OPM gives Heavy Rain 9 in world-first review

Monday, 18th January 2010 12:06 GMT By Johnny Cullen


OPM’s got the world’s first review of Heavy Rain this month, giving the Quantic PS3 exclusive 9/10.

Here’s a snip:

Certainly there’s nothing quite like it on PS3, or indeed any other system. Put gaming conventions aside, go in with no expectations other than this is something new and massively good-looking, and you’ll be rewarded with a unique experience that lurches between genius and madness, manages to be genuinely emotional, and that you’ll be bursting to talk about with your friends.

Awesome, awesome, awesome.

The game is released on February 23 in the US, and February 26 in the UK.

The thriller’s sex scenes and violence got detailed this morning.

Thanks, GOONL!NE and tLG.



  1. Gekidami

    I’m expecting some of the most mixed reviews this gen for this game. Its definitely something you either love or hate.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    Yep – not sure which campI’m in from the previews. I don’t think it would demo particularly well either.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    If it’s anything like fahrenheit I’ll ****ING LOVE IT! :D

    To be fair though I don’t remember the reviews for fahrenheit being mixed?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. SniperWolf

    it will be in the 9-9.6

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    “To be fair though I don’t remember the reviews for fahrenheit being mixed?”

    Mid 80s on average. Nothing generally lower than a 7 though.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Benjo1981

    To be honest, we know very little about what the final game is going to be like. The only thing we have to go on is one review which says its pretty good. Claiming it’s going to get mixed reviews is as of yet unfounded speculation.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Eregol

    Kind of expected this from OPM.
    It will be more telling when more of these flush out.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Bulk Slash

    “Put gaming conventions aside”
    “go in with no expectations”
    “a unique experience”

    That sounds like a very carefully worded and ambivalent conclusion to their review. I suppose they were trying to cover their arses for when all the complaints about QTEs start up. Still, I’m really looking forward to playing it.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DarthKebab

    Will wait for the likes of Edge, Eurogamer and Gamecentral to get their mittens on this one.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. pleasant_cabbage

    I tend to agree with Bulk on how carefully worded that bit is.

    Although I’ll definately get it (at some point) I have little confidence that they can fix the biggest gripes from Fahrenheit: terrible story and dull play mechanics for the gamey parts. The former is especially important in ‘games’ like this and I smell a sinkus coming.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    “Fahrenheit: terrible story”

    Fuck you! No story can be terrible when it involves fighting the internet!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. AHA-Lambda

    “Fahrenheit: terrible story”


    *shakes fist violently*

    #12 5 years ago
  13. zoopdeloop

    It will get mixed reviews…since this gen we’ve been carried away by shooters and more action oriented games and forgot other genres like adventure games which at some parts they are slow paced and have little to no action elements in them….

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mojo

    “Its definitely something you either love or hate.”

    no its not.
    u will love it!!
    love it!!!

    well ist opm, the official playstation magazine..
    They suerly wount give that game a 6 or something..
    but i for myself are very confident that i will love this game.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Quiiick

    @ zoopdeloop
    … it wasn’t that much of a difference last gen. :(

    #15 5 years ago
  16. zoopdeloop

    True…but this gen is getting worse plus much more Sony hate and a lot more fanboys

    #16 5 years ago
  17. TimClark

    Hey. I did my best to explain who the game will appeal to in the full text of the review. I actually don’t think it will get mixed reviews. I think they’ll be overwhelmingly positive, with the odd refusnik.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. AHA-Lambda

    woah do reviewers usually post on this site 8O

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Eregol


    #19 5 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    Tim’s eyes are everywhere. He’s got omnieyes.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Eregol

    Wasn’t that a song in Dirty Dancing?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    …one look at you and I can’t disguise.


    #22 5 years ago
  23. Eregol

    I feel the magic between you and I.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    I want to hold you so hear me out

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Eregol

    Yeah, I think we’ve taken that far enough.
    Glad to see someone was on the same page though.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    True…but this gen is getting worse plus much more Sony hate and a lot more fanboys”

    You know what I disagree. But, my guess, is that you owned and gamed on a PS2 last gen. So you were in the mainstream. You had the in crowd behind you. You never saw the haters.

    You should have owned a Dreamcast. Or a Xbox. Plenty of hate aimed at those gamers. Very much injustified, but it was there.

    For the most part gamers pick one system, and then begin to bash anyone else who doesn’t make the same choice as they do. I don’t if it is the very nature of being insecure ro what, but that is the way it always works. It isn’t about what the hardware offers, or the games that can be played on it. It is about who else owns the thing.

    We called playing games simply playing Atari. And Later it wasn’t a video game, it was a Nintendo. Colleco, Intelevision, Sega, and TG16 all offered game systems, but no one branded their system THE system to play. Its the samething today.

