Edge: Heavy Rain review

"Thank you for supporting Interactive Drama." David Cage may not repeat his digitised Fahrenheit appearance, but his voice rings clear in the first Trophy Heavy Rain awards. Odd it should arrive at the outset, where our 'support' amounts to one glass of orange juice glugged and two children entertained. Perhaps Cage means to reassure us. After months of struggling to describe and defend individual moments, Quantic Dream has found a confidence in the whole. But where great movies are unified in the editing suite, Heavy Rain's strength lies in those earlier inconsistencies.

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The_Devil_Hunter3020d ago

Are these guys harsh or just plain $tupid. Who gives Uncharted 2 a 9, and Bayonetta a 10. *sigh* what is the world coming to.

JTX3020d ago

Edge rated Bayonetta higher than Uncharted 2? LMAO they have no credibility in their reviews imo then.

deadreckoning6663020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

"Are these guys harsh or just plain $tupid. Who gives Uncharted 2 a 9, and Bayonetta a 10. *sigh* what is the world coming to."

May I remind you that you live in world of people who have what are called OPINIONS and PREFERENCES. Not everyone will feel the same way about a game as another person. Btw, they gave Bayonetta a 10 and Uncharted 2 a 9. Its only ONE point lmao. I suggest you find more important things to complain about such as:

High video game prices
Bad ports from lazy developers
Gamestop ripping customers off
Why Sony and M$ don't suck it up and give us cross platform online play(PS3 players vs. 360 players)

@DevilHunter- So u joke about my comment instead of providing a logical rebuttle. Thank you for proving me right :) Btw, do u even OWN Heavy Rain to know what Edge says is inaccurate? Lol, if I'm Martha Stewart then you must be a psychic. And...since when is a 7 a bad score???

Nineball21123020d ago

I'm not one to normally buy into conspiracy theories, but you have to admit that Edge seems to be quirky with their reviews.

Now, maybe it's strictly due to their tastes in the games they review... or maybe, just maybe, it's something else. *shrug*

I've got this game on pre-order, so I guess I'll see if I think this review matches my experience once I play it.

The_Devil_Hunter3020d ago


Its a video game website not one of Martha Stewarts message boards.

May I repeat again what is the world coming to.

MetalGearBear 3020d ago

uncharted 2: 9/10 sold around 3 million on PS3 only.
Bayonetta: 10/10 sold 1 million on 360 & PS3.

that mean EDGE is still fail.

execution173020d ago

how lame i'd give it a 9/9.5 tops it's awesome played the demo like eleventy billion times, :( gonna be a tough choice on what games to buy come payday

Nineball21123020d ago

This review makes me wonder if they just don't get it or they don't WANT to get it.

In one part they write: "As a thriller, Heavy Rain thrives on jarring uncertainty."

But then they also write: "The controls don’t always make sense. Vigorously flailing the Sixaxis to bully an onscreen figure into brushing his teeth is far from simulation. And why, on a control pad with perfectly squishy triggers, are gunshots meted out with a prod of a stunted shoulder button? When inputs don’t bemuse, they often befuddle."

But aren't the controls part of making the gamer feel that "jarring uncertainty"?

LOL... I mean, seriously, didn't they think about that? I read somewhere else that Heavy Rain might have you pushing three face buttons at the same time which will be awkward to do... and that's the point. They want you to feel tension in parts of the game and the control scheme was developed to try and foster that feeling.

specialguest3020d ago

By now, no one should cry foul or be surprised, it's Edge.

deadreckoning6663020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

"how lame i'd give it a 9/9.5 tops it's awesome played the demo like eleventy billion times, :( gonna be a tough choice on what games to buy come payday"

So ud give Heavy Rain a 9/9.5 based off a DEMO? WOW

captain-obvious3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

if it was a MS games then they would've gave it a 10

they gave U2 a 9 and Bayonetta a 10
and guess what U2 turned out to be GOTY

Rampant3020d ago

89! 89! 89! Thank you, edge, for this great review!

mastiffchild3020d ago

As a trained and (long) timed served reporter it pains me to say this(especially about a fellow UK bunch of dudes and dudettes)but something's very odd at Edge.

