Mysterious Heavy Rain Review Kit Unboxed

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The Fed-Ex guy made a surprise delivery here Wednesday afternoon. Expecting to find perhaps a couple other titles that should hopefully be coming in soon (like MAG, White Knight Chronicles, Shadow of Destiny, etc.), I discovered the mysterious Heavy Rain package pictured above.

Upon opening the box, a motion sensor triggered a speaker and a woman’s voice asked, “Are you prepared to suffer to save your son?,” and inside I discovered an early review build of the forthcoming PS3 adventure game from Indigo Prophecy developer Quantic Dream along with a blood-tipped origami thingy, a set of cards with art and info on the game’s four playable characters, a 4-page, faux newspaper with stories providing additional background on the game’s plot, and other press materials.

I was worried initially because the review build looked like it was meant for use on a debug console (which I don’t have), but thankfully it plays just fine on my retail PS3 slim.

Heavy Rain pours down on retailers on February 23rd, but Sony’s review embargo lifts on the 10th, so I’ll report back with a review sometime between then and the official launch date. About an hour in, it’s certainly a unique, evocative experience, and the graphics and audio are simply phenomenal. Now I’ll have to dig out my old PS2 copy of Indigo Prophecy to do some comparing/contrasting, just for kicks.

Here’s a gallery with more pics of the box contents.

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