The upcoming PS3 exclusive, Rain, hasn't been widely talked about or circulating in the news often, but that doesn't mean it's not an interesting game with an intriguing premise... just the opposite, actually. The new video playthrough of the game features 14 minutes of uncut gameplay from the first chapter of the game.
Players are given a basic plot outline and story thread for the characters, but unfortunately I have no idea what any of it really means or what's really going on since it's all in Japanese. Yes, curse me for not sticking with learning Japanese a lifetime ago. Anyway, I'm sure there will be an English translation soon enough.
Unfortunately, Gaming Grunts, the site that got their hands on the TGS 2013 gameplay demo can't provide much narrative for the game's events either. Bummer.
The only thing that we can talk about is the game, gameplay, presentation and the style with which the title is presented and there's certainly plenty to talk about regarding those topics.
Rain seems to hearken back to the PlayStation One era of platformers – there's a strong semblance to titles like Heart of Darkness, Oddworld, Clock Tower and a small hint of Broken Sword. The game also seems to gravitate very much toward the old-school, methodical platformers like Blackthorne and Flashback, where players are encouraged to explore at a cautious pace.
The light mix of stealth also helps break up the game's reliance on exploration and platform-hopping, giving gamers a bit of a mixed breed of challenge to keep the entertainment values in check.
As for using rain as the cornerstone theme of the game – I think it works well enough. It reminds me of Limbo's use of shadows and monochrome hues to keep the atmosphere feeling weighty and mysterious, but the strong focus on the protagonist's journey through the unknown world seems to fall on the side closer to the Wii title Lost in Shadow, which had a very similar premise to Rain.
How well the game's hide-under-dry-spots and run-from-scary-rain-monsters will work out over the course of a fully fleshed out game and whether you can get a few hours of fun the experience remains to be seen, but you won't have to wait long for the game to launch. Rain is set for release starting in early October, two weeks from now, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.