There is a noticeable improvement in the retail version of Heavy Rain; when I received the review code I payed a lot of attention to the graphics – I was genuinely curious to see whether the graphics were as good as they were made out to be, and I must admit, I was thoroughly impressed. Unfortunately, the review code was sent out with some graphical and technical glitches: to name a couple, frame-rate drops and screen tearing. So, I picked up the retail copy today to find out whether these issues had been resolved – here´s the verdict.
After just 30 minutes of playing the retail version I had already noticed an improvement in the graphics. The frame-rate seems consistent, no more screen-tearing, and the image looks a lot crisper over-all.
This will be my third play-through (played the review code through twice) and I am really enjoying it. If I stumble across any glitches or anything I´ll make sure to keep updated. In the mean time you can head on over to our forums and discuss this topic with our lovely writing stuff.
It seems as though I may have been a little bit too excited at first. There´s still a fair bit of screen-tearing and it is quite noticeable. It still doesn´t take away from the experience but it is a bit of a shame considering just how beautiful the graphics in Heavy Rain really are. Still no notice frame-rate dips or glitches. Stay tuned and I´ll drop more info as it comes.