I could tell I was going to enjoy Rain just by the loading screen. It was painted with—wait for it—watercolors. With gentle humor like that, I could see that Rain is the antidote to games with too much sound and fury. Although I saw some great games at E3, none were as quiet as Rain, the upcoming game by SCE Japan Studio. It’s an adventure, but one whose soundscape is filled with the patter of raindrops, not the thunder of bullets.
There’s nothing quite so mind-blowingly awesome as the first two chapters of The Unfinished Swan, the PS3 game by Giant Sparrow. But there’s nothing so frustrating as the last two chapters of this roughly two-hour journey. The Unfinished Swan is both an excellent and disappointing game. I wanted to kiss and punch the creators.
There’s a reason why Forbes’ David Thier called Giant Sparrow’s The Unfinished Swan “E3 Best of Show.” The Unfinished Swan, for the PS3, is both curiously challenging and bare-bones simple. In a universe of shooting games and sports games, this “first-person painter” stands out as the most unique game of 2012.