Pre-E3 2009: Heavy Rain: Origami Killer
Players: 1 Player Game | Genre: Adventure
Heavy Rain is one of those special titles that takes a unique Development studio to produce. In fact, a title like it is so rare that when the game is released, hopefully later this year, it will be an experience only playable on the PlayStation 3. Heavy Rain is from the team that created the cult-classic Indigo Prophecy and their plan is to expand the original vision as far as the PlayStation 3 can carry them. The results are the stuff AAA titles are made out of.
Players will take control of a variety of different characters throughout Heavy Rain. Each character has their own story, unique skills, and interact with the world in a different way. The overall goal for the game is to stop the serial killer known as the Origami Killer. By utilizing dramatic story elements, mature themes, and intense gameplay sequences, Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer is hoping to hook you like no other title out there.
While many details are remaining unknown, we have been shown a few actual moments of the game with the character Norman Jayden. Jayden is a FBI Agent who is sent to look into a murder. His investigation leads him to a junkyard where the owner has a potential link to the killer. Before he runs into the owner, Mad Jack, we see Heavy Rain's interface in action. Trying to leave your car, players have to move the right analog stick in order to open the door. Visual cues, like this, will appear on screen when you need to perform an action.
Jayden has a special set of glasses that allows him to view forensic evidence on-site. This allows the player to feel like a high-tech CSI and get more clues in the environment. Once this is done and a not so helpful conversation with Mad Jack, players will get a first hand look at the combat. Combat is very similar to getting out of the car. Players will have to move the analog sticks, hit buttons, and perform actions as they appear on the screen. Failure to do so can ultimately lead in the character dying. If this does happen, the game is not over. Instead, players will continue to go through the game and the story for that particular character will be erased from the game. This is one way that Heavy Rain allows for some great replay value. Another way is that dialogue and other choices you make will lead to completely different outcomes.
Heavy Rain will be full of dialogue and the complete game should run in the 10 hours to complete range. We should see even more Heavy Rain during our Closed Door sessions with Sony and we will be eager to share the details with you.
Heavy Rain is going to be one of the biggest console exclusive titles of 2009 and it is only on the PlayStation 3.