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  • Summary: Debuting for the first time as a PC game is Law & Order: Criminal Intent. A different game engine from the previous Law & Order games, Law & Order: Criminal Intent lets the player take on the role of Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and experience the game from a third person pointDebuting for the first time as a PC game is Law & Order: Criminal Intent. A different game engine from the previous Law & Order games, Law & Order: Criminal Intent lets the player take on the role of Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and experience the game from a third person point of view. With multiple cases to solve, the player will investigate crime scenes, search for valuable evidence and interview witnesses and suspects. Law & Order: Criminal Intent offers the player an innovative and psychologically oriented interview technique, to help with breaking down potential suspects. Innovative puzzles ranging from easy to mind-bending are woven into the compelling storyline. Before solving each case, the player must build a profile based on real-life criminal profiling techniques to help track down the killers. [Legacy Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. With the exception of the bugs that I mentioned, this game is compelling. When you feel the need to play a game in any spare moment (bugs and all) you know that it's a good game.
  2. The game has its fair share of aggravating glitches, but manages to simulate the feel of the show and offer up a substantial crime scene experience at the same time.
  3. This is definitely one for the mystery and adventure gaming crowds, but may quickly become a novelty for gamers of other genres.
  4. Even if all the bugs were fixed it would still not be a very deep and engrossing game. It's nothing more than an interactive version of the TV show, and possibly even less exciting.
  5. 60
    If you are extremely patient, a fan of the show, and are willing to stomach and fight through the bugs, then this might be worth your time. With four cases and about 12-15 hours of gameplay (plus all the loading time), you'll have at least a weekend to occupy yourself.
  6. If the numerous technical problems are fixed, this is definitely a game that would-be detectives will want to pick up. Until then, most players will want to take a pass.
  7. System-wide bugs, which range from the entertaining (my character did a jumping jack each time he left his office) to the annoying (pathfinding issues) to the aggravating (frequent desktop crashes). [Jan 2005, p.106]

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  1. KathyG.
    May 6, 2006
    3
    I love the law and order games, but law and order criminal intent is slow between scene changes and parts of the evidence keeps flashing on I love the law and order games, but law and order criminal intent is slow between scene changes and parts of the evidence keeps flashing on my screen and I've re-started it so many times I'm frustrated and ready to delete it from my computer and I have both patches on too. Expand