Submitted by BIoodmask 2110d ago | review

TheSixthAxis: Heavy Rain Review

Heavy Rain has arrived with a bang. It's flashy, technically stunning but ultimately slightly empty. Characters vary from vapid to engaging, the FBI agent a highlight but lead Ethan tends to look bored rather than desperate. If you're looking for a decent story with minimal interactivity to occupy a wet weekend, one cut with mystery and suspense, Quantic Dream's latest might be right up your street, but gamers looking for anything else will be left out in the rain. A great idea, but unfortunately one not fully realised. (Heavy Rain , PS3) 7/10

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FanOfGaming  +   2110d ago
Gets popcorn

Heavy Rain is a love or hate title not everyone will like it.

Reviews that are 7s can easily be 9s on another. Ultimately its up to you to decide...
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GreenRingOfLife  +   2110d ago
Hmm 7/10 thats not very good
AKS  +   2110d ago
7/10 means they hated it? I'm not sure that's what a 7/10 means.
Bungie  +   2110d ago
decent score

the only complaints are the controls
mrv321  +   2110d ago
Avarage score is 9.0 BTW. Your basically looking at ONE single piece of data instead of the Average.

On and BTW Heavy Rains Avarage score is higher than Halo 3's just saying :P

Seriously your an idiot... your basically interviewing 100 people about their height, finding an average of 5'11 but one person is a foot and then you publish a paper and say EVERYONE is 1 foot tall.
SL1M DADDY  +   2110d ago
Played the demo and...
If the demo is any indication of how the game will play then the game will be awesome. The fight screen was intense and the timing had to be spot on. Great title for the adult gamer if you ask me.
xabmol  +   2110d ago
Nice spidy/tobey avatars, Why dis ;)
Playin a little good cop bad cop? I like yer brand of comedy, now that I "get it." lol


I think the reviewer thought this game was going to be something different, then was dissapointed that it was not. I mean, look at the cons. "Probably won’t be what you expected." I did play IP and the HR demo. Plus the walking is not bad at all and I found it rather easy to use after 5 minutes. I dunno, but I found most of the complaints a non issue durring the demo.

What ever, it is just an oppinion after all. Like all those MAG reviews. Love that "7/10" game!
Pistolero  +   2110d ago
"On and BTW Heavy Rains Avarage score is higher than Halo 3's just saying"

Umm...you're just saying something nonsensical and false....Halo 3 has an average of 94 on metacritic...Heavy Rain has an average of 89....just saying.
Aquanox  +   2110d ago
Wow! even a fanboy website scores this one low.

Interesting... to say the least.
Lemmiwinks  +   2110d ago
dude reviews are dumb lol i never read them they just spoil the game lol
if your not sure about heavy rain like i was go on the psn and download the heavy rain demo and judge for yourself i played the demo today and i wasnt to excited and i thought it was going to be boring, buts not at all its like a detective movie that you get control the characters and for me it was easy to immerse yourself into the game and want to catch the bad guy...alot of people wont like this game. its no big deal really.atleast rent it. but if you have the spare cash u should buy it its gunna have major re playvalues and multiple endings and what not. judging from the demo also looks like the voice acting has much improved its not perfect buts its good....

DaTruth  +   2110d ago
I thought I was going to like this game... then I played the demo!

Too much linearity! I felt like I wasn't even playing the game. I know you can make choices and the fight was kinda fun, but I never once felt like anything I did wasn't pre-programmed.

I'll pick this up when the price is down and the game environment isn't so cluttered!
blind-reaper  +   2110d ago
I tought "love or hate" term was used when a game have grades in a >6 or 9< range, a game with 3 or 4 "7"s and the mayority in the range of 8s and 9s it is a good game.
raztad  +   2110d ago
Guys/gals. Regardless this score, HR is quite a non-conventional game that can put many gamers off. Lovers of low paced games as SRPG, turn based rpgs, casual gamers or movie fans will find in HR an incredible experience. Dont miss this game out, specially if you have a girlfriend/wife boyfriend/husband to play/watch the game with.

