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10 Interactive Adventure Games Like Heavy Rain

The early films of the ’40s had a cinematic style that let the story move at its own pace. The characters are stereotypical, with the hard-boiled detective who keeps his feelings to himself, the femme fatale with an air of mystery and grace; all of these make up pulp fiction. Now with the advent of technology, games are taking the same step as television did. With more of their plot-lines aiming towards character development, the lines between fiction and reality are becoming blurry. One of the games that has already succeeded in this journey is Heavy Rain.

Heavy Rain is the masterpiece of David Cage, that narrates the story through 4 characters – Ethan Mars, an estranged husband who stays distant from his wife and son; Scott Shelby, a private investigator who suffers from asthma; Norman Jayden, an FBI profiler whose only talent is investigation of cases and an addiction to tripocaine; and Madison Paige, a photojournalist who suffers from insomnia. All their lives converge in the small town they live in, where a serial killer abducts children and drowns them, with the only evidence being an origami figure, whom the press later dubs as the ‘Origami Killer’. The hunt intensifies when Ethan’s son gets kidnapped, and it snowballs into a climax unseen. If you are a fan of interactive adventure games, then scroll down and check out our list of games like Heavy Rain, and end your suspense.

L.A. Noire

The game is set in 1940s Los Angeles, with the war coming to an end, and the residents enjoying the sun and the babes frolicking the beaches. Enter Cole Phelps, a former Marine, and currently a police officer, who finds out that his former comrades from the Marines are being whacked one after another. Solve the mystery and more to come in this glitzy potboiler, which pays a homage to noir movies.

Available on Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Alan Wake

From the creators of Max Payne comes Alan Wake, a psychological thriller, where the protagonist tries to find his wife and fight off the surreal nightmares that he believes are a part of his writer’s block. Though psychological, there are elements of actions involved with creatures that can only be defeated by light. Similar to Heavy Rain, the game focuses more on the drama than the lock-n-load action that follows later on.

Available on Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit is an interactive action-adventure game similar to Heavy Rain, where a group of mysterious murders attracts the presence of the police, and the protagonist (player) is framed for it. In some areas, it has been released under the name Indigo Prophecy. The murders have a mysterious pattern: a group of people are killed at random, with no eyewitnesses. Lucas Kane is a loner who has been troubled by clairvoyant visions since childhood, but with a cult committing grisly murders all over town, and framing him for it, will he ever get out of it alive? With a combination of telekinesis and mixed martial arts, fight your way through this bloody mess.

Available on Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS2, Xbox, iOS, Linux, OS X

Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls has a great storyline for a movie, but let’s contend with the game for now. You play as Jodie Holmes, who has tremendous psychic powers due to an unexplained link in the other world. Due to her powers, Jodie has been under the care of Nathan Dawkins, a member of the Department of Paranormal Research, who built a machine that connects the dead to the living. With hostile entities at an arm’s length, use Jodie’s powers to stop Nathan’s crazy ambitions. As a bonus, this psychological adventure from Quantic Dreamit has Hollywood bigwigs Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page providing voice-over acting.

Available on Platforms: PS3

The Stanley Parable

This game is based on an individual named Stanley, who has the routine job of monitoring data. One day, when the data stops coming, he decides to explore the premises when desktop support doesn’t come through. Follow Stanley on his adventures, as every action he takes has a different ending to the story. This game plays homage to the movie Being John Malkovich.

Available on Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X

Hotel Dusk: Room 215

This game is unique, and functions as a time machine, where the player can recollect or experience events from the past. Room 215 is supposedly a room in a rundown motel in downtown Los Angeles that grants wishes. Kyle is a former detective-turned-salesman, who investigates the room to find out the truth. Come experience the point-and-click nightmare, and remember to check out.

Available on Platforms: Nintendo DS

Black Dahlia

Black Dahlia is based on the real-life murder of Elizabeth Short, but the game mixes it with occult rituals and Neo-Nazi propaganda. As Agent Pearson, your mission is to solve he mysteries of the Black Dahlia murders, and the hidden conspiracy within. This is one adventure game you are sure to enjoy.

Available on Platforms: Microsoft Windows

The 7th Guest

As a guest, you try to solve the mysteries of the haunted mansion that you checked into. As you delve deeper into the mansion, ghosts of the past appear in a torrent, giving cryptic messages that hold the link to the future. The game has a linear format, and involves puzzles of logic and creativity. The plot thickens as you go in further, so don’t you dare miss this adventure.

Available on Platforms: PC, Mac, OS X, Linux, iOS

Condemned 2: Bloodshot

It narrates the story of Ethan Thomas, who has resigned from office after the events of Condemned left him in a traumatic state. With the homeless population going insane and causing more riots, it is the mission of the protagonist to find a cure for the insanity as well as hold on to his own. Are you game for this?

