David Cage’s Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain, the new Playstation 3 video game is released today, and it is receiving a lot of good publicity for its innovative, groundbreaking style. Written and directed by David Cage, Heavy Rain takes the form of a mystery thriller with the player in charge of one of four main characters hunting a child killer. Unlike a mystery novel or film, the moral choices the player makes affect the outcome of the story. It is ironic that this particular game is billed as artistic, since mystery fiction is often dismissed as not being an art form of itself. Yet with this game David Cage hopes to elevate the video game format to a new level of respectability. The reviews so far are mixed, the Telegraph argues that the dialogue is poor, but the Evening Standard has an interview with the American writer and director Neil LaBute in which he talks of the excitement that Heavy Rain is generating in Hollywood. All in all, we will have to wait to see if Heavy Rain becomes the Citizen Kane of video games.
You can watch the trailer to Heavy Rain below: