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Submitted by PhoenixRising007 1616d ago | review

NYTimes: Heavy Rain Review

NYTimes Writes: I have probably spent 10,000 hours playing various sorts of electronic games. But no single-player experience has made me as genuinely nervous, unsettled, surprised, emotionally riven and altogether involved as Heavy Rain, a noir murder mystery inspired by film masters like Hitchcock, Kubrick and David Lynch. (Heavy Rain , PS3) -

jjacinto23  +   1616d ago
NEW EXPERIENCE
MORE EXCITEMENT
Maddens Raiders  +   1616d ago
If you can make it in NYC -
you can make it anywhere. Hat's off to Heavy Rain - drinks all 'round.
MmaFanQc  +   1616d ago
i think this resume very well my last night with heavy rain.
"I have probably spent 10,000 hours playing various sorts of electronic games.

But no single-player experience has made me as genuinely nervous, unsettled, surprised, emotionally riven and altogether involved as Heavy Rain,"
acedoh  +   1616d ago
The more I play this game
the more it becomes one of my all time favorites. The emotions are so real and raw. For anyone who has experienced loss I am sure they can relate to the emotions in this story. Heavy Rain is a very intense and raw experience that brings emotions that very few games have. I can only hope we see more games like this.

I really can't believe some reviewers can justify low scores for this game. It is superb and if you are a video game reviewer then you should be mature enough to handle the theme of this game and appreciate what it has done. If you can't handle a game like this then you should not be writing reviews in the first place.
ActionBastard  +   1616d ago
I don't know where to begin with this one. I've beat it twice, done things differently, experienced different scenarios...new scenarios, and am thinking about starting a 3rd go-round as I type this. Seeing as I don't want to burn myself out just yet, I'll play the God of War 3 demo. Christ...thank you Sony.
FACTUAL evidence  +   1616d ago
all i have to say
is i'm seriously fed up with HR atm....this game keeps freezing and it's making me do a hard boot on my ps3, i even completed the game 4 times, and i did 2 "perfect crime" runs and didn't receive my trophy. This game is full of hella glitches, and i'm disappointed. It's a good game nonetheless, but the bugs in this game is damn near equivalent to fallout 3's.

Ciao!
UltraNova  +   1616d ago
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This is the best and most representative review of HR so far (If you played the game u would know). I haven't felt so engaged with a game since MGS4. This game is easily in my top 10 games of all time!

Well done Quantic Dream, well done..
starvinbull  +   1615d ago
The most accurate review I have read so far.

Not glowing in praise but acknowleging of it's unique, undoubtably briiliant achievments.
badz149  +   1615d ago
Damn it!
I went all the way down to Singapore just to have the game stores over here saying that the game is kinda banned in Singapore! is this true? you must be fvcking kidding me!! now I have to go back to ebay!
Mamajuana  +   1616d ago
Well written review.
Cerberus2125  +   1616d ago
Mamajuana
Its from the New York Time,it is a professional Review
snp  +   1616d ago
It is nice to read something written by someone who can write.

Nothing worse, or more facepalm ironic, than 'critics' attacking the writing of games - like Heavy Rain - in language/logic which is itself, at best, semi-literate.
kneon  +   1616d ago
It's the NY times, I wouldn't expect anything less. This is so unlike much game "journalism" that often seems written by some kid that can barely string together a coherent sentence, let alone an entire article.
Anorexorcist  +   1616d ago
It is well written...
But the New York Times still doesn't have quite as much credibility as Teletext...XD /s

Let the haters in!!!
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blind-reaper  +   1616d ago
It may be the thousand and eight time you've heard this, but CAN'T WAIT... till my homie finish the game so I can borrow it (crisis still hard here in Mexico lol).
Harry_Manback  +   1616d ago
Borrow?
These types of games are the the kind that you need to BUY!!

