Submitted by Sangria 1822d ago | review

Gamekult: Heavy Rain review

Difficult to escape since few months to the Heavy Rain phenomenon: nobody played it but everybody already have their opinion. Narrative prowess for some, video game negation for the others, this inheritor of Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in USA) hasn't left anybody indifferent during its development and the ambitions of its creator may have helped push up the sauce.

Will the new Quantic Dream game finally conciliate the narrative power of cinema with the typical interactions of a video game?

* Well done intrigue
* A real influence on events
* Quite good-looking
* Neat direction
* Easy to handle

* We're often bored
* QTEs for really everything and anything
* Clumsy gameplay
* Serious rhythm problems
* Some inconsistencies in the scenario (Heavy Rain , PS3) 6/10

Credit url: gamekult.com
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Bungie  +   1822d ago
not bad

* We're often bored
* QTEs for really everything and anything
* Clumsy gameplay
* Serious rhythm problems
* Some inconsistencies in the scenario

doesn't seems like a valid points, but i respect their opinion

i'll still get it, reviews wont change my mind
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Cyrax_87  +   1822d ago
Average score - 9.0 Why don't you respect that?!
Can't wait to see your true side when you post in the open zone in a few minutes.

(damn, hook line and sinker, now he's got a reason to post more...)
Bungie  +   1822d ago
i respect all review as long as they're legit
i don't care if they gave it a 0/10

i know what the developers is trying to do with HR and i like it

no review will change my mind about it, it's just one person's opinion
captain-obvious  +   1822d ago
well they gave ME2 a 7

so i think a 6 is good
-Alpha  +   1822d ago
Tough reviewers
and yeah, ME2 got a 7/10?

And I thought Eurogamer was tough :P

This is a no name site anyway, but a review is a review and I'll take the content into consideration more than the score


That's some tough scores. I find it funny that this is the first time I've heard of this site-- you'd think with scores like that they'd attract more heat.
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krisq  +   1822d ago
Sad tactic.
Their HR & ME2 scores are clearly made for hits.
Aquanox  +   1822d ago
Only small french publications have reviewed this one and it's got 8.8 of Metascore (In N4G)

We'll see how it turns out when it's available for reviews outside its mother country were more objective opinions will surface.

The fact that it isn't getting Triple A status in France meta isn't very encouraging though.
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commodore64  +   1822d ago

THE MAX SPEED 21  +   1822d ago

I LUV YOUR BLAIR AVATAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Danteh  +   1822d ago
yeah, they are very hard, I remember them

Just saying, they gave:

-Halo 3: 7
-Mass Effect 2: 7
-Little Big Planet: 7
damnightmare  +   1822d ago
Bungie commenting first with stealth troll post

Omg I am so freaking surprised /sarcasm
Baka-akaB  +   1822d ago
Hum @Kris and AlphaMale

You've got it wrong here .

Gamekult isnt a no name site for french gamers . And it is actually an harsh place who doesnt pose and pretend like Edge .

We do not always agree with their review , and dont have to , but they are consistant with themselves and their scoring method .

Just look at their history and you'll see that most games dont go above 8 ... only historic milestones and and masterpieces , as it should be .

Again i dont agree with their review here , but they arent being biased fools , one way or another .
Amiroo  +   1822d ago
yeah they are hard but look at pictures ! one madison is sitting in a couch ! loock at her armpit !!!! it's tunnel . and then look at the store picture see the box of fruits , it's not even 3d ! it's a picture
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StanLee  +   1822d ago
I wished people would look at the Pros and Cons and not the score. They did not dislike the game or think it a bad game and the cons seem very much in line with criticisms of other reviews.
Baka-akaB  +   1822d ago

Most people dont even know quantic dreams is originally french based , and most sites , even the crappy jv.com dont go for that kind of "patriotic" angle .

