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*DISCLAIMER: This review is not a full-blown, critical analysis of 'Heavy Rain' as a game, as I've already done that with the original PlayStation 3 version. While certain things involving the game's age and playability are taken into account here, a lot of this rating is based largely around the port itself.*
'Heavy Rain' was a game that I felt I was in the minority with when I gave the
*DISCLAIMER: This review is not a full-blown, critical analysis of 'Heavy Rain' as a game, as I've already done that with the original PlayStation 3 version. While certain things involving the game's age and playability are taken into account here, a lot of this rating is based largely around the port itself.*
'Heavy Rain' was a game that I felt I was in the minority with when I gave the original PlayStation 3 game a 10 out of 10. Yes, I acknowledge that there were some plot-holes here, but I still found the story and characters captivating enough that I could forgive those, especially because those holes actually opened up for discussions and questions long after I completed the game. It was a game that kept me coming back for several playthroughs, and it hooked me like few others have. While I wasn't initially planning on getting the PlayStation 4 port of it, it was part of the Digital Deluxe Edition of 'Detroit: Become Human' (which, yes, I will play and review as soon as possible), which was only $10 more than the standard edition, so I got to replay 'Heavy Rain,' and I was impressed that it held up so well.
'Heavy Rain' remains a game that is very enjoyable, and even if a lot of the game is scripted cinematics and quick-time events, it still remains very exciting and tensing. Once again, even though the story has some holes, the characters and the writing are still captivating and rich (even if some of the performances are kind of cheesy by today's standards), and I feel like there's a certain novelty to the game now. Given that it was released in early 2010, right when the new wave of story-driven, 'realistically-designed' games were starting to pop off, it's cool to see one of the games that helped start it off (obviously, before the days of 'The Walking Dead'). And for the most part, the visuals still remain quite strong today, as the 1080p facelift brings out the overall beauty of the game.
It's easy for me to forgive the occasionally off-putting model or very minor frame-dipping in this one because they don't really impact the enjoyment of the game, but there's one thing I can't really forgive: even though 'Beyond: Two Souls' (Quantic Dream's next game) received a PlayStation 4 port with plenty of new stuff (like the ability to play the game in chronological order), I was disappointed that 'Heavy Rain' on PlayStation 4 offers nothing new other than the satisfaction of getting to re-experience the game. I would've liked to see this version of the game come with some playable versions of some of the things that were left on the cutting room floor (such as Ethan's blackouts) in something of a 'Director's Cut' version, or it could've featured some of the cut DLC episodes that were supposed to release after 'The Taxidermist.' Speaking of that DLC, I also would've liked it if the game actually came with 'The Taxidermist' DLC, much like how 'Beyond: Two Souls' came with the 'Enhanced Experiments' DLC. The lack of new features, or even added DLC, makes it seem like there was more care put into RELEASING the port, and not ENHANCING the port outside of the 1080p visuals.
Still, while the lack of new features is disappointing, 'Heavy Rain' remains what I like to call a 'flawed masterpiece,' and it's a game that I highly suggest playing. Obviously, if you own it on PS3 already, there's not much of a point in getting this version, but if you haven't gotten to experience 'Heavy Rain' yet, give it a shot now that it's on the PlayStation 4!
Final rating: 9 out of 10 'Awesome'




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Developer: Quantic Dream

Publisher: Quantic Dream

Release Date: 6/25/2019

Genre: Adventure, Action

Minimum:

• OS: Windows 7 or later (64 bit)

• Processor: i5-4430 @ 3.0 GHz or equivalent

• Memory: 4GB RAM

• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 with 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870 with 2GB

• Direct: X11

Recommended:

• OS: Windows 7 or later (64 bit)

• Processor: i5-6600K @ 3.5GHz or equivalent

• Memory: 8GB RAM

• Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 with 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 with 4GB

• Direct: X11