Re: HEAVY RAIN kicks ass!!
Well – I have played and beat the game fully and here is my spoiler free opinion. First, download the update, in NA its 225 MB, and fixes some issues in the beginning of the game. I personally had ZERO issues during the entire game.
The game starts off kinda slow, and lets you get adjusted to the controls. It had me skeptical at first, as I found myself wishing there was a specific run command. As I progressed I realized its uneccesary, when you need to run, you will run. If you could all the time I think you would look over a lot of environmental details that are important (as well as quite a few that are just kinda there). After a few scenes the story picks up, and quickly becomes an intriguing mystery full of rich characters who all may or may not be the killer you are hunting. It really kept me guessing the whole time, and I just found that I couldn't put it down without finishing it – I just needed to solve this game. If you want a deep intense story line full of emotional moments as well as action packed scenes, look no further. If you're like me, and are skeptical about the control scheme and actual gameplay, then play for at least one hour. By then you should know whether you want to find the killer, or if you want to go back to the mindless shooter games that plague the industry. Its really difficult to describe this any further without spoiling it. The game should take about 10-12 hours to complete, so @Leiran – while you should absolutely pick it up and try it, I don't think it will keep you occupied for several months. There is definitely some replayability here – you can see a chapter list in the main menu, and after beating it I was still missing many chapters, and within each of them there are many choices that effect not only the outcome of that particular situation, but future ones, and its often times hard to tell how they will until you get to it.
On a graphical note – clearly this game shines in that department. The facial detail is simply amazing, along with many of the emotions depicted by the characters. It is far from perfect however – any scenes where the characters touch each other (not fighting, but a hug or pat on the back, etc.) look kind of hokey – they are supposed to be touching each other but their hands are actually floating an inch away, or something to that effect. Its not a big deal, this still is hands down one of the best looking games out there, and certainly shows what potential there is for improvement in the future.
In conclusion – JUST TRY IT. And keep in mind, this is definitely intended for the mature audience, not just because you see some digital boobs, but because of the riveting story line and incredibly dramatic and tragic sequences through out it.