The Eurogamer Expo started in the UK today, and undoubtedly the most games on show from a single publisher was from Sony. Sony had God of War 3, MAG, Ratchet & Clank and Heavy Rain. So the first games I wanted to play were God Of War 3 and Heavy Rain, naturally.
Luckily I got there early and managed to get a full demo of Heavy Rain, and I'm happy to say, it's fantastic. The demo I played was the one with the character Ethan Mars, when he gets attacked by a large man in a scrap yard. The demo started out very slow, and was slightly boring looking around for clues in a garage regarding a suspect. Holding R2, and looking with left analogue stick allows you to walk in the direction you're looking.
Twisting the right stick to the left puts your sunglasses, also known as ARI (Artificial Reality Interface), and allows you to see clues in your immediate surroundings. This is very similar to the Batman: Arkham Asylum detective mod, except that pressing R1 sends out a circular pulse from you and brings up points of interest in the area. You can then go up to all the clues, and push the right analog stick down to view the data. Twisting the right stick to the right takes your glasses off, and takes you back to the standard view.
This was all slightly boring, because I had a limited amount of time, and I really wanted to absorb everything about Heavy Rain in that time. Once I had looked at all the clues, I got out of the garage and was immediately attacked by the large man. This is the bit where everyone says "QTEs are boring," but believe me, if you think QTEs are boring after playing this game, there is something wrong with you.
The QTE gameplay is heart pumping, and actually makes you feel like you're getting attacked. Pressing the wrong button or not pressing a button in time makes the character react differently. In fact, I'd have to say, you will be looking forward to the QTE in this game, that's how good the QTE is. The best thing about the quick time events are that they are unique for the action that is taking place, you may have to sweep the analog stick in a certain way to dodge an attack or press a button to pick up an object to attack with etc.
I was a fan of Indigo Prophecy, and I expected Heavy Rain to be good, and it is. How Quantic Dream made QTEs exciting is beyond me, but I'm glad they kept the same formula as Indigo Prophecy. Of all the games I played at the expo, Heavy Rain was the only one that had my heart racing with excitement, fear, and adrenaline. This truly is a game you cannot afford to miss out on.