Just played: rain
Available on the Playstation Network, rain is a simple adventure game where you play as a boy who was supposed to go to the circus but because he had a fever, he had to stay inside. While in there, he noticed a girl silhouette out in the rain and he chased after her. As he chased her, he went through the door of light that leads to darkness.
That's the intro of the game. The premise is so simple and the gameplay is also as simple. But the main charm of the game is the fact that it is so simple yet the environment is just so breathtaking.
This game is, for lack of better way to describe it, is pretty much like ICO. In fact, it is partly made by the same people who make ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian. However, unlike ICO, the girl is way more helpful than Yorda ever was.
The town where they are in is also very beautifully done. It's obvious that it's supposed to be somewhere in Italy due to the obvious Italian Graffiti and architectures. The feeling I had when roaming the town was simply indescribable other than it was a beautiful feeling.
Of course, while most of the game is spent in the streets, there are also other levels in the game that are almost equally beautiful. The Factory was just gigantic, the church was rather downtrodden, and the last level of the game was very eerie. Not only that but the graffiti (which are mostly in Italian which I do not speak) are quite interesting and could be a nice bilingual bonus to those who speaks Italian.
All in all, if you're sick of waiting for The Last Guardian, then play this game! It's definitely not in the scale of ICO but it's definitely worth the 3-4 hours and the $15. This is definitely the game to play on a lazy afternoon.www.youtube.com/watch?v=iur2J1oroGA