I'm really surprised HR is not getting a lot of heat. Instead the reviews have been quite positive. The demo does a pretty gob job showcasing what the game has in store so give it a try.
SL1M DADDY  +   2110d ago
&quot;Wow! even a fanboy website scores this one low.&quot;
You typically get that with PS3 fan sites. They find it better to express their true feelings and tell it like they feel rather than the 360 fans sites and their shilling out for the MS corporate standard. In fact, many of the PS sites buy their games to review them so they can show no bias in their reviews. Not so much for the 360 and even Wii sites. I may not agree with the PS site reviews as they are only their opinions but at least I know they are not pandering to the corporation for swag.
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SilentNegotiator  +   2110d ago
Wow Bungie/Green/Aquanox
Does spamming make you feel better about it not coming to your broken console?
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darthv72  +   2110d ago
impressed so far
Like the original poster said. This game will be one of those you either love it or hate it. I liked it myself. Especially the fight sequence with the thug at the motel. While trying to watch what was going on I was missing input commands. Yet when I would concentrate on the commands I was missing the action on screen.

My only real issue is the use of R2 to walk. I am so used to just using the left stick for movement that it took some getting used to. The amount of interaction with everything is impressive. I am sure the more used to the commands the smoother the on screen action becomes. For me, my first few playthroughs was a bit laggy because I was getting used to making the choices.

Overall this is a neat game. Some will score it low most likely because they just dont get the whole action/reaction thing. So far I give the demo a solid 8 and it can only get better from there.
p0Wer  +   2110d ago
I don't know what it is, but I just really dislike the sixth axis.
creatchee  +   2110d ago
Definitely seems to be love or hate on HR. I'm still buying it.

Sidenote: Fanboys can't call bias on this review.
GrandTheftZamboni  +   2110d ago
I think I know what it is: bunch of PS3 haters hiding behind PS3 fans-like domain name. They have 10-15 accounts here on N4G clicking agree/disagree on their own articles.
ikkokucrisis  +   2110d ago
This is the definitive PS3 fansite!
Ahh, this article is just another shining example of how much the SixthAxis absolutely love the PS3 and everything about it! Each article they write is bursting with flowers and butterflies about the latest PS3 news, gossip, and the exclusive titles they review for it! I love them so much I want to hug them with my Bayonetta hair!
likedamaster  +   2110d ago
Doesn't seem like a bad game. Its strongest element is the story it seems. The demo is indicative but then again, Batman:AA's wasn't so I'd say rent it and give it a chance. Could be 3rd one's a charm after all... or not.
Jinxstar  +   2110d ago
I just never liked the way Metacritic does their average. I prefer game rankings... Just me though... I use it for all review averages not just this particular case. They dont use sites on game rankings like "Level7.nu" or "Telegraph"... They use actual game sites... But 360 fans will stick to whatever lowers the score of heavy rain but to me, no matter how you slice it, it's new, innovative and looks very good. AAA for me...

n4gno  +   2110d ago
You are right, but the problem here, is when the same biased sites downplay great ps3 exclusives (edge, destructoid, etc) like xbox donkeys.

you can't trust them, even if a 7 or even less, is possible for every game, even the greatest.
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Zedux  +   2110d ago
"ultimately slightly empty."

thesixthaxis.com is totally empty!
GrandTheftZamboni  +   2110d ago
I'm not surprised. I got used to expecting something bad when SixthAxis reviews PS3 exclusives.
Statix  +   2107d ago
You people need to realize...

THESIXTHAXIS is NOT A PS3 FANBOY SITE. They are a MULTIPLATFORM site, and covers Xbox 360 as well; they only "borrowed" the title "sixth axis" to name their stupid little website.

I've always felt that this website has a biased, secret agenda against the PS3, masquerading as an unbiased website (or even pretending to be slightly favoring PS3 with their title). They gave PS3-exclusive games like inFamous a 70%, MAG a 70%, Heavy Rain a 70%, Pixeljunk Shooter and Ratchet & Clank 80%, Motorstorm 2 60%, Resistance 2 80% and many more. All significantly below average scores; look at their 360-exclusive reviews, most or all of them get 90% or 100%.

They even gave Forza Motorsport 2 a 100%, calling it "the ultimate driving game." MARK MY WORDS: Don't be surprised if this pathetic website gives Gran Turismo a 90% or 80% when it comes out. And don't expect a 100% for God of War 3 either.

