But now with Heavy Rain things are changing. Quantic hinted at a new style of gaming/storytelling in its last title Fahrenheit but with Heavy Rain things have moved onto a whole new level. With real actors, some serious motion capture technology and, most importantly, Quantic reinventing how a story is told and how players interact with a videogame world, Heavy Rain looks set to change the way that developers tell their stories. But don't worry, there's plenty of guns too.
Heavy Rain is very much in the thriller mould – there's exploration and action, atmosphere and dramatic camera angles. It's some way off being gaming's equivalent of Citizen Kane but shows just how the games industry, its developers and their games are maturing.
Who knows, maybe one day this form of storytelling will even overtake cinema as the world's favourite.