Murdered: Soul Suspect
|a game by||Airtight Games|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, XBox One, PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Puzzle Games, Quest Games, Games Like Soma, Noir Games, Games Like la Noire, Games Like Bioshock, Games Like Bioshock Infinite, Games Like Edith Finch|
Murdered: Soul Suspect presents an interesting twist on the murder-mystery formula, making it stand out from the rest of the pack despite its shortcomings. In the game, you play as a detective attempting to solve a murder in Salem, Massachusetts. However, things get more complex when he is killed at the beginning of the game, forcing him to continue the case as a ghost. This new spectral form gives the detective a ton of fun abilities, allowing him to further hunt a brutal serial killer across town. Although it lacks some action and narrative consequences for failure, Murdered: Soul Suspect is a surprisingly gripping story of crime and law.
Main Game Features
- Investigate a grisly murder mystery
- Use supernatural powers to find clues
- Hundreds of collectibles to find
In Murdered: Soul Suspect, you play as detective Ronan O'Connor, who is investigating a string of killings committed by a murderer only known as “the Bell Killer”. As Ronan gets close to uncovering a major breakthrough in the case, he is shot and killed by the Bell Killer, transferring his consciousness into the afterlife. Now stuck investigating his own murder as a ghost, Ronan must use his new powers to solve the case and uncover the Bell Killer's identity before his untimely death is brushed aside.
It's a good thing then, that the story in Murdered: Soul Suspect is intriguing, as it's the main motivator to keep you on the hunt. The many twisting and turning plot points make this an exciting murder mystery, even if it's a linear one that's easy to solve through trial and error. The game also attempts to call back to Salem's dark past during the Witch Trials of the 17 century, but most of these sections fail to make an impact. That said, the overall story of Murdered: Soul Suspect is satisfyingly creepy, offering uncomfortable moments similar to that of the Silent Hill series.
Murdered: Soul Suspect plays a lot like another hit mystery game, L.A. Noire, with its third-person perspective and focus on collecting clues and making connections. As a ghost, Ronan has a handful of useful abilities that give him the upper hand while investigating, including his ghostly detective vision, teleportation, and the ability to possess living townsfolk. However, most of these abilities are limited to specific uses during the story, as you won't be able to freely use these powers to cause havoc. The majority of the gameplay revolves around exploring crime scenes and discovering clues, then piecing together a timeline based on your findings. Unfortunately, you won't have to pay that much attention, as there are no notable consequences for incorrect assumptions.
There are tons of collectibles to find that give you more information on Salem and the unraveling Bell Killer case, but apart from that, there's not much replayability. The game can be finished in around 10 hours, and after you've hit the credits, there is little incentive to return. While the game has a satisfying story and can be fun to play, occasional glitches and mediocre action make it an uneven package.
If you love the idea of solving a supernatural crime or playing as a ghost character, Murdered: Soul Suspect is one of the best games you can try. Even considering some of its mediocre elements, it's a good game with effective moments of fright, aided by atmospheric graphics and a great soundtrack.
Overall, Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game that any aspiring sleuth should try, as its unique ghost mechanics and supernatural story propel it past mediocrity.
- Playing as a ghost is unique
- Intriguing story and interesting crimes
- Flips the playbook on horror tropes
- Mediocre combat
- Too short
- Not enough replay value