Pathetic stealth-fanboy websites make me absolutely SICK.
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Tesselation 360  +   2110d ago
Only Possible on the AAA Fail Station 3.
nix  +   2110d ago
&quot;In 5 min &amp; 43 sec N4G will be down a few minutes for site maintenance.&quot;
Awww.. just when it was looking good for you...
Cletus  +   2110d ago
Whn ma granpa's pacemakin dohicky failed, weuzed jumpstrter cables. Dat didnt wurk too well. Boy-sir-ey, he waznt too happy. Now we mis him.
Sarcasm  +   2110d ago
After playing the demo, the only thing I didn't really like was the walking controls. It really wouldn't have hurt to include a "Run" button. Heck, maybe a "Jog" button would have sufficed.
snaz27  +   2110d ago
yeah snap!
thats exactly how i felt, i loved everything, especially the fight! i was on the edge of my seat! lol.. but when doing the examining, i walked back to the car, and i hadnt finished so it wouldnt let me leave, i had to walk back and was like cor run would have been nice! still gonna get it tho, its an awesome game, as people said tho, its love or hate. i love.
Lemmiwinks  +   2110d ago
i did notice the lack of running but it didnt seem to be to much of a problem, besides patients is what this game is all about and maybe you can ru...
climbing up that muddy embankment was hard lol took me a few tries lol, kept pressing the wrong button lol and falling down it. to be fair the whole point of heavy rain is to have patients lol so running kinda contradicts that lol. i did notice a run button would be nice but its not cuz the game needed one. it was mostly cuz i am used to having a run button lol but ull adapt...after we complete heavy ran where gunna be masters at QTE, gow 3 bosses wont know what hit them lol haha.....also heavy rain wouldnt be th first game to exclude the run butto....heavy rain's story and lure of solving a mystery is the main attraction. the gameplay is really a plus to add a sense of control and thinking to it quite interesting really. and the multiple endings and abiltiy to play as 4 charactes makes it worth the 60 bucks.
BldyShdw  +   2110d ago
What is everyone's fascination with running, this is suppose to be interactive. How often do you run during your day to day activities? "I'm a detective let me jog around this apartment" or "I'm a CIA agent, guess I'll run around and possiblly destroy evidence" or maybe "I need milk, let me run through the store"

Sound fun or realistic? Not to me :)
thesummerofgeorge  +   2110d ago
Most games teach us to be impatient
This game teaches us to be patient and thoughtful about our decisions. I think the idea is it's unapologetically realistic in its approach. Sure maybe sometimes we'd rather just book it to point B, but we can't, cause it would go against the grain of the game. Sometimes we die and would like a do over as it wasn't the result you wanted, but we don't get one, cause the developers were committed to their approach of decisions having consequences, a mulligan would eliminate these consequences.

I like the approach because, while I'm sure there are flaws as with most games, the fact that you are stuck living with the choices you make throughout your journey adds a dimension of suspense and realism. And usually, if the demo is any indication, you don't have much time to make these tough choices, so it's a very visceral experience, as in real life situations like these we don't always have the luxury of pressing pause, saving our game and deciding what we want to do.

It's a brand new type of gaming experience, not everyones cup of tea, but it's nonetheless a much needed breath of fresh air in an industry full of copycats and short on leaders. I only hope this game sells well and inspires developers to try new things, particularly try making games for a mature audience, as we've been starved for games like that.
Neo604  +   2110d ago
still day one buy.
gotta solve the murder case.
Sarcasm  +   2110d ago
OJ did it
Lemmiwinks  +   2110d ago
when you say that one thing comes to mind lol
family guy lol

'well i guess he really did do it" lol that whole gameplay vid about that ethan guy being a suspect seem very intriguing lol i wanna solve the case now i love these kinds of shannighans. reminds me of scooby doo lol and csi, without a trace, those fbi glasses are pretty dandy....everybody loves csi i wonder how many non gamers will be lured by this game. just maybe just maybe...but if not i wont be crushed i still get to play it thats all that matters.....
hihosilver  +   2110d ago
this game is AMAZING this game is the definition of art its enjoyable
but this game is definitely not a 7/10 there is no game like it DAMN you reviewers u want more game play go play MW2!
who the hell hires these ppl , ( interview ) hi welcome
you like shooters young man?
ah huh your hired.
????????????????????????????? ?
RohanLee  +   2110d ago
Reviews are a load of crap these days.. i try not to let them make my buying decisions for me.

look at the reviews for Darksiders! not great reviews... my fav game in a long time!
Marquis_de_Sade  +   2110d ago
Darksiders is currently sat at 82 on metacritic, hardly a bad score, is it? The problem is people consider anything less than 90 substandard, which is ridiculous. So, if we take that line of thought and apply to current meta scores, there are only 27 games worth owning on the 360 and 20 on the PS3 (incidentally Heavy Rain is one of those titles).
we won  +   2110d ago
&quot;Reviews are a load of crap these days&quot;
These days as in 2010?
ps3hasonlyflopgames  +   2110d ago
first flop of 2010.. cant wait for others only on ps3 ;)
Michael-Jackson  +   2110d ago
I don't understand, :-(. It's hard to understand a chatBot.
Karooo  +   2110d ago
ever heard of any 360 game in february? nor you will hear in march.

