Coffee Talk #93: Heavy Rain’s Surprising Language Problem

Yes, that was me playing Heavy Rain until 5:00AM. It’s pretty much everything I was expecting and I’m having a wonderful time with it. There is one facet of the game that threw me for a loop: the voice acting. At times it’s so bad that it pulled me out of the experience. Let me explain as I rub the sleep out of my eyes (Monkees reference).

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Yes, that was me playing Heavy Rain until 5:00AM. It’s pretty much everything I was expecting and I’m having a wonderful time with it. There is one facet of the game that threw me for a loop: the voice acting. At times it’s so bad that it pulled me out of the experience. Let me explain as I rub the sleep out of my eyes (Monkees reference).

Some of the voice actors are good, but a lot of them are inconsistent or poor. I’m not sure what happened in the VO sessions, but it sounds like the person directing a few of the actors doesn’t use English as his/her primary language. Some of the phrasing and pronunciation is off. Strange accents pop at times. It’s…not the best and I’m thinking of playing the second time around using French audio with English subtitles.

Having said that, this is still a phenomenal game. The storytelling, graphics, music, and characterization are amazing. I’m just surprised that a game with such polish and high production values dropped the ball in the voice-acting department.

Any thoughts on Heavy Rain so far? For old times sake I will say that Brian Leahy (now with Shacknews!) is the Origami Killer!!!

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23 thoughts on “Coffee Talk #93: Heavy Rain’s Surprising Language Problem”

  1. I got the game installed but won't get to play until around springbreak. That is if I have enough time between the other games I have backlogged.

  2. @topic

    I haven't played it yet or the demo!

    @hopkins v jones jr

    17 years too late. I know hopkins will beat jones jr. I can't believe they want this on ppv too!

    @rpad

    ah the good ol days of Leahy bashing.

  3. Leahy isn't with theFeed anymore???

    Good for him. Those guys are turning into a bunch of noobs.

    Any chance of an interview with Brian Leahy?

  4. @tokz_21 Yeah, it's pretty gross that it's on PPV. Watching Jones for the last four years has made me sad.

    @N8R Leahy started with Shack this week. I'm not sure his boss would let me interview him or if he'd even want to do it. I can ask him though.

  5. @rpad

    yes, I was a big Jones fan until he decided he can actually box at Heavyweight. his declined started from there.

  6. @ Tokz

    By "declined health" I assume you mean "getting knocked the f#%k out".

    I remember his move vividly and wished he would have stayed around to fight B-Hop then. Those psych moves just don't work in heavyweight.

    However, Jones getting KO'ed were some of the funnier knockouts I ever witnessed.

  7. @n8r

    I notice the error of my post, his decline from boxing superstar started from that point, is what i meant but getting your lights turned off doesn't help either.

  8. Norman Jayden is the only bad voice over in my opinion. English is clearly not the actors first language. Everything else is outstanding though.

  9. RPad- Bleahy is on my PSN friends list, but you're not. Any chance we can rectify that? (I understand if you can't or don't want to right now)

    I'm the same name on PSN, by the way. This goes for anybody else on here!

  10. @Nightshade386 I think Nightshade is on something today. Double posting comments? Hitting enter before he’s done with other comments? Someone go check on him! I hear you can take a rocket ship to Arizona these days.

  11. @Smartguy Extremely satisfied. It would have been better with consistent voice acting, but the game is still superior experience.

    That said, there's a lot to debate on whether it's a must-have purchase.

  12. I think that everyone should experience it. It's a must have in my book. My best friend ended it and we started comparing our stories and realized that we had two totally different stories. Huge replay value right there.

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