You should just see how Cryo games were usually trashed , and righfully so by most places .
Man In Black  +   1822d ago
You're the worst stealth troller I've ever come across. A fvcking 2 year old with severe learning disabilities could detect your sh!tty trolling attempts. Go back to your 360 and play Barbie Horse Adventures. Or has it burned your house down again?
Man In Black  +   1822d ago
Also @Bungie

Related video
Darkstorn  +   1822d ago
It sounds like the reviewers just weren't right for the game. I think Heavy Rain is going to be a love-it-or-hate-it cult classic instead of a mainstream release, but we all knew that.
N4BmpS  +   1822d ago
From to time they're just doing this to make you say"huh wtf?" whatever I never really listen to every critic I take something away from their reviews but that's about it. Some times they can be real d-bags I guess.
xabmol  +   1822d ago
I think your little game is funny. :D

Start off as a hard core 360 troll to gain a bad rep. Then play the humble nice guy, all innocent in every PS3 article.

If I didn't know any better, I'd think that you're just another one of Why dis' alt accounts. Come to think of it, he disappeared around the same time you started gaining yer rep...

Oh, and I know you were Turn 10 just before Bungie too. ;)
bacon13  +   1822d ago
I don't buy the fact that these critics are tough reviewers, their main points seem to contradict themselves. "Easy to handle" for pros but "clumsy gameplay" in the cons? Also, boredom is strictly subjective. What's boring to one person could be amazingly fun for another. These "review" scores definitely seem garnered towards creating dissent and conversation as opposed to offering a valid and objective review of the game.
Pillage05  +   1822d ago
You guys know if you just ignore Bungie he'll go away.(or maybe just make a new account) He's more of an attention wh@re than Kanye West, or Courtney Love, or screaming 12 year olds on COD, or pubescent 13 year old cheerleaders, or well, you get the idea.

But on point...less than a month 'til Heavy Rain!
nycredude  +   1822d ago
WTF a 6? And ANY site, big or small, that gives ME2 a 7 is full of fail and should NEVER, EVER be taken seriously! IMO.
KiRBY3000  +   1822d ago
fvck reviews
getting this game, collector edition, day 1.
duplissi  +   1822d ago

why ignore him? the way he trolls sometimes just cracks me up, besides this looks like an honest oppinion from him.
Pillage05  +   1822d ago

I was speaking to the 54 people whom have already disagreed with him lol.

But you're right, I used to laugh at some of the things he said, but it's getting to the point where I expect him to be comment no.1 on EVERY ps3 article. I don't understand how he get any gaming done at all, with the constantly hanging out in the pending section all day.

and apparently watches Gossip Girl now :P
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duplissi  +   1822d ago
lol he does usually have one of the first comments on pages alot...

ya bungie how do you do anything else!?
The Happy Baby  +   1821d ago
6/10? HARSH.
Doesnt matter! These foreigners wouldnt know good games, even if they were slapped with one.

PS3! PS3! PS3!
snp  +   1821d ago
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Dark360  +   1822d ago
Here comes the DROIDS...

Heavy FLOP Rain...

...Sorry DROIDS Better Luck Next Time...LOL
dtrain21  +   1822d ago
Double Ouch
Bayonetta PS3- Sad

MAG- Sad

WKC- Sad

Heavy Fail- Sad

Sony 2010- FAIL
hanzai  +   1822d ago
keep talking losers.
that's why you have no games. :)

btw, they gave mass effect 2 a 7 and other 360 games.



it's not there losers.
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Bill Gates  +   1822d ago
"Neat direction" ???

WTF, did a little BABOON write this review....AHAHAHAHAHA
JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   1822d ago
Looks like to me with MAG failing, White Knight and now Heavy Rain you are the one with no games. 2009 was the only year Sony had and now it's back to crap titles that no one would have bought anyway.

After Uncharted 2, MGS4, LBP, and KZ2 what else does the PS3 have over 90 and that sold over 4.5?
Trebius  +   1822d ago
lol @ Xbotfangirls :)
Here we are playing game after game after new IP ...

While you're all sitting by watching HOPING they all fail...

WKC we knew was a flop when it released in Japan a decade ago, so that I dont care about ...

But to say MAG and Heavy Rain are flops is just retarded hahahaha.

You're just mad that you're gonna be playing MW2 for the rest of the year til Halo comes out, and PS3 keeps getting new game after new game in different genres, not just FPS :)

Your jealousy is showing.

Bungie, MGR, and all your other accounts shows that you're a loser and have nothing else to do but sit there and put down games you're never gonna play.

