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  • Summary: Building off the success of Ubisoft's top-selling CSI: Crime Scene Investigation PC game, CSI: Dark Motives is a first-person adventure game that will test players' nerves and intellect as they examine crime scenes, question witnesses and analyze evidence utilizing the latest in forensic equipment. The new CSI PC game features a number of gameplay improvements including in-depth evidence examination, scalable difficulty and more interactive lab functionality. CSI: Dark Motives will once again feature the likenesses and voices of the entire CSI cast. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. This is one of those rare franchises where the game and the show that inspired it complement each other perfectly, and if you are looking for a clever investigation style adventure game then CSI: Dark Motives is the game for you. It’s everything that the first game was and more.
  2. Not only is it a wonderful effort, but it is also one of those rare games where the sequel is better than the original.
  3. The biggest complaint that I had, and many others agree is that the game needed to be longer than just 5 cases, maybe 10 or so would have done the trick.
  4. The downside is that Dark Motives regurgitates the static, "Myst"-style point-and-click gameplay and fuzzy backgrounds of last year's CSI game. [June 2004, p.77]
  5. If you're enough of a fan to forgive its frustrating moments, Dark Motives' five cases will give you a few evenings' worth of semi-interactive intrigue, but not much more.
  6. Leave this one to diehard CSI fans who want to click their way through five new episodes of the show with little effort.
  7. I used to really love adventure games, but after playing this one, I can't remember why. [Aug 2004, p.79]

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  1. GillG.
    Mar 19, 2004
  2. NatnessZ.
    Apr 6, 2006
    I've played this game for over a year now and I am completely fixated with it. It is amazing- well worth every penny. And having the added edition of the real actors giving voice overs you feel like you've been put into the game- it is well worth playing! Expand
  3. MutterH.
    Mar 28, 2004
    This game rocks but it is verry difficult ha's anybody a walktrough?
  4. AndrewM.
    Mar 28, 2004
    Brilliant! I loved the first game but it was a little easy and the cases too short. Dark motives improves on the first in every way: longer, harder cases with more twists and more tools to play with. A great game! Hopefully they'll make many more like it. Expand
  5. PetriT.
    Mar 31, 2004
    This game is absolutely amazing! ubisoft did it again.
  6. A.T.
    Mar 27, 2004
    Hard to follow.
  7. BrittanyK.
    Jul 9, 2004
    This is a fun game. If your lookin for a game with a bit of hard mystery, this is the game! It's fun to work with Cathrine, Greg, analize evidence yourself on the computer, and pretend to be that rookie investigator. This is deffinatly a fun game, with some challenges(if your not a total brilliant computer game geek)haha Expand