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OPM UK Reviews Heavy Rain: 9/10

The Official Playstation Magazine UK recently reviewed Heavy Rain, and they were impressed, giving it a 9/10 and calling it "one of the freshest, most exciting, and even important games on the PS3 so far," although they did acknowledge that, due to the game's unusual style, "a lot of people are going to hate it, or simply be baffled by it."

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Bereaver2365d ago

Heavy Rain was a gamble that paid off.

LordMarius2365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

Yay Heavy Rain, 9/10
A$$ Effect Who

Also, haha nogolis you aint on top now

DarkTower8052365d ago

Only critically, not monetarily...yet. There was no doubt that QD had what it takes to make a good game, it's up to Sony to market it right.

deadreckoning6662365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

@Bereaver- Not yet, we have yet to see how the PS3 fanbase responds to Heavy Rain when it comes out. Critical acclaim doesn't necessarily mean Heavy Rain will be successful.

From what I've seen from vids, it looks like an incredible experience. But i'll wait for the price to come down. My next $60 is going straight to GOW3.

Sarcasm2365d ago

This game is going to be hard to market though. All I know is that I'm just going to rent it.

RememberThe3572365d ago

I agree completely, I can't see how anyone could disagree with you on that one.

I didn't think anyone thought this game would sell well.

-Alpha2365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

I think if Sony focuses ads on Heavy Rain it may end up with negative repercussions with who they are aiming at. TV advertisements should be aimed for the general, clueless gamer, and I think that it's hard to market and explain a game like this in short ads to general audiences.

First of all I don't think a Kevin Butler ad would do. It would totally offset the aim of trying to explain the game, and though he is funny Heavy Rain is far from "funny".

Most gamers who take their hobby to the internet at least know about heavy rain and today the internet is such a great tool to advertise. hell Sony doesn't even have to do it, Youtube does it.

The point is that if Sony advertises this game a lot then it will lead to a lot of average gamers being really confused. I strongly do not think this game is for the average gamer, though I do have hope that some people can appreciate it.

I'd much rather Sony focus their ads on something like God of War.

Heavy Rain is a big risk. It pays off as a game as numerous reviews have credited but that's half the story. The sales is unknowable until it happens.

I cannot imagine how Sony would advertise something like Heavy Rain without throwing off or misleading a gamer. HR is not a traditional game and people today don't get hung up on story telling or anything like that, they like their thrills through online gaming and shooting things IMHO.

Now with that said, I'm not trying to be one of those grumpy "This gen is full of kids and shooters" gamers. I think HR can do just fine with minimal advertising because the appreciation is there. But hey, on the other hand an advertisement wouldn't hurt boost sales, and if people don't like it, they don't like it. I trust that there is a significant amount of people that will appreciate the game. I mean, I guess a COD gamer wouldn't buy something like this so people who buy it must at least expect something unique or different.

But anyways, forget the marketing, this game will do just fine and I personally do not care about sales.

kaveti66162365d ago

I can't believe I'm saying this. But I guess I'm going to buy this game. I made fun of it constantly before, what with the orange juice pouring and all, but it appears Quantic Dream has crafted an excellent experience and I must give them my support. At least it isn't a derivative FPS.

deadreckoning6662365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

Don't know why me and Dark Tower got so many disagrees...could a couple of you care to explain how Heavy Rain will be a guaranteed commericial success?

@Alpha-Male- Yeah man, its my fault for trying to reason with a fanboy lol

-Alpha2365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

Good luck finding decent arguments, people would much rather hide behind disagree buttons anytime something negative is said against something people like. It's best not to take them seriously since they can't manage to engage and confront your point.

Blaze9292365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

It's hard for Sony to advertise Heavy Rain. How DO you advertise this kind of experience without giving the player an opportunity to play it? With the average game people know what to expect - this isn't your average game so how do you advertise it?

I'd rather they just save it for God or War 3. All I could say is for them to play the latest trailer in commercials....well some of it as there was partial nudity on that one.

I'm buying this game becuase I'm a fan of Quantic Dream and already KNOW what to expect. I could throw out everything I know about Heavy Rain including the nice graphics and solely buy this game becuase I see Quantic's name on the box. That's just me.

Speaking of advertising, I haven't seen not one White Knight Chronicles ad :/

Heavy Rain will no doubt be a critical success. Indigop Prophecy got a 83 on meta:

http://www.metacritic.com/g...

So no doubt this will be even better. The problem is, and I think we all know this, not many will buy the game. Whereas IP is on 3 systems and Games on Demand for Xbox 360 and pushed ~800,000+ sales, this is only on one system with not even half the user base of Indigo Prophecy.

Saaking2365d ago

Heavy Rain + Bioshock 2 + Napoleon Total War= WIN. I can't wait for this game.

