A games journalist who's hated Heavy Rain ever since he heard it existed, attempts to write a balanced, reasoned, even-handed opinion piece about it because, love it or hate it, Heavy Rain is a game that begs to be discussed. Spoilers ahead…
Aye, the title just screams it.
I'm cool with everyone having an opinion. Obviously Heavy Rain is not everyone's cup of tea. However I'll disagree with HR not bringing anything new to the table. The blogger, and for the most part, all the major complaints I've read talk about the gameplay. Yes, QTE can be annoying, but Heavy Rain wasn't good because of this, it was good because of the (multiple) choices they allowed you to make. Whether they be story related or something as simple as the camera angle. This all adds to the theatrical element of the game, and THAT is what made Heavy Rain unique. To be honest, I didn't even think the story was that great, it was the way Quantic Dream allowed you to experience it. In a generation of games being frowned upon if they don't include some kind of multiplayer experience, Heavy Rain makes you forget you even cared for one. And if all else fails, Quantic Dream & Sony both should receive a major kudos for even having the balls to release a game built the way HR is. (Sorry for making you all read)
It allows even the biggest of idiots to post their feelings and share them with the world. It shows us how important the net can be to even the stupidest of people.
I hated blogs before i even read it... now I've read this and... I still hate it.
HAHA at the comments above
I have to at least respect you first. And the title alone sapped any chance of any default respect I usually give sites.
Wow, breaking news for sure... They need tighten up the approval process for this site.
If you hated a game before you played it your opinion is worthless. If you really want to be a games journalist here's step one: Stop deciding which games you hate and which games you love before you've played them.
I am a games journalist, a paid one, and have been since 1999. It's my job to form and express opinions on games before I've played them when writing previews. This blog is based on my opinion of Heavy Rain after having played it, and I think the fact that my opinion is now very different makes it, if anything, more valid. The title of the blog might be a little inflammatory, but I'd argue that, unlike a lot of titles of a lot of stories, it's an honest reflection of what the story is about. And the story itself is entirely honest too.
a little ? You were fishing for hits like too many amateurs , and sadly now actual "journalists" .
i don't get it .. as a reviewer ..why hating heavy rain , ( a game that tries something new with a big budget )? Why start a game when you've already set on negativity (hate)? Seriously .this isn't fanboyism , it's even worse .. it's biased journalism and that the worst thing that is happening to the gaming media right now
If you'd read this opinion piece (that's what it is, it is NOT a review), you'd know that I was NOT set on hating Heavy Rain, and do NOT hate it now that I have played it. Why comment on an article when you've not read it?
People on this site shout, "JOURNALISM!" waaaay too much. They treat bloggers like they're supposed to be writing hard news stories 24/7. So, as a professional, you aren't allowed to have an opinion of a game before you play it? Everyone has an opinion of everything before they experience it. Hot Tub Time Machine looks like a terrible movie to me. What if I see it and I don't like it? Would that kill my credibility as a reviewer? Of course not. I wonder how many people even read the articles before they complain. Guess why he mentioned that he originally hated Heavy Rain in the headline? Because he played it, and now he doesn't hate it anymore! One guy just implied that you were reviewing the game...well, he isn't...someone else reviewed it and this is more like an editorial. I guess some games are just untouchable on the internets. Criticize Heavy Rain, and prepare to be called stupid, attention whore, bad journalist, blah blah blah.
How does this garbage get approved? "I hated Heavy Rain before I even played it." Then why did you play it?
So that I could write a well-informed piece about it because that's my job. And also because I was curious as to whether I'd still hate it once I'd played it. If you didn't read the article then why did you comment on it?
Sorry but if you go into a review with the attitude that you hate a game before you even play it you shouldn't be doing reviews. Ever heard of objectivity? And with a headline like that why would I waste my time reading it?
Well I am sorry your feel this way about Heavy Rain but I have a couple of gripes with your opinion (of which it is nothing more). 1. How was the gameplay not involving? It had me and my best friend standing up during some battles/sequences, the actions logially placed out to make some actions that would be genuinly hard to do in real life harder in the game, some aspects you are almost meant to fail, I have been engaged in gameplay before but Heavy Rain is the first game that has had me pause after every battle to take a breather and realise what just happened, I was THAT engaged. 2. The story is not different in the sense that many games have similar if not better plot twists and considering this thriller story is a variation of many we've seen on TV, but the point is that none of these game stories have attempted to get you so close to the characters (they failed in your case tho), the small things from what would be inconsequential in other games like playing with your virtual kids, does very well to connect on an emotional level. 3. You perceive a situation the way you want to, for me Madison is a sexy woman but in the contexts she was presented vounerability was the main emotion evoked by her nudity, the casual approach made it a normal thing and this is not something for a gamer under 18, not because he(/or she) can't handle the nudity but perhaps not understand the symbolic purpose. 4. If your heart wasn't racing and you weren't impressed with the Doc cellar scene I don't know what you expected from this game because thats the epitome of heart pounding immersion. 5. It seems you'd like to bring forth the "this is a movie not a game" argument and to that I say look up the definition of game and come back to me.
a) It's not a review. Ever heard of opinion? It's supposed to be subjective. b) Because you might be curious as to whether I still hate it now. And isn't it an even bigger waste of your time to comment on something you haven't read?
ih_swe: Thanks for actually bothering to read the whole piece. I've explained why the interaction in Heavy Rain doesn't engage me as best I can in the piece itself. It really works for some people, really doesn't for others, which is why it seems a bit pointless to aim for objectivity in this case. Objectivity's over-rated anyway. Subjectivity is more honest. Heavy Rain is a game, but it felt to me like it was trying to be like a movie to the point where I'd rather just be watching a movie. To me, it's more innovative and more impressive when a game tells a good story without simply copying the techniques used in other forms of media. I think a lot really hinges on whether or not the interaction adds to the experience or not, and that seems to be entirely down to personal taste. I don't think that aspect of the game can be assessed objectively at all.
I Loved the sound of Heavy rain so much I pre ordered an edition with extra content from HMV. It turned out to be one of the worst games I have ever played, a bitter yawn fest getting worse towards the end. and to add insult to injury there were spiolers in the end credits should i have wanted to actually spend any more time with it, yes that right , scenes i hadn't even played through were shown as a montage at the end of the game.
Awesome!! I TOTALLY AGREE....SERIOUSLY NOW IM GOING TO write ABOUT HOW I WAS SKEPTICAL ABOUT HEAVY RAIN before i played it, and ill post it on N4G!!!! Yessss NOT.
Agreed. When i first saw the gameplay trailers and some vids of the game, i really thought that it will be a huge flop but after i finished the game my opinion completely changed. The story was one of the best i have played. Just look on FF13.. it was so hyped but after you played it you hated it. But you will like HR.
is because you wanted it to be bad so you'd have fuel to go on a fanboy rant. And 88 meta and almost 1 million sold, in just a couple of weeks, not bad for a new IP, new genre and very niché title that didn't receive much advertisment.
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