Heavy Rain has been one of the most anticipated games of 2010. It has been hailed as “the first of its kind” by game critics everywhere. However, Heavy Rain is heavy on story and somewhat light on actual game play. It could be described as closer to a pick-your-own-path movie rather than a game. Its intense and winding story is designed to draw the player in and never let them go.
The game follows the lives of several people, allowing us to see how the acts of a serial killer, known as the Origami Killer, runs rampant in their city. The Origami Killer is someone who preys on young boys, kidnapping them from playgrounds and other places. The killer uses extended periods of rain to kill its victims, hence the game’s title.
The four characters in which you are responsible for controlling are Ethan Mars, Madison Page, Norman Jayden and Scott Shelby. Ethan is divorced from his wife, after an incident involving one of his sons at a busy mall, which leads to that son’s death. We pick back up with Ethan as he is taking his remaining son to the park. Ethan blacks out and his son, Shaun, is nowhere to be found.
It is quickly apparent that his son has been taken by the Origami Killer. Madison Page is an investigative journalist that provides both a support role to Ethan as well as investigating the Origami Killer. Norman Jayden is a FBI profiler. He has a pair of glasses that enables him to investigate crime scenes much faster than a normal person. Norman spends a fair amount of the game suffering from addiction. Scott Shelby is a retired cop turned private investigator. He is investigating on behalf of the victims