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Kimberley Ellis
19 Aug, 2009

Heavy Rain dishes out the visual pretties

PS3 Media | Another dose of astonishing screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

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7 Comments
4 years ago
Hrmmm very pretty faces and all, but ruined by the same clothing as every other game. I think that will have to be the next "big" think to improve.
4 years ago
Moon is right, great facial textures are a dime a dozen, you need to complete the package if you really want to wow people, or at least be consistent, if you're going to go all out in one area but average in another then it stands out like dog's balls.
4 years ago
This game looks brilliant (looks, gameplay and story), this is my number one look forward to game.
4 years ago
I don't necessarily agree with moonhead. If I'm watching a scene, I'm watching the action. That may be faces, gunfire, or whatever. I don't think being able to see the threads in a jacket is extremely important, as long as it's animated smoothly and realistically in the thick of the action.
When it comes to realism, I'd much prefer fluid animation over HD visuals. After all, TV looked realistic for decades in low definition analogue format.

So I'm quite happy most of the focus has been put into the faces. The rest will fall into place if it's been animated well.
4 years ago
Def a game i'll buy a ps3 for
4 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
Moon is right, great facial textures are a dime a dozen, you need to complete the package if you really want to wow people, or at least be consistent, if you're going to go all out in one area but average in another then it stands out like dog's balls.
Whilst I support your theory, those screens looks comprehensively stunning. Quantic Dream seek to champion convincingly animated character expression; when you see how well those characters emote, in tandem with a compelling story, you'll be blown away.
4 years ago
Oh I've seen it, and I agree it's absolutely amazing. The problem is (and I see it far too often across all mediums of gaming) that when there are elements to a scene that are breathtaking but there's one or two things that don't quite sit right, they stick out big time.

Whether it be something as simple as a guy's tie not moving when he's running around, or the fabric of his coat not mimicing his motions, it can be really jarring. Far moreso than if the whole presentation was of an equal adequacy. If you'd prefer an example closer to home, the nightclub scene was a bit "eh" for me, the animation was absolutely superb, but it was let down by a lack of dynamic lighting which really ruined the scene for me.

A good example outside of Heavy Rain is Max Payne 2, which had pretty bloody amazing facial textures at the time, but the textures on the bodies really didn't stack up, it was noticable... at least to me.

Still my most anticipated game on the PS3 though, and probably the only game I will regret not playing if I don't manage to get a PS3 prior to its release.
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Australian Release Date:
  25/02/2010 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $109.95 AU
Publisher:
  Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre:
  Adventure
Year Made:
  2008
Players:
  1

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