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"Prologue" (often referred to as "the prologue") is the first and introductory chapter in Heavy Rain.

OverviewEdit

The player is first introduced to Ethan Mars, the main character/protagonist of the game. Ethan is an architect who is married to Grace Mars and is the father of two boys, Jason Mars and Shaun Mars. This chapter serves two purposes: one, to be a gameplay tutorial; and two, to explain the basic premise of the storyline (before the story really starts in the next chapter).

This chapter is also meant to show Ethan's relationship with his sons before future events.

DescriptionEdit

Upon awakening, the player takes control of Ethan Mars and is given several minutes to come to grips with character movement and how to interact with the environment in the Heavy Rain world.

Players can be as thorough or as cursory as they wish whilst guiding Ethan around the home. Keen players can engage Ethan in many activities, including brushing his teeth, showering, playing a radio, finishing an architectural concept drawing (required for the trophy of this chapter), playing with a remote control car, drinking coffee and orange juice, and getting dressed, whilst less enthusiastic players can simply await the return of Ethan's wife, Grace, and his two sons Shaun and Jason. The player's level of involvement in the activities available has no visible effect on the story.

Once Grace and the boys arrive, it is up to the player to prepare for Jason's birthday by setting the table (which is required to earn a trophy). Afterward, the player can engage with Grace in a romantic moment and play with Jason and Shaun in the backyard.

The chapter ends when Grace calls the family to the table to eat lunch, only to discover that Shaun is missing. The player must guide Ethan upstairs to find Shaun huddled over Merlin, the family's pet who has died (quite recently, as it was singing and healthy when Ethan first awoke). Ethan attempts to comfort him and the chapter ends.

CharactersEdit

  • Shaun Mars - Ethan's son and younger brother of Jason Mars.
  • Jason Mars - Ethan's other son who is turning ten in the chapter.
  • Grace Mars - Ethan's wife and the mother of Jason and Shaun.

WalkthroughEdit

Walkthrough

TrophiesEdit

  • Happy Birthday: Prologue - Complete the drawing + Set the table + Play with the kids (Bronze)
  • Interactive Drama: Thank you for supporting Interactive Drama (Bronze)

TriviaEdit

  • Grace's note to Ethan says she will pick up the kids from school, while a few moments earlier it is noted that it's a Saturday. This may be explained by the fact that Quantic Dream is a French studio. French pupils in primary and high schools are used to working on Saturday mornings. (Note that Shaun and Jason have the afternoon free.)
  • There is evidence that shows that players would be shown a full-frontal view of Ethan's shower scene. This was likely removed due to censorship. However, there are image stills online that state the full, uncensored cutscene may be obtainable via glitching.
  • This chapter has the first shower scene in the game.
  • This is the first and only chapter to feature a pet.
  • Grace and Ethan will have a humorous conversation if he plays with the remote controlled toy car while she is in the kitchen.
    • Grace: "I thought that was for the kids."
    • Ethan: "Oh, I'm just... checking if it works."
    • Grace: "Right..."

GlitchesEdit

  • During Ethan's shower scene, an apparent glitch exposes Ethan's genitalia, which is usually cut off.

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