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  • Summary: Detective Ronan O'Connor's life is brought to an end when a brutal killer confronts him during a burglary. This detective with a checked past now finds himself trapped in the afterlife, his only escape from this nether world of "Dusk" is to bring the truth of his death and his killer toDetective Ronan O'Connor's life is brought to an end when a brutal killer confronts him during a burglary. This detective with a checked past now finds himself trapped in the afterlife, his only escape from this nether world of "Dusk" is to bring the truth of his death and his killer to light using his newly developed supernatural abilities. As Ronan, you can explore the town of Salem for clues, battle demon spirits to save your soul, and unearth revelations about who is responsible for your untimely death. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jun 3, 2014
    75
    Murdered: Soul Suspect manages to deliver a good ghost story with some very interesting ideas and twists, but it lacks depth and refinement. Nonetheless the story got us to the point that we’d like to see a sequel.
  2. Jun 29, 2014
    68
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is like a diamond in the rough: a dead detective, with supernatural powers, who has to solve his own assassination is an attractive plot. Having said that, Airtight Games didn't know how tap into those features to deliver what could have been an excellent game about finding clues and solving crime scenes. At least the game delivers a somewhat interesting story with an unpredictable ending.
  3. Jun 23, 2014
    60
    By far and away the worst part of Murdered: Soul Suspect is the completely unnecessary quasi-combat that is littered throughout the game.
  4. Jun 2, 2014
    55
    It scrapes by on the power of its central whodunnit mystery, but I can’t help but feel that Murdered: Soul Suspect is ten hours worth of unfinished business.
  5. Aug 21, 2014
    50
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is often interesting, with a clever story and cool characters. Other times it’s a messy affair, with pale graphics, boring gameplay and confusing mechanics.
  6. Jun 3, 2014
    45
    I truly wanted to like this game. It combines several of my favorite tropes and ideas into one cohesive whole, and I respect what it was trying to attain. But combining a half-baked hide-and-seek operation with a ghost story that seems ripped straight from a casual game isn't the way to hold my attention.
  7. An interesting concept that's backed up with almost nothing of consequence. Most of the game involves plodding around pressing one button, and even the puzzles solve themselves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Jun 11, 2014
    10
    THIS is what's wrong with the industry. Reviewers and websites want to insure business, They do that by "pleasing" the majority, and they doTHIS is what's wrong with the industry. Reviewers and websites want to insure business, They do that by "pleasing" the majority, and they do that by guessing what the majority would and wouldnt like and let that bias affect their own review of the games. This works sadly. But that is also why many who would enjoy a game such as Murdered Soul Suspect won't even try it. Sad reality.

    This game doesnt have "action" it doesnt have shooting, stealing cars, and destruction. And it is better for it. In its own genre and taken as a separate entity, this game shines.
    It is a mix of old school adventure atmosphere, smartass detective work, it is slow but it is great. The Story keeps you interested, the acting is top notch, the relationship between the main character and his partner is akin that of Booker and Elizabeth in Bioshock Infinite.
    This game is fun and funny, ok in some areas and amazing in others. It is a relaxing experience, and one that should be experienced. You'll feel like you are watching Ghost (the Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze flick) at times, at others it'll be a Tex Murphy experience.

    It is a fun and enjoyable experience, I am more than glad I bought this game, and if this genre is your cup of tea, you will be quite glad you had this adventure. You can't beat possessing poeple and reading their thoughts.

    Buy this game and enjoy it, if you have your doubts, wait for a sale. But don't miss it.
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  2. Jun 29, 2014
    9
    Murdered: Soul Suspect was brave, and that's what I liked about it. Most of the games being released these days are safe games inspired byMurdered: Soul Suspect was brave, and that's what I liked about it. Most of the games being released these days are safe games inspired by money-makers and marketers just to ensure that it will sell, but Murdered is actually an original idea compared to today's standards.
    It's about a detective who is trying to figure out who murdered him. This game isn't action packed or full of gun fights and explosions like many other games, but it is more like a detective-noir game, which in my opinion there aren't enough of. This game dares to go where other games won't. 9/10
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  3. Dec 19, 2016
    8
    The game reviewers of the world should be ashamed of themselves when a good game like this ends up with a metascore in the low 50's.The game reviewers of the world should be ashamed of themselves when a good game like this ends up with a metascore in the low 50's. Story-wise this game is better than circa 90% of all games ever made, so even though the mechanics aren't the best, this is an easy recommendation. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2017
    7
    Truly a misunderstood game with a fantastic story that keeps you going despite some very average gameplay. It's a great game and the ending isTruly a misunderstood game with a fantastic story that keeps you going despite some very average gameplay. It's a great game and the ending is sure to make it worth you're while, I know I didn't see that coming. Sure, the demons seem a little unneeded at some points but they do change the pace a little which is fine with me. Although, I do wish there were more monsters.