They were always very pro Nintendo and very pro anything made by British devs(possibly through mixing with them more)and it seems no coincidence that the best Edge review for a PS3 exclusive was for the British made LBP.

I doubt they're biased towards MS-their average exclusive 360 score compaes pretty closely to metacritics with the exception of ME1 getting a stinker from them-but it's becoming hard to argue they don't have agrudge against Sony for some reason. They consistently, and over a long period of time, have marked practically every PS3 exclusive a good bit(averaging nearer 2 marks out of ten than one at the last count)lower than it's meta average. How long can that go on without serious questions being asked? Can it be coicidence after so many instances? Can it?

I've defended them for over a year, primarliy because I didn't want to believe fellow professionals might be biased and also because I feel they have some good writing talent on their books but I can't do it any more.

Maybe it's something as simple as the editor dislkes PS3(who knows why he might)and as a result gives it's exclusives to reviewers who don't like, know abut , the genre they're in. Say giving his jrpg guy MAG or KZ2 to review knowing he hates shooters, perhaps, no? That wuld be the easiest and least incriminating way to skew review scores the way you aim to would it not?

Oh , whatever, it's depressing but I've arrived at a point where I just can't ignore the stats on this one. It's shedload of PS3 exclusives reviewed and practically EVERY one has been marked down by Edge while their reviews on other platforms stay relatively close to, if slightly lower than(they also like to be harsher and use more of their scale in general but nothing that ccomes near to covern these discrepancies up)their meta averages. I'd love an answewr as those stats alone are really pretty damning and, seriously, I'm the very last person n N4G that would want to tjhink, for one moment, that British games journalists wer being actively biased.

Christ, with HR I could even accept this review as it's agame some just won't like but allied to all those other marked down PS3 games loved everywhere else what are people supposed to think? I just don't see how it's possibe so many games, like these, have suffered by chance. That edge's revewer happened, time and time again, to be way out of line with the rest of their industry and only about PS3 games.

Honestly, it beggars belief when you look at the stats, it REALLY looks bad. It's just depressing, more than anything as I'm at a loss to find any reasonable explanation(even though logic should be out of the window the moment the best game I've played this generation on any platform gets the same score as "Let's Tap!"-and I'm not being tricky as I'm not talking about "let's tap" myself you realise!).Gutted, really, really gutted.

People can poo-poo this aall they want but look at those figures and tell me it all adds up. Go n, explain it to me how Edge are only out of line with the rest of the press to this extent when it concerns games on PS3. It makes no sense.

raztad3020d ago

EDGE gave ODST 9.

I'm not surprised at all by this score. It was quite expected. Moving on nothing to see here.

Shadow Flare3020d ago

Edge do not know how to score games

I'll refer to their killzone 2 review which scored the game at 7/10. Killzone 2 went on to win many awards for shooter of the year, best ps3 shooter of the year and so on. How does "Best Shooter of the Year" equate to 7/10? They consistantly score below the metacritic; they are useless. They do not know how to review properly

jammy_703020d ago

this mag shud dieeeee....

JD_Shadow3020d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

PLEASE stop. You're only digging yourself a bigger hole, and you KNOW why there is a problem here.

Yeah, you have a right to your opinions, but when you're doing a review that others are going to read, and when others who do read it are going to use it to help in a decision to buy a product, then you have to give honest, factual information about the game that support the opinions. You need to show that you've actually played the game and be fair about what you're talking about. Edge has had a huge history of grading PS3 exclusives harsher than they do other games. In other words, they will take off from a PS3 exclusive's score for something that they GIVE points for for other games. It screams bias towards other system, or for the "anti-PS3" agenda.

No one here is saying that they had to give HR a 10/10 for us to be happy. We're saying that they nitpicked and gave us incorrect information and were being hypocritical. We're saying that the review was inconsistent from the multiplatform reviews that Edge does. Yet, no one can call them out because, for some reason, it's only okay to BE inconsistent towards PS3 exclusives, and we're not being fanboys by saying that.