Maybe if you save up your lunch money for a few months you can get a ps3 and judge these games for yourself instead of following the crowd like sheep :)

Bahhh baaaahhh

360 has no games.
NinjaAssassin  +   1822d ago
"Here we are playing game after game after new IP ..."

sure you are. just ignore the fact that the 360 has way more games than the ps3 and try to convince yourself that everything on the ps3 is so amazing even though the games are getting average scores. ps3 boys live in denial.

btw i still think heavy rain will end up being a pretty good game.
Bungie  +   1822d ago
i have nothing more to say

MetalGearRising, they're all yours
captain-obvious  +   1822d ago
this same website gave Mass Effect 2 a 7\10
so dont get your hopes high

lol @ Disagrees
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hanzai  +   1822d ago
keep up with the multiple accounts loser.

this is a no name blog.
NinjaAssassin  +   1822d ago
but that is still a higher score for mass effect 2 than they gave to heavy rain, which goes contrary to all the crap ps3 boys have been saying all these months about how heavy rain and the rest of the super duper ps3 lineup was going to crush the 360. if you guys had been more humble you wouldn't be getting it thrown back in your face now.
gillri  +   1822d ago
didnt these guys give ME2 7/10? lol

Gamesmaster gave this 91% thats good enough for me
ginsunuva  +   1822d ago
Ya, they game ME2 a 7, and MAG a 6. Heavy Rain is as good as MAG?
ryuzu  +   1822d ago
Well I've put about 35 hours into into MAG in just under a week so if I get the same out of Heavy Rain I'll consider it a good value purchase.

For some reason I played about 5 hours of ME2 but I just don't feel like playing it any more atm - just find I want to get back to MAG instead...

I'm not sure which review sites to look at for good indications of where to put my cash any more...

bjornbear  +   1822d ago
if these guys gave ME2 a 7/10 then i guess Heavy Rain is amazing =D

still 6/10 =/

"we're often bored" ---> then the game isn't for you

thats like having me review Age of Empires III

is it a bad game? No...but did I enjoy it? No

it bored me to sleep, but i KNOW the game isn't my type of game, and if i HAD to review it, i'd try to be imparial.

thats the problem with reviewers

a lot of people say "its someone's opinion"

thats fine, but how do we know if this guy isn't a MW2 fan that just play FPS (i have a friend that doesn't play ANYTHING else but MW2, he doesn't even like anything that isn't a FPS war game...seriously)

if you have someone like THAT reviewing a game like this, OF COURSE it'll get a low grade

if you asked me to review a madden game (even though being european i know NOTHING of football) i would probably give an unfair score based on the fact that i'm really not interested at ALL in american football or even sports games in general =/
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exnihilonihilfit  +   1822d ago
I agree with you whole heartedly.

This sites reviews appear to be genre biased. Likely the result of a small review staff that doesn't have very diverse interests.

If you look at the sites recent history of reviews, the only 2 games to score an 8 on Xbox or PS3 were Bayonetta and Darksiders. This site has a very clear bias toward Hack and Slash games.
Ninji  +   1822d ago
Average score 9.0
Another AAA PS3 exclusive that the xbots will get butthurt over as shown in the first 2 comments.
Pennywise  +   1822d ago
Gamekult is a joke.
BeaArthur  +   1822d ago
The reviewer sounds like a MW2 fan. Unable to appreciate something different. I like the way one of his pros is easy to handle and one of his cons is clumsy gameplay. Which is it? I'm not saying Heavy Rain is for everyone but have an open mind about something different.
hanzai  +   1822d ago
yeah, they are. :)
-Alpha  +   1822d ago
Exactly, Heavy Rain needs to be understood as something that's not a traditional game. It's like Flower, or something of that nature at a grander scale.

I remember how bold Shadow of the Colossus was. On paper it sounded very tough to make a game where all you do is fight bosses-- but the concept became so pure and it just clicked with people, even though it was tough to digest.

No different with something like Heavy Rain-- the main goal is to connect the gamers and offer them a different experience.

Whether or not the reviewer "got it" or not seems in question, but overall HR has been received well.