Seriously, support Heavy Rain & Quantic Dream so we can all see innovation in the future.
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mayberry  +   1616d ago
Very well written!
My favorite part of the review was "This is a wrenching, often disturbing, almost entirely gripping experience for grown-ups. The easy, intuitive controls should make it accessible to what ought to be Heavy Rain’s audience: adults who want a glimpse of the future of interactive entertainment, a future when characterization, writing and emotional connection are more important than combat mechanics." The reason i've always liked "sony" consoles is they lean towards the "adult" audience! PS1 started it off with the first "WIPEOUT" which was first to have a soundtrack from REAL artists! and it's continuing to this day! I'm 43, and have been gaming since PONG on the Magnavox Odyssey in '75!
acedoh  +   1616d ago
Im with you
I have been gaming since the 2600 and have grown with games in my life. Although the last few years there has been something missing with games. Maybe it's me growing up but the experiences have been missing something... Heavy Rain is bringing it all back for me...
FwanK  +   1615d ago
I've been gaming for the last 20 years of my life and Heavy Rain was a new experience and one of the best ones i ever had
NeoBasch  +   1616d ago
Completely agreed. This and Mass Effect 2 are two of my favorite games this year. Probably this generation as well. I can't imagine any game topping either of these experiences. Uncharted 2, Persona 3 & 4, and Silent Hill 2 are the only ones that can even come close. Heavy Rain is an amazing experience that I couldn't imagine anyone missing. If this is what the future has in store for us, I can't wait for more.
Hildor_muthafo  +   1616d ago
definitely a good year for gaming.
Heavy Rain and Mass Effect 2, and its not even March yet. I just finished Heavy Rain about 10 mins ago, and it simply blew me away. Probably the best ending I've seen in a game for a long time, better than the ending in ME 2 even, though it pains me to say that after investing 35 hours into it. 35 hours well spent though. haha
JonnyBigBoss  +   1616d ago
What a powerful game.
Theoneneo81  +   1616d ago
man only close to 3 months in 2010 and the Goty competition has been great Mass Effect 2 this God of War is going to be nothing short of Epicnes I cant wait to see what the second half of 2010 is going to be like.
sikbeta  +   1616d ago
Great Review, he totally Understood what's the "Goal" of the Game

This is the Best Part:

"Unlike most games, it offers no way to lose, per se. And depending on your point of view, there may be no way to win, either"

Gamers FTW!!!
Trebius  +   1616d ago
I love how every review says that this game is geared toward ADULTS.
All these Xbots hate the game, and at least we know why.

Maybe once their balls drop they'll be able to appreciate REAL games and not just Shooters :)
Anorexorcist  +   1616d ago
Most gamers these days are adults, so it puzzles me why so many Xbot butt-buddies shun this game...
and it's more heavy-minded approach to decisions and gameplay.

I guess most of the delusional Xbot idiots live in their own little psych-society where the power rangers (Read: Master Chief) are still cool and DVD swapping is not seen as an antiquated method. Holy sh*t they are all trapped in the 90's!!!!!!!
ReBurn  +   1616d ago
Ok, I was going to wait a while for this one since I'm still catching up on a few from late last year. But I may have to put those games on hold and dive into this.
rakunado  +   1616d ago
Very well written, and even better... it is not scored!

Nowadays i am thinking people should take time to simply just read reviews and make their own opinions and assumptions. Facilitated with gameplay previews and segments from the internet, it is very easy to make your own decision if your going to like a game or not. No scores are WIN, it will also stop the slander's and accusations of biased fans as well as give power to the games that truly deserve praise. It also can possibly stop the all too obvious hype machines of this day and age(although some hype machines actually live up to expectations).

Reading is good, looking simply at a number is bad! :)
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alphakennybody  +   1616d ago
"Very well written, and even better... it is not scored! "
Indeed, I hate scored reviews with a passion. It literaly overshadows the entire written review for many.
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alphakennybody  +   1616d ago
this is how you review! ppl with blog or site, take note.
gamingisnotacrime  +   1616d ago
The quality of this review just sent the N4G stock higher
Very good way to descrive what a great experience Heavy Rain is, AMAZING
LittleBigSackBoy  +   1616d ago
HR is my GOTY, doesn't matter what else comes out it won't change my mind. It's the best game this gen imo.
Dev8 ing  +   1616d ago
"This is a wrenching, often disturbing, almost entirely gripping experience for grown-ups."

The last point is key. Most bots aren't grown up. They're still in that annoying pre-pubescent/pubescent stage. One day they might wake up. But maybe not.
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razielsparadox  +   1616d ago
finest review ever
XDF  +   1616d ago
I bought the game yesterday..
Still hasn't play it yet. But I will find time sometime this week to play it.

