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  • Summary: Victoria McPherson is a brilliant young FBI agent who's investigating a serial murder case. The body count is now at five and with the lack of real leads and a mountain of circumstantial evidence, Victoria is beginning to show signs of fatigue and stress. She decides to take a break and goVictoria McPherson is a brilliant young FBI agent who's investigating a serial murder case. The body count is now at five and with the lack of real leads and a mountain of circumstantial evidence, Victoria is beginning to show signs of fatigue and stress. She decides to take a break and go rest at her father's home in suburban Chicago; after all, it is close to the Christmas holidays. However, Victoria does not find rest. Instead, she finds one of her grandfather's old case files and begins to read. Oddly enough, Victoria's present case resembles the one from the past, right down to the killer's MO. The game features a compelling storyline set in modern Chicago and late 1920's Prague; beautifully detailed environments; rich and intriguing characters; Breath-taking cinematics; the opportunity to investigate the crime scenes of gruesome serial homicides and to solve challenging puzzles finely integrated into the storyline. [Microids] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Anyone who loves a mystery and has an investigative mind will get many hours of pleasure from Still Life.
  2. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    Screws you in the end with a serious cliffhanger that doesn't actually reveal all the game's secrets. [Aug 2005, p.78]
  3. This title will have you hooked from the beginning until the end, and the open-ended conclusion will leave things up to your imagination to figure out.
  4. A suitably gripping and atmospheric thriller and the transitions between the Chicago and Prague investigations are very smooth.
  5. 74
    An enjoyable albeit short diversion for fans of classic adventure games. As usual, this type of game controls better on a PC than a console but the character movement still feels slow and clunky.
  6. Its slavish dedication to convention will scratch the methodical, cerebral itch all diehard adventure game fans have. As a genre exercise, though, it exerts little energy to draw in new players.
  7. PC Format
    38
    A waste of time for all involved, go watch paint dry instead. [Aug 2005, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. JoeP.
    Apr 5, 2005
    10
    This is undoubtly one of the best RPG games that i've played.Great visuals,actually the visuals are breathtaking.Game play is pretty This is undoubtly one of the best RPG games that i've played.Great visuals,actually the visuals are breathtaking.Game play is pretty easy too. All in all the game deserves a full 10. Expand
  2. MarianaL.
    Aug 21, 2006
    10
    i love this game but i got really mad when the murderer felt in the river cuz i wanted to see who it was!!! i really hope that there is a i love this game but i got really mad when the murderer felt in the river cuz i wanted to see who it was!!! i really hope that there is a still life 2! Expand
  3. Lin
    Aug 15, 2005
    10
    Best adventure game ever! For those who doesn't have a sense of adventure and thrill(excitement) maybe it IS better you go and watch theBest adventure game ever! For those who doesn't have a sense of adventure and thrill(excitement) maybe it IS better you go and watch the paint dry. or for anyone who has no patience or hates reading you go elsewhere... for adventure lovers or just anyone who wants a great story, and excellent 3D graphics(Pre-rendered) this is your game! one of my fav game and still trying to figure out who the killer is if you want to email me of who you think did it contact me Can't wait for the 2nd game fingers crossed ! Expand
  4. B.Iliev
    Jun 23, 2005
    8
    Good gameplay ,good atmosphere,good storyline . Some bad puzzles and the ending was not what i expected. Not a classic but if you enjoy Good gameplay ,good atmosphere,good storyline . Some bad puzzles and the ending was not what i expected. Not a classic but if you enjoy adventure games you will definitely like it. Expand
  5. DaveM
    Aug 29, 2005
    7
    Still Life is what it is, an old style point and click game with some nice pre-rendered visuals. Yes, it is very linear (remember when allStill Life is what it is, an old style point and click game with some nice pre-rendered visuals. Yes, it is very linear (remember when all games were linear, and that was ok?) and yes there are some animation problems, but its not a bad diversion for the $20 price. There are some annoyances--yes, the cookies--and some illogical moments. For example (spoiler alert), when you need to cut the back of a picture at dad's house, you have to search the house for a tiny little razor that is left on the floor, rather than do what most people would really do--go to the kitchen and get a knife. End Spoiler. Everything, except for the puzzles, is spelled out for you . It always tells you exactly where to go and exactly whom to question. Basically, Still Life is more a slightly interactive movie than a game...but it is a great story. Whether you are a fan of the voice acting or not, the dialogue is well thought out, and the parallel story lines leave little clues for one another and work wonderfully together. Buy Still Life for the story. It's one of the best stories I've seen in a video game. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    5
    Still Life comes off as an eye spy detective game with several puzzle elements thrown into the mix. The 800x600 maximum resolution isStill Life comes off as an eye spy detective game with several puzzle elements thrown into the mix. The 800x600 maximum resolution is disappointing. A game of this caliber with a 2005 release date on a PC platform deserves higher end graphical support. Character development is genuine providing a sense of realism, but there is a lack of involvement on the players part to really control events--the result is a lot of mindless clicking to advance conversations. You also have to do everything in a predefined order which in many cases seems pointless. For example you can't pick up certain objects until you discover a use for them and you can't leave certain areas without completing necessary tasks. Overall, it was worth the play through, but I became weary near the game's end due to the abrupt turnaround in the main character combined with minor game annoyances. The ending sets up for Still Life 2, but ultimately leaves a feeling of unfulfillment as a stand alone game. Expand
  7. AaronC.
    Jun 15, 2005
    1
    Heads up, everybody...this is NOT an RPG; it's a point-and-click adventure game. And it's time to be honest about how little the Heads up, everybody...this is NOT an RPG; it's a point-and-click adventure game. And it's time to be honest about how little the emperor is wearing at the moment...this game is HORRIBLE. It's completely misrepresented in reviews and on its packaging: this is NOT a detective game. When I bought it, I was imagining something like CSI or the earlier game Missing, where you use crime scene clues to decipher puzzles and advance the storytelling. This game features a bunch of mini-games where you spin, twist, push and pull things tediously, intercut with more tedious periods of walking long distances and speaking to awkwardly rendered characters. You can't choose what to say to them; the game just sort of spills out as you go. And the "evidence" and "clues" that you collect can't be examined in any real depth...they're just "keys" to get you to the next boring scene. This game is almost more Myst-like in terms of the puzzles, though they're not nearly as clever or charming as Myst. Three words: cookie baking puzzle. Sheesh. Didn't the box say something about a serial killer? Maybe they meant *cereal* killer? The visuals are nice if you can get around the terribly awkward and wooden movements of the characters (when your player runs, he/she looks like they have a stick up their rear and two broken ankles). The animations are pain-staking slow, too, and I wanted to murder a few characters myself while waiting for their unskippable animations to complete. But the atmosphere of the visuals is completely destroyed by the inane voice-acting. It isn't completely bad so much as totally out of place; when, in the game, two seasoned female detectives are working on a dank crime scene, they trade lame banter in a way that makes them sound like sorority rejects from Scream 2. The poorly written script, with its hackneyed, stereotyped, and in some cases border-line racist characters doesn't help much, either. So, stay away! If you like puzzles that just require you to push buttons in a certain order until you win, and if you can stomach rejected late-night Cinemax dialogue, this game might be for you. But if you want a game with a creepy element and storyline, with puzzles that require lateral thinking and ingenuity, try something like Missing instead. Expand

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