If your into the "Who done it" type of games, then this one is for you. Graphics are ok. Way better than the PS2 that had all the dark blacked out screen in some of the cases. easy to follow stories. some corny dialog, but you can skip over some of it. Hope they come out with another CSI
posted by SurfFreak (LAGUNA BEACH, CA) Dec 30, 2007
Member since Jun 2004
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This is one of those games that is not for the typical gamer. It is a little slow paced but the cases will suck you in as you focus on collecting and analyzing evidence. You have to follow protocol and provide proof so you can proceed to the next step. The game gives a glimps into what it would be like to be a real CSI. Being a CSI doesn't seem like much fun at all! There are 5 cases to solve, about 10-12 hours of gameplay. Not bad considering some of the others out there right now. There is 0 replay value, what would be the point? On the downside, the controls are sluggish and awkward and navigation is a pain. The cases are interesting and true to the CSI show, however, this game is not for young kids. Lots of adult references and of course violence. The voice acting was by the show's cast, i think. It was well done but certain phrases are repeated over and over. Overall, this game is worth a play if you are into puzzles however, do not expect any action at all.
For those who have played the PC CSI titles you'll find all the familiar things here as far as how to get around and process evidence. But as you are playing this game you find yourself wishing they did more...That's what I did.
I found myself wishing there were more cases instead of just 5 which were all relatively easy. I found myself wishing that they would have included more of the storylines from the TV show itself (like say the "miniature killer"). I found myself wishing for more versatility in the gameplay, like being able to choose who to work cases with instead of being "assigned" someone to work with. All and all for those who have already played these on PC it will provide about 10 hours of mildly interesting game play and then have you wishing you had rented it instead of buying it...I did, but you don't have to.
For anyone playing this for the first time you'll notice among other things that not all the voices from the TV show are included in the game and the need for attention to detail when processing is just as important in the game as the CSI's make it look like on the TV show. If careless or unorganized a new comer to this game will find themselves at a dead end badgering their "lead" CSI for hints pretty darn quick.
All in all I think it comes down to whether or not you are a fan of the TV show or not. If you are you'll put up with all of it's flaws (and wished for more) and if not then you'll probably give up playing it after about the 2nd case.