[email protected]: First off, that quote was made by someone back in 2006, and that someone is no longer with the company. If they STILL have a grudge about that, they should just come out and SAY that. They shouldn't be half-assing reviews like this and giving every PS3 exclusive a hard time just because they CAN!

This is more than just some "rabid PS3 fanboys" mad about a score. This is about gamers who feel disenfranchised by a site/magazine that won't be fair about anything. I'm sure if they judged 360 games this way, then everyone up and down, down and up, would be calling them out, and we would never hear the end of it. Yet, for some reason, because it's a PS3 exclusive, it's justified, right?

The Pheen-X3020d ago

Geez, you people need to calm down, its just a seven out of ten. We all know it deserves more than that.

Greywulf3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

Review scores have done absolutely nothing outside of provide something to argue about on this site. Reviews have little to nothing to do with success or sales. Its been 3 years? And.. the PS3 is still here.. selling just fine. Great exclusives are coming out, as they always have been.

EDGE flops 90% of PS3 games, then throws a bone out for the titles with universal praise, and even then... Bayonetta 10/10.

Every ps3 title is heavily scrutinized in the media. Do you think the PS3 could have got away with ME(if it was a ps3 exclusive) without online? Nope. With the bugs and the glitches? Nope.. and still get called a "FLAWED GEM 9/10". Same with Bioshock. No, questions about the Cell and sony's mistakes claiming people would need 2 jobs to buy one would come up. As always.

Try the demo, call it a day. But isn't it getting old? Edge.. like Eurogamer and Gametrailers clearly has a separate bar for PS3/360 games. It seems like its their job to comfort the 360 community to lead them/gaming to believe that PS3 games aren't worth it or something?

captain-obvious3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

i just want to add an another thing

its nice to see all those replies really
it shows that alot of xbox fanboys are interested in this game
where the hell have you guys been from those reviews ?

sikbeta3020d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

lol Edge give HR 7/10 cuz The Characters in the Game don't do this:

-Alpha3020d ago

You know, I agree with you. EDGE is really off the wall, and it doesn't help that PS3 exclusives are the reviews that seem the most wacky.

It's hard to ignore or argue with people when they feel that EDGE has a bias.

Rampant3019d ago

Captain Obvious

They were probably too busy hanging on metacritic.

Statix3019d ago

That's interesting. They gave Halo ODST a 9/10.

Yet Killzone 2, considered by many publications one of the best shooters of 2009, and a veritable GOTY contender, only gets a 7/10. Same score as Section 8, by the way (reviewed back when it was a 360 exclusive).

Some other notable Edge review scores of the top titles for PS3:

Resistance 2 60%
Resistance 1 70%
MAG 60%
Killzone 2 70%
InFamous 70%
Heavy Rain 70%

ico923019d ago

im actually not that botherd by EDGE'S score of Heavy Rain I mean for a game with as limited appeal like Heavy rain to score a 7/10 from the harshest critics for ps3 games ,that is pretty good but im still botherd by their reviews i mean an 7/10 for K2 but a 9/10 for ODST i mean wtf ?

Sitdown3019d ago

at the people always running in and being upset over Edge for not giving the score they feel a game should receive; with most of the time it being games these upset people have not played at the time. Just because you think UC2 is the best thing ever, it does not mean it is the best thing ever to everybody else. I enjoyed UC 2, but it was not a 10 in my book...the final boss battle was a let down. I hate the fact that they make Drake out to be this unique explorer, but every time he goes somewhere or unlocks something...bad guys just happen to be around.

As somebody stated, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and credibility does not necessarily have to be lost because somebody enjoys a particular game over another. To the person that gave the sale figures....did you forget that UC2 had the fanbase from UC1? So your logic fails. Again, I enjoyed UC 2........but at the end of the day, I prefer Hot Shots golf...for ME, its the better value, and at the end of the day ranks hire for ME.

Finally, stop comparing scores..they are not necessarily scoring these games in comparison to one another.

PshycoNinja3019d ago

I would rather Edge go out of business instead of EGM.

