Heavy Rain or MGS4?

#1 Posted by Barrock (3752 posts) -

My 360 is out of commission so I'm looking for a PS3 game that I own to play. I tried 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand and... I'm just not feeling it. I have MGS4 and Heavy Rain untouched. Which should I play?

#2 Posted by mordukai (7793 posts) -

Heavy Rain. Play MGS4 after you played the MGS collection because the amount of references to the previous games is enormous.

#3 Posted by Nightriff (6151 posts) -

MGS4 without question, best game on the PS3

#4 Posted by SlasherMan (1723 posts) -

Heavy Rain. MGS4 got boring pretty quickly, and this is coming from a guy who absolutely loved MGS3.

#5 Posted by drGiggless (225 posts) -

Heavy Rain. MGS gameplay will bore you to tears, or maybe it's just me i don't know.

#6 Edited by NTM (8277 posts) -

MGS4 is one of the greatest games ever made, and it still holds up very well. So I'd say MGS4. I disliked four the first time I played it through back when it came out, and you may too, but I think if you give it a long enough chance, you'll love it. Or, you'll just love it the first time. Also, it's a good idea to play the others as well.

#7 Edited by M_Shini (561 posts) -

Do you know allot of the backstory to MGS4 and the previous games through word and mouth? It depends on how much you do or don't mind on not knowing what's going on since a large part of that game is wrapping up allot of loose ends and story threads, if the MGS Collection (and the origanal MGS on PSN though altho if that game is too dated for you to play through for the story stuff then we wouldn't blame you too much) is something that may appeal to you i would play that first then play MGS4, so playing Heavy Rain first may better as a first choice at this time.

And to be fair if you play MGS4 without really caring for the story and what's going on the gameplay itself for a bunch of people isn't worth it.

#8 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5005 posts) -

Heavy Rain.

#9 Posted by Barrock (3752 posts) -

@KittyMeggerz said:

Do you know allot of the backstory to MGS4 and the previous games through word and mouth? It depends on how much you do or don't mind on not knowing what's going on since a large part of that game is wrapping up allot of loose ends and story threads, if the MGS Collection (and the origanal MGS on PSN though altho if that game is too dated for you to play through for the story stuff then we wouldn't blame you too much) is something that may appeal to you i would play that first then play MGS4, so playing Heavy Rain first may better as a first choice at this time.

And to be fair if you play MGS4 without really caring for the story and what's going on the gameplay itself for a bunch of people isn't worth it.

I've played MGS-MGS3. I own the HD Collection so I could probably play through those again before I play MGS4.

#10 Posted by PokeIkzai (399 posts) -

If you really have no knowledge of Metal Gear then by all means Heavy Rain.

#11 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6910 posts) -

Heavy Rain. It may not be perfect, but I adore that game for what it tried to do with storytelling and its gameplay.

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#12 Posted by Nottle (1931 posts) -

@Barrock said:

@KittyMeggerz said:

Do you know allot of the backstory to MGS4 and the previous games through word and mouth? It depends on how much you do or don't mind on not knowing what's going on since a large part of that game is wrapping up allot of loose ends and story threads, if the MGS Collection (and the origanal MGS on PSN though altho if that game is too dated for you to play through for the story stuff then we wouldn't blame you too much) is something that may appeal to you i would play that first then play MGS4, so playing Heavy Rain first may better as a first choice at this time.

And to be fair if you play MGS4 without really caring for the story and what's going on the gameplay itself for a bunch of people isn't worth it.

I've played MGS-MGS3. I own the HD Collection so I could probably play through those again before I play MGS4.

Refresh your self on MGS before you play MGS4, excluding MOST dead people and Natasha Romananko every MGS character makes a return.

#13 Posted by mlarrabee (3205 posts) -

If you've played MGS 1-3, then MGS4.

Otherwise, play Heavy Rain.

I purchased both on the same day, but having not played any MGS game before, and knowing nothing of the backstory, I still haven't finished anything past that third(?) cutscene in 4.

#14 Posted by Landon (4134 posts) -

This is how you play Heavy Rain: Put it on the hardest difficulty, never reload an old save.

#15 Posted by phrali (677 posts) -

dude EVEN IF YOU'VE PLAYED MGS 1-3, MGS4 IS A CLUSTERFUCK OF MAKES NO SENSE BULLSHIT

sell them both and get demon's souls

#16 Posted by mordukai (7793 posts) -

@phrali said:

dude EVEN IF YOU'VE PLAYED MGS 1-3, MGS4 IS A CLUSTERFUCK OF MAKES NO SENSE BULLSHIT

sell them both and get demon's souls

Sniffing glue is not good for you. I suggest you stop doing it.

#17 Posted by Zleunamme (758 posts) -

Metal gear solid database is available for free on PSN if people need to make sense of MGS lore. MGS 4 is the reason why I bought a PS3. Heavy Rain has it's problems. Such as holding L2 and the left analog stick just to walk. Consequences of failing a quick time event are severe. For the most part Heavy Rain makes up for its shortcomings by finding unique ways to make an interactive story. Both games are worth playing if you have them.

