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PUBLISHED: 18:40 23 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:57 24 August 2010

HOW fitting it is that the computer games industry has managed to trot out a game that is a much better film than most of Hollywood can muster. As the suits in California pillage favourites of button slammers worldwide, such as Resident Evil, for ideas fo

HOW fitting it is that the computer games industry has managed to trot out a game that is a much better film than most of Hollywood can muster.

As the suits in California pillage favourites of button slammers worldwide, such as Resident Evil, for ideas for films, one company appears to have gone a little the other way to great effect.

French programmers Quatic Dream have brought almost photo-real graphics, a taught, tense storyline and inventive gameplay to the Playstation 3 in a combination which gives a gaming experience like no other.

You take the role of four characters and play each of them at different points during the game.

Starting off as Ethan Mars, a father-of-two, the storyline skips forward a few years after a family tragedy and leads right into another.

Ethan's son has been kidnapped by the dreaded Origami Killer who is going around town drowning young boys in rain water.

With only a few days to save his son and torrential rain poring down, Ethan sets about finding the killer and saving his boy.

On the way other characters, such as a private investigator, an FBI agent and a journalist take on prominence and find their stories intertwining with each other.

As said before, the look of the game is absolutely beautiful.

At times you find yourself sitting back and trying to work out if one screenshot is really computer generated or simply a touched up photo or film clip.

The controls are little more than pushing a button at a particular time to make your character say something, dodge or reach for something and as such can be a tad boring.

However, with these controls, every action you do has a reaction in the storyline and leads to different points or result.

But the beauty of this game is the way in which it completely immerses you in the storyline.

For too long computer games have given some nonsensical dross as a story which has you smashing the keys to fast forward through.

In Heavy Rain however you are utterly drawn to the cut scenes, waiting to find out what happens next and thus becomes the closest thing you will get to actually playing a film.

Alex Wellman

Rating: 85%

www.heavyrainps3.com

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