By Colonel_Pockets 8 Comments
After finishing the game, I have some thoughts. Heavy Rain is an incredibly unique game, I'll give it that. I have a lot of issues with it, but I am still glad I played it.
I played the PS4 version of the game and it still looks pretty good. The faces and environments are inconsistent. Sometimes it looks great and then suddenly the uncanny valley hits. With a game that leans on its presentation so much, it sticks out so much more.
Then there's the voice acting which is..... inconsistent? The accents are a non-issue to me (apparently this was supposed to be set in the U.S?), but the delivery of lines ranges from good to awful. I don't know how some of these scenes were OKed by David Cage. There is just some terrible voice acting in this game at times. Again, the presentation IS the game, so it magnifies the issue.
The way this game controls is messy as well. The quick time events are mostly well done, but at times things that they ask you to do are ridiculous. My hands were getting tangled around the controller because of the amount of buttons I needed to hold at the same time. The worst button prompts were the ones during fights that needed you to move the stick left or right and then spin it upwards or downwards. In the tense situations, it was impossible to get these right.
The story starts off with a cool premise. There's a child murder who leaves origami at every scene of the crime. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately the game squanders this premise with some of the most ridiculous and nonsensical storytelling I have seen. The game starts leading you on the journey between 4 characters. The way the story intersects is actually very cool, but they way it all ties together is.... messy. The game leads you along through situations that increase in their ridiculousness until the suspension of disbelief is shattered. So many of the events that take place are so over the top that I just started having my characters do the stupidest possible thing in each situation because I wanted to see how it played out.
The mystery of the origami killer is intriguing for a bit, but then the game starts throwing weird red herrings at you that make no sense.
Once the flashback sequence was shown, I knew who it was. It's has a similar problem to Batman: Arkham Knight. Where there is no other possible person to be the killer because there are only like 6 characters in the game.
Unfortunately, the identity of the killer makes no sense because of the situations the game puts you through. There are big, gaping plot holes throughout this game which dampen the experience.
Ok, so Heavy Rain's presentation is all over the place, the story stinks and the controls are inconsistent. Yet, I still recommend playing it. This game is incredibly unique and is still worth experiencing (although, I can't speak for Detroit, Beyond or Farenheit, so maybe you should just play one of those). So go for it! What do you all think of Heavy Rain?