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POSTED 4/6/14


MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT

Square Enix



Youíre a dick.

Erm, thatís in the police detective sense. Youíre based in Salem, Massachusetts Ė yep, that witchy place - and youíre tailing the nefarious ĎBell Killerí. He kinda wins, youíre dead and usually thatíd be game over.

But here, you game on in total purgatorial (and chain-smoking) form. Informed by your also-dead wifeís ghostly apparition that you canít just stick your ghostly feet up, relax and do whatever ghostly couples do until you bring down this ring-a-ding sucker, you set off to utilise those dick skills.

Kinda a mush-up of LA Noire, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, with some classic graphic adventure chucked in just before the cake tin was shoved in the oven, Murdered: Soul Suspectís main game Ė although fairly linear save for an open-worldish main area - is great fun if youíre into a bit of Sherlockesque Marpleism (despite the inexplicable absence of mapping.) You collect clues, you process them, you move onto the next lot Ė rinse, repeat. Along the way youíll also collect collectibles, ranging from a history of Salem to unveiling further story bits related to, well, the story thatís unfolding.

Itís the sort of game that some people will love and thus forgive some clunkiness, and others will just despise.

Unfortunately though, speaking of dicks, somebody seemingly thought, ďOoh, we only have around 10 hours of gameplay here, so gamersíll crucify us. How can we make it last longer?Ē Then some even bigger dick came up with utterly incongruous devil ghost thingies, requiring stealth, too much patience and a fuckload of luck considering the mechanism to escape them is broken. Whomever it was is Ė sadly - solely responsible for slicing at least two points off that score below.

Itís just bullshit elongation for the sake of it, and itís about time devs (and many gamers) realise that itís better having an engaging 10-hour game than an infuriating 18-hour one.

Dicks.

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