@BeaAthur below

The issue for me is length. I'll likely skip it for now and pick it up when it gets cheaper. I'm looking towards BC2 just because I could probably live off of that for a while longer than something like Heavy Rain since I'm looking for a MP fix. MW2 is just not doing it for me.
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BeaArthur  +   1822d ago
With 3 different games coming out in March I probably won't pick it up at release but I will definitely be checking it out sooner rather than later. It's probably not going to be my type of game but I will keep an open mind and I'm sure I will enjoy it.
info  +   1822d ago
in french: the guy just did not like the game because the main character is depressed at the beginning.... really not "fun" .
Ok, if the reviewer does not have the sensitivity to appreciate and sink into the drama, let it be reviewed by someone else

its not a perfect game but it appears to have succeeded in its staeks of emotional involvement
sikbeta  +   1822d ago

PAL, you hit the nail on the head..... this is Professional Journalism at its finest /S lol


"We're often bored" = "Where is the Shotgun?"

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Homicide  +   1822d ago
I agree; they're a joke because they didn't give it a high score.
KILLERAPP  +   1822d ago
The love hate relationship of heavy rain continues with reviews, some love it and other don't I think people should really step back and look at this and say all this people have different opinions on the game so I need to check this out and make sure if this is for me or not, you need to play the game for yourself before rushing to judgment so when the demo comes out you need to play and decide whether the game is for you or not...
Namikaze_Minato  +   1822d ago
Hahahahahahahahaahahaahahahaha hah!

THREE FLOPS ALREADY! MAG, Heavy Rain aaaaand WKC! Cry me a river droids :D

Buh buh buh... TEH CELL!
yoghurt  +   1822d ago
This made me laugh

Pros = easy to handle
Cons = clumsy gameplay
BeaArthur  +   1822d ago
haha, I had the exact same thought. After seeing that I didn't even bother reading the review.
-Alpha  +   1822d ago
The review was translated, so don't expect it to make much sense.


True, but most reviews have been foreign and translated. So I think it's best to skim over these reviews and get general points rather than look at the specifics because they are most likely not going to make sense.

I'm more interested to see how the American media perceives Heavy Rain.
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BeaArthur  +   1822d ago
That just solidifies my original point. I don't need to read it if I can't even be sure it was translated correctly.
Sangria  +   1822d ago
Alpha-Male: Unfortunately, I've translated the story description myself in order to avoid bulky Google translations, and even in French there is the contradiction Easy to handle <> Clumsy gameplay.

I think the reviewer meant that even though we can control easily the character,some interactions with the background become irritating, a bit like when you play a good platformer but when some passages are pretty much a pain in the ass due to a level-design misconception.
-Alpha  +   1822d ago
Well I trust your French is better than mine
ValkyriaChronic  +   1822d ago
Are these guys on metacritic?
jesuisankit  +   1822d ago
I think not.. these guys have been giving lower scores to games irrespective if they are exclusive to 360 or PS3.. better not take them too seriously.. Heavy Rain is gonna be an awesome game and Mass Effect 2 is already brillant. On my second run through the game now.
Baka-akaB  +   1822d ago
No way they would be on metacritic , they are a serious site who doesnt distribute 8 and9 like free candies ... it would disrupts metacritic's habit of having bad games at 79 ...
divideby0  +   1822d ago
luv hate game...
Socomer 1979  +   1822d ago
.............................. ............................... ............................... ............................... ............................... ............................... ....

Pros = easy to handle
Cons = clumsy gameplay

Ta DaH!
Pennywise  +   1822d ago
TheLastLevel  +   1822d ago
Is it just me or do these sites just come out from nowhere, make articles like this just to get hits?
Aloren  +   1822d ago
It's just you. Gamekult actually belongs to Gamestop. That hardly "comes out from nowhere". But I agree the way they review games is hard, especially when the reviewer is blatantly against the game (like when they asked a hardcore PC RTS player to review Halo Wars).
hanzai  +   1822d ago
not giving hits.

