Five Protagonists, Five Stories
The thrilling video game Heavy Rain developed by Quantic Dream, formerly available on PlayStation, has released for PC. Now, it’s available through the Epic Games Store with a free demo to try. It is an Action-Adventure and Interactive Drama game that introduces an emotionally shattered father, a detective, a journalist, and of course an FBI agent as playable characters. All these characters are present in the drama revolves around a serial killer who targets young boys during the rainfalls.
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It’s more than an interactive drama as the game comes with four playable protagonists involved with a strange mystery of a killer, who uses extended periods of rainfall to take on his victims. You, as the player, can interact with the game by performing actions related to motions, and in some cases, performing a set of quick time events. The actions and decisions during the game directly affect the narrative such as the main character can be murdered, and specific actions may lead you to other possible scenes and endings.
The plot follows the protagonist named Ethan. A day after celebrating the birthday of his son, Ethan Mars and his family go shopping. They are hit by a car, causing the death of Jason, and falls Ethan into a six-month coma. Ethan, blaming himself for the death of his beloved son Jason after waking up from the coma, divorces his wife and shifts into a small house. There, he suffers from mental trauma and blackouts two years later when he is with his other son named Shaun. Upon awakening, he finds that his son has been abducted by the serial killer. Immediately, Ethan visits the motel to check, where he receives a letter from the killer, leading him to a shoebox comprising phone and five origami figures. After that, the protagonist starts finding the serial killer to kill and his son to save. The fully emotional story may make you cry while you as the protagonist searching for your lost son.
Heavy Rain is available on Epic Game Store for only $19.99.