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Heavy Rain Review

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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.

In this game, you play the parent of an abducted child and must follow a trail of clues and gruesome challenges to save your son. You also play a detective investigating the case, a journalist also interested in uncovering what happened and a private investigator.

The choices you make in the game, and how well you perform in the challenges that require you to press combinations of buttons in quick succession, can result in one of the four characters dying and the narrative changing dramatically.

DetailsGame Details

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Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @Quantic_Dream

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. On PlayStation 3 you can purchase "The Taxidermist" addition content for Madison Paige, before the events of the main game. This is not available in the game's PlayStation 4 or PC port.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

 

This game has received a PEGI 18 which restricts availability to ADULTS ONLY and is not suitable for anyone below this age. This rating has been given due to graphic violence, violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, depictions of sexual violence and use of strong language. Not suitable for persons below 18 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: There is one scene in the game where your female character is held at gunpoint and told to strip, this can end in full nudity depending on the actions of the player. Later in this level your character has the man who held her at gunpoint, gaffer-taped to a chair as she questions him for information. This involves her grabbing his genitals in a way to cause pain.

The game also contains use of the expletive “*!@?*”.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.


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