"Memories are flooding our mind. A quiet, gray afternoon in the park with our son. A knock-out, drag-out brawl in the kitchen of a hooker's seedy apartment. A panicked chase across the rooftops. A gunfight in an obscenely opulent mansion. A helpless child, trapped. A muddy crime scene with a body nestled under a makeshift tent. A dingy room with hundreds of crucifixes covering the walls. A bloody axe. A cemetery. An orchid. A kiss.
"We've just finished Heavy Rain, and we can't get it out of our head.
"Without spoiling anything, we'll simply say that before the opening credits finished rolling we quite literally had to pause the game and step away to catch our breath, such was the power of the first 20 minutes of Heavy Rain. We were taken from the heights of effortless bliss to the depths of total loss, all with an impact and emotional engagement that's rare from a game, rivaling the best movies and contemporary fiction. With Heavy Rain, gaming has matured.
"Yes, we often forgot that we were controlling various characters using our DualShock-and yet there we were, making choices, pushing buttons, directly moving the narrative along with our efforts. And yes, we experienced a story delivered with more poise and maturity than we often get from our games. But we also saw some of the coolest gaming moments of this consoles generation. ... These, along with all the subtler moments, all come together to remind that no matter what, we're still playing Heavy Rain and-despite the overwhelmingly dark story-enjoying it immensely."
- Gary Steinman, Editor in Chief of PTOM (FEBRUARY 2010)