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Rain Review


PlayStation is full of iconic games which really tug at the heartstrings thanks to their artistic presentation and unusual gameplay. Sony Japan seems to be one of the best studios when it comes to creating titles such as these, bringing both the unusual but also the ability to tell a story in a way which is perhaps different from the norm. The studio’s latest title, 'rain' certainly falls into this category. It’s both beautiful and unusual, as well as having a gameplay experience which makes it hard to miss.

Rain starts by introducing you to a nameless young boy who, while lost out in the rain, sees the silhouette of a young girl who is being pursued by an unknown creature. Not really thinking about the consequences the boy decides to follow them into a gate of darkness although it’s not long before he discovers that, like the girl, he has become invisible, with only the rain revealing his whereabouts. 

Being invisible is important in rain because there are plenty of dangers lurking around the corner. For one, both him and the girl whom he is desperate to catch up with are constantly being pursued by the aforementioned creature tagged as ‘The Unknown.’ To counter this threat, throughout the game both our hero and the girl will find shelter which covers them from the rain and therefore makes them unseen. Eventually the boy and girl even work together and take advantage of their invisibility to distract both this and other creatures by creating distractions such as waving old puppets around or splashing in puddles so that they can proceed on their adventure.

At times in the game you’ll often find other nameless creatures blocking both of their paths, so different tricks come into play, such as hiding in lockers until the creatures pass; getting their attention so that they can knock down obstacles out of your path or even splashing in puddles to gain their attention, before hiding under shelter until they pass. Of course things do get a little more difficult as the game progresses, as suddenly the unknown become trickier to avoid and a new mud mechanic is introduced, sticking to the boy and the girl stubbornly, making both visible even when they find shelter. This make the game tricky, although luckily the mud can be washed away by finding large puddles of water.



What really adds to the game’s atmosphere is the fact that there is no narrative as such. The boy and girl never speak, in fact the only way you’ll get the full story is to read the text which appears on the sides of the buildings, giving you the information you need to understand to plot, before melting away into the background. This combined with the beautiful soundtrack, which is both calm and at times dramatic, really helps connect you to the action in a unique way.

It’s the way the story is told that really makes rain stand out. Some games are a brilliant distraction, but with rain it feels like you are a living part of the action. You’ll grow an attachment to your character, you’ll get knots in your stomach as you to try escape the clutches of The Unknown and you’ll also feel a sense of relief as you finally catch up to the girl and learn a few more of the game’s secrets.

We could describe every single little detail of rain in this review, but that would be doing it an injustice, because to understand and see the true beauty of rain it's best to try it out for yourself.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

+ Graphically stunning
+ Fantastic Story
+ Very Unique
+ Wonderful Soundtrack
+ Interesting Plot
+ Tense Atmosphere

Cons

- May not be for everyone

Edited On 01 Oct, 2013

Comments
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Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Will look into in in a few weeks
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
There should be a retail release for this. Looks great.
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Akemi no Zero 3 years ago
It looks very pretty but i be sure to give this game an try tho.

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