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Heavy Rain is an interactive drama, action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream for the PlayStation 3. It is highly praised for its incredibly captivating storyline, and the unique control scheme perfectly suits the presentation of the game's plot. The game won many awards in 2010, including Game of the Year from CNN and Best PS3 Game of 2010 by IGN.
The game starts out slow, but after navigating through the game world for a bit, you will find yourself not wanting to put your controller down. Heavy Rain features four protagonists, and the story revolves around their quest to identify the Origami Killer, a serial murderer who drowns their victims to death during extended periods of rainfall. The character development is just amazing, and together with a great storyline, this game is truly a must-play.
Are you looking for games like Heavy Rain? Well here are five dramatic thrillers that you will surely enjoy.
5 Games Like Heavy Rain
- L.A. Noire
- The Walking Dead
- Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit)
- Beyond: Two Souls
- Still Life 2
1. L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire is an action-adventure third-person shooter developed by Team Bondi. The game is available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The game has drawn inspiration from many elements of film noir—you can even play the game in black and white! It is set in an open world, allowing you to explore freely and take a break from the story when you want.
In this game, you play as an LAPD officer tasked to solve a series of cases. It incorporates a newly developed facial animation technology; 32 cameras surround the characters to capture their facial expressions from every angle. This is a huge part of the game, as you will have to carefully examine the expressions of other characters during interviews to determine whether they are lying or not. These mystery and crime-solving elements are accompanied by a fast-paced combat system. There are also many side quests available that require you to solve cases that are not related to the main story of the game.
L.A. Noire is one of the greatest crime video games in recent years. The amazing facial animation technology, compelling storyline and addicting gameplay make L.A. Noire a highly enjoyable game.
2. The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is a graphic adventure developed by Telltale Games. The game is based on the popular comic book series and can be played on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X and iOS. It has won over 80 Game of the Year awards as well as several Best Story awards from various publishers.
The game is set in the same world as the comic, but the characters are original to the game. The two main characters are Lee Everett, a university professor and convicted murderer, and Clementine, an eight-year-old girl whose parents had left for the weekend before the outbreak. The main focus of the gameplay is on the plot and character development, rather than puzzle-solving that is typically seen in other graphic adventure games. The decisions you make affect the outcome of events, and they carry over to the next episode.
If you liked the comic book and TV series, you'll also love this fantastic game. The amazing storyline will hook you like no other game can, and it will make you want to play over and over again.
3. Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit)
Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) is an action-adventure game that comes from the same developers of Heavy Rain. The developers prefer to brand the game as the first interactive film. This is a must-play game if you're tired of the typical shooters with generic gameplay. Prepare for an incredibly engaging experience as you find yourself immersed in the game's story and characters.
The game starts out with a grim atmosphere, and the opening sequences are quite disturbing. It only gets more sinister as you progress through the game, but it suits the game's storyline perfectly. You will be able to play as three main characters, each with their own story to tell. There is a time bar during conversations, and you must choose from the options quickly. This helps keep you engaged in the story. You can also switch from one character to another, giving you different perspectives as you investigate crime scenes.
Indigo Prophecy is the type of game that you would want to finish in one sitting, but don't rush through it or you'll miss out on the game's terrific story.
4. Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls is another creation of Quantic Dream released exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The developers were able to learn which areas they need to improve on based on the reception from their previous installments; Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain.
The game features spiritual and thriller elements. The story revolves around Jodie Holmes and her quest to discover the true meaning of an entity named Aiden, who has been attached to her all her life. Many say that Two Souls has a compelling storyline, just like its predecessors. However, some critics say that the story is all over the place, and that the developers have been too ambitious.
5. Still Life 2
Still Life 2 is an adventure game developed by Gameco Studios. It is the sequel to Still Life, and completes the trilogy dating back to 2002's Post Mortem. Still Life 2 features new characters and the gameplay has improved, with an interesting change in pace as you switch between the two playable characters.
In this game, your two playable characters are FBI agent Victoria McPherson and reporter Paloma Hernandez. At the beginning of the game, Paloma gets abducted. You will then control Victoria to investigate the crime, equipped with her smartphone and CSIA kit. What's interesting about this game is that once you switch to Paloma, the game turns into a survival/horror game. This part of the game primarily involves timed puzzles, wherein you must escape from the traps laid by the killer within the specified amount of time. If you fail, your character dies and you have to try to solve the puzzle again. This is also made even creepier due to the eerie music and disturbingly scary voice of the killer.
Still Life 2 is a great game which will hook you with its alternating pace and changing gameplay. The challenging puzzles and captivating story are enough to keep you interested in playing this game.
© 2013 Caleb Melvern
Miaa on August 17, 2018:
I like the Beyond tw suls, I acctually watched some of it by another youtuber and Im in love with it, so I will be getting that from game stop this weekend
Calum Labrador from Manila, Philippines on December 10, 2014:
This is an informative, well-crafted hub. Keep it up :]
Cory from United States on November 29, 2014:
Great list. I was actually surprised to hear about Still Life 2. It's actually a game I've never played before, but I'll definitely be on the lookout for it now.
Ally Lewis on September 05, 2014:
I loved Heavy Rain and played LA Noire, so I definitely will have to check out some of the other titles you suggested. Still Life 2 may be where I start!
Caleb Melvern (author) from Philippines on June 25, 2013:
Thanks John! These games are all amazing and you can't go wrong no matter what you choose.
John Roberts from South Yorkshire, England on June 25, 2013:
Great list! I'm favouriting this so I can use it for future reference! I sure loved Heavy Rain and I simply can't get enough of it, but I bet the games you've listed will sat the hunger for it ^^
Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and shared! ^^