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  • Summary: NCIS is now available for the first time ever on your home consoles and PC.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 9 out of 11
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    65
    This is the kind of game you can easily give to an elder family member if they are a fan of the show, without ever having to explain how it works. It offers a couple of casual evenings worth of extra NCIS entertainment with your favorite characters, and for some fans that might be just what they want.
  2. Dec 2, 2011
    55
    It's difficult to not view the NCIS game as a blatant cash grab. It may be available at the lower price point of $40 ($30 for PC), but the four cases only take about four hours to complete and there is zero replay value.
  3. Not really worth investigating. [March 2012, p.91]
  4. Jan 12, 2012
    34
    A point-'n'-click with minimal pointing and telegraphed clicking. NCIS fan? Still avoid this. [Feb 2012, p.98]
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    34
    This is unfortunately not a good detective game, nor is it a good game period.
  6. 30
    You're left with awkward, stilted voice-acting, serviceable graphics, and rote button-pushing that feel less like a game experience and more like channel-surfing on your couch. Skip.
  7. May 17, 2012
    10
    With terrible dialogue, a horrible story, and gameplay that's equivalent to matching shapes and colors at its most complex, I can't imagine the person that would be entertained by this gameā€¦ but if he exists I hope I never meet him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    This game is filled with bugs. It is just an an attempt to be the TV show, don't buy this, please. This game is bad. The dialogue is terrible, the story sucks, the gameplay is childish the only good this is that the game makes a good coaster. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this game. Expand
  2. Nov 5, 2011
    7
    Your level of enjoyment in playing NCIS will largely depend on two factors - 1) what kind of NCIS fan you are, and 2) what kind of gamer you are. If you're not a fan of NCIS, you might as well stop reading now and find something else to play, unless you already love detective games or pixel-hunt games like Mystery Case Files and Cate West. Otherwise, NCIS is a game made for its fans, featuring all of the major characters from the series (although few of them are actually voiced by their respective actors), and the game's case scenarios were written by the same people who script the TV show. And in case you haven't noticed, Ubisoft published the game to appeal to the same players as its CSI games, but NCIS actually improves in this area, as development was shifted from the Chinese company that handled CSI to an internal Ubisoft studio that would better understand the property. All-in-all, NCIS pulls off everything that it tries to do in a reasonable fashion. Analog controls are quite manageable, considering you have to move a cursor around to point characters in the right direction. The cases are relatively compelling, and some of the storytelling is genuinely interesting. Graphics won't knock your socks off, but they're functional. The sound matches many of the show's mainstays, from the "thump" sound with its black-and-white snapshot at the beginning of each scene, to the opening theme and other tracks pulled straight from the series. Gameplay is varied, allowing you to pixel-hunt for evidence, photograph crime scenes, move bodies, help with autopsies and other forensic analyses, and even interrogate suspects. That being said, the simplicity of each task, combined with a completion meter, make it impossible to mess up, and once the 5 hours of crime-solving is done, there is little reason to play again. On the flipside of this, if you're looking for some quick achievements, NCIS is a pretty easy way to get them, and the game retails for $39.99 instead of the usual $60. So, if you're a fan of the show and enjoy video games on a casual level, NCIS is a decent purchase. However, the most discerning NCIS fans and hardcore gamers will find a lot to b**** about here. As I have already mentioned, the characters are not voiced by their actors, aside from David McCallum for Ducky and Robert Wagner for DiNozzo's dad, neither of which perform as well as they do on TV. Ducky even comes off as seriously creepy without the support of NCIS's on-set chemistry. The character models don't always look great, either. DiNozzo looks nothing like Michael Weatherly, McGee and Ziva look good from some angles and bad from others, and Abby probably would've been okay if her body movements weren't so unbelieveably stiff. Gibbs fares the best in his appearance, but his voice and lines are so non-Harmon that it's annoying. Everything about the game could've been more ambitious, especially considering that NCIS is the highest rated scripted show on television and has climbed in viewership every year for nine seasons. CBS could've taken a paltry $10 million out of the show's multi-billion-dollar revenue and really contracted something special from Ubisoft, but instead, they made something that's only slightly better than the other games of its type. In that way, NCIS is a missed opportunity, but it will still hold some interest for casual fans of the show or of detective gaming. Could be worse...â Expand
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    3
    I love NCIS. I am a huge fan of the show, but I was disapointed with the game.
    First the graphics were a joke. I thought that they could have
    been better, Gibbs doesn't look like Gibbs, Tony doesn't look like Tony.

    The voice acting was a pile of trash. None of the actors from the TV show did any voice acting for the game which made the characters seem less interesting. This game should have had the actos doing the voice overs, and it should have had LA Noire esque gameplay and graphics.

    The only reason I got this was because I am a fan of the TV show.
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  4. Jan 21, 2014
    2
    I love the show and I got the game cause I thought it would be good. It was not worth the money I paid for it. To only have 4 episodes was a joke I've scene better games. I would not suggest other people to buy this game even if they like the show. Worst game I've played. Expand
  5. May 17, 2012
    1
    NCIS is a great show, have cool moments, but do a videogame? Ubisoft dont' learn with the CSI games? But what do you believe? The game is awful, worst than all the CSI Games. Sorry NCIS but this game is terrible. Expand