if it's not on metacritic, then who cares.
Letros  +   1822d ago
Kudos to innovation
I doubt I'll be playing this one, doesn't seem like a game for me. But it's nice to see someone doing something else besides another FPS.
4cough  +   1822d ago
LOL, this is so effing funny. Heavy FLOP.
redsquad  +   1822d ago
Once again, the droning 360 zombies forget the '9' scores and start dancing their little dance like giggling children... And they consider themselves "gamers"?
hanzai  +   1822d ago
they keep disagreeing with their multiple accounts. insecure little boys. :-)
Pennywise  +   1822d ago
Its clear they are MS paid employees.
It Only Does Flops   1822d ago | Spam
Lirky  +   1822d ago
What a strange review I shouldn't really oh nvm i skimmed thru the pros- and cons- its not worth reading.
Hakimy  +   1822d ago
no we have seen reviews from this site before.they are very harsh with reviews.only 3 games got a 9 from them.I can remember 2 for now,uncharted 2 and street fighter 4.can't remember the 3rd one but I remember that it wasn't an exclusive (I'm talking about PS3 and Xbox360 games only btw).
spinbot_lv1  +   1822d ago
Pros = easy to handle
Cons = clumsy gameplay

Cons:seriuos rhythm problem
ehhh? what?

he has trouble pushing the right button in the right time and he believe that is a game's fault? ahaha lol retarded
bubble-raping mod   1822d ago | Spam
damnightmare  +   1822d ago
Not on MetaCritic ;P
halorangers   1822d ago | Spam
redbadger  +   1822d ago
Just wanting website hits
You can tell that they are trying to shock people with the bad review and wanting us to click on their website.
Baka-akaB  +   1822d ago
They are consistantly harsh with every game ... they dont hand out 8s like it was a free pizza .

I disagree with them here , but it's consistant with their scoring method .

Wich isnt the case for 90% of the so called better sites .
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Counter Strike  +   1822d ago
Another Sony Flop , 4 in a Row and we are only beggining the year...
hanzai  +   1822d ago
not on metacritic, sorry.

and this site also gave mass effect 2 and other 360 games harsh reviews.

you fail at life. :-)
Socomer 1979  +   1822d ago
why all the metacritic praise?
I dont understand ?
Whats good about the metacritic?
isnt that the industrys tool to hurt developers?
Last time i heard oh so many months ago, the metacritic picks and chooses who gets on it. i heard they translate reviews with no scores into scores? I heard the guy eho owns metacritic likes to be wined and dined and have sex with expensive prostitutes. the only joystick that guy plays with is his own dipped into the butt of its followers.

WoW! Not even vidoegames is safe from the bubblegum commercial casual crap factory.
Jammy2211  +   1822d ago
Maybe just maybe...
This site reviews on a 0-10 scale instead of the IGN 7-10 scale? :/.

But yeah, it's hard to really take much out of this as it's translated. You can tell if a review is farming for hits / unfair based on how it reads, google translate kind of makes that task impossible though.
pnmen  +   1822d ago
This is a major french website
I know you people must think that there's no VG information outside the US. That's actually kinda classic ...
But for French people (like me) Gamekult is a very well known source of information. But they are very hard with reviews. this has nothing to do with getting hits. It's only their editorial guideline.

That being said, i usually disagree with their reviews.
But i think HR will divide reviewers like no other game before. Maybe because it's not really a game...
Baka-akaB  +   1822d ago
don't bother , let them keep their illusion that their crappy ign is better and more fair .

Or that only metacritic matters , that (while i also dont agree with them) that they actually even understood the article via the usually mediocre google translate filter .
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shammgod  +   1822d ago
He says easy to handle as a pro but clumsy gameplay as a con. Isn't that a contradiction
HINDERIZATION  +   1822d ago
i said the same thing.
Aloren  +   1822d ago
They mean you can get easily into the game with no tutorial, but the controls can still get frustrating.
VileAndVicious  +   1822d ago
So what your telling me is....
apparently anything new that isn't a typical shooter is automatically a failure. And gets low marks for not conforming to mainstream.
=) OH!!ok

Its easy to use and handle,
but it has clumsy gameplay?
We often found ourselves bored but we were intrigued with the game overall?

Everything they have listed as pros and cons are contradictions....
What has happened to journalism and unbiased media?
Tsk. Tsk. Ill still be purchasing it because Im not a mindless sheep. Cant say the same for the rest of you.
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