap but it did some really cool things which is cool in my book. Come to think of it i enjoyed it more so then L A Noir which was cool too.

#31 Posted by onan (1284 posts) -

@white_sox said:

Very fun game...surprised so many people show such disdain for it.

I can explain that. Mechanically it's a novel game, it just gets much worse when you pay attention to the plot.

#32 Posted by jettpack (109 posts) -

im glad they tried something different. The game was definitely ambitious. But i just wish the writing wasnt such shit. It was so awful. terribly disappointing.

#33 Posted by GS_Dan (1403 posts) -

@NickLott: That's... terrible.

#34 Posted by jelekeloy (456 posts) -

The game would have been damn near perfect if those stupid blackouts were explained. And if the accents weren't laughable.

#35 Posted by Christoffer (1799 posts) -

@onan said:

@white_sox said:

Very fun game...surprised so many people show such disdain for it.

I can explain that. Mechanically it's a novel game, it just gets much worse when you pay attention to the plot.

Yupp, I'm all for experimenting with story telling in games and I'm grateful this game exists. But the cheap pulp detective story isn't much to brag about.

That said, I had fun playing it once.

#36 Posted by ProjektGill (752 posts) -

I played through it twice on a borrowed copy from a friend and I see no reason to have a copy in my library.

#37 Posted by CosmicQueso (569 posts) -

@ProjektGill said:

I played through it twice on a borrowed copy from a friend and I see no reason to have a copy in my library.

Well it's a good thing you played through a game twice, paying nothing to the devs. Good on you. Why give anything to the people who created something you liked enough to play through twice if you can just play it for free? Great job.

#38 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

What are the special features, Heavy Rain was really close to being my GOTY, I may pick it up if the extras are worth it.

#39 Posted by CrashTanuki (285 posts) -

They explain a lot of the unexplained stuff in the bonus videos since there were story ideas that were cut out of the game with remnants left in that created the confusion.

#40 Posted by Rapid (1359 posts) -
@cikame said:

For xbo... no... nevermind.

Haha actually I could imagine this for the Kinect  
  Speak Dialogue in 3...2...1.... 

"Jason? Jason? Jason?!"   
 
"Xbox! where's Jason?"
 
and moments like "Put your hand to the camera"....  3...2...1 cut your finger off!
#41 Edited by SpikeSpiegel88 (71 posts) -

Im gonna copy my kotaku comment:

I didn't get a hold of this game untill a month ago. It allways intrigued me but it came out whiles't I was really bussy at Uni and there where so many other games I needed to finish first.

I borrowed a copy from a mate, put the blue ray in the ps3, booted it up, and didn't take a break untill I had completed it. Litteraly, I didn't eat, go to the toilet or nothing. Sat the whole day.. must have taken me... 8 hours ? (I honestly can't remember)

When the experience was over, I was exausted... And felt empty inside.. But good.

It was as fantastic as I thought it would be, I was so damn tense all the way trough, and since I played it on a hard difficulty rating I couldn't relax for a sec during the more action-packed sequences.

I decided to play all characters on my first impression and gut feeling, and boy was it hard sticking with all the way trough, but very veeery rewarding. By doing this and really engaging with their every situation I had a fucking amazing experience. I cried, I swetted, I fucking shouted at the characters on the tv... It was brilliant..

side note: In some scenes with Ethan I let him just sit there.. in his thoughts.. for ages... I made it all as truthfull as possible, I never rushed because the character I saw didn't..

I couldn't play it again though.. That for me was how the story went.. and even though there were things I now would have liked to have done differently, I allmost feel It would be offensive to the characters I.. created if I went back and "fixed" their life...

Fantastic game, but personally I can't play it again for a long time..

On topic: I haven't played the DLC, and for similar reasons with a second play-trough, I couldn't possibly play a one-of episode..

#42 Posted by Beforet (2916 posts) -

I kinda want to go back and get the platinum for this. I ditched my first copy after I beat it, maybe I'll drop some cash for this?

#43 Posted by AssInAss (2619 posts) -

Time to go buy it now, since there's finally a PS3 in our apartment!

#44 Posted by white_sox (206 posts) -

@Christoffer said:

@onan said:

@white_sox said:

Very fun game...surprised so many people show such disdain for it.

I can explain that. Mechanically it's a novel game, it just gets much worse when you pay attention to the plot.

Yupp, I'm all for experimenting with story telling in games and I'm grateful this game exists. But the cheap pulp detective story isn't much to brag about.

That said, I had fun playing it once.

The game had some of the most intense and memorable scenes this generation. Not to mention the atmosphere was portrayed so hauntingly at times. I agree that you could potentially write an essay on the plot holes and such, but it was fun to play. I believe if more people gave it a chance they would enjoy it.

#45 Posted by RichieJohn (525 posts) -

I think it's crazy that they decided against more content to add move support.

Especially when the dude said he only really wants people to play the game once.

Crazy.

I did like the games but the story was balls, well told balls, but balls.

#46 Posted by Creamypies (4060 posts) -

I'm pretty sure I've owned this for like a year now. The Move Edition... right? It came with some dynamic themes, the DLC, the soundtrack & a bunch of special features. It's sitting on my shelf behind me. Are you telling me that they decided against releasing one of the more interesting Move titles in other territories... until now? What the fuck are you doing Sony?

#47 Posted by Masha2932 (1241 posts) -
@RobertOrri said:

This has been out in Europe for over a year now, as Heavy Rain: Move Edition.

It's a different release compared to the Move edition. It's officially known as the Director's Cut edition and comes with 
 
  • The Complete Heavy Rain Game
  • Heavy Rain Chronicles, Episode 1: The Taxidermist
  • Heavy Rain Original Videogame Score
  • New menus and interface, fully PlayStation Move supported
  • 8 "Making of Heavy Rain" Videos
  • Three Dynamic Themes
  • 15 new pieces of concept art
  • 2 bonus trailers
#48 Posted by 88Fingers (279 posts) -

terrible game, you'd be better off spending that $29.99 on toilet paper

#49 Edited by Legend (2658 posts) -

Future installments were ditched in favor of adding Move

Probably the dumbest shit Sony has ever did. And they did some really dumb shit mind you.

#50 Posted by patrick_boutin (5 posts) -

Hello- If released on the PC, I promise to buy it, a brand new shrink-wrapped copy. Has Sony so much to gain to have it released onto one platform only? It doesn't seem like it'd be able to move units on its own. Is porting this game so difficult?

Ah well.

Merci et vive la France. In the meanwhile I'm going to give Fahrenheit a try.

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