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So who's HAPPY with Heavy Rain then?

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Purely to counter the alarmist "OMG THE GAME'S BROKEN MY PS3" threads I thought I'd ask who is chuffed with Heavy Rain? :BigGrin:

 

Easily one of the best - if not, THE best - games I ever played -  (or watched being played for that matter!) Innovative, beautifully presented, emotive, engrossing, intelligent, fun, heart-poundingly toe curling adrenalin rush of a game...I know some people have complained about the controls, but I actually LOVE the controls in this game..it all adds to the panicky feeling, the fear of something happening to your characters simply by missing a button because the game makes you care through brilliant storytelling. Good, solid characters that you can't help but feel an affinity to. Never have I played a game that's drawn me in like Heavy Rain has -  I've found it hard sometimes to kill off some of the characters for instance, taking the easier options when presented...and I'm a cold hearted woman! LOL

 

To those people who complain about it only being a "short game" being that it takes an average of ten hours to play through the first time, the fact that it's so well written and the plot and scenes can alter completely depending upon your decisions and missing buttons can take the game in an altogether unexpected direction, if you don't get 50 hours minimum of gameplay out of it then you are only robbing yourself. I know that even though I've almost got all the trophies and seen all that is in the game, I'll put it on the shelf and in months to come I'll take it down, stick it in the ps3 and have just as much fun as I have this week playing it through again...

 

...and we have the added bonus of DLC, which (if the Taxidermist scene is anything to go by) is going to keep me rapt too! Bear in mind that movie companies don't like to make films that run over 3 hours long as they fear the audience would become bored...heavy rain plays for ten hours per playthrough and keeps you entertained every minute of it - then you play it through again and it gets better! even if it doesn't necessarily suit your morals.

 

My husband is an avid FPS gamer and he's sat and played the game with enthusiasm rivalling my own....he's even sat and watched it being played for more hours than he's been allowed to play it - and believe me, that says alot!

 

So are you happy too? ( please tag any spoilers...I'd hate to ruin someone else's experience).

 

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I really enjoyed the game so much and I am going after the last ending as I unlocked all other endings so far. I just need the last ending and thats It and only three trophies left to go before getting platinum :)

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Really enjoyed the game, hardly had any problems with anything, got Platinum for it this evening too :Thumbs:

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Glad to see someone creating a thread saying they that actually enjoyed Heavy Rain :D

I don't think I have seen a thread on here since release that hasn't been a complaint of some form of the other.

 

Personally, I absolutely loved the game, all the way through it was amazing experience. Such a compelling story with real genuine characters who you grew attached to as you played, the only other games which had this effect on me is the Mass Effect series with its characters and amazing story and dialogue, but Heavy Rain now easily sits alongside them as one of the best games I have ever played.

 

Personally, I was happy with length, much prefering that it was an exhilarating experience from start to finish than if they had tried to draw it out too long. Farenheit which is another game I loved, and essentially David Cage's first attempt at interactive drama, was an amazing game, but the quality of the story dropped dramatically in last quarter, which Cage admititng himself that they essentially ran out of time. Im glad to see however that he did not repeat this again with Heavy Rain.

 

As for the issues being reported, I can honestly say I experienced very few issues with the game, the odd screan tearing and loss of audio for about a second, but this was very rare. No save issues at all and I am yet to have the game lock up on me yet.

 

I know that other people are experiencing issues with this game, but I feel the majority of people are majorily over-reacting to the situation and being very unfair with their demands and accusations to Sony and Quantic Dream.

 

Considering the amount of people who bought the game, most of whom will never post on these forums to say the game is working fine, it is very much likely that it is only a very small percentage of buyers who are experiencing such major issues with the game.

 

I can't help but believe that these people who shout and scream, demanding money back and instant fixes, probably aren't mature enough to appreciate Heavy Rain for what is in the first place.

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MEEE! :D

 

Look... as a narrative and interactive experience it was everything I wanted/hoped... It eclipses Fahrenheit in every single way. And it is the first game I have seen use QTE in that manner...

 

examples (in white): Ethan getting his arm bandaged, giving Shaun CPR...  that is QTE at it's finest... none of this GOW hit X to stab Zeus kind of thing.

