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Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer – hands-on

As we mentioned earlier, though, it could all have been very different. Cower in the back of the store and eventually the guy behind the counter gets a bullet in the head when he refuses to hand over the cash. Successfully sneak up on the robber and you can take him out by force. Or you can talk him round without any violence. Either way, Shelby gets his evidence, but Quantic Dream is hoping that Heavy Rain will make you consider your actions and empathise with your on-screen characters.

The game is certainly more concerned with character interaction and atmosphere than it is about thrills. A second demo level, shown to us behind closed doors contained no traditional action whatsoever – it was just Ethan Mars looking after his son and reminiscing about the child he lost two years earlier. David Cage, founder of Quantic Dream, is hoping that these openly human scenes will help the player form bonds with the characters and keep the game grounded – making it feel more like a piece of interactive cinema than what we traditionally think of as a videogame.

He’s also keen to point out that the game isn’t all about Quick Time Events. Each player movement is context sensitive, so you can’t just pick a book off a shelf unless the button prompt appears. However, we’re yet to see any scripted moments where you have to press X to not die. Even the Mad Jack fight sequence shown at E3 was all about context sensitive commands rather than QTEs. This may seem like splitting hairs, but to describe Heavy Rain as one long Quick Time Event is to do it an injustice.

Regardless of how interesting the plot turns out to be (Heavy Rain will live or die by its story) this game will stand out as a pioneer in the move to bring emotion, and by turn, realism into games. In parts, interesting, offbeat and oft willfully banal – but only the most conservative gamers need shelter from Heavy Rain.

Sep 30, 2009

13 comments

  • CAPST3R - October 17, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    to me this looks like an interactive movie, not a game. i'm not saying it looks bad, the graphics look like they could actually match uncharted 2's (correct me if there's evidence against this), but it doesn't look appealing. it should get a good review because of high quality, but it's not going to fly off the shelves. it's actually a shame, because with some COD4 or OFP2 elements into this game (intense/tactical gameplay), this could be a really good game. again though, correct me if there's evidence against this.
  • CARLINNIT - October 1, 2009 10:12 a.m.

    Can't wait! Fahrenheit was unbelievably intense and involving. It remains one of my favourite games of all time, and this looks to be following...
  • ciderdrinker - October 1, 2009 9:56 a.m.

    @ FinalGamer, I'm pretty sure its being made (or at least published) by sony
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 1, 2009 6 a.m.

    EDIT: I played/watched the demo at PAX, and although I was impressed with the evolution of QTEs and imersive setting, I was slightly disappointed that although there are so many choices, they all lead to the same: the man gives you the origami frog or whatever. Understandable, since it's needed to progress the story, but the promise of "Do anything" had me thinking you actually made the story as well. Still, making the story would make this an 11/10. As of now, it's ONLY a 10/10 for me.
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 1, 2009 5:57 a.m.

    The second reason I'm buying a PS3 Slim (the first being The Last Guardian). Madison is fucking hot.
  • ryno - September 30, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    OMG i cant wait to play this game i think even my mom would play it
  • CatrParrot - September 30, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    The PS3 has some really awesome first-party exclusives.
  • Samael - September 30, 2009 10:05 p.m.

    I want to have sexual intercourse with this game. It's INCREDIBLE.
  • Cyberninja - September 30, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    i am planing to get a ps3 so this is on the list of games to play
  • wkdtkd - September 30, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    My favourite part of Fahrenheit was the morning after the crime when you have to wash yourself and get rid of the evidence before that cop turns up...it was really simple but the realism of what (eh..I imagine) you would do after you murder someone was WAY better than the weird "secret hobo society" which I never understood... Liking the sound of that 'dad with his son' scene... :)
  • m15anthrope - September 30, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    I dont think it'd work on the 360. HR would make the X360 burn your house down with sheer awesome.
  • FinalGamer - September 30, 2009 8:50 p.m.

    I hope this comes out for the 360 as well, I would LOVE to play a game like this, like the first half of Fahrenheit was, which was the only good part about Fahrenheit.
  • wkdtkd - September 30, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    Cant wait for this!!

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