The lights are on
How far are you prepared to go to save someone you love?
These haunting words meet you at the opening of Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain and
stick with you throughout. The question is pointed at Ethan Mars, whose son
Shaun goes missing, while he confronts the Origami Killer's trials if he ever
wishes to see his son again.
You switch through three other perspectives throughout the
game, but Ethan's thread is by far the most intense as he has the most at
stake: his son's life. Ethan is presented with trials to get clues to where his
son is being held. These trials have Ethan speeding down the wrong side of the
road, crawling through shards of broken glass, and forcing him to choose if he
wants to kill a man or drink a vial of poison all in the name of his finding his
son. But one trial sticks with me more than the rest and that's the lizard
trial, where Ethan is ordered to cut the upper section of one of his fingers
As soon as this choice was presented to me, I recalled the
words from the opening. If I were Ethan, would I cut off my finger to lead me
one step closer to my son? You bet I would, so I didn't even hesitate. I knew
that's exactly what was going to happen; I was going to cut off Ethan's finger,
but what I didn't realize was how agonizing it would be to do it. This is a
scene where QTEs enhanced the agony. The frenzied music starts when you're
presented with choices about what's going on in Ethan's mind. All I knew was I
needed to cut the finger off, but I had to be smart about it. I found the disinfectant,
grabbed the saw, and went to work.
As I lifted the saw though, I was shaky and tense. Ethan
takes deep breaths as you start to initiate the first cut. And as you make the
initial slice, the agonizing scream Ethan lets out is so startling that all I
could think was, "I wish I didn't have to do this." But if it means helping
Shaun, I have to endure the agony of watching someone lose a digit, even a
pixelated one. Ethan's now on the floor crying hysterically, but I still need
to continue. I flinch and cringe as I press down once more to make the coup de
grâce. It doesn't get any easier to watch Ethan, but this scene fully
encompasses what this game is about: love and sacrifice.
I still find it tough to watch, replaying the sequence to
write this piece. I shuddered, wanting to close my eyes and turn away. But this
is exactly where it succeeds: It shouldn't be so easy to watch a man slice off
his own finger, especially when you're behind the wheel. Ethan's sacrifice has
stuck with me since I played Heavy Rain because of its impact, to not only put
me on edge, but to feel for a fictional character. During this whole time, all
I could think about was all the pain I'd endure if I cut off my own finger. But
something told me, if it was for my own future child, I'd do it anyway.
Big thanks to Youtube user Bf2stunts for capturing the agonizing moment:
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You grabbed the saw? *shudder* I grabbed the Knife because I thought it would be over in 1 chop. Turned out it was 2 and the Axe that I missed somehow was the one that did it in 1. I was trying to be smart about it and was going to disinfect it, but I accidentally used it before I did the cut and I didn't know that you could cauterize it so I just continued. This scene and the Madison spot in the doctor's basement were the two things in the game that REALLY got my heart pumping. I hated the Six-Axis controls though, especially at the end because Jayden died because on the LAST QTE in the LAST scene of the game (trying to void spoilers) the it was a motion down with the controller and it didn't sense it...I was pretty ticked because I had done the motion easily within the time and then he died.
I only wish we could've used a cleaver, to get it over with quickly at least. But sadly, that's not how the Origami Killer operates.
That's too bad.... I wonder if it hurt?
epic moment, just like many others in that game...awesome game and can't wait for beyond...
You used the saw!? Have mercy on him! You should have used the butcher knife or one of the tools which makes one easy cut!
I put my poor Ethan in so much unnecessary pain. I did not know there was a way to dull his pain or any disinfectant until after I played the game. This is the only part of a video game that has never left me. Poor Ethan screaming is still in my head.
Really, the saw? I used the knife sticking out of the wall.
Me..yes I would. This scene is one of the most disturbing scenes in my gaming history. I remember playing this sequence and my roommate at the time heard the chaos and came in the room and watched me play it out. He was said it made him think of Manhunt. I agreed. Kudos to the actor who played Ethan.
I used a knife with disinfectant by the way. I have a medical background and there was NO WAY I not cleansing that wound....game or not!
I wouldn't even think twice, especially if it was my wife.
You know, this gets me thinking what kind of difficult to watch scenes Beyond: Two Souls will have. I just hope Jodie won't have to go through as much physical torture as Ethan; poor guy.
meh this wasn't really a moment for me. swigged some booze cleaved off the finger, burned the end. Id do the same to save my own daughter.
I never paused at a trial until I had to kill another father. Made me think if my kid would really want that. Ended up spareing the guy, and throwing away the poison. Happy ending is the only way to go in my book.
Personally, I think the hardest part would be not blacking out after doing it. That being said, I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't cut off a part of their finger in order to save their child.
wow, this has been out for a while and you're just now talking about this?
This was definitely a moment in the game that caught me tearing up not only because of the pain he had to go through but the emotional pain he had built up inside of him because of shaun getting kidnapped. I even stopped sometimes during the game to appreciate how much like a movie this actually was. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole play-through...one of them games that doesn't happen to often...That's what makes Quantic Dream so highly regarded in my eyes.
I remember this well. Tough moment; I actually did hesitate at first.
What an amazing game. Cannot wait for Beyond: Two Souls!
I remember the only trail I failed at was the power plant. That part was a pain in the ass.
This is one of the best moments I have seen in a game. It's right next to the moment of performing the eye surgery in Dead Space 2. Of course this only pertains to shock value.
i never had the heard to do the opicion to basically saw it off i always cut it clean off