Heavy Rain Demo Impressions

I hope the literal origami turns out to be the killer

I hope the literal origami turns out to be the killer

Well since Riddles is off drunk and cheering on the worst of all sports: football, that means I can’t get my Mass Effect 2 review posted although it is finished. It also means that it can’t officially be Bioshock 2 Week yet. Sooo, good news and bad news. Because Bioshock 2 is worse than February.

Anyway, I got a chance to play the Heavy Rain demo. That’s that game that people are jizzing over and I have no idea why. I decided I’d play it with an open mind and not judge it from the videos that made it out to be nothing but a quick time event fest.

From what I gathered, it is and it isn’t what I feared. The demo includes two sections that star two different characters. Both characters are investigating the murders done by the interestingly named Origami Killer who, from what I can gather, is called that because he leaves a paper crane in the hands of his victims. The game is a refreshing change of pace from the non-stop action games of late by taking on an almost point and click murder mystery feel. Just from the demo, I could understand why the developer is pushing the fact that choices are everything in this game. There are times when you choose what questions to ask, what evidence to look at, and even whether or not you should turn a blind eye to an ex-client abusing a prostitute. Still, that’s when the cool unexpected stuff ends. Yes, many interactions and sequences are just quick time events. I had to push the right buttons in the right way at the right times in accordance to cues on screen. Although in one fight scene that I carried out, it looked like when I missed a cue, it didn’t make me instantly lose, but turn the tide in my opponent’s favour. Still, quick time events are annoying. But at least the game looked pretty amazing.

So I’m still not interested in this game at all, but I don’t think I’ll turn my nose up at anybody who plays and loves it. It appears to be attempting something that hasn’t been done before rather successfully, so I’m all for that. I’m also a little interested in the story now, but I think it’s a game I’d much rather watch than play.

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2 Responses to “Heavy Rain Demo Impressions”

  1. DarthGibblet says:

    Heavy Rain’s one of those game that I think will live or die by it’s demo. I know a lot of people (myself included) don’t really know what to make of it, and hopefully the demo will clear up a lot of the confusion about the game. Personally, I’m still on the fence about it (although I’m much more interested than I was a month ago), but I’m glad to see somebody’s attempting something new at the very least.

  2. Ethos says:

    Well although it didn’t turn me, I DO think it’s a good demo that will turn many people. I totally get how the game will work now, when I didn’t before, and I see how there’s more depth than I originally anticipated.

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