A French website leaked over 6 minutes of what appears to be actual gameplay footage from Heavy Rain, including female Madison Paige taking a shower and peeing.
Several warnings must preface this post. Aside from the obvious spoiler warning, you should also know that the video discussed contains actual female nudity and is therefore not safe for work. Also, if you are uncomfortable with the sounds and images of a woman peeing, being attacked by masked men while wearing only underwear or, perhaps worst of all speaking French, then you should not follow this link. Heavy Rain is set to come out on February 23rd, but there will be a playable demo available on the 11th, according to Mike Kebby of the PlayStation EU Blog. It’s possible that this is footage from the demo.
The footage hosted at Jeuxvideo shows more of how the game is played than the recently leaked video of the opening sequence. It looks like the player controls Madison’s actions and can move about her apartment at will. Pressing up or down while standing near locations seems to play the corresponding animation. Pressing up or down by the clothes hanging on a chair will make Madison put on or take off said clothes, for example. Later, when there is a fight happening, it seems like pressing the correct floating buttons, like “X,” will help Madison shake off her attackers.
All in all, the video does evoke suspense and atmosphere like a good movie should. The fight feels tense and, beyond being um, titillated, by the visuals, I’m impressed at how well the action is portrayed in this cinematic game. Designer David Cage may, in fact, be on to something. I can’t speak to how the rest of the game will play, but I am very much intrigued by this snippet.
Also, boobies. That is all.