After playing through Soul Suspect, I opine that the game could have been much better than it is. Soul Suspect is a nice diversion from the ubiquitous genres which dominate our gaming experiences, but, even with some noticable flaws, this game can provide a moderate level of entertainment if you're into this niche genre. Granted, it's no L.A. Noir, but if you found enjoyment in said game, Soul Suspect delivers a similar detective motif which is worth renting, but buying the game might prove to be a foolish endeavor. Soul Suspect's visual presentation leaves much to be desired, as the graphics appear predominitaly last-gen. With the relatively poor graphics aside, it is a fun game to some extent, but it involves very little combat and can be surmised as a game in which you collect a seemingly infinite number of clues and collectibles which are used to decipher a handful of cases for NPCs bound to pergatory, which, yield trophies. In fact, simple trophy accumulation is one of this games shining achievements, as the Platinum trophy triumph is essencially handed to you. But basically, all you do is run around Salem and its edifices, collecting items, and solving relatively juvenile mysteries which are literally handed to you with no repucussions for failure, so when you do make a mistake, one can solve virtually any given case via trial and error. There do exist roaming demons which you occasionally encounter and must be dealt with, but they are few and far between, easily dispatched, and never become more challenging as the game progresses. There may be a few redeeming values, but ultimately, Soul Suspect fails on many levels. Sure, it's an atypical game in which some players may find solace in solving, but in many respects I find this game to be in the realm of mediocrity, not to mention containing a handful of minor glitches and game-freezing errors. I figured SquareSoft, with their legacy, could have fine-tuned the game to be better than it has proven. Rent only!
posted by Astronskas (AUBURNDALE, FL) Sep 21, 2014
Member since Sep 2008
I enjoyed the story line of the game and even the character development. The bad part of the game was no action, only an occasional part where you have to sneak up behind a demon and execute a button combination. There were also many times where the game would stop working and cause an error message for no reason. If you like a thinking game where a keen eye is necessary then this might be for you. Beware of frustrating error messages though.
Face it, everybody loves a game with a new idea, and Murdered, Soul Suspect was definitely in that camp. It's not that it was a horrible game. The story was decent, the acting was decent, but the game play felt forced and annoying.
I played it all the way through. I think it was written pretty well as a story. But when you find yourself annoyed by having to fight through scenes with demons that are pretty much all the same, and go over the top to try to be frightening with the music and the screams, it breaks the story up and has no need. (I understand why they did it... How else are you going to threaten someone who is already dead...) But it makes for a disjointed story.
The rest of the game play was reasonable, but poorly executed. You struggle to get the right camera angle so that you can inspect certain objects. And your pathways are always blocked with mystery ghostly objects that make very little sense.
Maybe rent it if you like ghosts, witches, and cops, but don't expect it to live up to the hype.