    Things I liked

    - Great story
    - Awesome ending that wraps everything up for you
    - Doesn't ever really slow down and no filler parts in the story
    - Ronan was a great character and a prequel would have been awesome and completely different, making for more creativity
    - No bugs to speak of
    - Looks great
    - Voice acting and writing are pretty good
    - You get to drive a cat

    Things I wasn't too fond of

    - Gameplay was a bit bland, doing the same things over and over again but Telltale does the same thing so why can't Airthight Games?
    - Some of Joy's animations were a bit clunky
    - No variety in enemies
    - Some of the NPCs are exactly the same
    - Not enough ghostly powers

    It's a good game if you're looking for an interesting, creative story with plot twists all over the place but don't expect groundbreaking gameplay. You can compare it to the Telltale games where it's all about the story instead of adding any significant gameplay elements. Give it a shot!
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  5. Dec 1, 2016
    7
    Good story, very good character model but weak environment. I enjoyed lack shooting and fighting for once.
    Atmosphere in game was phenomenal,
    Good story, very good character model but weak environment. I enjoyed lack shooting and fighting for once.
    Atmosphere in game was phenomenal, in moments very creepy.
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  6. Jun 4, 2014
    6
    Murdered: Soul Suspect is at best described as a modern version of the point and click adventure along the lines of Heavy Rain and Beyond TwoMurdered: Soul Suspect is at best described as a modern version of the point and click adventure along the lines of Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls with some of the more open control options found in Alan Wake.

    The game is a pseudo open world game in which you are provided limited access to the city of Salem, MA during your investigations. I say limited access because your movement (even as a ghost) is blocked in this world to very specific paths, making the game feel very linear. I consider this a flaw in the game, but Square Enix has tied it to some existing lore which makes it hard to fault them. Basically as as ghost you can pass through anything that exists in the same plane as yourself and you can't go in to any consecrated location without having a door or window opened to invite you in, (It's amazing how much you learn through watching Supernatural) and while I find these to be specific design issues they do flow with the context of the game.

    The game presents very little challenge in terms of difficulty as everything is pretty much multiple choice with unlimited choices and I am not certain that you can actually fail, even in the event you can fail, once you reload your save your right back on target without having lost anything. It's a saving grace in that you don't have to replay areas in the event you screw up but it's also a fault in that the game comes off as incredibly easy. This did make the game relaxing to play though with the context of the story attempting to keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Your ghost powers do not feel as freeing as I feel they should have as once again everything is pretty much multiple choice. Once you possess a human NPC you will be presented with any number of four possible options regarding that character. It might be to influence, read mind, listen, and/or see. Each of these options have a limited number of multiple choice options and are required to some extent to move on in each questline but do not seem to have any huge impact on the narrative. Ronan will also find various ghost to interrogate throughout the primary and side questlines, these interrogations are more like basic conversations in which you ask one or two questions and get one or two responses and your back to moving right along. Some of them tie in to other parts of the story and those can be interesting while the others just feel more like filler. I have to make a side note on this, the best part of your ghost powers is that you can possess cats, like common house cats. I'm not joking at all, It was awesome playing as the douchiest creature on planet earth.

    While making your way through the primary questline of the Bell Killer you will be able to solve additional crimes throughout Salem. They may come from other ghost trying to get closure allowing them to move on to the afterlife or collectibles located in a each specific area that tells the story about why that area is haunted. This extends the game a little as it keeps you from just running from point to point and completing it in a few hours. The investigations are not as complex as they appeared in LA Noire but does feel familiar to those who played that title. I do feel the story is very predictable on almost every level but others may find themselves surprised by some of the twist and turns, it isn't quite a walking cliche, but it's certainly close.

    Graphically this game will remind people of Resident Evil 6 (as does the art style), which isn't a bad thing as it was a great looking game last gen. That is one of the major issues for me. We are now eight months in to the Xbox One / PlayStation 4 generation and we are still getting last generation graphics, this is primarily due to cross generation support and quite frankly it's time to move on. The game controls are as solid as most modern third person games with nothing to make it stand out or hold it back, again Resident Evil fans will be familiar with the default camera and movement as it also feels like it was pulled directly from Resident Evil 6.

    I feel that many people who would enjoy this game are afraid to commit to it due to price and reviews. I feel this game is a solid rental and could be 100% completed in 1-2 days of casual play. Those who need to find all 200-ish collectibles (for achievements & trophies) may need a third day to play through it but I really don't see much replay value after that. I highly recommend checking Red Box, Gamefly, or any other rental service in your area and give this game a shot. If we see a price drop below $19.99 it would be worth the price of admission.
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  7. Apr 25, 2018
    0
    best game in xbox one x and you can play it 31 fps perceft you just got xboned baby one of the best games of all time i love this game its abest game in xbox one x and you can play it 31 fps perceft you just got xboned baby one of the best games of all time i love this game its a materpice in my upinion but but but but but this is the best xbone game i ever played in 4k Expand

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