RememberThe3572365d ago

I agree with you on how you can't really advertise this type of game. And even if you did people would understand what they were looking at.

I think of it like trying to advertise sex. How the hell would you do that if people had never been experienced it before. All it would look like is two naked people touching eachother. You just have to experience it yourself to know how great it is :)

DarkTower8052365d ago

@Alpha-Male22, Not every game needs a Kevin Butler commercial. It's definitely a tough one to market, but I'm sure there are analysts that figure this stuff out. The E3 trailer is what got me hooked, and I'm sure it could do the same with others. Heck, even run the trailer at movie theaters.

@RememberThe357, why would you even bring up nudity or sex? That's the furthest from what this game is about. Don't forget, this is a Mature title and is not intended for kids anyway.

vhero2365d ago

Time and time again people moan they want something new in a saturated games market and Heavy Rain is the first game in a LONG time to provide that and people moan because it's differn't. Honestly you can't bloody win.

Ravage272365d ago

it would make more sense to concentrate the $$$ on mainstream titles like GOW3. The upcoming public demo plus some strong reviews will be sufficient imo.

PirateThom2364d ago

Really, the only way to advertise Heavy Rain would be with a movie-style trailer rather than your standard gaming ad.

Even then, Quantic Dream have been intentionally trying to stop plot details leaking out.

Raf1k12364d ago (Edited 2364d ago )

I can't remember what the statistics were about how often people in the UK go to the cinema but it was pretty often.

I think a good way to advertise this would be in cinemas before movies that are comparable to Heavy Rain as the people who are watching that movie are likely to also be interested in Heavy Rain too.

edit:
About the advert itself, I think it would be better to have one where people who have played the game talk about it while showing the what they're talking about. This way you can get across the fact that the game allows you to experience what the characters are going through.

If you watch the vid below it shows a scene where one character is trying to get through some electric wire and failing which would require him to try again until he got through which meaning the player would feel a sense of frustration and maybe even desperation if there was a time limit.
http://www.n4g.com/ps3/News...

edit2: there are also the more slow and time consuming tasks such as searching a large crime scene (like in the demo) which would obviously take time and can be annoying which is something the FBI agent would also feel.

sikbeta2364d ago

This Game will be Awesome, don't care about how well it'll sell, sadly it'll not sell amazingly, well cuz is not a SHOOTER

HR FTW!!!

DaTruth2364d ago

My biggest issue with this game was that I wasn't sure it would appeal to me personally. But seeing as how it seemingly appeals to everyone who ever tried it, I'm officially in!

So critical acclaim does reward some sales!

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nogolis2365d ago

Oh, this wasn't obvious was it? Nahh...

deadreckoning6662365d ago

YAY, one random persons opinion means the WORLD to me! Being a PS3 fanboy is great!

Anorexorcist2365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

Your intelligence levels projected through your comments have dropped like a bomb over the past week. Who the hell are you? Really?

@ deadreckoning

Super Yay, one random article describing the sale amounts for a Xbox 360 game I don't even play anymore or own really means the world to me!!!!!

I don't even have any kind of capital stake within Microsoft or any of the developers, but their products' commercial success MAKES ME HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (but wait...If sales make me so damn happy, why am I not a Wii fanboy already???)

Michael-Jackson2365d ago

Play it, only If you have a PS3.

Killzonegamer842365d ago

Isnt this old as dirt? I thought the OPM UK review was the first review posted like 2 weeks ago, or am I wrong?

tomsau2365d ago

you're not wrong, this is weeks old
it's annoying when they post the rumour mill rumours about a month after the mag comes out

if people are gonna submit this stuff then submit it when the mag comes out =/

yourgodisdead2365d ago

The demo reminded me of the movie Se7en, one of my favourites, loved every second of it. This game is going to be a great experience.

Neo6042365d ago

But it also on PC and when it hit the ps3 then I'll have a lot of fun on n4g.

Anorexorcist2365d ago (Edited 2365d ago )

There was an idiot here on N4G that was posting under the name horndog that once said, and I quote: "...as long as it isn't on the ps3 it's exclusive. We all know that you guys don't buy PC games other wise games like Dragon Age and other multiplatforms wouldn't have sold so much on the ps3"

So yeah, the delusions of the Xbot idiot fanboys have reached a new low. It doesn't matter if a game is on the Xbox 360, the Wii, and/or PC. As long as it isn't on the PS3, it's considered an Xbox 360 exclusive. Pretty F'n pathetic, don't you agree?

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shutupandplay2365d ago

It pretty much goes both ways. 360 fanboys brag because it`s not playable on PS3, and PS3 fanboys brag because they don`t need a 360. They`re both pretty retarted arguments.

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