CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder
|a game by||Telltale, Inc|
|Platforms:||PC, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Old School Games|
This is the fourth csi game, but it's the first time Telltale (makers of the Sam & Max and Bone games) have rolled out the corpses. They've done predictably well, but it's a format that defies reinvention, so despite the graphical improvements, you're playing the same game: search scenes for evidence, take evidence to lab, get search warrants, rinse, repeat, solve.
It's hardly poetic stuff - shall I compare thee to a semen swab? - but the script's good, it's well acted by the show's stars and you zoom into clues with a white flash just like the proper police. Crime trivia - before forensic technology, there was no such white flash - policemen would just say: "Jinkies! A clue!
The problem, as ever, is that everything's there for you. Interrogation is just a matter of exhausting all the options. There are false leads and dead-end clues, but to get Master ranking you're going to have to collect them all and crossreference them anyway.
Setting the difficulty high reduces the amount of visual clues you get; mouse cursors, appropriate tools and a tag that shows when the evidence has been used as much as it can be. With easy mode, you'll spend less time clicking on inactive areas and choosing the wrong blood-revealing spray.
It's very good at what it's doing, but the problem is that's very limited. This is a point-and-click adventure from the people bringing you the next Sam & Max. for people who think Sam & Max is too funny, difficult and lacking in meth-fuelled murders.
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If You're Going to die, then you might as well get murdered in a hotel room full of fingerprints and spunky bedsheets. That's the CSI way, and when you realise it's by the same people who made Sam & Max, it's hard not to imagine Max committing exactly the kind of depraved and murderous act he's constantly threatening to.
The CSI games are great for anyone who wants to feel like a real police guy. Gather and analyse evidence, check your discoveries against a database, and repeat until you've got enough in your inventory to get an arrest. In theory, it's exciting. But translated into practice - to quote ourselves - you feel like a passenger in a crime that's solving itself.