This game is like...playing Russian Roulette with blanks.
Murdered starts out with Ronan O'Conner, who's as Irish as you can get without the Leprechaun accent, who after a life of crime turns to police work. He's shot dead at the beginning of the game for trying too hard and you spend the next six hours trying to resolve his issues so he can go to heaven...we assume he simply apologized for his criminal behavior (including murder) and it's all good, now.
Insulting religion aside, this game also enjoys insulting your intelligence. The sometimesokay voice acting of Jason Brooks (of Days of Our Lives or Baywatch fame, depending on your generation) does a great job of flat out telling you all the answers after you wander around a 10x10 foot area picking up all the shinies. After that, you are faced with a simple question (Who killed this girl's Marmet?) and have to take the clues (arranged with utterly contrived sub-titles; such as a torn photograph with the note "pocket change" or some such ridiculousness) and then pick the one that best answers the question. About 90% of the time, it's the obvious one. For the Marmet example it would be the note he found expressly stating "My name is Jim, the Marmet Strangler". The rest are requesting you put the clues in some kind of order. For example "Why are my pants on fire?" You would expect "Lighter Fluid. Match. Panic." as your only three clues to be the correct order. Oh, how mistaken you would be. The owner of said pants Panicked over a bad call in a Football Game and spilled the Lighter Fluid on himself and was set on fire by the ghost of an angry stove. You got it backwards, "Detective" Louse.
All-in-All it's an okay game with an okay storyline with the interactive part just haphazardly thrown in like a hilarious shout-out to the good old CDI days.
I anticipated the heck out of this game, but now my PS4 goes back to collecting dust until September. Bah.
posted by JackTRich14 (WESTERVILLE, OH) Jun 7, 2014
Member since Jun 2014
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Let me start off by saying first that i love many different types of gameplay, as long as there is a decent story to go with it. I love games like GTA and, more recently, Watch Dogs and Wolfenstein. I also love even more, games that take initiative such as Beyond: Two Souls (anything by Quantic Dream actually), Telltales the walking dead and the wolf among us, and other games that enjoy telling an interactive and engaging story rather than making sure you're taking shots at ever turn. Murdered tends to fall in the middle of that. This is a game that begins, as many others have said, where a game usually ends. With the protagonist, Ronan O'Connor, meeting his end by a serial killer plaguing the town of Salem, home to the famous Salem Witch Trials. Ronan finds after his death that he cannot leave this world until he finishes whatever is still holding him, which is finding his killer. While definitely a story based game, the demons, which i found rather annoying but not overly so by the games end, try to sort of blend some elements of sneaking/action games. While it does serve a purpose, i never really felt it was done properly. So while it's nice to have a change of pace every once in awhile, and its not too often the demons appear, it just feels unnecessary sometimes. Now to the true purpose of the game and thats being a ghost and discovering a mystery. While the story will not leave you jumping out of your seat, it is definitely one well worth experiencing. Plenty of interesting twists occur in this story and will leave you guessing until the very last scene. If nothing else it is a completely unique story. A mystery well worth solving, and the two main characters are definitely worth becoming acquainted with. Gameplay is very unique, playing as a ghost has it's advantages, such as possessing others and walking through walls, as well as a few other skills i wont spoil. Ultimately it is a game for specific gamers, one that i enjoyed.
First off you die in the very beginning of the game and become a ghost. You are helped a long the way by certain ghosts and living people.
It's hard to compare this game to any other game out there really, it has many aspects of a lot of games, but no real aspects of any one specific game.
There are aspects of CSI and LA Noir and how the crime fits together. You can look at the clues, you can possess people and eavesdrop to their conversation and sometimes you can influence their memory depending if you collected enough evidence. If it turns green its the right one, if it turns red the wrong one. It's pretty simple.
There are collectables scattered throughout different areas of the game, some in the town, some in the different places you go to. They all unlock a window to a ghost story.
You do receive some special ghost powers but nothing to that really stands out that is awe inspiring. As for enemies in the game, there are pits of souls you have to try to avoid and demons. Demons, I have to say are the worst. While you can kill them. They are not always the easiest to kill. Sometimes its just easier to go around them.
This game is REALLY SHORT I beat in a few hours. The story line is fairly interesting although one NPC says around the 1800's but it was actually around the late 1600's.
It's also really easy to get a lot of trophies in a short amount of time.
My only gripes I had wished the NPC reacted to the poltergeist activity better, NPC had more than 2 lines of dialogue.
While I did enjoy this game. It was really really short. Based on the reviews I read I didn't have real high hopes for it, but I rented anyway. Overall its a RENTAL game. I give a 6.5, but since there is no halves on here. I will give it a 7.
If you like different games from the mainstream and games that make you think and just when you think you know who the killer is, this one will surprise you.