Alan Wake expert says Heavy Rain is "visually uneven"

PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavy Rain is "visually uneven", at least according to CaptiveMotion founder Mark Carson, whose company is responsible for the facial animation in upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive Alan Wake.

Speaking about Heavy Rain in an interview with VG247, the motion capture specialist said, "It’s beautiful and brilliant but visually uneven at points, which unfortunately is the nature of the industry because of the scope, budgets and time-frames required.

"I would have loved to have worked with them on that project. I think we could have help with that. In the end it’s a very different product from Alan Wake and I think everyone will agree once it comes out."

However, in the interview Carson also says that he hasn't actually played Heavy Rain, nor does he even own a PS3. "Unfortunately I don’t own a PS3, but I’ve pored over the reviews and extended play video from the various sites," he said.

Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain has won critical acclaim and topped the UK multi-platform gaming charts upon its release at the end of February.

Remedy's story-based action horror game, Alan Wake, releases on May 18th (May 21st for the EU) on the Xbox 360.

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Whats the deal with artists working on video games that don't play video games?

A friend of a friend was an artist for GOW3 and they didn't own a PS3 either.

Maybe its just me, but its kind of like a chef that doesn't eat food.

MindTrickz said,
I do not know what this guy is talking about, but he seems to be bigging up his company, which is understandable but in all honesty, the facial movements in Alan Wake are the ones that look terrible and static. There is no realism to the movement of the lips and the jaw. It looks very poor.

Have a look for yourself:

Alan Wake:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSZ2xN7qZz0

Heavy Rain:
thttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4C4GK91nr0

A little misinformed don't ya?

Alan Wake's animation is awesome, done by this guy company CaptiveMotion, that (your link) was a veryyyy old video he. take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltlhtvhvVFU

Discussed on this tread
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...lan-wakes-facial-animation/

now compare again, who's dull?

Edited by Draken, Apr 1 2010, 2:32pm :

Draken said,

A little misinformed don't ya?

Alan Wake's animation is awesome, done by this guy company CaptiveMotion, that (your link) was a veryyyy old video he. take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltlhtvhvVFU

Discussed on this tread
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...lan-wakes-facial-animation/

now compare again, who's dull?

EXCEPT the video you posted is not something from the in-game Alan Wake game. Try posting something FROM the game instead and not something else that the company did.

rageagainstmachine said,
are they still adimant that there will be no PC release of Alan Wake? was totally gutted when they dropped that onE!

At the speed they are making the game don't expect a 360 launch as well. Will probably be an XBox 720 game ...

LaP said,

At the speed they are making the game don't expect a 360 launch as well. Will probably be an XBox 720 game ...

The game's out on May 18th, inform yourself a little pls

rageagainstmachine said,
are they still adimant that there will be no PC release of Alan Wake? was totally gutted when they dropped that onE!

If they do release it on the PC it'll just be a sub standard console port, PC gamers getting screwed out of a decent game again.

By making it console only I won't be buying it.

Wasn't Alan Wake supposed to be a 360 launch title?
I can understand Carson's point of view being that he's been working on Alan for over 5 years.

dotf said,
Wasn't Alan Wake supposed to be a 360 launch title?
I can understand Carson's point of view being that he's been working on Alan for over 5 years.

Actually Alan Wake was originally only due for a PC release and was going to show off Quad Core Processors and DX10.

They cancelled the PC version recently and moved it to the 360.

Edited by neo158, Apr 2 2010, 3:06pm :

dotf said,
Wasn't Alan Wake supposed to be a 360 launch title?
I can understand Carson's point of view being that he's been working on Alan for over 5 years.

Actually, Alan Wake was due to be a PC only release to show off Quad Core prcessors and DX10.

Remedy then cancelled the PC version to focus on a 360 release.

By making it console only, i'm not interested, if they do bring Alan Wake to the PC it'll just be another sub standard console port.

Edited by neo158, Apr 2 2010, 4:41pm :

The game had it's faults but I definitely enjoyed it. A very new experience for me (never played a game like it before). For those who finished, does it seem to suggest a sequel to you guys? (The book signing)

Kreuger said,
The game had it's faults but I definitely enjoyed it. A very new experience for me (never played a game like it before). For those who finished, does it seem to suggest a sequel to you guys? (The book signing)

SPOILER ALERT!!! LOL. Not sure as the endings are different depending how you play the game. Not everyone gets that ending you mentioned. So to some, a suggestion of a sequel is there while for others its not.

kraized said,

SPOILER ALERT!!! LOL. Not sure as the endings are different depending how you play the game. Not everyone gets that ending you mentioned. So to some, a suggestion of a sequel is there while for others its not.

Oh yeah I forgot that variable could change. I didnt even think of it being a spoiler, I thought it was vague.

Magallanes said,
heavy rain is fine if you like quick time events.

<adamwest> Oh I love quick time events! But I hate QuickTime!! </adamwest>

Never noticed it myself. Maybe cause the story and everything else about the game kept me on the edge of my seat. I guess everyone has to downplay competition. More so when the competition is very good.

Exactly. Why is this an "article"?! It's the opinion of some nobody who hasn't nothing to do with this project and who admits he hasn't even seen or played the product first hand.

So why is the writer quoting him and why is this newsworthy in any way shape or form!?

Is there some connection between these games, companies, people that the author fails to mention?

Edited by excalpius, Mar 31 2010, 4:54pm :

Kreuger said,
I agree. Lauren is just plain awful looking.
If you see a picture of the woman it's actually based on, it's actually pretty accurate, the woman just looks kinda weird.

UHYVE said,
If you see a picture of the woman it's actually based on, it's actually pretty accurate, the woman just looks kinda weird.
I dont know man, someone posted a mockup in a thread somewhere here and she looked much better than the final came out. The chick looks fine to me.

Can someone post some screenshots of the Uneven shots of Heavy Rain? I've not got a PS3 so I would know, but anyways looking forward to Alan Wake

well lets just say if it came down to time taken to produce a product i would expect alan wake to be almost like playing through a hovering camera over a guy in real lifes head in comparison which it won't be so I dunno what they're really talking about when they don't even have a product to compare heavy rain to.

Fedr0 said,
Punctuation, unknown subject...

Last i checked this wasnt school or a professional website so punctuation grammmeer or speeling doesnt matter.

tablet_user said,

Last i checked this wasnt school or a professional website so punctuation grammmeer or speeling doesnt matter.

It only matters to intelligent people, the rest of you feel free to put your ignorance on display.

I personally don't care, it makes you idiots easier to spot.

Also makes things easier to read, instead of having to re-read the entire post 3 times, so you can figure out what is being said.

Odom said,
Also makes things easier to read, instead of having to re-read the entire post 3 times, so you can figure out what is being said.

So true.

Osirus23 said,

It only matters to intelligent people, the rest of you feel free to put your ignorance on display.

I personally don't care, it makes you idiots easier to spot.

So true.

Osirus23 said,

It only matters to intelligent people, the rest of you feel free to put your ignorance on display.

I personally don't care, it makes you idiots easier to spot.

Could not have said it better myself!

CrownedClown03 said,
Neowin's grammar lesson of the day.
Only if you consider a grammar lesson to be:

"Use punctuation"

Osirus23 said,

It only matters to intelligent people, the rest of you feel free to put your ignorance on display.

I personally don't care, it makes you idiots easier to spot.

+1! I usually keep my opinions to myself about this, but when I see a post like that, I just dismiss it as a waste of time.