Rain (video game)
SCE Japan Studio
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
Rain (stylized as rain), also known in Asia as Lost in the Rain, is an adventure video game developed by SCE Japan Studio published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 video game console. The game was first revealed at Gamescom and was released on the PlayStation Network in 2013.
Rain takes place in a town loosely inspired by mid-twentieth century Paris, and follows a young boy. In the opening of the game, he is stuck in bed at home. During the day he stares out of his window and sees in the rain an invisible girl who is given form by the rain casting a silhouette around her. She stares at him for a brief second before being chased away by something huge and menacing that is also invisible.
Curious he follows the two down an alleyway, where upon exiting through a pair of large doors, the day suddenly turns to night and the town is now deserted, occupied only by strange invisible beasts that roam the streets. The boy realises also that he himself is invisible; given form by the rain casting a silhouette around his body.
With the way back closed, he attempts to find the girl, who is pursued still by the beast; now referred to as the unknown. Using any means to shelter from the rain, the boy evades the creatures that prowl the streets and alleyways, yet the girl proves ever elusive.
Finally after missing his chance at a church being renovated, he then follows her in to the grounds of a disused factory and finally makes his presence to her known. They escape together, but neither is able to hear the others voice. Regardless, they continue on through the town while being pursued by the Unknown.
As the game progresses, the children become aware that each has a visible doppelganger asleep in their respected homes. The girl attempts to awaken her other self; and while doing so begins to become visible again. But before she can finish, she is chased away by the Unknown.
The boy follows, and upon exiting her house, discovers that the town has completely restructured itself in to a castle maze type layout, that is afloat in water with nothing visible on the horizon. He eventually reunites with the girl and two flee from the ever pursuing Unknown.
Drawn to a strange light at the edge of the Unknown’s domain, the two arrive in an alleyway with the light seeping in through the very doors the boy had passed through when entering the world of the night. Exposure to the light suddenly weakens the Unknown and the children seeing this, open both doors, causing it to collapse upon the ground.
However they realise they cannot leave as without the rain, they have no physical form. Instead they drag the Unknown out in to the light and close the door on it, leaving themselves trapped in the world of the night. Suddenly the Unknown bursts through the door and collapses on to the boy, slowly crushing him with its weight. Unable to free him the girl abandons him and heads straight to his home. There she yells at his window in the hope to awaken him, and succeeds as he becomes visible and vanishes, leaving her still trapped and alone.
As with the opening; the closing is depicted through water colour painted stills. Here the boy awakens in his bed and immediately sets off across town to the girl’s home. Standing outside below her bedroom window he attempts to awaken her the way she awoke him, with success as she appears on her bedroom porch. The game finally ends with the two reuniting on the street outside her house as the rain finally clears. .
Rain is an adventure game in which the player takes up the role as a young boy who is invisible and can only be seen when standing in the pouring rain. When walking under shelter outside the rain, the boy cannot be seen and can only be tracked by his watery footprints. The player utilizes the visibility of the boy, and other creatures, in the rain to solve various puzzles and tasks throughout the game.
The game has received mixed to positive reviews in its release. Daniel Krupa of IGN rated the game a 7.0, praising some of the game's mechanics but said "Rain creates a distinctive heartbreaking atmosphere, but fails to develop it into a more engrossing experience." Tom Mc Shea of GameSpot gave the game a 7.0 as well, praising the gameplay, music and some of the puzzles, saying "Rain uses chilling atmosphere and a heartfelt story to draw you in to this fantastical world", but criticized some of the mechanics of the puzzles. Brittany Vincent of Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 3/5, saying "There's the potential for a beautiful journey here, but Rain seems to be too content to wallow in its melancholy to create any real engaging gameplay." Philip Kollar of Polygon gave the game an 8.5, stating "Rain pulls strong emotion out of its simple mechanics."
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