Heavy Rain won 3 awards last night. There were other winners but I am going to focus on this one as I have played it twice and currently started a third. Heavy Rain was written and directed by Quantic Dream’s chief executive, David De Gruttola.
Heavy Rain is an interactive game and you control the outcome. There are four main playable characters. This game is definitely a bite from film noir. Ethan Mars is one of the characters who is trying to find his son from a serial killer who uses extended rain storms to kill his victims.
The other three characters are:
- Madison Paige is a photojournalist living alone in the city. Suffering from chronic insomnia, she occasionally checks into motels, as they are the only place she can properly sleep. She eventually finds herself involved in the latest Origami Killer case, conducting her own investigations. Her voice and facial motion capture were done by Judi Beecher, and her likeness and body motion capture were provided by Jacqui Ainsley.
- Norman Jayden is an FBI profiler sent to support the police force with their investigation into the Origami Killer. Jayden possesses a set of experimental augmented reality glasses called an “Added Reality Interface”, or ARI. It allows him to rapidly investigate crime scenes and analyze evidence. He is also struggling with an addiction to the drug triptocaine. He is voiced by and modelled after Leon Ockenden.
- Scott Shelby is a retired police officer, currently working as a private investigator conducting an investigation into the Origami Killer. He is voiced by and modelled after Sam Douglas.
- The music and camera angles will have you thinking you are directing a movie with your hands. I say run out now and grab a copy of this game, you won’t be dissapointed.