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Heavy Rain screenshot

Tom Orry, Editor - Heavy Rain, PS3
Now, I haven't played this, but I did watch it being played in the office for a while. The opening scene did a tremendous job at showing just how skilled developer Quantic Dream is in the visuals department, but, and this might sound too harsh, they are perhaps a little too realistic at times. More than any other game I've ever seen, uncanny valley reared its scarily realistic looking ugly head. So what was it that caught my eye to suggest that the main character wasn't actualy real? His eyes? His hair? His boxer shorts? No, all of these things looked pretty great. It's his occasionally floppy, puppet-like arms that stood out. It's really a compliment that I'm even discussing uncanny valley at all, and I'm sure I'd get used to the arms after a while.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves screenshot

Wesley Yin-Poole, Deputy Editor – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, PS3
Christmas came early this year. The missus forked out 285 quid for a 250GB PS3 Slim, Uncharted 2 and FIFA 10 from HMV - my reward for being such a good boyfriend this year. Somehow, and I'm still not sure how I managed it, I convinced her to let me play it before December 25th (she may now own my soul, and have a certificate signed in blood to prove it). So, this week I've finally had the chance to find out what all the fuss is about and get my grubby mitts on Uncharted 2. I have to admit, it looks incredible. It's not just the fidelity of the graphics, but the attention to detail. Every room is packed with furniture and knick-knacks and the kinds of things you'd expect to see in a world lived in by human beings. Every vista is a cacophony of colour. I haven't seen this level of detail in a game world since Fallout 3. I find the story a bit too cheesy for my taste, and the shooter-heavy sections are often out of place (the helicopter boss battles are awful), but the climbing is stunning, the puzzles are ingenious, and the voice-acting is out of this world. As blockbuster adventure games go, Uncharted 2 is the best I've ever played.

Fahrenheit screenshot

Neon Kelly, Previews Editor - Fahrenheit, Xbox LIVE
Having spent a fair bit of time with Heavy Rain lately, I decided to download Fahrenheit - David Cage's previous attempt at narrative-led gaming (or, if you're of a more cynical disposition, his last attempt to sell us a load of interactive cut-scenes). I've been meaning to play this game for some time, and in the interim I'd heard a lot about its perceived strengths and weaknesses - particularly the way that the story goes off the rails after an excellent first act. As it turns out, I largely agree with this assessment. Fahrenheit kicks off with the main character murdering an innocent bystander in the toilets of a restaurant. It's a shocking opening, and the panic you feel as you try to clear things up is genuinely unnerving. It's certainly a bit disappointing when the story develops a supernatural focus, but personally I was more irritated by the lengthy Simon Says QTE sequences, which seem to have no relation to what's happening on screen. Rest assured, Heavy Rain does this kind of thing much better. Oh well, I like the fact that you have to preserve the hero's sanity, and that the only way to do this is to do really mundane things. Remember kids: if you've stabbed someone to death while your body was being controlled by an unknown demonic force, taking a piss will stop you from going mental. Merry Christmas!

Heavy Rain screenshot

James Orry, News Editor - Heavy Rain, PS3
In my view Heavy Rain has gone from being just another game out in 2010 to my most anticipated release of the year. After spending an hour or so watching Neon get his hands dirty with a preview build, I decided I needed to have a play of the early sections myself. The controls certainly take some getting used to, often resulting in some awkward navigation of your character, but even this can't dampen my enthusiasm for Quantic Dream's Game of the Year contender. I played through a section in a convenience store, but having seen Neon tackle events in one style I chose the complete opposite - thankfully, this resulted in a very different outcome, one of the many story variables I hope will feature in the final game.

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Fuzzynutz

Been playing MW2 just finished batman arkham asylum on 100% sweet can't wait for the second instalment also been playing LBP with me twins i don't i will ever get bored with that game...And been on new mario bros Wii.
Posted 09:03 on 30 January 2010
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mydeaddog

Well, it's definitely worth that price.

Hello James! Glad to see i'm not the only staff member trawling the site in the early hours of Christmas Eve. What rock and roll lives we lead...
Posted 02:38 on 24 December 2009
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jtorry

Only £2.37 in the current sale on Steam

http://store.steampowered.com/app/9740/
Posted 02:27 on 24 December 2009
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mydeaddog

To be honest, i'd say it's not.

It's a shame, because it's got lots of good things going on: it has a brilliant first half, it's unusual, and the music is excellent. When you first start playing, the atmosphere is very impressive - despite the fact that the graphics are really showing their age.

Unfortunately, it really goes off the rails in the second half. I'd heard people say this before, but I was still surprised by how badly the plot falls to bits. There are also some terribly annoying stealth bits, and worst of all the story is very linear. I've just finished it, and I doubt i'll ever go back to it.

If you can get ahold of it another way - maybe playing it for cheap on the PC, or getting a used 360 copy off ebay - it's certainly worth playing. At the time, I'm sure it must have been amazing, because it's very different to anything else out there. However, I can tell you now that Heavy Rain does the same thing but 100 times better.... I'm just hoping that the plot is more change-able this time.

Anyway, rant over. The short answer is that it's worth playing, but not worth paying 1200 points for.
Posted 01:28 on 24 December 2009
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scaz2244

started mass effecyt gettin ready for th 2nd one coming out looks amazing and a bit of ff7 and now tempted to buy farranheight but is it worth 1200 microsoft points?
Posted 13:03 on 21 December 2009
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South_East_Jedi

more god of war, plus some MW2 MP and some trials, getting ready for the DLC this Wednesday
Posted 12:20 on 21 December 2009
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jakeistheman

MGS3 and MGS2(as my PS3 is at sony's little texas plant geting fixed....still).
Posted 22:11 on 20 December 2009
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altaranga

Assassin's Creed II. I haven't had much gaming time this week, but what little there has been I have filled with AC2 fun time. Getting into this game now (at last). :)
Posted 20:03 on 20 December 2009
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GeNeCyDe1993

MW2
Halo 3
Bioshock, o wow i never realised how AMAZING Bioshock is :D
Posted 18:28 on 20 December 2009
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Ghost5

Burnout Paradise and Forza 3

Before the 30 I hated driving games O_o
Posted 13:29 on 20 December 2009
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Wido

Been playing MW2, Saboetur. Shall be getting ACII and Dragon Age done this week! Its time I sat down and actually finish them.

Lucky sods for playing Heavy Rain!
Posted 12:21 on 20 December 2009
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Quote:
and the shooter-heavy sections are often out of place (the helicopter boss battles are awful)

You mean the hotel part with the helicopter shooting it down? That is my favorite part! :O
Posted 11:37 on 20 December 2009
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chelskiboy247

I really want to play Heavy Rain now that I have seen all these gameplay videos but I don't have a PS3! May have to convince one of my friends to get it...

Anyway, I've been playing Fifa 10 and Modern Warfare 2 most of the time this week and will probably continue to do this until Christmas when I will hopefully get some new games - fingers crossed for Assassin's Creed 2!
Posted 10:50 on 20 December 2009
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renegade

What I would not give to be in your office with Heavy Rain there!
Posted 10:40 on 20 December 2009
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El-Dev

Forza 3
Metal Gear Solid
PixelJunk Shooter
Gran Turismo 5 demo

A pretty good week it must be said.
Posted 10:37 on 20 December 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 11/12/2009
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 7+
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