CSI NY: The Game Review
CSI NY: The Game box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Legacy Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 28, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Searching for clues is a matter of pointing and clicking. The scene is littered with clues such as fingerprints and items with DNA on it. Too keep you from trying to click on everything, the developers have devised a penalty that will cause the cursor to disappear for a few seconds if you over-click. This does tend to make you stop and think for a moment. Many of the items are red herrings, so it's not advisable to click on everything.

CSI NY: The Game screenshot

Once you have collected your evidence, it's time to take it to the lab. Here you will play a series of mini-games as you match fingerprints, extract DNA, piece together broken or scattered items including faces, trace blood outlines, and try to crack codes to gain information from computers and other locked sources. Most of these puzzles are very easy, but sometimes it's not always clear what you are supposed to do and in what order. There are hints that you can use, but they virtually solve the puzzle for you. You are allowed to skip two puzzles in each episode. These mini-game puzzles relate to the actual clue processing in only the remotest of ways. This sense of detachment is only heightened by these make-work puzzles.

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Interrogating subjects is as easy as clicking on the dialogue on the conversation tree. There's no real satisfaction here, as you'll eventually go through all of the conversations anyway. Eventually you will interrogate the prime suspect where, during the questioning, he or she will break down and fully admit their guilt. End of episode, move on to the next one using the same techniques and procedures. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I've had CSI New York: The Game on the examining table for a few hours now, and I have concluded that its demise was self-inflicted. Pull the sheet over it and give it a proper burial.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.4
Graphics
Simple, 2D, static graphics lower production values.
3.0
Control
Over-simplified control scheme lessens the challenge.
3.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Average voiceover work. Lacks impact and emotion.
2.7
Play Value
Repetitive gameplay formula. Mini-games feel detached from actual objectives.
2.5
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Solve crimes in the Big Apple: Finally, CSI fans can experience the world, characters and mysteries of CSI: NY written by CSI writers.
  • Play as the stars: For the first time, you can take on the role of CSI stars as you play the characters of Detectives Mac Taylor and Stella Bonasera.
  • More accessible gameplay: A new, moody graphic-novel art style and more user-friendly interface will assure accessibility and hours of replay for all types of gamers.
  • Control Interrogations: For the first time in CSI, control interrogations and use evidence to reveal a suspect's lies.
  • Dig deeper with new mini-games: Includes an incredible variety of new mini-games!


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