|System: PC*, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox 360|
|Dev: Airtight Games, Square-Enix Japan|
|Release: June 3, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol|
What’s most frustrating is the fact that demons are the only way to die. There is no penalty for failing an investigation. If you put two clues together wrong you lose a “badge” but this is just an arbitrary rating. A game whose entire premise is “solve this mystery” doesn’t punish you for screwing up when solving the mystery!
Finally, there are the side quests. While you look for your murderer, you will find other ghosts you are looking for their murderers. Unfortunately, it’s hard to look at these side quests as compelling. You are quite literally on a mission to save yourself from a hellish afterlife and reunite with your long lost dead wife. You don’t have time to search for six water boilers or whatever will but random Joe Ghostypants to rest. You also don’t really get anything for doing these side quests, so you might as well just pass them up.
I really wanted to like Murdered: Soul Suspect more than I did. The graphics are awesome. The voice actors do a fantastic job. The environments are interesting, especially when you see the ghostly versions of old Salem overlapped over the modern day version. The story is genuinely interesting and kept me playing far after the fun had drained out of the game. But in all honesty, I cannot recommend it. With a couple tweaks, this could have been an awesome game, but as it stands Murderer: Soul Suspect is dead on arrival.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: June 4, 2014