 

Okay, the story was a bit cliched, and borrowed from various movies in parts... Saw, even Indiana Jones, and for me Lethal Weapon 2 in one spot... The story I think is also best if you play the fullest version of every scene to either the ultimate Happy Day Scenario, or Bad Ending Scenario...You get a few more details that way which you can easily miss in other alt endings.

 

Also regarding the ending(s) the twist has a few holes, but I blame this on the medium, not so much a badly written story... If this was a movie, and the twist came with Shelby, you wouldn't think twice about the plausibility... especially after the flashbacks of him cleaning up after himself.... because a director isn't going give that character as much opportunity to act heroic during the movie as we gave Shelby, nor can the viewer read the character's thoughts. The problem lies in us actually playing him, and controlling his actions and 'reading his thoughts'.

 

The biggest negative I guess that there are a few tech issues, and some people have had worse experiences than others, so I can't ignore that.... I haven't had any  major dramas yet... touch wood that continues... It would also be nice if you could kill Shelby and Ethan during the game, but I can understand why you can't.... and if you are still under the illusion that you can, the exileration is still there on your first playthrough... every trial I did with Ethan was nerve wracking as I feared his demise, unknown to me that even if he fails the trial he is safe.... Same with Scott during the shootout and when he is underwater... In that respect it truly is a game worth savouring your first playthrough and keeping spoiler and detail free before playing..

 

As I said in that other thread, a 20 hour first playthrough wouldn't work in a game like this... and most narrative games like Uncharted 2 are no different... As long as a game gives me an incentive to replay it, I don't care.... and this game does that.... and although some chapters don't change much, there are enough chapters with some major variances in them, that I still have a lot of level selecting without saving to come... :)

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I'm extremely happy with Heavy Rain. I've been looking forward to it for years with great anticipation, and if anything, it has exceeded my expectations. Absolutely superb experience. I can't wait for the rest of the HR Chronicles to come out now!

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There's at least another thread wanting to share positive feedback about the game. I wish everyone got organized and made a huge thread on how great this game is. Why does everybody always have to focus on the negative, why does the negative always get more replies, more words, more people?

 

Anyway, I love this game. It's been on my head ever since I picked it up and pressed start. Ethan's story has stuck to me, and won't let me go, neither will he. Or Shaun, or Norman, or Shelby.

My mom's usually beside me while I play, playing other games in her laptop, and she's watched me play the game so many times already, repeating scenes, trying different things. She's just as much in awe of the game as I am (and then again maybe more).

There's emotion in it. It's so rare to have that in a video game these days. Great characters, with actual complex personalities and tough decisions to make. No one's perfect in this game, I really like that.

I liked the dialogue (that's always the breaking point for me), the way they incorporated thoughts into the scenes, the camera angles (I admit I've been spoiled by the likes of GTA4 with free camera modes, but I understand what they did with Heavy Rain, it's a question of photography).

There's just so much to like about HR. Sure it's frozen on me more times than any other PS3 game I've played has of yet. Sure there's been the odd glitch, weren't it the nature of the game I might have let out a chuckle or two at the sheer absurdity of it.

But thank goodness, I've been able to play it quite a few times now, and I love it. It's the best game to have been released in 10 years or so. It's one of the best games ever made, period. And whoever cannot see that needs to have an ego check. I'd say it's already a classic, but I guess you need to give it at least five years to call it that.

And it's the first of a new kind.

I can't wait to see and play what comes next.

So, thank you Quantic Dream and everyone involved in the making of this "game" (the meaning of that word has been permanently expanded by it).

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There's at least another thread wanting to share positive feedback about the game. I wish everyone got organized and made a huge thread on how great this game is. Why does everybody always have to focus on the negative, why does the negative always get more replies, more words, more people?

 


 

Could be because anyone who can play the game with no problems don't have time to post because they're too busily engrossed in the game:smileyvery-happy:

 

 

Glad to see the merits of the game being discussed rather than the negatives. Everyone I know personally that have played the game haven't had those issues and every single one of them are blown away by the game. Even with the screen tearing and minor glitches (the game has frozen twice in around 6/7 playthroughs) it's still GOTY for me...can't see any other game coming close especially if they get these problems sorted so that more people can finally get to experience the game as we have. Thanks for the intelligent replies folks.:smileyhappy:

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Love, love, love this game!!!

