Republished on Tuesday 2nd July 2019: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of July's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Love it or loathe it, Heavy Rain is an important game. The drizzly depression session certainly didn't invent the idea of interactive drama – developer Quantic...
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If you’re in the mood for a little David Cage craziness and are looking forward to the forthcoming Detroit: Become Human, then it’s worth noting that the PlayStation 4 exclusive’s Digital Deluxe Edition is up for pre-order in Europe and North America. While a little pricier than the standard retail release, it comes...
When it rains it pours
Back when it released in 2010, Heavy Rain was looked upon as one of the most experimental titles in Sony’s portfolio. While it built upon a lot of the groundwork laid in PlayStation 2 game Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy, depending on where you’re from) its story-driven murder mystery was unlike anything available at the...
Exceeds 4.5 million sales globally
Heavy Rain hasn’t aged especially well, but the game was ground-breaking when it first released in 2010, delivering a grounded interactive adventure that would go on to influence the likes of Telltale and beyond. And Parisian developer Quantic Dream has announced that as of 31st March, the release has sold...
Wet and wild
Quantic Dream's anticipated #Emotion compilation will launch at retail on 4th March for the PlayStation 4 in Europe, but if you've already bought Beyond: Two Souls for your new-gen system, then you'll be able to nab Heavy Rain at a discounted price. The asking fee, in the UK at least, sits at a very reasonable £7.99. The port of the...
Sony's preparing a boxed bundle of Quantic Dream games in March, meaning that you'll be able to get your David Cage fix in full on the PlayStation 4. The package includes the recently released Beyond: Two Souls port, as well as the upcoming Heavy Rain remaster. Agent Norman Jayden FBI's taken to bouncing a ball against a virtual wall...
The origami killer awaits
You'll be screaming about JASON'S safety all over again soon, as it seems that Quantic Dream is getting ready to announce the PlayStation 4 release dates for Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. The interactive dramas – which both originally deployed on the PlayStation 3 – were confirmed for Sony's new-gen hardware at E3...
The origami killer awaits
And the surprises just keep coming. Alright, we've know about this one for eternity: Quantic Dream's divisive adventure Beyond: Two Souls is coming to the PlayStation 4. There's more, however: Heavy Rain will be joining it as part of a Blu-ray double pack. The downside is that it'll only be available in Europe, which is...
If you're curious about what Quantic Dream's been up to since the release of Heavy Rain back in 2010, then you're weeks away from finding out
Develop's reporting that the French studio is to showcase its new technology at a 60-minute GDC lecture in March. The demonstration will be anchored by co-CEO David Cage, and will "examine virtual actors, performance capture and art direction as well as..
Heavy Rain remains one of our favourite PlayStation 3 games to date
Quantic Dream's moody adventure might not have got everything right, but it deserved its plaudits for trying. And according to statistics released by an IGN infographic, the game got its just deserves. The thriller was completed by a whopping 74% of players, which we're guessing is a much higher number than most other games..
Despite suffering something of a backlash since release, Heavy Rain remains one of our favourite PlayStation 3 exclusives
Fundamentally different from any other game available — even a good 18 months after its original release — Heavy Rain offers a slower, more deliberately narrative driven experience. We'd urge anyone that hasn't had the chance to experience Heavy Rain yet to pick up the..
Quantic Dream's David Cage has told Develop that he has no interest in making a Heavy Rain sequel because he is not in the video games business to make money
Quantic Dream, he said, is all about breaking boundaries. Let me be stupid for one second; Im not in this business to make money, he told the website. I wrote Heavy Rain because I was excited about it, because there was something to..
Quantic Dream's CEO, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, has revealed that his company lost an estimated 10 million from used sales of Heavy Rain
But the executive didn't blame the consumer, more the recent recession which he believes has lessened spending in the video game sector: I would say that the impact that the recession had, especially on AAA games on console, was the rise of second hand gaming..
European ratings board PEGI has published an evaluation for Heavy Rain Edition Modifiee, a supposedly toned down version of Quantic Dream's crime-drama epic
The original game carried a PEGI 18 rating, but Edition Modifiee has been awarded a PEGI 16 score. It's unknown what content has been cut, but the PEGI rating mentions an August 3rd release date for the re-rated game — meaning it's probably..
E3's coming guys, hold onto your hats
Quantic Dream boss, David Cage, has just dropped the most exciting E3 tid-bit of the year thus far — that his studio is "in discussions" with Sony for an E3 announcement of its new project in June. This is in discussion right now with Sony, Cage told CVG when asked about an E3 reveal. Well see. I cant really answer anything on release..
Quantic Dream's outspoken gaffer, David Cage, has said that the Team Bondi's impressive Motion Scan performance capture technology is a "dead end", and that his own studio's new gizmos are already more advanced
I think [Motion Scan is] an interesting solution to a problem for now. But its also an interesting dead end, the visionary head told CVG. Thats exactly what I feel. Their..
Sorry non-PlayStation owners, but it looks like you're going to have to pick up a PlayStation 3 if you want to play what Heavy Rain developer, Quantic Dream, cook up next
The studio's gaffer, David Cage, has revealed that the platform holder has earned his "loyalty". Speaking with CVG, Cage said that Quantic Dream's relationship with Sony "has been fantastic" and that the studio..
