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El33tonline Hands-on Preview: Heavy Rain

El33tonline writes:

"Heavy Rain is the much anticipated psychological thriller from Sony and Quantic Dreams, anticipated not only because of the amazingly detailed screenshots we have all been pouring over at every opportunity we get, but also for the possibility of intrigue that the movie-like, branching story promises to deliver.

I got the chance to spend some hands-on time with the game thanks to the shiny new demo that landed on the PlayStation Network yesterday. The demo features two full chapters from the game – introducing players to Norman Jayden, a FBI profiler who has been brought in to help the local law enforcement to find and capture the Origami Killer, and Scott Shelby, a private investigator who has been hired by the families of past victims to see their killer brought to book.

The demo kicks off with Shelby sitting in his car which is parked next to an alleyway. This section serves as a tutorial of sorts, with commands flashing up on the screen demonstrating how to control the character's movement and generally get around in the game. The first thing that you will notice is that the rain is pouring down, saturating everything in sight, trickling off the black garbage bags in the dumpster, pooling on the ground and making Shelby stamp his boots and adjust his coat in an effort to dry off a little in the relentless downpour. The second thing that you will notice is how incredibly well animated the character's faces are. The attention to detail is simply incredible and definitely manages to not only raise the bar previously set by Naughty Dog in Uncharted 2, but completely blow that bar right out of the water. A feat not easily accomplished."

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