PS3's Heavy Rain Engages 3D Technology And An Intense Adult Theme
Heavy Rain and Avatar may share some of the new cinema technologies, but in the success area they’re all but similar.
Just about to hit the shelves, the new exclusive PlayStation 3 adult game, Heavy Rain, marks the return of David Cage and the Quantic Dream team to the public eye. The third game in a 10-year career promises to be the most somber of all and at the same time, an ambitious test of the market.
In terms of technology, virtual cinema machines and the use of real people to create virtual actors, films and games share similarities, and video game programmers are pioneering things filmmakers are beginning to discover. However, the resemblance stops there. Avatar became a box office success by giving people a 3D imaginary world to escape to, but Heavy Rain's a pitch black thriller and may become the most misunderstood game in 2010, because of the pioneering way it explores interactive fiction.
Games from Quantic Dream, the team led by visionary David Cage, revolve around adult themes treated in a fantastic way. In Soul Nomad, with the collaboration of David Bowie, the hero is a video gamer sucked into another dimension. When he loses a life, he reincarnates in another character and it all starts again. It was a strange story that paved the way for Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in the United States), a paranormal thriller, with New York as the stage for a series of crimes, an equally complex history.
In Heavy Rain love is the theme. The murder of seven children by the Origami Killer, creates a mystery to solve, while the love of a father is put to the test. The core of the game as David Cage states "is really about how far you're willing to go to save someone you love.” Torn between having to kill and die himself, the hero becomes entangled in a plot that brings together a hundred real actors, with virtualized movement, expression and voice technology.Continued on the next page