Snippets of information pieced together by superannuation's Twitter feed, TheSixthAxis and NeoGAF [quite the collaborative effort
Ed] might just be enough to paint our first impression of Quantic Dream's next project. We've known for a while that David Cage and his crew have been working on two new projects, but now we have the briefest sniff of some information. First up, domain registration..
Heavy Rain was one of the big winners at last night's video game BAFTAs
But despite winning awards for story, technical innovation and music, Quantic Dream's gaffer, David Cage, is eager to prove his studio can replicate the game's success. We created the genre. We own the genre, and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence or a lucky shot that it was really something that makes..
Mass Effect 2 took the top-prize at last night's gaming BAFTAs, scooping the gong for game of the year
Sony and Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain wasn't far behind though, winning three awards for its story, technical innovation and original music. Elsewhere on PlayStation, God Of War III took the prize for artistic achievement while Assassin's Creed:...
David Cage has been far too quiet since Heavy Rain launched
We miss the French visionary's view on the future, and ambitious remarks on the video game industry. Thank heavens for GDC then, where Quantic Dream's top boffin has been rambling on about all sorts of post-Heavy Rain implications. As well as revealing that over 70 percent of players finished Quantic Dream's opus (that's an incredibly high..
Sony's expanded its growing collection of PS3 'Greatest Hits' by four, adding the likes of God Of War III, Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Modnation Racers and UFC Undisputed 2010 to the catalogue's growing roster
Each of the games will be repackaged at an impressive $30, making them the perfect impulse purchases — even if you own two copies already. C'mon, Uncharted 2's good enough to..
The video game BAFTA nominations are out, and Ubisoft's brilliant Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is leading the charge with a whopping seven nominations
It's up for Best Game, as well as Action, Artistic Achievement and more. Heavy Rain managed to scoop up a respectable six nominations, battling in similar categories to Assassin's Creed. Hit the jump...
We only just finished Mass Effect 2 due to the game's timed exclusivity period on XBOX 360, but we got to the end just in time to see what all the fuss is about
Bioware's space-RPG was the big winner at last night's Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (part of DICE), scooping gongs for RPG of the year, outstanding achievement in story and, game of the year. While Mass Effect 2 took the coveted..
The 10-game shortlist for the BAFTA Video Game Awards has been revealed this morning
The publicly voted category is now open, with gamers being encouraged to register their votes through here. Among the nominees are Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2. Hit the jump for the full break-down. Being a public ballot your vote actually...
Did you know that the original version of Heavy Rain featured gameplay segments in which Ethan Mars swam around in a metaphor for the Origami Killer's mind? No, neither did we, that's why we found this trailer featuring deleted scenes from the game absolutely fascinating
Beware: this video is pretty spoiler heavy.
Those of you with copies of Heavy Rain will be able to download a patch from this morning enhancing the game with PlayStation Move controller support
The patch is free and should start downloading the moment you run the game when connected to the PlayStation Network. It weighs in at 1142MB. We'll have a review of the Heavy Rain: Move Edition on the site at 15:00BST.
Sony's confirmed that the re-packaged version of Heavy Rain - touted Heavy Rain: Move Edition - will hit the UK on October 8th, with the rest of Europe getting it a couple of days earlier
Not only does the game feature PlayStation Move controls out of the box, it also comes packaged with The Taxidermist DLC, the game's soundtrack, three XMB themes and some making of videos. Even neater, it'll..
Sony's told Official PlayStation Magazine that they believe the success of their first-party studios should be judged on the performance of new IP, rather than comparison's to their competitors
Michael Denny, Sony's Worldwide Studios boss for Europe, told OPM that he believes there's "nothing more gratifying" than delivering new IP. While Denny teased "many more exciting..
Quantic Dream's forward-thinking director, David Cage, has revealed that he didn't expect Heavy Rain to be a success
He told an audience in Cologne that he believes the acceptance of Heavy Rain shows that the market is ready for new paradigms". I think the industry is ready for new ideas, he said . "Games are today based on violent actions, they are defined by what you see and..
SCEE's product manager, Ross Alexander, has confirmed via the PlayStation Blog that the PlayStation Move-enabled version of Heavy Rain will drop before Christmas
He was keen to stress that those who already bought the game will be able to download the control update for free from the PlayStation Store. A retail re-release with Move controls pre-baked into the game will likely hit store shelves..
Sony's released the first batch of screenshots for Heavy Rain: Move Edition
It's the exact same game as you played earlier in the year, but it's now been enhanced with PlayStation Move gesture controls. We actually saw this being played the other week. We didn't get a chance to give it a whiz ourselves, but we did watch other people playing. We can't say for sure how it felt, but it seemed like..
Sony's announced a special event called PlayStation Beta Rooms which will take place in Birmingham, England later this month
The event, which is scheduled to take place on the weekend of July 31st across August 1st, will be held at the Custard Factory in central Brum. Classy. Games playable at the event will include Killzone 3, Gran Turismo 5, MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Dead Nation, Heavy Rain: Move..
