Quantic Dream recently announced that both Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls are currently in development for the PS4. I loved Heavy Rain, but only played the demo for Beyond Two Souls and I was disappointed with it, so I didn't purchase it. Heavy Rain though, that's an incredible game.
Heavy Rain is a video game that isn't like any other. The best part about it, in my opinion, is that there are numerous possible outcomes to it. It all depends on choices made by the player throughout the game. The game is considered an interactive action-adventure game. You play as four different main characters: (1) Ethan Mars, (2) Scott Shelby, (3) Norman Jayden, and (4) Madison Paige. The choices you choose to have these characters make will develop the storyline of the game for you. If you make a poor choice for that character, then it's possible that that particular character would die.
This game has beautiful graphics and well-developed characters. It's very plot-driven and it gets you hooked in pretty quickly. I'd describe this game as a film-like experience, within a game world. It also reminds me of an extremely elite point-and-click game. I love playing point-and-click detective games, so this game was perfect for me. I like games that make me think and strategize. Problem solving is fun.
I am convinced that I ended up with the best possible outcome because I got what I considered to be the best happy ending. If you haven't played the game and don't want to be spoiled, then don't read what I got for my ending.
My Ending for Heavy Rain
I totally fell for the love story, so I was set on the romance between Ethan and Madison working out. I also was going to do anything to save Shaun Mars because Ethan deserved to be reunited with him. It was bad enough watching him lose his son Jason. As for the Origami Killer, I had Ethan kill him once he got the chance. A guy who steals and drowns little kids should not be left alive. I thought the troubled FBI profiler, Norman, was interesting, so I kept him alive, too. I worried for a bit that I was going to fail at that when he almost overdosed on drugs in the bathroom.
I Want More
I want more games like Heavy Rain. L.A. Noire is kind of similar, but not nearly as well-developed gameplay wise. I like both the film-like scenes in Heavy Rain and the different gameplay scenarios. I don't see why we can't have more games that have multiple possible outcomes to them. Every player is different and I think alternate endings for different sorts of players makes more sense than just allowing one outcome. I am still mad at how L.A. Noire ended and there was nothing that I could have done to prevent it.
I think Quantic Dream is the only game developing company that has perfected this type of gameplay experience. That's why they should get it together and choose another detective murder mystery with different characters. It could still have four main characters to follow around. They could set it in a different environment, like a big city or separate locations. There could be another kidnapping situation, but with an adult instead of a child. As long as there are a lot of interactive action-based experiences to be had, then I want it.
Have you played Heavy Rain? Would you like to see more games like it?