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Parents' Guide to

Heavy Rain

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Visually striking thriller about kid killer with gore, sex.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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Based on 19 parent reviews

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A Killer Game Worth Playing

Heavy Rain is a game about a father in search of his son who was kidnap by the Origami Killer. He has help from his friends but its not an easy task as everyone they meet is a suspect. The story of this game is very good. The graphics are fantastic and the gameplay is not too bad. Theres a DLC that's worth getting too. Although good and one of the best game to come out, this game is not for children because this game has a lot of swearing, some sex scene and nudity. Also theres a lot of violent scene and drug use. This game is not intended for children, parental guidance is strictly recommended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (38 ):

This mature adventure is an extraordinary adventure that moves players through a wide range of emotions, from shock and surprise to anger and fear, often in a span of seconds. Featuring graphics that border on photorealism, not only is Heavy Rain extremely well-written, but all of your decisions can alter the story in unexpected ways. It could be as subtle as Ethan's son getting in trouble at school because you didn't make him do his homework the night before to one of the four protagonists dying as a result of your actions (and you must carry on with the game without that character's input). This is a neat concept that plays out well. It's also something that's been visually improved upon to drive the impact of each decision home, first on the PS4, and now on the PC, where the game plays out in stunning 4K. At these higher resolutions, it feels like you're interacting with, and even creating a suspenseful movie, one that will keep you engaged until the credits roll, and you discover there were other paths and choices you could've made along the way. You might even be surprised to find yourself starting the game over again immediately to see what you might've missed.

The controls, which take some getting used to, are all contextual, meaning you'll need to press buttons or move the analog sticks in a given direction based on onscreen cues. These cues have an effect based on what's happening at that moment, making the gameplay extremely unique compared to other games in its genre. Some sequences, such as fighting scenes, are timed, so players will have to press the button combinations correctly and in a timely manner to avoid consequences. If you don't mind a slower-paced adventure and enjoy a deep and dark narrative tale, mature players will find themselves emotionally drawn and intrigued by Heavy Rain.

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