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11 Best Games like Heavy Rain: Awesome Psychological Mysteries

Zoey HughesIf you loved Heavy Rain you should check out Fahrenheit, L.A. Noire, Hotel Dusk and Deadly Premonition. ~ Zoey Hughes
Heavy Rain

; now there’s a crowd pleaser. The only way it could have been more popular would have been to be cross-platform (which it so should have been).

It comes across as so unique, after all it’s film noir and a crime adventure and it’s got a gripping story that changes with your actions. There may not be a pile of games out there that tick all the same boxes but there are some that come pretty close.

Here are some of the best games like Heavy Rain that will provide you with all the thrills and chills albeit in a different setting.   

`Fahrenheit´ (PS2/Xbox/Win)

Known as Indigo Prophecy in the states, Fahrenheit was the predecessor of Heavy Rain and was every bit as much of a cult classic. Using the two analogue sticks for most of the control scheme (recently emulated by Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons) (link Brothers to tear-jerking moments when it’s up) this game instantly let you know the developers were thinking outside the box.

I enjoyed Fahrenheit so much that I immediately restarted to get the other ending

Highly cinematic and laced with QTEs, this is a tale of the paranormal along with a gruesome crime. In a trance, main protagonist (although there is four playable characters) Lucas Kane stabs a man to death and flees the scene. With help from a medium, a detective and various others Lucas must prove his innocence to avoid arrest for a crime he had no control over.

I enjoyed Fahrenheit so much that I immediately restarted to get the other ending, and I highly recommend it.

`L.A. Noire´ (360/PS3/Win)

L.A. Noire was hyped so much I’m not surprised it failed to live up to my, and other gamers’ expectations. Still, if the things you love most about Heavy Rain are the crimes and the noir feel then you can’t go wrong with this one.

Following Officer Cole Phelps through various promotions you get a chance to see the good, the bad and the ugly in 40-50s policing as you deal with drugs, arson and, of course, murder and corruption.

`Hotel Dusk: Room 215´ (NDS)

I basically bought a DS for Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright and I was comfortable with that so any other gems I found were just an added bonus. Hotel Dusk was one of the brightest gems I found and very memorable to boot.

It has a unique style, thinks outside the box again (you’ll be using your DS like a book most of the time) and its grey shaded characters are all well designed and thought out.

Kyle Hyde, former detective, is now working as a salesman. His work has taken him to the eponymous and mysterious hotel in search of his partner. Given the key to room 215 Kyle soon learns that this is a special room, considered to be able to grant wishes.

Hotel Dusk was one of the brightest gems I found and very memorable to boot

Filled with intrigue and mystery this is a lovingly made title that kept me glued to my DS even at home. You may also enjoy the sequel, Last Window: The Secret of Cape West which takes place the year after Hotel Dusk.

`Deadly Premonition´ (360/PS3/Win)

This is a bit of a genre change but hear me out on it anyway. Deadly Premonition is a psychological horror open world game. You play an FBI agent on the hunt for the “Raincoat Killer”, responsible for a horrific murder in a rural town. You have the whole town of Greenvale to explore as bodies start to pile up in front of you.

You’ll also have to make sure your agent is in tiptop shape at all times and that means feeding him, getting a good night’s sleep and changing clothes frequently to avoid looking dirty (yes I know we’re getting into Sims territory here!).

Of course no rural American town is complete without some supernatural folklore and colourful characters at every corner and Deadly Premonition won’t disappoint you at that level.

With mini-games and character maintenance this kind of takes the psychological crime theme into a GTA-lite world but don’t let it put you off an enjoyable game that will reduce how much you pine away for Heavy Rain.

What Games Are Similar to Heavy Rain? – Your Other Options

– Beyond: Two Souls
– Broken Sword Series
– Still Life Series
– Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
– Blackwell Series
– Tex Murphy Series
– The 7th Guest


Zoey’s Verdict

Unfortunately good games like Heavy Rain don’t grow on trees, and you’re never going to find anything exactly like it. Fahrenheit is unsurprisingly the closest but I honestly believe you’ll love at least a couple of the titles above so don’t be shy about trying them. Personal favourites of mine include Fahrenheit, Hotel Dusk, Broken Sword and Dreamfall, all of which I just couldn’t get enough of.

Any Thoughts?

How about you? What’s your favourite game that reminds you of Heavy Rain?

Let me know in the comments so I can check it out.


My name is Zoey Hughes and I′m a video games contributor for itcher. I also write and review for various gaming websites. My first console was the ZX Spectrum and I’ve been utterly hooked ever since. I love all things game related and can usually be found with a controller in my hand, but I’m also passionate about reading, fashion and music. I live a quiet life with my husband/co-op partner whilst I try to keep my competitive side hidden.
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