 

What a great story and so many choices to make as well along the way. Such a refreshing change from the norm of games.

 

Not a single glitch or hicup during my game play. I installed the game first and then I installed the patch after.

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Having played through the game several times to see the different outcomes, I've spent the past couple of nights just having a good look around the various environments. In most scenes you can wander off quite a distance from the main objective to explore the surroundings. Being an artist type person myself, I get a lot of enjoyment out of simply looking around the gorgeous scenery. The attention to detail, and the quality of the art direction is amazing. In the process of exploring, I'm still discovering interactive elements that I completely overlooked in my initial play-throughs - nothing that affects the game as such, but some nice little touches. Congratulations Quantic Dream - this is a class act.

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I have enjoyed playing the game & found the story, graphics & feel of it hugely impressive. But the fact of the matter is I cannot play it anymore. It has crashed my PS3 over 50 times in total. Each time it crashes or freezes it is at a different point. I cannot help but feel there is a huge problem with it.I appreciate those who haven't had a problem not relating to those who have. But if you had to get up & manually reset your PS3 every 5 minutes after just turning it on, I think you would be a bit miffed. As for the comment about people moaning, demanding their money back & not being mature enough that's a load of bull. I've been playing video games since 1983, my old Atari didn't crash as much as this game. I think that's why people are so upset(myself included) When it works, it's brilliant, at times jaw dropping. But that's the problem, it seldom does work for many PS3 owners. People say it's because you have an old PS3, yet you hear they are having difficulty solving the problem, as it doesn't seem to be specific to one model. This game at the moment is like an Alfa Romeo. Stunning to look at & play with, but it breaks down a mile up the road.

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Why is everyone saying this game(which its not) is amazing(which its not), Lets point out a few things, the characters walk like retards, you don't really get to make choices you just get to say when the enevitable happens, its full of bugs, infact the only good thing about this £40 6 hour QTE is the lighing and shadows. In my opinion David Cage couldn't make it in the film industry so instead he comes to the games market and proves he can't make games either. Before you start having a go, consider this would you pay £40 for a dvd, well you just have.
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Well, I'm not happy!

How dare they release a game that good!

3 months ago I was ecstatic playing Afrika, thinking it was brilliant.

and now they have released something slightly better.

They've raised the bar now for me, and I want more.

 

About 20 years ago my addiction with (point and click) adventures started.

Kings Quest, Monkey Island, Leisure Suite Larry, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango to name but a few.

But the dealer died and supplies dried up.

A new age dawned and FPS games were the next big thing.

Whilst enjoying myself somewhat with Doom and Duke Nukem I quickly lost interest in FPS games whilst the market became over flooded with them.

 

Slowly my adventure games memories faded and I enjoyed a whole lot of other games, yet never ever truly experiencing that feeling I had playing them old adventure classics.

 

And now we have Heavy Rain...

The feeling is back and I'm hooked.

I love it and I want more.

I hope the game sells well and it will re-launch a new era!

 

 

 

 

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And now we have Heavy Rain...

The feeling is back and I'm hooked.

I love it and I want more.

I hope the game sells well and it will re-launch a new era!

 

 

 

 


 

Hear! Hear!:smileyhappy: I'm also a lover of the games you mentioned - we must have good taste, eh? lol

 

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Why is everyone saying this game(which its not) is amazing(which its not), Lets point out a few things, the characters walk like retards, you don't really get to make choices you just get to say when the enevitable happens, its full of bugs, infact the only good thing about this £40 6 hour QTE is the lighing and shadows. In my opinion David Cage couldn't make it in the film industry so instead he comes to the games market and proves he can't make games either. Before you start having a go, consider this would you pay £40 for a dvd, well you just have.

 

If you only got 6 hours out of it you definitely haven't played it right! We've had ten times that amount of play out of it....You do really get to make choices (though after only 6 hours of playing, you don't seem to have explored these choices at all). As to your comments about David Cage, the film industries loss is the gaming industries boon, IMO. You paid £40 for 6 hours, you robbed yourself, I paid £40 for 60 of the best gaming hours I've ever spent...with very few bugs at all.

