Heavy Rain (2010, Serial Killer Mystery Adventure, PS3 exclusive) – 7/10 game review

Cast / crew
Writer: David Cage
Director: David Cage
Producer: Charles Coutier
Pascal Langdale: Ethan Mars
Jacqui Ainsley: Madison Paige
Judi Beecher: Madison Paige
Sam Douglas: Scott Shelby
Leon Ockenden: Norman Jayden

Heavy Rain (2010)

Ethan Mars is put to the test by a serial killer who abducts his son, Shaun, and then offers him the location of his son in return for completing five extreme tasks before Shaun drowns in a well of ever-rising rainwater.

7/10

Because it’s so close to brilliant, inadequacies in story and acting feel rather more important than they are. The story both makes more sense and falls apart once the identity of the killer is revealed and the acting, especially from the children, is not as good as you’d expect; it’s not as good as in animated movies. However, this should not diminish the sterling achievement in fashioning this near-masterpiece, a largely satisfying interactive serial killer mystery thriller in the vein of Seven. Here is a game that makes you feel joy when rebonding with your son (The Park) and shock when you SPOILER think you haven’t rescued him in time at the end; a game that makes you feel something other than satisfaction or excitement (though it also does that brilliantly) is certainly a must-play.

This game contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and fictional substance abuse and strong violence, some graphic violence, unpleasant scenes, an extremely unpleasant scene and nudity, lesbian sensuality, optional sex scene.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.