Heavy Rain is an interactive drama and action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream and Published by Sony Computer Entertainment in which the player controls four different characters from a third-person aspect. The four protagonists are concerned with the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial criminal who uses elongated periods of rainfall to drown his victims. Each playable character may die depending on the player’s actions, which create a branching storyline; in these cases, the player is faced with quick time events.
The game is divided into various scenes, each concentrating on one of the characters. Holding down R2 moves the character forward, and the left analog stick controls the direction. Communication with the environment is done by pressing on-screen, context-sensitive prompts, using the right analog stick, and performing Six-axis control movements with the DualShock 3 or 4.
Also featured are difficulty levels that the player can switch at any point throughout the game. A chapter select screen offers the role of playing scenes over again. With PlayStation Move, the player wields either the motion and navigation controllers or the DualShock and motion controllers.