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Heavy Rain.

This game is amazing.

The characters, the storyline, the emotion….it all just gets to you.

I first played this game about 2 months ago…I sat up most of the night playing it, savoring everything I could get from it.  The first two hours were the greatest gaming experience I had ever witnessed.

A Brief Overview (Courtesy Of Wikipedia.org): Heavy Rain is an interactive drama video game developed by Quantic Dream exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The game is directed by Quantic Dream’s founder and CEO David Cage. Heavy Rain’s story is a dramatic thriller modeled after film noir, centred around four protagonists involved with the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses extended periods of rainfall to drown his victims. Ethan Mars is a father who is trying to save his son from being the next victim, while investigative journalist Madison Paige, FBI profiler Norman Jayden, and private detective Scott Shelby are each trying to track down clues to the Origami Killer’s identity.

Essentially, it is an interactive movie. This may be one of the reasons it is so intriguing, as a project like this has not been undertaken before  and although the team at Quantic were taking a risk with it, I reckon it has paid off.

The game starts of in an average, run of the mill house with a man (Ethan) waking up to his son’s birthday.  He spends a few hours wandering around the house, performing his daily activities.  I believe that THIS is why the game is so enchanting.  By performing these activities with the characters you really get a feel for them.  You start to react when things happen, for instance, the (in)famous scene occurring around about the 2 hour mark, after your trip to the mall.  I was touched by this moment, and could actually feel as the characters life shattered around him.

I’ve been on a month long hiatus from this game (Blame Battlefield) and as such have begun to lose contact with the storyline.  This is a game to be played over a few days, with a lot of commitment.  Without breaks, you feel all the more drawn into these characters and there lives.

This may not be the game for everyone, but I whole-heartedly recommend at least trying it once.

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