    And depending on what side of the equation your on, will change your perspective of it. Last couple of gens Sony was monster huge. For younger gamers, that may well be all they have known. My guess is that fits you. You prolly just can’t understand why that has changed. You don’t understand where the “Hate” comes from. You can’t understand why so many folks just don’t like the Sony game system. You will figure it out. there is a bigger picture here. But if your zoomed in one on just one spot your going to miss the whole thing.

    These things come and go. I think it has to do more with price, Public Preception, a little luck, and of course the obvious games. I think the fall of the Sony Empire(and it really isn’t as bad as all of that is it) has everything to do with Hardware price, lack of online focus, an anti western JP-centric games focus, and lastly(I think maybe most importantly) Handhelds.

    Add to that mix a powerful upstart. MS took one generation to get their feet wet, and learn. All the while they were planning on over taking the lead in the second round. They planned on doing that by countering the things that Sony didn’t do well/didn’t focus on. Xbox was very online heavy. Xbox held western game dev in high regaurd, their leading games came from the west and NOT from JP. The Xbox, and Xbox360 were manufactured to be able to sold at lower more affordable price points. Instead of pushing pick up and play, casual games to the handhelds, MS created XBLA and offered cheaper, fun, pick up and play focused games.

    In short they did a lot of things right. MS, love em or hate em, moved the industry forward. Other wise this gen would be exactly like last gen, but with more expensive games, and prettier graphics. MS has been leading, and Sony has been following.

    In the end the irony, is that Nintendo has been killing them both. So go figure lol.

    But I know you have always found yourself struggling with the so called Sony hate. I know you don’t understand it. But I have seen it before. And we will prolly see it again someday. The video game industry goes in cycles.

    The trick is to play what you enjoy. And learn to not allow what other people say chnage that.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    Tim clark? that guys been at Opm Uk for fucking years

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Eregol

    He should leave the building one day.
    I bet his family misses him.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. TimClark

    @The Hindle One and the same. Another year or so and it’s a carriage clock from Elizabeth Duke, then they shoot me in the underground car park.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Eregol

    Always nice for reviewers to feedback to the people they are writing to.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    @Tim :)

    #31 5 years ago
  32. TimClark

    Try to offer feedback if it’s wanted. Twitter’s easiest for that I guess – @OPM_UK or @timothydclark if anyone ever wants to, erm, solicit feedback.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Eregol

    I only signed up for Twitter to enter VG247 competitions.
    Speaking of which, when are we going to have another one?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Johnny Cullen

    I’m still waiting on a follow request btw, Tim.



    That goes for anyone who wants to follow from here. :)

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Johnny Cullen

    “Fahrenheit: terrible story”

    #35 5 years ago
  36. SunKing

    In Fahrenheit I got stuck on the bit where you’re trying to find a book for this chinese dude. Will probably go back to it, but that game is too much like a series of scenes with a QTE stuck in, rather than an actual story. Aside from that, the characterisation was pretty good for a video game.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. onlineatron

    I got tired of Fahrenheit… mainly because I was playing it on my laptop and the controls were very awkward!

    I ended up playing with my hands crossed most the time…

    yeah I got to chinese book guy as well.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Quiiick

    @ OlderGamer

    “But, my guess, is that you owned and gamed on a PS2 last gen. So you were in the mainstream. You had the in crowd behind you. You never saw the haters.
    You should have owned a Dreamcast. Or a Xbox. Plenty of hate aimed at those gamers. Very much injustified, but it was there.”

    Just click my nickname!
    I didn’t own a Dreamcast though.

    BTW: You’re younger than I am, OlderGamer. ;)

    I started gaming in the arcades … in 1969

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Hero of Canton

    Fahrenheit’s story is risible, which is disappointing considering it starts off so well. I could just about cope with with the Matrix-aping fighty stuff. A sentient manifestation of the internet as a collection of yellow triangles in vaguely humanoid form was a little too high on the weirdometer for me, but what topped it off was the sex scene between a woman and a dead man inside a train surrounded by tramps, with the woman – having only just met the man – declaring her love for him mid-coitus. Then she’s somehow pregnant by him at the end.

    Uwe Boll’s written more coherent, believable plots than that. Luckily, from what I hear, Heavy Rain is a vast, vast improvement.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. SunKing

    I remember playing the QTE where the guy goes through a major freakout and starts seeing bugs all over his office building and thinking,

    How could they ever think that this is acceptable?

    It truly is the worst QTE I have ever played – EVER!

    #40 5 years ago
  41. OlderGamer

    well Quiiick, all I said was that I am an Older Gamer. Never said I was ancient ;)

    #41 5 years ago

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