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FAQ/Walkthrough by chewtoy11

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 06/27/10

Heavy Rain Chronicles Episode 1: The Taxidermist (ver 1.0) by: Christopher
Griffin

*** Spoiler alert: This episode is SO short, that it would be impossible to
prevent any spoilers from occurring. No attempt has been made to protect you
from spoilers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction (author's notes) .........................................[INTRO]
Overview (backstory) ...............................................[OVERVIEW]
Start (what to expect) ................................................[START]
Residence (main game level) .......................................[RESIDENCE]
Downstairs .......................................................[DOWNSTAIRS]
Upstairs ...........................................................[UPSTAIRS]
Leland's Return ...................................................[HOMEAGAIN]
Ending Guide .......................................................[ENDGUIDE]

[INTRO]:
Heavy Rain is a great game, make no mistake about it. However, this DLC is a
disappointment after playing the full game. It does feel like a ripoff for
$4.99. Since the original game had 34 playable sequences for $59.99 -- that
means each scene averages out to be $1.76 each. That would have been a more
appropriate price for this "add-on". My gut feeling is that this was really
only developed as a bonus for pre-orders, but since it was already developed
they decided they might as well sell it.

[OVERVIEW]:
You're Madison Paige in this add-on, and you'll be playing a single scene (for
those that don't know already). The scene starts out with you riding your
motorcycle in the rain on the freeway. You're speaking with "Sam", a male
co-worker presumably helping you with your investigative journalism.

He gives you the rundown on "The Taxidermist", a single unemployed 40-year old.
After he gives you the address, you take the exit and moments later arrive in
front of his house.

[START]:
You start out in the daytime in front of Leland's house. You can explore the
front yard and doing so reveals very little except for the foreshadowing of
the garage door being problematic (aka Locked and partially jammed).

[RESIDENCE]:
To enter the residence, you will need to walk around to the right-side of the
house (opposite of the garage) and ultimately to the back. After attempting to
look in the back window, Madison comments about not being tall enough. Lift up
the small gasoline drum under the window. Now go back to the side of the house
and push a larger drum back to the window. Once under the window, you will
need to stand it up where you will then be able to open the window to gain
access.

[DOWNSTAIRS]:
There is quite a bit to see in the house, but all of that is on the second
floor. Your first warning sign that things aren't right is given to you
immediately when you enter the house -- look in the kitchen drawer on the
right side of the sink... women's jewelry!

Be careful exploring around the living room, because several things will fall
when you walk by, and you must be quick on your toes to prevent any breakage.
This is actually VERY important, because Leland will notice ANYTHING out of
place. This means newly broken items or items out of place -- it does not
appear to include doors left open.

If you want to check out the downstairs, take all the time you need. Leland
will not return home until after you go upstairs and try to walk back
downstairs.

[UPSTAIRS]:
This is where the episode takes its (unexpected?) twist. If you missed the
jewelry in the kitchen, it will soon enough be obvious that this guy has LOTS
of women's clothes (no cross-dressing in this episode, just women stuffed by
the taxidermist).

Watch out for the linen closet at the top of the stairs, if the basketball
falls out, you need to put it back, or else Leland will know you're in the
house.

[HOMEAGAIN]:
Leland will return home after you try to walk back down the stairs, so
explore as much as you want upstairs, but know that you will be confronting
him after you try to go back down the stairs.

HELPFUL TIP: To sneak around without being heard, ever-so-lightly press R2
to walk, if you hold it all the way down you'll be heard immediately.

[ENDGUIDE]:
There are 5 endings, each ending is simply a screen that shows a newspaper
headline stating one of the following:

1. The End of the Nightmare
2. Sacrificed in the Name of Truth
3. The End of Anguish
4. In the Middle of Horror
5. Where is Madison Paige?

NOTE: All escapes are out the garage (I could never get the window to open
again after entering, it might be possible, but it certainly would take a lot
more effort).

End of the Nightmare:
Fight the taxidermist and escape. I prefer running to the garage and using the
chainsaw on him.

Sacrificed in the Name of Truth:
Use the telephone upstairs in the bedroom and then lose (i.e. Die fighting
Leland)

The End of Anguish:
Avoid detection, use the phone in the bedroom, and hide under the bed until the
police arrive.

In the Middle of Horror:
This is easiest to do if you avoid detection, hide upstairs until he comes
upstairs and enters a room other than the one you're in, and then sneak out of
the house. To sneak out, just to go the garage and use the garage door button
to escape.

Where is Madison Paige?:
Simple, do NOT use the phone and die fighting.

That concludes this guide! Thanks for reading it!
Copyright 2010 Christopher Griffin

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