Saturday 24 September 2016

Heavy Rain remaster graphics comparison

Daniel Anderson

Published 01/03/2016 | 10:05

Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is back and out on the PlayStation 4 console, and it's looking better than ever thanks to plenty of new technology

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Heavy Rain was a curious and compelling title when it arrived on the PlayStation 3 back in 2010. Developers Quantic Dream wanted to create a movie you could play and they pretty much did it - with then cutting edge graphics, incredible performance capture and a really, really weird story. Personally, I thought it was kind of great, showing the potential for narrative driven titles with seamless branching that made a difference to each and every playthrough.

For those who missed out on it five years ago, Heavy Rain is back in a remastered form for PS4. Quantic Dream has done a lot of work to upgrade the graphics for the game, taking the time to give some attention to pretty much every texture in the characters and enviroments. And it turns out they've also managed to fix some of its other quirks, including that spotty frame rate which was a little less charming.

The folks over at DigitalFoundry have done their usual stellar job of breaking down all the changes, complete with split screens showing gameplay on the PS3 and PS4. And the results speak for themselves.

Those graphical glitches are unfortunate to see, but hopefully not everyone experiences them. Heavy Rain is available on PS4 now and also as part of a double pack with the remaster of Beyond Two Souls.

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