Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Square Enix and Eidos Interactive. These two companies have always been able to give us nice and interesting games with a good plot and interesting gameplay. Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Just Cause 2, Tomb Raider and many others are among them. And the new project Murdered: Soul Suspect is not an exception.

Square Enix and Eidos Interactive. These two companies have always been able to give us nice and interesting games with a good plot and interesting gameplay. Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Just Cause 2, Tomb Raider and many others are among them. And the new project Murdered: Soul Suspect is not an exception.

Murdered is a great detective game in which you get to a small town in America called Salem. You are a former bandit who stepped to the side of the law and became a detective who didn’t manage to catch the criminal and was killed. Not so many games begin with the death of main character, but we should admit that in this case it was made for a reason. You will investigate your own murder, murders of other innocent people in the city killed by someone called “Bell Ringer”.

First of all, we have to say that the game does not give you time to relax and leave your place near monitor, involving you completely in its atmosphere with ghosts, strange bizarre town with its frightful history and residents living there and already having died. Despite the fact that events of the game take place nowadays, you do not feel it. Most likely you will find yourself in some noir with a sense of being a real detective. And the overall picture can be supplemented with stories and novels of Howard Lovecraft, whose books are devoted to all kinds of devilry.


The plot in the game is also on the high level. In the best style of detective stories you find the answer to one question, then a couple of others appears and so on till the final when all the pieces of puzzle are add up into one picture and you know the killer and what is actually happening in this God-forsaken place. The plot is filled with many interesting details which can be found in the vast of relatively open city, for example, stories of residents, significant places of the city, notes about the criminal, history of the city and of course the story of the main character - Ronan. And if you're an experienced detective, then nothing can be hidden from your gaze, and you will get into investigating spirit of mysterious Salem murders even more and finally will manage to find a clue.

Technically the game is not something extraordinary in contrast to its content. Everything is made very simply. The graphics engine is not the best in the world, but it perfectly suits the game. I have to say that it is not particularly important, for sure you will not pay much attention to all the details as you will be confidently aimed to unravel the mystery, which is so close… almost in your hands. Investigations are created in a proper way. First, we examine the crime scene, find all the evidences of crime, read people's thoughts, become a poltergeist (if it helps us), and then look for important pieces of the puzzle, find a causal link and receive an answer, which leads us to the new riddles.


Earlier I talked about a relatively open city and now I explain what I meant. After you have finished with the first discoveries of your own death and its reasons, you are on the streets of Salem. It’s not a continuous corridor, you can search for different sorts of interesting things here and there, you can go through the wall, fly across the river, meet a couple of lost souls and help them to find peace, but generally no more than that - it's not GTA, so be mentally prepared for this.

If someone (besides a good story, atmosphere and others things) is interested in a kind of fighting, I have to disappoint you. Yes, there are some demons which block your path, and sometimes you can or even must fight with them, but it is only a small part of gameplay which is not so diverse. Although, I have to admit honestly, every meeting with such demons excited me, there is something in them... something demonic.


In conclusion we can say that Murdered: Soul Suspect is quite a good game. Yes, it's not a super top-class game, and it has nothing incredible or radically new. But it has something we often lack, we always like and value while buying such kind of games - it is a plot, supplemented with a great atmosphere, uncomplicated mechanics and graphics. Murdered is a great adventure where you want to be, and which you would like to continue, but all good things have an ability to come to an end quickly. I advise everyone to play this game and feel its spirit. Of course, not everyone will like it, but I hope that many of you will enjoy this game. It is one of those projects which really deserves attention and respect. Personally, I'll be looking forward to play something similar again.

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