Murdered Soul Suspect

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Airtight Games
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Platform: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
Genre: Action, Mystery
MSRP: $59.99

Spiritual Sleuthing: A Phantasmal Murder Mystery

Murdered: Soul Suspect is very different than what gamers are used to, and in many ways is a breath of fresh air. In this market that’s over-saturated with shooters, RPG’s and action adventure games, Airtight Games has delivered a unique experience that combines the mystique of point-and-click mystery with a deep story-driven narrative.

Throughout their ghostly exploits in Salem, players must tap their deduction skills to investigate and solve mysteries, all while unraveling a riveting plot that stretches from the mortal realm to the depths of true evil…and beyond.

Apart from the mechanics, Soul Suspect is awash in prevalent supernatural themes. From recognizable after-death elements like the Purgatory-esque ghostworld of Dusk, players will encounter a number of identifiable motifs such as being able to possess citizens and walk through walls (think of the movie Ghost) as well as new ones like being able to see remnants of Salem’s long-forgotten past.

Unfortunately the game does suffer from an arguably severe lack of action, sacrificing meaningful combat interactivity for sleuthing and in-depth story. As a result the game feels skewed and unbalanced–instead of marrying action sequences with cinematics and story, the game seems to throw in the few actual trial-some moments as an afterthought.

Now let us cross over to the hallowed, spectral halls of Dusk. We have a murder to solve…