Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic 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. It's still a fine adaptation, offering a surprising amount of gumshoe depth. [Mar 2006, p.102]
  5. The biggest mysteries to be solved in this game, however, are the technical problems. As great as it is to have beautiful graphics and realistic noises and other great miracles of technology, they are taxing on computers, and mine isn’t even three years old.
  6. If you enjoy easy-going, slow-paced games, if you like watching the “Law & Order” television series (or, really, any police procedural series), or if you just have some time to kill, then you might like Criminal Intent well enough.
  7. 60
    The third-person perspective is a bust, and the gameplay is often too linear and tedious. On the bright side, fans of police procedurals and Law & Order in particular should find the cases interesting to unravel.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The clunky interface, leaden pacing, mostly ugly visuals, and host of irritating and detrimental bugs pretty much squash whatever potential this game might have had, and set the Law & Order game franchise back about three years.
  12. The switch to third-person perspective is unwelcome as Goren awkwardly lumbers and can even become stuck, marching on the spot. Other frustrating technical glitches abound.
  13. If you really like the show, and can deal with plenty of bugs and broken gameplay you may find Law & Order: Criminal Intent enjoyable. I doubt it, but anything is possible.
  14. While fans of the show may be more forgiving of its glacial sized flaws and see past the shoddy exterior to the gold that's probably hidden somewhere deep within, this as an adventure game that's too old, too boring and too broken to be of much enjoyment to all but the most hardcore of Law & Order fans.
  15. 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]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. KathyG.
    May 6, 2006
    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. Full Review »