It's got the official licenses for a load of real stores, which sounds insipid but actually serves to give the cartoonish world a surreal twist.
And the Dreamcast pad seems to be better suited to the incredibly deep control scheme than any other controller. Held up by some as a step forward for gaming as a whole in terms of interactive storytelling; yet decried by others as a tedious exercise in instruction following that holds both your hands way too tight. Other games have certainly told their tales better, but Heavy Rain undoubtedly creates investment in the player thanks to its deep sense of authorship.
And there's the beautifully pure Pacifism, in which players must simply survive against an onslaught of enemies without firing a shot.
It's got all the simple purity and chaos that defines classic arcade twitch shooters, with neon visuals that still amaze to this day.
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