FamilyGuy3019d ago

So slanted reviews like this don't fully effect the sales of people who already planned to buy it.

tinybigman3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

i really dont care what Edge thinks about PS3 exclusive games not made by Brit developers. i planned on getting this game from the very first time i laid eyes on it.

i stopped giving credence to what reviewers say since it's my opinion that only matters. look at WKC i didnt care what reviewers said i bought it, and i'm loving it. im spliting time between this and Mass Effect 2.

so again let Edge keep scoring PS3 exclusives low they only make themselves look stupid in the end.

marinelife93019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

I give Edge a 5.5/10 for trust in their reviews.

I would have missed out on a lot of good games if I believed what they scored.

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Saaking3019d ago

OMG GASP!!! Edge giving a PS3 exclusive a 7!?!? I'm soooooooo surprised :D

andron6663019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

Who didn't see a 7 coming Heavy Rain'sway from EDGE? (Actually I was counting on 6-7, was sort of expecting a 6 to be honest)

They got sort of a problem when you can predict their scores beforehand like this...

PshycoNinja3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

what the duece dude. First its Zues and now it's Hades? Chose one God and stick with that God. I chose Kratos because he will be the "fallen God" that ends up Killing Olympus!

On Topic: I thought the Heavy Rain demo was awesome. Hopefully I can buy it first day (if my finances allow me).

Cyrax_873019d ago

I think it's hilarious how they gave Fahrenheit a better score, and now when a much better game comes out in the same genre, they rate it lower, because it's PS3 exclusive.

Fahrenheit - 8/10 (Multi)
Heavy Rain - 7/10 (Exclusive)

jessupj3019d ago

A review should NOT be an opinion. It should be a critique against a clear set of standards. Think about it this way. There is an english teacher sitting at his desk marking 2 separate essays. Both of them are on different subjects, but both have the same level of quality (grama, pacing, spelling, articulation etc). The teacher required to mark the essays in question according to a set of strict guidelines. Guidelines I might add that have been discussed, standardized and published for all teachers to read and follow.

But this teacher, instead of rightfully giving the same mark for both essays, grades one of them lower because he doesn't personally like this particular student. Or maybe he degrades it because he doesn't like the subject matter.

This is what edge and other unprofessional so called gaming journalists are doing, or so it seems. Marking according to their personal likes and dislikes (and fanboy bias) and giving their opinion of games, instead of reviewing ALL games CONSISTENTLY against a clear set of standards.

I mean, how can anyone truly believe ODST deserves a 9 and Killzone 2 a 7? Forget the countless other harsh ps3 reviews by Edge. It's absolutely laughable and pathetic Edge actually did this. I don't care who you are, in no universe would ODST ever be considered equal to the quality of killzone2, let alone a whole 2 points above it.

I have to question people's intelligence when they excuse a ridiculously bias review with, "It's his opinion, he's entitled to it." I say again, a review is not the same as an opinion. Please read my comment again if you cannot grasp this, or if you disagree please give a reason. I also have to question the judgement of anyone that seriously follows Edge's reviews.

PshycoNinja3019d ago

from this point on i'm going to show people your comment when people say "but its a review, their entitled to their opinion." Yes their entitled to an opinion but a Review is not an Opinion Piece.

ScoobyDrew3019d ago

"Why Sony and M$ don't suck it up and give us cross platform online play(PS3 players vs. 360 players)"

dead, you're an idiot... why would microsoft or sony want to collaborate in any way shape or form. competition is what drives these companies to make great games and even if you combined online play for the multiplat games it would still not work because the consoles wouldn't even be able to work with each other

Sharpshell3019d ago (Edited 3019d ago )

that is one excellent analysis... I couldn't have put it better myself and in fact you provided a lot of concrete facts to support my feeling that there IS DEFINITELY something weird going on over at Edge.

Its very weird that a gaming Mag which is pretty dedicated to games as art and all that would be so harsh on the messiah of arty games. I mean whether or not you like Heavy rain, its hard to deny it aims for the "games as art" category not the "games are for 13 year old to pretend to be a space marine" so how it scored lower than ODST is beyond me.

I'm not try to say ODST is worse than Heavy Rain, I haven't played either, but I'm just saying based on my experience with Edge you would think that their MO would lead them to like the one game more than the other.