alan wake comes in may before that 10 ps3 exclusives will pass buy.
Michael-Jackson  +   2110d ago
How is this game a flop? I do not understand. Does this game have a overall meta of 60 or 70 or low 80s? It got 9 from IGN, 9 Eurogamer and A-(9) from 1up, to me it's a must buy game coming from those sites(was going to buy it anyway, I managed to spend 1-2 hours on the demo alone because of the re-playability to trigger new dialogue - I was impressed) Quantic Dream managed to pull of a Excellent high quality Game, it's NO where near a flop.

I do expect Gamespot to Score it 8.5 or a 9.
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JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   2110d ago
"alan wake comes in may before that 10 ps3 exclusives will pass buy." all of them flops and never heard of games.
trane07  +   2110d ago
First flop of 2010?
Oh rly? Is that exactly why Heavy rain is currently sitting pretty with a metascore of 90? If im not mistaken, thats a VERY higher score than both your beloved fable 2 and your most hyped halo odst? Amirite?

How sad. How can a glorified QTE of all things, outshine both of these titles of yours?

Thats almost like taking a bullet eh? I can rightfully understand your seething hate for it.
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Karooo  +   2110d ago
IGN, eurogamer GT give this 9, a retarded site has to give it 7 to make themselves feel special, bunch of nerds.
nix  +   2110d ago
bunch of idiots, is more like it.
digoutyoursoul8  +   2110d ago
lets see you do a better website. go on!
Pennywise  +   2110d ago
Its his opinion... In MY opinion sixthaxis sucks. But hey, thats my opinion.
thief  +   2110d ago
Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised by the scores in general - I half-expected a low 70s kind of average (would still have bought it myself though)
A big part of the Lair debacle was that reviewers were just not ready to give the controls a chance and that was a big risk here as well. But Quantic have pulled off the game they envisioned, so great work by them
xabmol  +   2110d ago
Everyone bashed Lair for its sixaxis controls, but that was my favorite thing about that game. They worked very well. I think it was just that at the time of release it was cool for the "hardcore gamers" to hate on motion controls. =/
Dazel  +   2110d ago
Its a review a...
Personal opinion of how he felt about the game. Doesn't make it right or wrong, why is it every PS3 owner takes a bad review as if it were a personal slight against them and not the game.

Its like Marmite, you'll buy it or you won't! Simple...
digoutyoursoul8  +   2110d ago
because they are ignorant thats why.

i'll be getting this game, really enjoyed the demo, sick to death of first person shooters and i'm glad the likes of mass effect, heavy rain and final fantasy are getting spotlight for a change
devilhunterx  +   2110d ago
Correct me if I am wrong, didn't thesixthaxis.com posted more than handful of anti-PS3 "articles" in the last 2 months?
digoutyoursoul8  +   2110d ago
you are wrong, the sixthaxis' first priority is to report sony playstation news. dont start with all this anti-ps3 rubbish, its one reviewers opinion.
seedaripper1973  +   2110d ago
I thought it was a fair review, and at the end of the day, somebody elses opinion i enjoyed the demo and will get the game..i will also respect the sixthaxis's opinion(its one of the only non-biased sites around)
devilhunterx  +   2110d ago
news <> opinionated article. I never commented on the review, which itself is an opinionated piece.
redsquad  +   2110d ago
Multiple brilliant reviews for HEAVY RAIN and there's no sign of the droning 360 zombies. One 'okay' review (and that's what it is, not a 'bad' one) turns up and the bleating, mewling, whinging braindead come shambling & shufling out in droves.

Well done for living down to your stereotype!
MrBuffalo  +   2110d ago
7 is good, 5 is average
7 is a good score, 8 is a really good score, 9 is an excellent score and ten is a must buy at all costs score. Below 7 its ok and then average. I take a 7 to mean look at what the games about and then decide if you want to buy it but it isn't a must-have. I remember reading something to this affect in so called 'anti sony' bible edge Magazine years ago where they said 5 is average but many people take 7 as average. Played the demo and I'm gonna get it though I wasn't totally blown away by the crime scene the fight was interesting and I'm intrigued by rumoured DLC. Why is it if a PS3 exclusive doesn't get a 9 or a 10 then a s**t storm will erupt?
Gears_of_War_3  +   2110d ago
Bring more flops Sony , we love that !
Bayonneta Ps3 FLOP
Heavy Rain FLOP

ahaha , thats gotta go to guiness world book !!


