Heavy Rain PS4 Re-release | Review
The Good
  • + Still a tense, heartfelt story
  • + Graphics remain impressive 6 years on
  • + An adult experience
The Bad
  • - In-game graphics engine showing its age through erratic animations
  • - Overuse of quick time events
70%"Good Fun"

Want to look beyond the score? Check out the full review below…

Start Replay: “Aged”

When Heavy Rain arrived on PlayStation 3 back in 2010, it raised the bar for interactive storytelling. Its gameplay design allowed players to operate between 4 different storylines, as they crossed paths and culminated in one final showdown. The choices you made also altered events drastically, changing the fate of each character, whilst also paving the way for multiple endings. It was a tense and exhilarating adventure that catered exclusively to an adult audience, which not a lot of games had done before. Shoot forward to today and it still is all of these things, but it’s certainly showing its age.

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Revisiting Heavy Rain hasn’t been as exciting as I first thought it would be. I had fond memories engaging in its heavily cinematic story, however returning to its world after 6 years has meant it’s no longer a factory fresh experience. Instead I’ve arrived to erratic character animations and controls that infuriate more than excite. Then again, its focus on character interaction and the affect your dialogue choices have on the story, is rewarding either way. In the heat of the moment, will you react in the best possible way?

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Despite my negativity, if you’ve missed out on playing Heavy Rain I suggest you do so straight away. The graphical upgrades mean you’re going to get the best experience. Plus, even though the controls feel stale to a returning player, such as myself, the introduction of the PlayStation 4’s controller has made intense gameplay segments a lot easier to handle. This is particularly noteworthy when it comes to the improved analogue sticks, which give tighter control when it matters.

PS3 vs PS4 Comparison

 

Conclusion

It might be a bit clunky, but Heavy Rain still deserves a space in your gaming library. If you’re a newbie with no prior knowledge of this title, and you like engaging stories, then pick this up immediately. Those returning after a 6 year absence might wish to consider how much a graphical overhaul will enhance their revisit.

*Heavy Rain was provided to Start Replay by Sony PlayStation UK

Check out a handful of in-game screenshots below:

 

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Joshua Ball
Editor-in-Chief

Meet Josh. As the head of Start Replay his overall objective is to keep things moving. Alongside ensuring that content is made on a regular basis, Josh loves attending and organising the many press events and expos that crop up. His favourite video games consist of the Arkham series and Metal Gear Solid, but there’s always room for a bit of horror. Follow Josh’s sparse tweets on Twitter or, alternatively, be sure to catch him in the crowd of the next big gaming event.

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