Heavy Rain is a videogame thriller developed by Quantic Dream and released in 2010 exclusively for the PS3 home entertainment device. It follows the lives of four seperate protagonists as they endeavour to catch the Origami Killer, a serial kidnapper who has been kidnappin' it up all over town.
The game opens with decidedly average looking hero Ethan Mars lying half naked on his bed after what I presume was a long night of "self-exploration". At that moment a large arrow appears over weirdo Ethan's head as if to say 'Hey, I'm an arrow, deal with it'. You see in this game you have to follow on-screen button prompts in order to make the characters perform actions, in this case I had to move the right analogue stick up to make old self-loving Ethan get up and out of his bed, clever no? no.
It's the same control scheme that Quantic Dream used in their last master-piss, the fallible Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it's known in the Americas, but while that game asked little of the player, Heavy Rain demands constant attention, barely a moment goes by when you're not being bombarded with prompts, be it chasing a bald guy through the streets, partaking in the difficult act of love making or just making some scrambled eggs for a freshly bathed prostitute. Basically Heavy Rain is real life, videogameized.
Just like real life, sometimes tragedy strikes. While out playing with himself in the park, Ethan has a blackout and awakes to find his son Shaun missing, it's later revealed that the Origami Killer has kidnapped Shaun and has hidden him in a secret location that will be revealed to Ethan as soon as he completes a number of 'trials' set up by the killer. These trials are designed to push Ethan to his limits to truly test his love for his son.
The supporting characters in Heavy Rain are as interesting as they are well rounded, all of the usual suspects are here; the charming private investigator who likes to have a drink, the sexy motorcycle-riding journalist and of course the bizarrely accented FBI agent with a penchant for Walter White's special cocaine mix. There are a number of scenes in which you play as one of these characters as they investigate their own leads in the Origami Killer case. The scenes almost always end in a nail-bitingly tense fist fight where the character could actually die if you fail to follow the prompts correctly!... Holy-moly!
If you're a fan of plot holes and inconsistencies then you'd better stay away from this b**ch, Heavy Rain is a plot hole free zone, the killer's motives are NOT ridiculous, it IS possible to kill a store owner, search his filing cabinets, call the police and get rid of your prints all in under six seconds.
Everytime Norman Jayden speaks an elocution tutor dies.
Heavy Rain is an utterly compelling game, I didn't put the controller down once from the beginning to the end credits, there are a few major holes here and there and one case of blatantly cheap misdirection but I was too busy enjoying myself to really care at the time. Pick this one up.