Heavy Rain Veil Raised

Gamers who follow enthusiast sites (that’s you) have been hearing about Heavy Rain for two years. But up until now, not many people have known exactly what it was. The 2006 E3 tech demo was impressive for its time; the “digital actor” featured in the video reacted with realistic anger and emotion, and because of that people paid attention. Quantic Dream, the creators of Indigo Prophecy, have been toiling away on this PS3 title for quite some time, striving to create an engaging thriller set in a photo-realistic environment.

But the Heavy Rain of 2006 is not the Heavy Rain unveiled today; the game has achieved a whole new plane of graphical quality, and it’s dark, gritty feel anchors it firmly with the stereotype of a horror thriller. Just check out this trailer and see for yourself. Multiple playable characters should allow for some variety in gameplay scenarios, and the creators have specifically promised the game will include themes never before used in games.

We still don’t know a whole lot about this game, but for now the visuals should be enough to keep you all interested. Check out these two screens, the first from the 2006 tech demo, and the second from the game as it currently exists:

Heavy Rain 2006

Heavy Rain 2008

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  • Franklin

    The graphics have definitely gotten a huge boost. It's always exciting to see developers take chances with their games by introducing new and serious themes. It pretty much looks like a playable movie. If you still haven't gotten a PS3, you're probably getting more and more tempted into getting one these days. If so, take a look at this Stacker 2 contest going on where you could win a PS3 or Xbox 360 (your choice). All you need to do is design a 6 Hour Power t-shirt online (which is actually easier than you might think). If you win you'll also get a year's supply of 6 Hour Power energy shots, a copy of Rise of the Argonauts, ten t-shirts with your design on it, and more. Check out the contest details here:…” target=”_blank”>” target=”_blank”>… Let me know if you enter too, and I'll be happy to vote for your designs. I work with them so feel free to send me any questions you may have. By the way, I hope you don't mind me commenting on the site, Silverthorne. Good luck to those entering.

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