Heavy Rain: The Taxidermist DLC – Review (PS3)


As many of you know Heavy Rain has been one of the highlights of the year for me so far. With the collector’s edition of the game (or available to purchase via the Playstation Store) comes a small slice of extra content.

The Taxidermist may look familiar to you, that’s because essentially this DLC is the original demo used to show off the game a few years back.

Quantic Dream have tidied it up and released it in what was supposed to be the first of many character specific chapters that run either parallel to or act as a prequel to the Heavy Rain story.

Sadly because the developer is now spending all their time adding Move motion support to Heavy Rain they have stopped working on any additional chapters.

Whilst I appreciate Move support is vital to Sony in the long term I can’t help but feel this is a missed opportunity – I know quite a few people who would be willing to pay more to play some more in the Heavy Rain universe.

Regardless, The Taxidermist focuses on Madison Page as she tries to track down the Origami Killer.

You’ll face the usual set of obstacles and incidents that appeared in Heavy Rain and even this DLC can play out in different ways. Towards the end of my playthrough I felt that familiar rise in heartbeat and general sense of panic that had been long forgotten.

This DLC is short, around 15/20 minutes and although there is scope for replay I do think if they persue this route in future they need to look to extend that to around an hour.

If anything The Taxidermist was a pleasant reminder of just how good the original game is and it was great to play as a familiar face in a new environment.

Rating: 7/10

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