My pre-ordered copy of Heavy Rain arrives tomorrow, thanks to my Amazon Prime free trial! I’m looking forward to finally play this game after it’s been hyped for more than a year! I played the demo last week and it was fairly intuitive, and I like the reactive gameplay design they threw in there. The Crime Scene sequence, however, felt pretty tedious…
The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure is probably the selling point of the game, as it was for its predecessor, Indigo Prophecy. Its realism and dip into the uncanny valley encourages more emotional investment on the player’s part than any other game out there. I’m actually interested in watching other people play it and see where their moral ground is, and whether they’ll get rewarded or punished for how ethical they play the game.
There’s been quite a number of great PS3-exclusives and more are coming. I’ve been most excited to play Metal Gear Solid 4, Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain, and Yakuza 3. Friends have chimed in and said, “Final Fantasy XIII!” While FFXIII certainly looks amazing, I didn’t accidentally leave it out of my wishlist. I’m not particularly fond of strategy games.
A friend of mine noticed that his girlfriend felt the same way about realistic cinematic games vs. cinematic fantasy RPGs. My own SO is in the same boat. She just likes being immersed in the game, or challenged by a simple objective. And I can understand that. Who has time to think about how to kill a fire-resistant boss enemy with just confuse and restore magic? There are more important things to do than leveling up and grinding, like actually advancing to the next part of the story!
I’m a passive gamer. I’m not really invested in building up my characters or playing strategically, I’m just more interested in what I can do with them, what’s going to happen to them, and ways they can die (because there’s only one way they can win, and that’s no fun).