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I love the game, and I personally don't think it's that bad, but I've heard from various places that the story is broken, badly written, and the characters poorly developed or so.
Is this really the case with the game? What do you think? Is it because of the various plot holes? It would be a shame that the one developer, David Cage, who wants to make a unique game, is actually an untalented writer.
I ask you all whether the game is or not because I've yet to really determine what defines bad writing. I can identify terrible writing, but if this game truly is considered poorly written, then I'm not so sure what makes bad writing, let alone good writing.
Please let me know what you think. Is Heavy Rain's narrative just poorly crafted? If so, why? If not, why not?
Bad is a strong word. I'd say, poorly written. Mostly, it's the weird Voice acting that weighs it down... this is because Cage reused the French cast for the English dub and most weren't as good outside their native language.
Personally, I respect Heavy Rain far more as a technical and design accomplishment, than any kind of literary one.
But, if you want to see terrible writing... hoo boy, try David Cage's earlier game, Indigo Prohecy. Yes, Mr. Cage may be one of the worst writers ever.
I really liked Heavy Rain's story. While there are a few convoluted side plots, and questionable characterization in regards to a few characters, I have to say that those issues are in the minority when you weigh it as a whole. You've definitely got to experience the game for yourself if you truly want to have a solid opinion on it.
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Oh boy is this topic poorly timed. Let me just say Mr. Corbeil's work was great, and I'm sad he died.
Well, I think if you look at something as bad or good, it's a matter of opinion and preferences. Like you said, you can identify terrible writing, but something that one person sees as bad writing may not come across that way to you.
I enjoyed the game. I got the PS3 just a couple years ago and it was the first game I purchased and I am glad I played it. I haven't gone back and played it again, but I'll always remember that game.
One person may have wanted a character to develop more so they say that part of the story was weak, but maybe you were content with how much that character developed so it wasn't an issue. It's all perspective unless something is just completely awful.