 

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Gniuz wrote:
Why is everyone saying this game(which its not) is amazing(which its not), Lets point out a few things, the characters walk like retards, you don't really get to make choices you just get to say when the enevitable happens, its full of bugs, infact the only good thing about this £40 6 hour QTE is the lighing and shadows. In my opinion David Cage couldn't make it in the film industry so instead he comes to the games market and proves he can't make games either. Before you start having a go, consider this would you pay £40 for a dvd, well you just have.

 

We get it, you don't like it. Doesn't mean you have to come in this thread and ruin it.

 

 

Go back to playing shooters or something like that.

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I love this game. Best game ever in my opinion.

 

Just finished first playthrough last night, and started it again straight away. Can't remember ever having a game that I was already looking forward to playing again, before I had even completed it.

 


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I think its the best game of the year, But it is obviously broken and I cant recommend it as some people have dire experiences with it.

 

I cant remember the last time i felt emotional attachment to characters, and a sense of panic as things were happening. I think the controls were great, sometimes awkward but only when they were doing awkward stuff on screen. (thats a good thing)

 

I thought the story was a bit predictable, the graphics were lovely, the realism a delight, controls brilliant, and i can see a future with this engine/game stye..

 

Overall i loved that it played with my emotions.

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Gniuz wrote:
Why is everyone saying this game(which its not)

Clearly you need to read the post below yours, and research games like King's Quest, Monkey Island and Leisure Suit Larry.... all of which by your definition aren't games.. ;)

 

I still remember writing on the Alan Wake forums (a game I'm really looking forward to I might add) and someone took a cheap shot at Heavy Rain not being a game (in an inevitable HR vs AW thread).... when I pointed out that 25 years ago we used to play games that consisted entirely of reading text on screen and then typing text commands, some of the younger gamers thought I was either joking or lying...

 

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Gniuz wrote:
Why is everyone saying this game(which its not)

Clearly you need to read the post below yours, and research games like King's Quest, Monkey Island and Leisure Suit Larry.... all of which by your definition aren't games.. ;)

 

I still remember writing on the Alan Wake forums (a game I'm really looking forward to I might add) and someone took a cheap shot at Heavy Rain not being a game (in an inevitable HR vs AW thread).... when I pointed out that 25 years ago we used to play games that consisted entirely of reading text on screen and then typing text commands, some of the younger gamers thought I was either joking or lying...

 

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Did you ever play  Room 13 or The Hobbit? They've also revamped the original Monkey Island game for the PC (and you can press F10 to change it to original graphics) and also chapter based MI episodes too....kids these days! they don't know they're born! Could you imagine back then seeing a game like Heavy Rain? and back then I was impressed when we got colour down the sides of a loading screen - which I had to use a screwdriver on the tape recorder to make sure the pitch didn't drop.....

 

I guess that Shenmue wouldn't qualify as a game to Gniuz either...

 

Anyway, back to topic...

If it was a DVD like Gnuiz claims, we wouldn't be able to manipulate the characters or influence the story at all...now if I could buy a DVD movie that would allow me to move the actors then I'd be willing to pay more than £40 for it! And I should imagine alot of blokes would pay an awful lot more than £40 to take control of Angeline Jolie in a movie...the striptease scene in Heavy Rain would be like the sound of music in comparison pmsl and if anyone could point me to a DVD that gives you the chance to play the same story five times with a completely different movie each time (plus 17 epilogues) I'd be more than happy to cough up £40...I'm not a button basher fan, but I don't go into threads for Bayonetta giving it a totally unjust (and unqualified) slating...I didn't buy bayonetta because I read up about it and played the demo first..Gnuiz, if you didn't have the sense (and judging by your post, I'm guessing you don't) to try it before you buy it, you really do only have yourself to blame.

 

I knew what I was getting in Heavy Rain, I thought it would be a great game and it only exceeded my expectation...by a country mile! I'm sure I'm not the only one to think so, either.

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i have too say i was a fan of quantic dream before hr farenheit being amazing imo then this drop's and my respect for them as a developer has increased ten fold it truly is one of the greatest story driven games i have ever played in my life the only game i feel had this kind of an emotional and connecting story to the player was shenmue which was unbelievably groundbreaking and under appreciated for what it was in it's day so for that heavy rain for me was a complete and utter success it's just a shame the few launch bug's have overshadowed what is a remarkable game.
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