Available on Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

The Walking Dead

This game, although inspired by the TV series, focuses on Lee Everett, a convicted criminal who stands a chance of redemption by saving the life of an orphaned girl, Clementine, who he just met. With the virus creating more zombies, Lee does everything to find a safe haven for Clementine. Get ready to find zombies and insane hillbillies, as you embark on this epic journey of survival of the fittest.

Available on Platforms: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Ouya, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Some Other Options

– Alice: Madness Returns
– Kentucky Route Zero
– 7Framed
– The Room
– Myst

These alternatives to Heavy Rain are all that you need to get your dose of adventure up and running. Enjoy!

8 Most Addictive Video Games Ever

Most addictive video games
A video game has the ability to generate many emotions in a player. Something about racing, role-playing, or going on quests to slay monsters can undoubtedly give you a rush, all in the comforts of your home. It gives you the opportunity to interact with other players and share a common love for the game. I have to admit, there was a time when I was addicted to Candy Crush; I would see myself playing it even in my dreams. Fortunately, I could control my addiction just before it began to affect me adversely. But on a rather serious note, according to a survey by the BBC, around 12% of online gamers show signs of gaming addiction.

With different and engaging themes flooding the market, deciphering which of these were the most addictive was a little difficult. After pondering for a while, we have come up with eight of the most addictive video games of all time!

Tetris
Simple yet engaging is the best way to describe this game. The aim of this game is to arrange the games pieces of different shapes that keep falling into the matrix such that you create a horizontal line of ten boxes (or units) with no gap in between them. When such a line is created the boxes in that line disappear, and the whole arrangement shifts down. If the stacked boxes reach the top, you lose. The speed at which the game pieces fall increases as you advance to the next level.

Angry Birds
If there’s one game that took the world by storm and captured the attention of the masses―from merchandise to starring in movies―this game has done it all. The basic concept involves shooting some really angry birds into the fortress of pigs. With every level, the difficulty of the game rises and various themes are applied across different versions of the game; right from Halloween to Transformers.

Candy Crush Saga
Set in the colorful Kingdom of Candy, this addiction is the sweetest of them all! This games involves pairing similar types of candies among the plethora that are available. With appetizing words like sweet and delicious being used, refraining from playing this game becomes all the more difficult. Every turn gives you five lives to complete the level; if you don’t, then you have to wait for another thirty minutes before you can resume. And just when you thought you have cracked the game, they add a few more levels back in.

Minecraft
Although it may not have visually appealing graphics, but this game can get you hooked even before you know it. The best feature of this game is that it gives players the opportunity to explore, build, and get in touch with their creative side. It doesn’t have a set of goals that players need to achieve, but rather all they are expected to do is survive. It has a twenty-minute night and day cycle. The player may come across non-violent animals that can be hunted for food and material. Usually during nighttime or in a dark place, the player might come across hostile mobs. All the player needs to do is survive.

World Of Warcraft
A world where you get to don cool avatars with different armors and skills, where you can go on quests and slay monsters―sounds intriguing right?! Well, this pretty much sums it up. This a MMORPG that allows its players to interact with other players and non-playing characters and join guilds or groups of other players. With every quest, players can achieve various skills, experiences, and game money for themselves. The best feature of this game is that each quest is related to the previous quests, thus enhancing the gaming experience.

Super Mario
Good things never need to change, this game definitely epitomizes this. The game is set in the Mushroom Kingdom, the sole objective of this game is simple, rescue Princess Peach overcoming all the obstacles that one may encounter. Once you reach the fortress at the end of the game; you win. This game consists of eight worlds with four sub-levels each. This game has been popular for over thirty years, many different versions from racing to sports have been created just to hold on to the interest of the players. The simplicity and the easy to understand gameplay is one the reasons for the prolonged popularity of this game.

Grand Theft Auto Series
As controversial as it may have been, this game definitely gets your adrenaline pumping. The gameplay usually allows the player freely roam through the game on his/her own accord. The player get to choose his own missions that make up the whole story. With engaging activities like racing, action, stealth, shooting at people, and the occasional role-playing, this game has gained huge popularity. However, the content and nature of the game has received a lot of criticism.

The Sims
Who wouldn’t love a game where you get to play God―this games lets you do just that. What’s appealing about this game is that it doesn’t give its players any specific goal to achieve. The player gets to create people (virtual of course!) called Sims and control their feelings and desires, place them in houses, and create stories for them. The best part about this game is that it leaves everything to the imagination of the players, while the game itself acts as a platform to the player to express himself of herself.

Okay folks, so here some of the most addictive video games that you must enjoy with some caution because once you’re hooked there is no turning back!