Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 60
  2. Negative: 9 out of 60
  1. Jun 2, 2014
    89
    One of the most surprisingly good games I’ve played in a long time. It manages to sell its bizarre premise and builds a solid, moving story out of it, and the plot-propelling investigations add immensely to the detective feel. Walking around as a ghost is clever and entertaining, and it even manages to inject variety into some of gaming’s most overused elements.
  2. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    Murdered: Soul Suspect has a unique concept and backs it up with an intriguing story and a mysterious game world you'll want to explore. Disappointing graphics and slightly unoriginal gameplay keep it from becoming a game to die for, but it's still worth your time and money.
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    80
    An excellent premise, let down slightly by some out of place game mechanics.
  4. Jun 4, 2014
    79
    Despite the new power of the PS4, the town is essentially (if you’ll excuse the pun) dead. NPCs stand or sit in the same place constantly, their faces devoid of emotion. The only one who actually looks alive is the man with seven glowing bullet holes in him.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    76
    It's not without its flaws to be sure, some of which are patchable, but Murdered Soul Suspect offers an interesting mystery and enough other positives to make it well worth playing.
  6. Jul 15, 2014
    75
    Those issues aside, I have nothing but appreciation for Murdered: Soul Suspect. It's fresh, it's different, it doesn't adhere to genre conventions, and it's an experience all its own.
  7. Jun 12, 2014
    75
    Is this a game? Yes, but totally different than you would expect. There isn't a lot of action involved, in stead you are puzzling all the time. The game sometimes lack variety, nevertheless the experience and story are very interesting.
  8. Oct 2, 2014
    70
    If you're looking for a relaxing way to spend a rainy afternoon, Murdered fits the bill, but that's about it.
  9. Jul 18, 2014
    70
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is like a low budget David Cage game, but with more action. The story unfolds like a real thriller, and Salem is always fascinating. However, gameplay mechanics are underdeveloped and tedious.
  10. The gameplay and look might not rock your world, but the story just might. [August 2014, p70]
  11. Jun 17, 2014
    70
    Murdered: Soul Suspect offers an exciting and unpredictably storyline that makes it difficult to stop playing. Being a ghostly detective comes with different abilities, but these powers are unfortunately fairly limited. The game is also a bit on the shorter end and never challenging. Nevertheless, thanks to a great script and likable characters, Murdered: Soul Suspect is a fun and different gaming experience that will keep you entertained from the beginning all the way to the shocking finale.
  12. Jun 11, 2014
    70
    For a game, Murdered: Soul Suspect feels far too simplistic. There’s not much of a challenge as far as puzzles go in both the investigations and in the demon stalking sections.
  13. Jun 9, 2014
    70
    The game is definitely not for everyone and it’s not something I can recommend to each and every gamer out there, especially those who love a challenge or action-heavy gameplay. But for the story gamers out there, here is your own personal gaming paradise.
  14. 70
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is a title with many great ideas, but not great execution.
  15. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    It’s too bad that the production isn’t more refined but for what it is, it’s a minor achievement.
  16. Jun 5, 2014
    70
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is what you get when you create a point-and-click adventure game through the lens of a modern console game. It’s not perfect, but it’s a mystery worth solving.
  17. Jun 4, 2014
    70
    On the whole, there’s not enough substance to make a second playthrough viable, so the value for money is questionable, yet the mystery as it stands is well worth investigating.
  18. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    Interesting and disturbing adventure in the vein of classics such as Fahrenheit. Intense, intriguing and very atmospheric, but too linear and short.
  19. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    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.
  20. Jun 2, 2014
    70
    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.
  21. Jun 2, 2014
    70
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is probably something different from what you are used to. The narrative background and the main character are the main charms here, but don't expect any kind of challenge from the gameplay, which suffers from some hiccups in the investigation process. What you're left with is part wasted chance, part fascinating back-story. Surely, it could've been much more than this, and that's a shame.
  22. Jun 11, 2014
    67
    Fortunately, Soul Suspect’s fairly uninteresting play takes a backseat to a fast-moving plot that, as predictable as it often is, remains engaging from start to finish.
  23. Jun 3, 2014
    67
    Murdered: Soul Suspect was one of 2014's surprises and, in the end, it showed up as one of the biggest disappointments. The dubious quality of many of its gameplay mechanics and technical issues play against it.
  24. Jun 3, 2014
    67
    There are some good ideas, but the lack of time, budget of talent has prevented them from being fully realized. Still, it's a very interesting adventure that may surprise those looking for something different.
  25. Jun 3, 2014
    65
    This is one of those games that I find myself raving about one second, and dragging through the mud the next. Is it worth your time? I think so. Despite its numerous shortcomings, I was entertained to the point of not wanting to put it down.
  26. Jul 29, 2014
    60
    Murdered is a game that does a lot of things sub-par, but what it does offer is an engaging, well written story. You just have to look past the mess.
  27. Jun 25, 2014
    60
    If the awful stealth moments were removed and the story was longer, Murdered: Soul Suspect might have been a great adventure game. As it is, it just leaves some promises for an improved sequel.
  28. Jun 18, 2014
    60
    Those looking for a title with engaging gameplay will be sorely disappointed by the lack of challenge, boring stealth, and hunt the clue investigations. But if you can overlook its shortcomings and throw yourself headlong into the fiction, you might just find a detective yarn with a supernatural twist that’ll keep you engaged until justice is done.
  29. Jun 16, 2014
    60
    Generally underwhelming and far too simple, Murdered would have been better as a cat simulator.
  30. 60
    It is worth taking a trip to Salem. You might not be blown away by the mechanics or length of the game, but you will get a good story with interesting characters and some fun ideas. Recommended if you want a good thriller with tons of atmosphere in game form.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 209 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
  1. Jun 3, 2014
    8
    This game has its flaws. It is not long (8-9hours). The narative is little slower (someone may call it boring). And due to lack of action and only few stealth scenes, the gameplay is kind of simple and not challenging. On the other hand the story is interesting, the investigation elements are kind of new (similar to L.A. Noire, but that is just only one competition so the novelty did not wore of yet). The small open world with many side areas to exprose was a surprise for me (I expected linear tunel) For me the most important part is that once I started the game I did not leave it until I finished it. I was not able to stop playing and exploring the world and story. And I finished satisfied. This is something that I dont find in many games these days. So if you can get over the lack of action. If you like the games like Heavy Rain, Beyond, last Telltale Games or you like the L.A. Noire investigation parts, then give this game a change. You may be very plesantly surprised. Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    4
    While I love a good mystery there just isn't much else to love here. The gameplay just isn't interesting except for the occasional combat sequence. The open world is small and restrictive, the last thing an open world should be. The best parts of the gameplay are very scripted and so the game as a whole feels restrictive. The main character fits the detective cliché perfectly and is pretty boring. The other characters are no better. Murdered Soul Suspect is a boring attempt at a murder mystery game lacking both good gameplay or an interesting story. Full Review »
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    This game is absolutely amazing The visuals, the gameplay, are all spectacular and it's refreshing. they have completely redefined storytelling in gaming with this masterpiece. It's about being a detective and boy, does it ever do it well. Full Review »