Famitsu gives Heavy Rain 37/40 ahead of today’s review deluge

Wednesday, 10th February 2010 13:03 GMT By Johnny Cullen


The latest Famitsu has given Heavy Rain a 37/40.

The individual scores for the Quantic Dream thriller were 10, 10, 9, 8.

The magazine praised it for a “fabulous story” that “keeps you wanting to continue playing”.

Prepare yourself for a reviews influx for the game: the embargo lifts at 5pm GMT today.

Heavy Rain’s out on February 23 in the US and February 26 in the UK for PS3.

Thanks, mojo.



  1. Detale

    The demo completely sold me on this, I’m sure the reviews will be interesting to read but I’m going to be queueing up to get my copy on the 26th.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    I wonder what all the “It’s a glorified QTE-fest” whiners are going to say when nothing but rave reviews start coming in for this game.

    These tend to be the very same people who whine when the games they like they “crap” scores, mind you. You know, those “crap” scores like 7 and 8.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. The Hindle

    It will get mainly 7s i think

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Michael O’Connor

    “It will get mainly 7s i think.”

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I have this on pre-order, special edition no less. :D

    I reckon an 89% metacritic average one month after release.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The Hindle

    Based of 6 reviews though dude, actually i take that comment back it will get a varied result for its scores.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Michael O’Connor

    It’s still a damn good start.

    I’ll see you all back in this thread in a month. *waves*

    #7 5 years ago
  8. PolyGoneWithTheWind

    What will make the difference is if the reviewer themselves have kids. I challenge any Dad with kid’s not to get well and truly sucked into it. The game is ripping at a Dad’s heart-strings – I’m a Dad and I really like the idea of a game playing emotionally. It may not well be a better “game” than Mass Effect 2 or Uncharted 2 but as a piece of entertainment, I am more excited about playing this than any other game that may well be a better game.

    Horses for courses – but with any review, I’d like to know if they did or did not have kids before they posted their score. Would be interesting to see…

    #8 5 years ago
  9. daytripper

    @2 i’m glad this sort of game is coming out and getting very good reviews, i’m a bit cheesed off at the amount of first person shooters that are arriving at a alarming rate this generation, so its nice to see something like this in the spotlight for a change.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Eregol

    Wonder if we’ll see an Edge [7] or [8]?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    EDGE bashing is so last week.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. mojo

    together with godow3 (which is of course a completly different game) this is my so far most anticipated game of 2010. so far. Or lets say, nothings is more present on my radar for now.
    Guess it will, as a game, feel like no other.
    so looking forward to this.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    TBH Michael, he’s got a point.

    I’m actually curious to see what Edge will give it.

    That said, it has to be an eight at least.

    I was mighty impressred with the demo. The only time there actually was a QTE was actually good, so consider me pumped for this.

    Not that I already was. :D

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    EDGE get far too much crap simply for giving a critical opinion that isn’t always shared by the gamers in general.

    They get criticised for stuff like 360 fanboyism, simply because 360 games *they* don’t like were well scored… even going so far as to ignore the 10/10 that LittleBigPlanet received.

    EDGE will give it what they think it deserves. I think their 6 out of 10 for Dragon Age was utter madness, but I don’t think the magazine deliberately goes out of its way to score things badly for the sake of controversy. Ever.

    True though, Heavy Rain is a tricky one to judge. I’m definitely *curious* as to what they’ll give it, that’s for sure.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. blackdreamhunk

    I wouldn’t trust edge online,game spot,bittech,game trailers,video gamer, edge online for gaming news.

    yea the gaming Industry is full of liers

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Heavy Rain is pretty artsy… Edge should love it. ;)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. McLovin85

    You guys talking about a demo u played at a games event or is it on the japanese PSN? I’ve only created a UK and US account so can’t check myself.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Michael O’Connor

    It’s already on the store using a redeem code, McLovin’

    My personal impressions are here – – and the first link will tell you how to get your hands on the demo early.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. McLovin85

    Great stuff Michael thanks! I’ll get cracking on solving the case and then dling the demo.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. onlineatron

    Great score from a Japanese mag!

    Although I was buying it anyway the demo has completely sold me on it!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. RomaTotti10

    Edge loves Bayonetta – Perfect score. Now let’s see what they score Heavy Rain. How does it compare to Bayonetta?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Dannybuoy

    Review scores suck… be your own person, make up your own mind! Even if it scored 5 across the board, I’d still buy this game. The story fascinates me. Can’t be said about many games. I’m just looking forward to a game that isn’t just a protracted fetch quest with repetitive gameplay mechanics to stretch the game out. Darksiders is quite fun but it’s starting to become a bit of a grind. But I have probably got a shorter than average attention span…

    #22 5 years ago
  23. The Hindle

    Im expecting a 7 off Edge and a 8 of Eurogamer

    #23 5 years ago
  24. reask

    Demo is out on PSN tomorrow the 11th.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Detale

    A 9 from Eurogamer in the end.

    #25 5 years ago

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