Learn with Microsoft Sony , 1st 2010 Game = GoTy Contender - Mass Effect 2 BABY !

digoutyoursoul8  +   2110d ago
have you ever kissed a girl?
Michael-Jackson  +   2110d ago
Bayonneta PS3 flop? inferior PS3 version outsold (I think but it's very close) the superior 360 version...WTH? something is seriously wrong.

A PS3 exclusive - Uncharted 2 actually won alot of GOTY awards in 2009.
Mass Effect 2 is a contender but will it win? or will it get overshadowed...only time will tell.
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Dipso  +   2110d ago
I've yet to see eye to eye with "nofi" of TSA on a single review, its a good site though and his reviews are always fair, I've simply just come to realise that we have very differing tastes.
They also have the same scoring system as Edge, were a 7 is still considered good, a scoring system some find commendable but doesn't translate too well to metacritic listings, your 7 can mean whatever you want it to, but its always going to sit alongside reviews of a far more negative vein.
tinybigman  +   2110d ago
so glad
i have common sense enough to make up my own damn mind, and after playing the demo (which btw i LOVE) Heavy Rain is a day one purchase for me since I'm glad it's something different. hopefully i would have Mass Effect 2 finished before this drops if not i'll put it down and start Heavy Rain.

Shelby's part was so intense i basically felt like i was right in the game with him.
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bjornbear  +   2110d ago
well its definately not for eveyone
but 7 is still solid =) can't wait to pick this game up ZOMG! =3
JasonPC360PS3Wii  +   2110d ago
So many flops this year "2010 Year of the PS3" only two games to play all year :)
saimcheeda  +   2110d ago
this website really hate the PS doesnt it? Ive never read anything positive for SONY from the sixth axis...ironic
Sheikah  +   2110d ago
Seen from the perspective of a FPS-genre generation, placing emphasis on action and gameplay elements over immersion and contemplation - a 7.0 is definately right. A Mad Max fan would feel far from home in the world of Heavy Rain - but, and I don't mean to sound pompous, to the more 'adult' audience, this game caters (by the looks of things).

If you're into hefty raves, fast paced action games and redbull - this isn't your kinda game, I'd wager.

.. I don't know, it just dawns on me that the bad reviews are based on 'gameplay' and 'omg so boring' comments - while such oservations appear... redundant and misplaced in a game like this.
gamingisnotacrime  +   2110d ago
in the demo i got all pumped up in the fight scene, im guessing that the game has plenty of those over the top moments and should be fun. However the prerendered everything can be a little fun killer. The story might be very tight, but it depends on the approach one plays this game with.
Reviews are more positive than negative, anticipation for this game is very high, so at least one should rent it and find out what is the real deal in Heavy Rain
True_Religion  +   2110d ago
Heavy Buttons = FLOP (only 60k pre orders, LOL)

PS3 is full of flops this year :D
HINDERIZATION  +   2110d ago
I find this amusing.
Millions of people play the demo and love it to death, while companies and review sites like this play it and say it's OK.
This game is going to be amazing and get many awards and maybe even GOTY. The mixed reviews just means a first day buy for me. lol
AliTheBrit19  +   2110d ago
Wow that's a low score, especially coming from a PS3 site.
trane07  +   2110d ago
7/10 not very good eh?
Did you some of you fanbots using this review as troll bait feel that same way when halo ODST recieved a whole mess of them? Just wondering....

Its funny how you fools are so quick to flock to a score lower than expected, but completely ignore the current "85-90" metascore (currently 90) that this game rightfully has earned. So why focus on the negatory minority? REGARDLESS of how you feel against it, eat it up. Quantic Dream got the accolades they shot for so move on, and hope that their next title could be multiplatform so that others might enjoy it as well.

You fools are something else.
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sweettooth  +   2110d ago
360 HS NO GAMES R.I.P 360
Ronster316  +   2110d ago
Innovative? Heavy Rain?
Shenmue is the only interactive movie/QTE game that matters.

Take a hike Heavy "Shenmue wannabe" Rain.

Oh, and theres already been plenty of Heavy Rain for the droids this year......... a Heavy Rain load of FLOPS.

Welcome to the PS3 exclusive 2010 club of mediocrity Heavy Rain.
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