XDF Game puchasing for first half of 2010:

PS3: xHeavy Rain, xDante's Inferno, GOW3, FF13, Red Dead Redemption, Super SF4

X360: xBayonetta, xDarksiders, xME2, xBioshock 2, Bad Company 2, Splinter Cell Conviction, Metro 2033, Alan Wake, Lost Planet 2, Split Second

EDIT: Sorry, I shouldn't mention anything about X360 and admitting of not playing a Sony exclusive yet.

Lets try this again:
Play Heavy Rain non stop since buying it. Greatest game ever made.

XDF Game puchasing for first half of 2010:

PS3: xHeavy Rain, xDante's Inferno, GOW3, FF13, Red Dead Redemption, Super SF4, WKC, MAG, Superior version of Star Ocean 4.

Can my agree go up now.
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thereapersson  +   1616d ago
"can my agree go up now"
Now you're just whining
archpsyker  +   1616d ago
well....
they got the caption on the image wrong, saying it's an FBI profiler and Ethan Mars while it was just a NPC and Scott Shelby.

otherwise a great review.
Superduper09  +   1616d ago
I am on my 2nd playthrough now. The fighting scenes in this game are just intense, especially with that crazy Asian looking doctor :)
rakunado  +   1616d ago
You know i didn't even realize there was an awesome scene with that dr guy!!! My first playthrough i got what i wanted and just left... :) Problem was because i like playing cautious(which is a bad habit of me), i missed out on a ton of good stuff that i found on my 2nd and 3rd playthroughs.

Im coming to think being cautious kinda sucks... I did it for MAss Effect 2 as well(cautious being the paragon) and overall playing renegade options was much more fulfilling for me. bleeeh now im just rambling...
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NeoBasch  +   1615d ago
Hell yes! Madison had the best fight scenes. I loved the one where those three shady dudes break into your apartment. F#cking scary!

Also, the one with Norman at the end was awesome.
gdguide  +   1616d ago
This is the kind of review that can sell the PS3 and this game to the non gamer. Great review to sell this game to non gamers. :)
mricecreamman  +   1616d ago
I FREAKING LOVE THIS GAME!!!
LeonSKennedy4Life  +   1616d ago
FREAKIN' AGREE!!!
There were times that I did something...made a decision...and I completely blew myself away.

I was like...did I seriously just make that choice?

It felt real to me...like these lives were my life. It was insane!
LeonSKennedy4Life  +   1616d ago
Well...
Honestly, this is my favorite game of all-time.

Seriously.

It's obviously going to be my Game of the Year also.

Mass Effect 2 was pretty darn good. Let's face it though...it's no Heavy Rain.

I can't imagine someone who has played both saying Mass Effect 2 is a better game.

I'm just saying this because the reviews tend to disagree.

If you've played through Heavy Rain, you'll know how incredible it is. It's just...wow.
bjornbear  +   1615d ago
I agree with you except one ting
ME2 might appeal to others more than HR

i'm sure it depends on the person. I'd love to play ME2 but i'm sure it'd be more about action and adventure than story, decisions and emotions

still, i agree so far this is the best game i've seen this year =D then again i have missed a few...

i'll hit you back when i get my hands on GOWIII xD
NeoBasch  +   1615d ago
Wow, wholly agreed. I will never understand the large gap between the two. Never, and I've played both. While both are two of my favorite games this generation, I can't help but laugh at the people who think ME2 is THAT much better than Heavy Rain. In my opinion, at least, they are very similar in quality. And all those acting like ME2 had not even a blemish, what do you call Jack's mission? lol
bjornbear  +   1615d ago
definitive establishment of a new genre
thats for sure =D love it
olos  +   1615d ago
amazing
i just finished it and th emusic keeps playing in my head like the theme to a memorable movie that you just cant shake

one of my favorite gaming experiences

they should make the silent hill games more like this

and i also agree the emotions and realism of the characters are unmatched

cant wait for more
i hope they do more like this

props to sony and quantic dreams for believing in such a unique product

game of the year for me so far
FwanK  +   1615d ago
Please someone hand over the New York Times to Teletext and Destructoid
user1337  +   1615d ago
this game...
is seriously taking over my life. So may options! I keep going back to each chapter one by one to play ti completely differently to see what happens. What makes it even crazier is that a choice made in the earlier chapters has a direct effect much later in the game. Just makes me go mental deciding what to do...LOVE IT!
foxxy  +   1614d ago
Best review
This guy can write unlike orthers.

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