Stray’s strangest mod to date is a Heavy Rain reference

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the internet loves cats – so it’s no big surprise that feline cyberpunk adventure Stray has been building a modding scene just days after release. But no matter what you expected from Stray mods, you probably didn’t realize that any of them are based on Heavy Rain.

Over at 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 eye patch). 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 meow with the sound of Heavy Rain protagonist Ethan Mars screaming for his lost son. I don’t know why I find this incredible, but I love doing it.

If you don’t remember, Heavy Rain was a 2010 Quantic Dream adventure game that begins with a scene where you can press “X to Jason” and emit multiple “Jason!” yells. Now, 12 years later, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can do the same with a very cute cat.

Personally, I think Gibrietas needs to work on a sequel mod titled SHAUN now.

Stray arrived this week, and we gave it an 8/10, 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’ve been playing as adorable cat play time.”

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