David Cage will release his first, fully-supported motion control game soon; it may not be a new title, but Heavy Rain will be considered as one of the first "hardcore" titles to make use of Sony's new PlayStation Move controller
Cage thinks that motion controls have the potential to appeal to the mainstream, but he also told Eurogamer that getting more people to play tennis is not very..
Listening to David Cage in recent months, we've always got the impression that DLC for Heavy Rain was very much an afterthought
So, honestly, we're not surprised there have never been hard details on the prequel Chronicles. But, according to a Eurogamer interview, it seems Move implementation is what's killed the mini episodes. "Our approach was to make no compromise on the quality of the..
Not content with dressing up as detective Norman Jayden, this DeviantArt cosplayer went the whole hog and added in Heavy Rain-esque control commands too
If we were in charge of the country, this guy would get a medal for his efforts.</em>
We always thought it was fishy the way in which Sony announced the initial batch of Heavy Rain DLC
It never seemed like it was a sure plan, and so it's unsurprising to hear Quantic Dream put the brakes on anymore DLC for the thriller. According to GameInformer, Quantic Dream were urged to focus on an upcoming PlayStation Move patch for the game, and so their attention was diverted to that as..
Sony's reportedly confirmed to VG247 that they will be re-releasing Heavy Rain later this year with PlayStation Move support
As yet there's no date for the re-release, but it seems like a good Move (geddit?) for Sony to make. Heavy Rain ended up having a surprising amount of mainstream appeal, and it once again secures the PlayStation Move as a control mechanic not solely targeting the Wii-too..
1998 was a sensational year for the video games
If I name-drop just a few of the releases from that year it's pretty easy to note why. Metal Gear Solid. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. Half-Life. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. Heck, even Fallout 2. They all released in 1998, a year which, in hind-sight, has long been considered the most important...
These latest Heavy Rain themed Sackboy outfits are probably the cutest yet
Of the Heavy Rain crew available are: Ethan Mars, Madison Paige, Scott Shelby and Norman Jayden, as well as an origami costume. The costumes will cost £4.79 for the bunch, or £1.59 each.</em> Brilliant.
VG247's reporting this afternoon that Heavy Rain's David Cage is now casting for a new project entitled "Horizon"
According to the website, the game's to be focused on a couple in their twenties. VG247 reports that the plot involves a curious man raised very insularly meeting a free woman who is hesitant to exercise her freedom". Sounds like something Cage would work on. VG247 add that the..
Kudos to DeviantArt user Baker009 who's crafted this ridiculously awesome custom action figure of Heavy Rain's Ethan Mars
Sadly he's not for sale, as he was a commission piece. But let this be a heads up to Sony and Quantic Dream — people want Heavy Rain action figures.</em>
Revolution Software's Charles Cecil has told MCV how he admires David Cage's work with MCV, but still finds the experience of Heavy Rain to be deeply flawed
Half way through I thought it was a work of absolute genius, said the Broken Sword man . When I finished it, I still thought it was a work of genius but deeply flawed. Theres a lot of questions it asks, and I think some of those are..
Sony's just confirmed via the Playstation Blog that Quantic Dream's ambitious Playstation exclusive, Heavy Rain, has totalled a million sales plus worldwide since its release just five weeks ago
We fell head over heels in love with Heavy Rain when we reviewed the game in February, describing the experience as "captivatingly original". If you're not one of those one million people who..
Armchair analysts predicted Sony and Quantic Dream's unusual experiment Heavy Rain would barely break-even
They were wrong. Extremely wrong in fact, as David Cage has confirmed that the thriller has shifted over one million copies since its release in late February. The visionary told Play3.de: We have sold more than 1 million copies of Heavy Rain worldwide. That was a surprise to many, since..
Way to damn your product to endless comparisons by the fanboys Mark Carson of CaptiveMotion. Mark worked on Microsoft exclusive Alan Wake, but has a thing or two to say about Heavy Rain's own visuals, despite not playing the game. "It's beautiful and brilliant but visually uneven at points, which unfortunately is the nature of the industry because of the scope, budgets and..
nl</a> are reporting via Belgian gaming magazine, Chief, that Sony's confirmed Playstation Move support for Heavy Rain. In a segment devoted to the Move's games line-up, Heavy Rain is there clear as day next-door to LittleBigPlanet. It really does seem like a matter of when not if, especially seeing as Cage's original vision for the game included motion controls.
Quantic Dream's David Cage has been talking about creativity again
Speaking to the Guardian, the video game visionary claimed publishers should place "more importance" on creativity. He told the British publication:I always said that the success or failure of Heavy Rain would send a strong message to the game industry: if the game faced disappointing reviews and sales, it would mean..
Scott Shelby is a character from Heavy Rain
He is played by Sam Douglas. Sam Douglas is a real actor who played a bit-part in the 2005 Clive Owen movie Derailed. The scene featuring the actor shows Douglas wearing a long trench coat, playing an investigator, and generally acting like Detective Scott Shelby... Hit the jump for a video delight. <object id="flashObj"..