Heavy Rain: The Next Step to Emotional Gaming
While many people still can't get a hold on what Heavy Rain truly is (including me), from the trailers we've seen and the previews we've read from sites such as IGN, we still can’t really figure out Heavy Rain's potential. Will it change how stories are presented to us? Will it make us so emotionally attached that we will react to things the characters feel? Will it be the next step forward to emotional gaming?
I for one would love to play a game that made me feel what the characters felt. It would be a whole new experience to the world of gaming and one I would never forget. I would love to sit down and play a game that felt real and emotionally driven, a game that presented an amazing story with characters I would feel attached to and felt what they felt, while making decisions that would change the way the story turned out and how things came together differently through each decision you made during the course of the game.
All we have in most games nowadays is a simple story, without much thought or emotions put into it. You play a character you verily know and never really understand their purpose or reason for being there. The stories have no depth to them. It’s like eating a pie, but without the pumpkin mix and whip cream, just the pie crust. You never really feel anything toward the character, you just know you have to kill a bunch of bad guys or beat some people in a race, but what if there was more? What if you weren’t just some dude who has nothing better to do than kill some people or win a race just for money?
I want to remember the stories of games I play and think about them on random occasions just because the story was that good and had characters that touched my heart, but most games (like Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 5, Killzone 2, and ect.) just don’t have anything close to that and I tend to forget them. I’ve played lots of games, but only a few really have been kind of close to what I’ve described. Only Games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Heavenly Sword, and Ratchet &Clank Future: A Crack in Time has had an impact on me, but they’ve only touched on what emotional gaming could be. There’s much more that gaming can bring us and I can’t wait to enjoy games like that, in the years to come.
While I believe Heavy Rain will defiantly be the next step toward emotional gaming, I think it’ll only touch on what the future holds, I just hope more game developers try something like Heavy Rain, so that there will be more games like it. It’s almost untouched in the world of gaming and it defiantly could bring some amazing stories for us to enjoy. I’m sure I’ll be getting Heavy Rain as soon as it comes out or soon after and enjoy it immensely for its story and characters.
Quote: “One second… the blinking of an eye… a breathe… enough to change the course of a life… we only know how much we love someone, when we know what were willing sacrifice… I never asked myself that kind of question… Without knowing why, without asking how far I was willing to go for love… sometimes it’s better not to know…” –Heavy Rain
Reader Questions: Do you think you’ll be buying Heavy Rain (why or why not)? What games has had the most impact on you with its story and characters? Would you like more emotional games? How far will you go to save someone you love?