I have to admit that Heavy Rain is a game that I have been going back and forth on. At times it’s the game I am anticipating the most and other times it’s the furthest thing from my mind. When Heavy Rain was first announced I didn’t have any idea why I should care. When I found out who exactly Quantic Dream were and that they were behind Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy) that all changed.
I still remember the first time I played Fahrenheit. It was actually some time after midnight and it completely captured my attention. I couldn’t wait to tell the first person who would listen about it. Unfortunately, I had to wait considering what time it was and now thinking back, I’m not sure if I ever did tell anyone. Fahrenheit really didn’t seem like a game a lot of people would be interested in, but I knew it had good reviews or good enough reviews at least, which is why I bought it in the first place. That first night really set the foundation for how and when I would play Fahrenheit.
Every night I would wait until the world was sleeping, turn off the lights and play from dusk until dawn. I got so immersed in the game. A large part of that was due to the game itself and also the lack of distractions I had by choosing to play so late at night. I know that there are people who hated Fahrenheit and that’s fine, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s because of the fond memories I had with the game that I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Heavy Rain demo.
Heavy Rain has the potential to be a game I could really enjoy. It’s taken me a long time to admit that to myself, but it’s very true. I have been longing for a game I could take my time with and allow myself to get immersed in without the frustration of proving how skilled I am in a game. Lately all that seems to matter are leaderboards, achievements and trophies. Make no mistake I am just as guilty as anyone for participating in this trend.
With the Heavy Rain demo just shy of being 2 weeks away, I really hope it’s as good as it seemed in that first-9-minutes video. Sony is definitely taking a chance on Heavy Rain, but that shouldn’t be anything new to anyone since every exclusive seems to be one risk after another in hindsight. Taking that into consideration I’m still going to give the demo a shot and hope for the best.