Game of the Month February: Heavy Rain
March 8, 2010
Game of the Month
– February: Heavy Rain
By Michael Lafferty
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There was a time when the first of the year was rather barren when it came to top-title releases. It seems those days are past. Rolling in off an impressive January came an equally impressive February, rife with titles that touched different platforms and genres all with impressive production values.
So, let’s get right to the chase (in case you missed the headline-spoiler above), the winner for GameZone’s Game of the Month for February is …
This is a game that could have been a point-and-click adventure, in the older days of gaming, but Quantic Dream did a remarkable job of involving the gamer with contextual control schemes and personalities that resonated with the foundations of people you might actually know … although some of these people might be a touch creepy to know personally. Still, there was such a strong connection with the real world that the game worked itself inside the gamer. Add to that the tenuousness of losing a character and their storyline and this was a game that had some rather remarkable elements that were tough to overlook.
Check here for the GameZone review of Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer.
The runners-up for February included some divergent titles – a new North American IP and a sequel that went beyond the boundaries of the first game in the franchise.
“Bioshock 2 is an atmospheric, immersive game that does more than just hold a candle to its beloved predecessor,” wrote GameZone’s Steven Hopper in his review. The campaign is engaging, the multiplayer is great, and the new gameplay elements are excellent. Don’t miss out on this one.”
Receiving a 9.0 in the GZ review, Bioshock 2 was generally well received by both the media and fans alike. Featuring multiplayer elements that elevated the experience, Bioshock 2 was one of those games that delivered on the anticipation it had generated.