February 28, 2010
"Heavy Rain" is brilliant, except for the part when it freezes
But there's one issue that keeps ripping me out of the mesmerizing "Heavy Rain" experience, and that's the fact that the game grinds to a screeching halt every so often, locking up so completely that I have to get up and do a hard reset on my PS3. Most notably, it happened in the "Crime Scene" chapter early in the game, after my character wandered a little too far away from the action. The sound kept going, but the screen froze, and not even the PS button could shake things loose; I literally had to press and hold the PS3 power button for a hard reset, losing much of my progress during the chapter in the bargain. And once the console rebooted and the game restarted, it took a good five minutes on the loading screen (which features one of the four main characters in extreme close-up, staring right at you—creepy!) before "Heavy Rain" came back to life.
And that's not the only technical problem I've encountered; screen tearing is rampant, marring the otherwise stellar graphics, and the "loading..." screens regularly take minutes at a time to complete, especially when there's a trophy involved (and yes, this is after I downloaded and installed the recent patch).
The only real tip for dealing with "Heavy Rain" freezing on you is to be patient; as this Joystiq post notes, you may have to wait several minutes for the game to load up a save file after a hard reset. That's too bad, because annoying glitches aside, "Heavy Rain" is shaping up to be one of the best games of the year.