Heavy Rain for PS3 only £8.99 at Argos

Heavy rain, the highly acclaimed PS3 exclusive from 2010 is currently on sale for £8.99 at Argos. Here is some more info on this game.

Heavy Rain is a dark thriller that revolves around the hunt for a serial killer known as the Origami Killer. Four people are drawn into this investigation for different reasons – and as the clock ticks, they will be forced to ask themselves how far they are prepared to go?

Suitable for the PS3.

  • This game is classified as certificate 18. It contains content unsuitable for persons under 18 years old. It is illegal to supply it to anyone under that age. DO NOT attempt to purchase the item if you are under 18.
  • Follow leads, check out locations, take on hoodlums, make snap decisions and immerse yourself in the story – Heavy Rain has it all? but its more than an adventure game.
  • The magic is in the flexibility of the story – you don’t just play it; you shape it.
  • The decisions you make at key points can send the plot spinning off in entirely unexpected directions and change the story completely.
  • There’s no set list of scenes to play through – instead, you shape your own path through the dark and unsettling world of Heavy Rain – and you’ll never play the same game twice.
  • For ages 18 years and over.
  • EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 9228547.

The game is a dramatic thriller modelled after film noir, featuring four diverse protagonists involved with the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses extended periods of rainfall to drown his victims. The player interacts with the game by performing actions highlighted on screen related to motions on the controller, and in some cases, performing a series of quick time events during fast-paced action sequences. The player’s decisions and actions during the game will affect the narrative. The main characters can be killed, and certain actions may lead to different scenes and endings.

Heavy Rain was a critical and commercial success, winning multiple Game of the Year awards and selling over two million copies. A live-action film adaptation of the game is currently in development.

Heavy Rain is an adventure game, requiring the player to move the character and have him or her interact with the objects or other non-player characters on the scene to progress the story. The game is divided into several scenes, each centering on one of four playable characters. The choices the player makes or the actions performed or not performed will affect later scenes in the game. For example, it is possible that a character dies or becomes detained, and will not be present in a later scene.

There is no immediate “game over” in Heavy Rain; the game will progress to a number of different endings depending on the sum of the player’s performance even if all the characters become incapacitated in some manner. However, once the game is complete, the player can return to earlier scenes and replay them, possibly altering the events as they play through other chapters.

Within most scenes, the player can control the main character by moving them around the environment; they can also hold down a button to see what thoughts are going through the character’s mind, and trigger them to hear an internal monologue on that thought. When the player is near an object or another character they can interact with, they will be presented with a context sensitive icon that represents what control they need to do. These controls include pressing a button on the DualShock controller, moving the analogue sticks in a specific manner, or rotating the motion-sensitive controller in a specific way; in the version with PlayStation Move support, further actions based on the Move controllers are also present. These actions may lead to additional actions to fully complete the interaction. Some scenes impose a timer on the player, requiring them to complete the necessary actions in time to avoid the death or incapacity of that character. In other scenes, the player does not have full control of the character but must instead be prepared to respond to these icons in the manner of Quick Time Events, such as during a hand-to-hand fight or while driving frantically on the wrong side of the road; the player does not receive a game over if these events are completed incorrectly, but may possibly alter how future scenes play out.

Additionally, the game includes a difficulty level functionality that the user can change through the menu at any point during the game. While adjusting the level will not alter the storyline of the game directly, a higher difficulty will influence the prompts, for example, requiring more inputs during sequences in order to avoid a failed action.

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