An outpouring of emotion
The story of Heavy Rain Move Edition lurks within the dark corners of the noir thriller genre, creating a tense drama that grips you all the way to its multi-epilogue climax. A title strictly for adults, it's a tale which combines mature themes and evocative scenes to stir your emotions. Like a brilliant movie, Heavy Rain Move Edition's tale of human despair and triumph takes you on a journey - and how it ends is up to you.
The Origami Killer is still at large, plaguing lives with grisly murders, and as you're introduced to the four main characters of the game, they become the latest to be affected by the killer's destructive path. Can you uncover the true identity of the criminal before more lives are put in danger?
Before you start the main game, you can treat yourself to a playable prologue in the shape of Heavy Rain Move Edition: Chronicle 1. Set before the events of Heavy Rain Move Edition, you explore the sinister home of a suspicious character who may be hiding a terrible secret. It acts as a great introduction to the game's storyline.
Heavy Rain Move Edition's well paced and chilling story is about your choices and their consequences. How far are you willing to go to save someone you love?
Dripping with atmosphere
From its clever origami lesson when you install the game that teaches you the art of decorative paper folding, Heavy Rain Move Edition's presentation impresses. A powerful atmosphere is skilfully shaped by subtle use of well observed body language (such as characters hugging themselves in the cold and rain), convincing environments and some sterling camera direction, which also uses a split screen effect to simultaneously show multiple perspectives of a scene.
Complementing this mesmerising theatre is a soundtrack that captures the tone of each scene with a haunting string and piano composition. Whether it's watching someone play in the park or trying to fend off a vicious attacker, the orchestrated music is well composed for each of the many incidents you engage in. And if you want to listen to the stunning score recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London at your leisure, Heavy Rain Move Edition also includes the full soundtrack in convenient digital form for your listening pleasure.
Heavy Rain Move Edition features multiple endings, each one based on the many paths you may take during the game - so there's plenty to keep you coming back to see what may have happened if you had made different decisions. Also included are dynamic themes based around the characters and a series of Making Of videos for you to see how the epic game was created.
Drowning in character depth
Heavy Rain Move Edition puts you in control of four main characters, each with their own agenda and motivations. Their stories overlap, crossing paths as each chapter unfolds... and all are touched by the grim shadow of the Origami Killer.
Ethan Mars is a broken man. As the first character you're introduced to, Mars cuts a sombre figure, suffering from reality bending post-traumatic blackouts. He doesn't start off that way - after a well crafted introduction to his pleasant life, you get a first-hand close-up of the fatal tragedy which destroys him and his family. From there the game puts his fate in your hands. Can you bring him out of the rain?
On the trail of the Origami Killer are two men, Scott Shelby and Norman Jayden. Both contrast in their methods. Shelby's quick-fire speech plays off his ever present asthma and slightly reckless old school detective practices, while Jayden's systematic and high-tech FBI profiler approach comes with an occasionally nervous patter thanks to a dangerously addictive personality.
Finally, there's Madison Paige, a photographer trying to deal with the loneliness and isolation of insomnia. Dragged into the destroyed lives created by the Origami Killer, Paige finds herself in situations which put her in grave danger, leaving it up to you if she survives.
Any of these characters can die in Heavy Rain Move Edition - and if they do, it doesn't necessarily mean the game is over. However, you will then have to play through the rest of the story living with the consequences of your actions...
How far are you willing to go?
Heavy Rain Move Edition is a refreshingly different experience. While exploring the characters' lives, you can listen to their thoughts and then speak or act - and each required action is context sensitive, meaning it corresponds to an on-screen prompt, which can range from throwing a boomerang to changing a baby's nappy. It's a very intuitive and well thought out control system, made all the more exciting during moments of high drama or physical conflict, which requires keen observation, sharp reflexes and good judgement to perform the correct actions as they flash on the screen.
Because you can never tell what will happen next, you can't afford to take your hands off the PS Move motion controller during any part of Heavy Rain Move Edition's gripping story. There's a very real sense of menace to the characters' situations, leaving you exhilarated and rewarded when you succeed and breathlessly stunned when you fail. Heavy Rain Move Edition feels like nothing else out there - and you play a vital role in unlocking that unique experience.
A moving experience
Heavy Rain Move Edition is fully playable with a Wireless controller, using the Classic controls from the original Heavy Rain - although with PlayStation Move, the game's intense and engaging gameplay becomes even more compelling. Heavy Rain Move Edition is played using a PlayStation Move motion controller to complete actions and a PlayStation Move navigation controller or Wireless Controller to move your character. Whether it's negotiating a deadly broken glass floored maze, fighting off a fearsome aggressor or just taking a shave, each motion has you performing an equivalent movement using the PS Move motion controller.
It's a superb way to draw you deeper into Heavy Rain Move Edition's thrilling journey through the dark recesses of the human condition. Action sequences are powerful and unique experiences that leave you breathless with excitement, while the quieter, more sedate scenes bring you closer to the characters as you really feel part of their lives.
The stakes are even higher to find the Origami Killer with PlayStation Move. Can you take the pressure of Heavy Rain Move Edition?