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Playstation 3 owners that participated in the 4 Day Challenge got a hands on demo for Quantic Dream's newest game, Heavy Rain. Since its preview at E3 2006, many gamers could only speculate what the game would be about, given the odd preview of The Casting. While the demo will be available on February 11th on the Playstation Network, it is available now to those that took part in the event.
To those of us that could not wait until February 11 were treated to a different kind of gaming experience, though many still remember founder and CEO David Care's work in the titles Omikron: The Nomad Soul and Fahrenheit and would expect nothing less. Besides the stunningly realistic visuals and atmosphere, the strongest impression received from the demo is the control set up. Gamers do not simply pressed X to pick up an object or Square to attack. The game will indicate certain instructions, often using the R3 (Right Analog) to move in a certain pattern and will often mimic the motion of the character on screen. R1 is used to use a selected item, and since both analogs are used to control both the camera and arms. walking can be performed with R2. A character's actions will require the use of the usual buttons, X, Triangle, Square and Circle, with indicators that differentiate how to properly execute an action, such as holding down a button for a certain amount of time, pressing the button in a timely manner, or rapidly pressing the button. The player can also perform various actions, such as kicking down a door, by shaking the controller and utilizing the Playstation 3's SIXAXIS function.
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The controller set up is different from what most gamers are familiar with, and the snake in this garden of Eden might be its uniqueness. The casual gamer might grow frustrated with a controller set up that is unfamiliar to them and it may even deterrent gamers from even trying. When the demo goes live for all Playstation Network owners on February 11th, Quantic Dreams and many other gamers can only hope that others will not end up throwing their controllers in frustration and miss out on what looks to be one hell of a game.