In our review of Sony Japan Studio's Rain we said "basic mechanics gives Rain a wondrous atmosphere" but advised readers to "look elsewhere if you want something more solid".
Critics far and wide have also delivered their verdicts; we've gathered them up and put them into a list below.
- Official PlayStation Magazine: 7 - Without substantial gameplay, you're left with Rain's atmosphere. And that in itself's enough to win over a listless gamer for a quiet afternoon's adventure. Through its level design it makes you feel suitably lost and vulnerable, and despite the cardinal sin of presenting itself like early 20th century French cinema it doesn't come across as pretentious. A curiosity that rewards, but shouldn't be showered with praise. There are fewer new ideas in here than it seems in the opening level, but pace-changing pursuits and a dreamy Debussy vibe mean it's still well worth playing.
- Kotaku: Yes - You should play it because, yes, it's a step in the right direction. Rain drags its feet through some of those forward movements, but it's an A for effort game. It's a game we can learn from, that other games should learn from. A game I can feel good about having my parents watch as I play it. And, fortunately, all of this can be appreciated without taking up too much of your time.
- Eurogamer: 6 - The game that actually draws on this magical midnight ambience is perfectly acceptable and intermittently enjoyable, but it meanders and runs out of ideas, and it lacks the kind of striking narrative that could assauge the absence of genuine challenge or playfulness.
- IGN: 7.0 -Rain creates a distinctive heartbreaking atmosphere, but fails to develop it into a more engrossing experience.
- Joystiq: 3/5 - As a work of art, Rain masterfully captures and maintains a mood that will speak to players, but as a game, it's soggy and unrewarding. It's also quite short, so if you'd like to explore which side of Rain appeals to you more, you can do so in an afternoon - rain or shine.
- Destructoid: 8/10 - Rain is not quite the model of refinement that some of its PlayStation Network peers have been, but it's an overwhelmingly amiable, effectively cultivated little adventure. Calming and scary, amusing and sorrowful, Rain is a game that jogs calmly through a gamut of emotions, rather than sprints headlong into mood whiplash, and it's incredibly difficult to ever dislike it, even during its twitchier moments. Rain is, above all, a most balmy experience. Also, it's nice to see the PS3 finally getting a rain-themed exclusive with a good story.
- Next-Gen Gaming Blog: 9/10 - Rain is a fantastic game, which expands on the legacy of downloadable titles on the PS3 that's been set by ThatGameCompany. The emotional attachment that it achieves is something few games manage in a full length campaign, let alone an experience as short as Rain is. The simplicity of the puzzles could have taken away from the game as a whole, but it's to the game's credit that it doesn't. A brilliant example of the type of games Sony is taking an interest in with the next generation, Rain is a remarkable experience that shouldn't be missed.