Murdered: Soul Suspect reviews have started to emerge online. The game is set to be released today in North America on on Xbox 360 for $49.99, Xbox One for $59.99, PS3 for $49.99, PS4 for $59.99 and PCfor $49.99 , will also be released in Europe this Friday, June 6.
There are some great concepts in Murdered: Soul Suspect, but they feel undercooked or underutilised, and the lack of demand for any real input from us makes Murdered feel like a pick-a-path game where there's only one path.
Murdered: Soul Suspect has a lot of great ideas, but none of them come together in a satisfying way.
A good mystery should keep you guessing until the very end. It should deliver a solution that defies your earlier instincts and speculation, while also making complete sense. Murdered: Soul Suspect does keep you guessing until the end, but for the wrong reason.
There's a few notable characters and story beats in Murdered: Soul Suspect, but they're completely overshadowed by unremarkable gameplay and shoddy production values.
â€‹No matter how I look at it, there's something disquieting to the blandness of Murdered: Soul Suspects. It's a game about ghosts, demons, and the Salem witch trials. For a story that's on some level interested in scaring its players, it never has the courage to let those same players make their own mistakes.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is the best old-fashioned ghost story I've watched or played in years. Murdered: Soul Suspect is awash in tropes, but somehow, that's part of the charm. It's a pulpy detective tale remixed as a classic ghost story, and it works as a sort of playable B-movie.
That said, the mystery at the heart of Murdered really is excellent, and putting the pieces together crime scene by crime scene should satisfy many an armchair sleuth. The hidden ghost stories are well worth finding, and though Ronan is a bit of a dull fish, the people who surround him are worth getting to know, however briefly. With some truly great ideas and some unfortunate choices, Murdered: Soul Suspect and its ghostly hero is neither heaven nor hell, but something in between.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is definitely a qualified success. The richness of the atmosphere and charismatic lead performances pulled me through the story. That paired with a solid, no-frills investigation mechanic helped mitigate some of the technical problems and the sadly tacked-on demon hunting sequences. It's a distinctly average experience, but it has enough going for it that I'm glad I was able to conquer the bugs and see it through.
While a welcome break from the tired retreadings that define most games, Murdered: Soul Suspect finds itself in a precarious place where narrative value, above all else, is of chief importance.
Murdered: Soul Suspect has some neat concepts, but it is not a success. A few elements of its supernatural murder mystery may hold your interest, but it ultimately feels hollow because it lacks any real challenge or entertainment in solving that mystery.
There's space in this genre to be sure - only LA Noire has come close to presenting an engaging, police-based, modern point-and-click adventure - but any new contenders need to pay far more attention to the actual police work underpinning them. Without doing so the conclusion we'll keep deducing is that crime may not pay, but it sure is tedious to bring to justice.
A game where sadly the idea is a lot better than the execution, especially given the low budget visuals and mediocre script.
And it's that underdog likeability that rescues Soul Suspect from the lower reaches of the score table. It's a Good 6, that delightful strata of games that stumble in the technical aspects, but compensate with personality and charm, somehow all the more enjoyable for their imperfections. I can't pretend that Soul Suspect is a particularly great game, but I do know that it's the sort of game I'll still remember - and remember fondly - in five years' time, which is more than can be said for most of its glossier rivals.
Murdered: Soul Suspect is a quite unique experience, one I did mostly enjoy. However, the lack of content and repetitive nature of the gameplay did end up grating on me a bit. Some new DLC would be exactly what the doctor ordered, only helping the game in the long run, but that's not exactly a guarantee at this stage. With that in mind, Murdered: Soul Suspect isn't a game I would recommend to go out and purchase straight away. Still, credit to the development team for trying something different. It's just a shame they ran out of some genuinely great ideas somewhere along the line. The potential is there, hopefully they are given the chance to fully realise it with a sequel.