#18 Posted by Shookems (479 posts) -

I will take every chance I can get to tell someone to play Metal Gear Solid 4

#19 Posted by Cloudenvy (5874 posts) -

Heavy Rain is effing awesome.

#20 Posted by AuthenticM (4244 posts) -

MGS4 ONLY if you've played the other three. If not, then Heavy Rain.

#21 Posted by Kidavenger (3859 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

Heavy Rain is effing awesome.

This

#22 Posted by RVonE (4758 posts) -

MGS4 all the way.

#23 Posted by TooWalrus (13319 posts) -

Torrent the cutscenes from mgs 1-3

#24 Posted by BiG_Weasel (566 posts) -

Depends. Do you want to play a game or watch a movie? I got MGS4 with my PS3, beat it that weekend because *its barely a game*. It has just hours of cutscenes and is light on the action. I haven't played Heavy Rain, but I can certainly dissuade you from MGS4.

#25 Posted by Lava (725 posts) -

I played MGS4 without having played the other ones and still loved it.

#26 Posted by Grillbar (1956 posts) -

i personally thing that there is better games then those two and i really love heavy rain but go for mgs4 its way better

#27 Posted by Demoskinos (16178 posts) -

MGS4 no doubt.

#28 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

Heavy Rain. I gave up on MGS after the ridiculousness that was MGS2. Even Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) made more sense than that shit.

#29 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3876 posts) -

@Barrock: MGS 4 is better if you have the context of 1-3. If you don't play Heavy Rain.

#30 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3876 posts) -

@BiG_Weasel said:

Depends. Do you want to play a game or watch a movie? I got MGS4 with my PS3, beat it that weekend because *its barely a game*. It has just hours of cutscenes and is light on the action. I haven't played Heavy Rain, but I can certainly dissuade you from MGS4.

This is funny since Heavy Rain is even LESS of a game than MGS.

(I love both.)

#31 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1751 posts) -

MGS4, still the best game of this generation. No one else has the confidence to make games like that, nobody else will.  
 
(Need to have played the Others in the series though.)

#32 Posted by Stete (784 posts) -

MGS4 all the way although you'll probably have no freaking clue of what's going on if you haven't played MGS1 and 2.

#33 Posted by shivermetimbers (888 posts) -

Heavy Rain is unintentionally hilarious. So if you're into that kind of thing, go for it. I never finished MGS4 because I found the plot too convoluted for my tastes and the gameplay was too mediocre for me to care.

But yeah, my vote goes to Heavy Rain. Its silly nonsensical plot and inane situations make it a fun little game. A pity that it takes itself so seriously, but I guess that's part of the charm.

#34 Posted by benjaebe (2870 posts) -

Echoing what everyone else has said, if you haven't played MGS1-3 then play Heavy Rain because you won't get much out of MGS4.

#35 Posted by EXTomar (5024 posts) -

They are both good but for different reasons and depending on your tastes and how much time you can spare it would alter the answer. I'd play Heavy Rain first if you are under a time or a schedule crunch and MGS4 if you can afford to take the time and sneak through it.

#36 Edited by darkvare (813 posts) -

i reccomend buying demon's souls and dark souls but out of thosse 2 i'll say heavy rain first since its shorter than mgs 4

#37 Posted by notdavid (858 posts) -

MGS 4 is brilliant, but you should play the rest of the series first. You won't be able to wrap your head around it if you just read a wiki.

If you want to get into it, I'd recommend starting with Twin Snakes. Read the story synopsi for Metal Gear 1 and 2 that are included in the special menu and watch all of the briefing videos first, in that order. Play Twin Snakes, then move on to the HD collection, starting with 2, then 3. Those three games hold up fine, and can be finished pretty quickly if you hate the gameplay and turn it down to easy. Metal Gear gameplay tends to be kind of hit or miss for people, but 4 is pretty fun regardless.

#38 Posted by firecracker22 (573 posts) -

MGS4.

I have no idea how the game would translate to someone who doesn't know about the first three. I'm assuming it'll make everything your seeing way more crazy.

Which is probably saying alot, because shit is crazy even for series veterans. Shadow Moses will absolutely mean nothing to you, though. So..that's kind of a bummer.

#39 Posted by Marcsman (3371 posts) -

That's like apple or oranges. What are you in the mood for? The two of them are some of the best PS3 exclusives period.

#40 Posted by Irvandus (3059 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

MGS4 without question, best game on the PS3

#41 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1751 posts) -
@firecracker22 said:

Shadow Moses will absolutely mean nothing to you, though. So..that's kind of a bummer.

That was probably the best nostalgia inducing moment I've ever played in a video game.  I mean..god damn. Kojima knows how to tug your strings. 
#42 Posted by firecracker22 (573 posts) -

I got chills, man. Especially when "The Best Is Yet To Come" started playing when I got the Helipad and starting hearing flashbacks of MGS1 audio.

It worked on me. Absolutely worked on me.

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