Not sure if you’ve noticed, but the Internet loves cats – so it’s not a huge surprise that feline cyberpunk adventure Stray has already built up a modding scene just days after release. But no matter what you expected from Stray mods, you probably didn’t think one of them would be based on Heavy Rain.
Over on Nexus Mods, you can already find ways to reskin your playable cat in a number of styles (including looking a bit like Garfield, and with an eyepatch). But nestled among the many reshades is a mod simply called JASON by creator Gibrietas.
JASON has a simple, perfect function – it replaces Stray’s manual meowing with the sound of Heavy Rain protagonist Ethan Mars shouting for his lost son. I don’t know why I think this is incredible, but I very much do.
— Amongst the Catgirls of the Nephren-Ka (@pestilent_one) July 21, 2022
If you don’t remember, Heavy Rain was a 2010 Quantic Dream adventure game that begins with a scene in which you can “Press X to Jason“, sending out multiple shouts of, well, “Jason!”. Now, 12 years later, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can do the same with a very cute cat.
Personally, I think Gibrietas now needs to work on a sequel mod, entitled SHAUN.
Stray arrived this week, and we awarded it an 8/10 review, calling it “a delightful adventure in a dark but endearingly hopeful cyberpunk world, and that’s thanks in no small part to the fact that you are playing as an adorable cat the whole time.”