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The Walking Dead Game -vs- Heavy Rain

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I have read many times posts about people comparing Heavy Rain to TWD and I think it is legitimate.

If we compare the 2 games they are very similiar: both games have are heavily story driven, strong character development, minor focussed on gameplay mostly quicktime events, many choices.

Now if I compare both games I have to give telltale 1 pluspoint: I got more attached to the characters than I did in Heavy Rain. But if we compare choices, and IMPACT of choices TWD falls behind majorly. None of the choices make any difference besides some dialoguechanges or other temporary effects that are NOT "profound and lasting" (like advertised) but they have no influence on the story and no impact on the outcome whatsoever. Heavy rain on the other hand has like.... nearly 20 different endings and results depending on your choices. I think there are 17 different endings alone. This game has truly profound and lasting consequences to your choices - unlike TWD where it seems you only have "the illusion of choice".

Now, I see why that many different endings might not be possible for Telltale, as it would be near impossible and ludicrously expensive to start a 2nd season with that many endings, but at least give us 3 or so different results depending on what we did throughout our game? Or anything at all? I played this game 3 times, with 3 times totally different choices yet everything plays out the same and ends in only 1 ending.

After I played Heavy Rain I immediately played again, and the result was COMPLETELY different. My choices had MAJOR IMPACT. In fact I played it 6 or 7 times and every time it played out differently. The characters ended up totally different and the endings were completely different depending on my choices.

Now, with TWD after only my 2nd playthrough (opposite of 1st playthrough) I noticed there is no point in the choices. Everything feels so minor and temporary I have never seen a single choice that was profound and lasting.

Now, TWD was one of the better games I have played in 2012 due to story and character development. But gameplay and choices are rather poor.

Bottom Line is I wished they would take a route further down to Heavy Rain, where your choices actually altered the outcome.

Anyone with me on this?

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  • Can't believe this thread was necro'd.

    I said this before and I'll say it again, I didn't like Heavy Rain as much as I should have. Plot was good, problem was the characters. Every single character I felt nothing towards besides complete indifference. Ethan in particular, the main fucking protagonist was just kind of... there. He felt more so like a bag of meat that the player uses to get around in rather than an actual character. I get it, the game tries to make you feel sorry for him but just doesn't work out because he feels fake and wasn't developed as a character (or at least not enough to make me actually care about him).

    Meanwhile in The Walking Dead every single character I liked. Literally every character. They all felt real, and I actually loved / hated pretty much everyone. I didn't feel any indifference. Only character I remotely liked in Heavy Rain was Shelby... Until that very confusing, out of nowhere plot twist. You know the one. "He's doing it because like his shitty brother died or something," just give me a fucking break.

  • @CarScar said: Can't believe this thread was necro'd.

    I said this before and I'll say it again, I didn't like Heavy Rain as much as I should have. Plot was good, problem was the characters. Every single character I felt nothing towards besides complete indifference. Ethan in particular, the main fucking protagonist was just kind of... there. He felt more so like a bag of meat that the player uses to get around in rather than an actual character. I get it, the game tries to make you feel sorry for him but just doesn't work out because he feels fake and wasn't developed as a character (or at least not enough to make me actually care about him).



    I've read that Quantic Dream were forced to cut some parts of the game out due to release pressure or something, and i have seen some of the footage that didn't make the cut. It seems to expand on Ethan's troubles, so maybe that's part of why he seems so flat.

  • I have played both games.

    I cannot remember playing Heavy Rain.
    I remember playing the Walking Dead every day.

    That is the difference.

  • Well if your on a forum for the Walking Dead usually your gonna find people that just might enjoy that game a lot :)

    So the answers will be skewed to the favour of TwD.

  • Can't compare these games, the Heavy rain story is finished (that's why we see in the Heavy rain lots of endings) , and in The Walking Dead will be continued.

  • LOL..Heavy rain sucked.If you look Thesw1thcer's LP on youtube,you'll get it.I hated Shaun (?) anyways,stupid brat -.-

  • It'd be good if the choices were more like Heavy Rain, but the the production would take much longer. We'd probably see season 2 in 2014 or later if this was the case.

  • @Highland Chicken said: It'd be good if the choices were more like Heavy Rain, but the the production would take much longer. We'd probably see season 2 in 2014 or later if this was the case.



    If we had to wait for 2014, I'd be glad to, because it only would mean, that the game would become even more epic.

  • @ZeroShoot said: If we had to wait for 2014, I'd be glad to, because it only would mean, that the game would become even more epic.



    How long can it possibly take them to make a single 2-3 hour episode? They would hit diminishing returns very quickly.

  • @Riadon said: How long can it possibly take them to make a single 2-3 hour episode? They would hit diminishing returns very quickly.



    I don't know, just sayin' I don't care how long it would take :D

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