Buttons3019d ago

There's a thing called Windows and there's a thing called Vaio.

Ravage273019d ago

that Edge would give a 7 and there will be clueless people like Sitdown trying to defend them.

I don't know what caused them to become so biased against Sony but it doesn't matter - Edge should just stop reviewing ps3 games if they hate them so much, and they should do that before someone burn their office down

JeffGUNZ3019d ago

When did 7 become such a terrible review? I mean come on, back in the day this was a good score. People here think if you don't get a 9 or 10, the game is bad and or the reviewer is non-credible. 7 is a pretty good score.

Bubble Buddy3019d ago

hey hey hey guessed who guessed right, well for Eurogamer anyways who will probably rate it a 7 too.

Ravage273019d ago

7 is bad when games like odst get a 9 from them

BlackAvenger73019d ago

Im playing the game right now, and Im at scene(or chapter) 39, characters are deep, story is great so far, but the only problem Im having is that all my PSN friends are sending me msgs asking me how the hell I got my copy so early, lol..

GameGambits3019d ago

That quick blurb up top on this page is some of the worst writing I have ever seen. I'd rather read something by HHG than this pseudo smart guy yammerings. If this is just google translate screwing up then that is fine, but if this is how he writes...LOL @ Edge even more.

I can't wait to play this game next week though. I flipped a 180 after some time with the demo. :)

Oner3019d ago

@ Rampant ~ Why go by Metacritic when they don't count every review site? Only the ones THEY choose...doesn't that seem a bit odd right? Especially when you can go by N4G's Meta scale right here ~

Why only look at part of the information? When you can look at ALL of it to be better informed and without a bias slant. Me ~ I personally rather base my opinions on ALL information not SOME...very much like how NPD does not = the World Wide Stage.

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TheHater3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

7/10 you say? To be expected from EDGE 90% of all the PS3 reviews get a 7/10. It seems that ever PS3 exclusive get a 7/10 from EDGE. So I am calling it right now. God of War 3 will get a 7/10 from EDGE

SuperStrokey11233020d ago

except lbp i think you are correct. Anyone have a list of ps3 exclusives ranked by edge?

Nineball21123020d ago

@ SuperStrokey1123

Like I mention further down, there was an interesting blog post about Edge scoring PS3 games lowering than X360 games:

Double073020d ago

Their GOW3 review should be entertaining too, shame we gotta wait a month for a laugh at that.

Im predicting a 7-8 from these clowns.

ico923019d ago

2 points deducted for being on the ps3

fan_of_gaming3019d ago

I posted this on the next page but I don't know if many people will see it there so I'll put it here too:

PS3 Exlusive..... Metacritic/ Edge/ Differential
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves..... 96/ 90/ -6
LittleBigPlanet..... 95/ 100/ +5
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots..... 94/ 80/ -14
God Of War Collection..... 91/ N/A/ N/A
Killzone 2..... 91/ 70/ -21
MLB 09: The Show..... 90/ N/A/ N/A
Heavy Rain..... 89/ NA/ NA
Demon's Souls..... 89/ 90/ +1
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction..... 89/ 80/ -9
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune..... 88/ 80/ -8
Ninja Gaiden Sigma..... 88/ 80/ -8
Resistance 2..... 87/ 60/ -27
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time..... 87/ 70/ -17
Valkyria Chronicles..... 86/ 70/ -16
Resistance: Fall Of Man..... 86/ 70/ -16
MLB 08: The Show..... 85/ N/A/ N/A
Infamous..... 85/ 70/ -15
Warhawk..... 84/ 80/ -4
Yakuza 3..... 83/ N/A/ N/A
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2..... 83/ 70/ -13
Motorstorm..... 82/ 80/ -2
Singstar..... 82/ 80/ -2
Motorstorm: Pacific Rift..... 82/ 70/ -12
Hot Shots Golf: Out Of Bounds..... 81/ N/A/ N/A
Buzz: Quiz World..... 80/ N/A/ N/A
Buzz: Quiz TV..... 80/ 70/ -10
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue..... 80/ 70/ -10
Disgaea 3: Absence Of Justice..... 78/ 80/ +2
MLB 07: The Show..... 77/ N/A/ N/A
Singstar Motown..... 76/ N/A/ N/A
MAG..... 76/ 60/ -16
Singstar: Volume 2..... 76/ N/A/ N/A
Folklore..... 75/ 50/ -25
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm..... 75/ N/A/ N/A
The Eye Of Judgement..... 75/ 40/ -35
Formula 1..... 74/ 40/ -34
Singstar Queen..... 74/ N/A/ N/A
Singstar Pop..... 73/ N/A/ N/A
Singstar: Take That..... 73/ N/A/ N/A
Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli..... 71/ 70/ -1
Eyepet..... 70/ N/A/ N/A
Singstar Abba..... 70/ N/A/ N/A
Singstar: Volume 3..... 69/ N/A/ N/A
Supercar Challenge..... 65/ N/A/ N/A
White Knight Chronicles..... 64/ N/A/ N/A
NBA 09..... 63/ N/A/ N/A
NBA 08..... 63/ N/A/ N/A
Socom: Confrontation..... 63/ 50/ -13
Afrika..... 63/ N/A/ N/A
NBA 07..... 63/ N/A/ N/A
Time Crisis 4..... 60/ 50/ -10
Genji: Days Of The Blade..... 55/ 50/ -5
Haze..... 55/ 50/ -5
Lair..... 53/ 30/ -23
Cross Edge..... 52/ N/A/ N/A

Total Average....................... ............... 76.98/ 67.74/ -9.24
Average Of The Titles Edge Reviewed..... 79.65/ 67.74/ -11.91

# Titles Scored Above Metacritic............. 3 Out of 31

# Titles Scored Below Metacritic............. 28 Out Of 31
# Titles Scored 0-4% Below Metacritic..... 4 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 5%+ Below Metacritic...... 24 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 10%+ Below Metacritic.... 18 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 15%+ Below Metacritic..... 11 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 20%+ Below Metacritic..... 6 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 25%+ Below Metacritic..... 4 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 30%+ Below Metacritic..... 2 Out Of 28
# Titles Scored 35%+ Below Metacritic..... 1 Out Of 28

Conclusion: On average, Edge scores PS3 exclusives 11.91% lower than the Metacritic score

I started this before Edge's Heavy Rain review came out, so it isn't included in the Edge average but once again Edge is below Metacritic by 18%, as the current Metacritic is 88, down 1% from when I made this analysis.

*N/A indicates that Edge did not review that game at the time this was made

djfullshred3019d ago

dang, fan of gaming...that is good research. Using your statistics, one can assume a game ranked 7 on Edge is at least a solid 8 or better by most people's standards.

SuperStrokey11233019d ago

Thanks for the figures guys. Now we know to add about 15 points to each of their scores... which is crazy.

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hybridtheory123020d ago

anyone NOT see this coming? Edge hate most ps3 exclusives.

The_Devil_Hunter3020d ago

Most of us did Mr. Linkin Park.

LordMarius3020d ago

I didn't believe it before but now I get the point

Edge = teh biased, seriously

meetajhu3019d ago

Edge needs to be removed from MetaScore and i need to review Edge magzine. Worst Mag and site ever!

jessupj3019d ago

I find it extremely shocking that edge's review scores are calculated on metacritic when it's plainly obvious they're childish fanboys that hate PS3 exclusives.

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abmac7133020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

I was expecting a score somewhere in the negative range from Edge:

-Cool title

-Tank controls
-Slow pacing
-QTE's flood the screen and make us dizzy
-Voice acting makes me cringe
-This is a movie, not a game
-It's a PS3 exclusive
-We have more CONS but we've run out of space
-Oh, did we mention it's a PS3 exclusive?

(Not really quote on quote btw, lol).

But seriously, I was expecting some mixed reviews for Heavy Rain. Hell, it's a day one purchase for me!

gijsbrecht3020d ago (Edited 3020d ago )

is a day one buy for me. Can't freakin' wait for HR