Video Game Review: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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      About a week ago, after a weekend of almost non-stop playing, I completed Murdered: Soul Suspect. Now, I am normally not a fan of what I like to call “creepy games” but for some reason I was drawn to this game. Murdered: Soul Suspect received a lot of mixed reviews when it was released on June 3, 2014 in the US. I almost bought it on Steam shortly after launch, but ended up waiting and grabbed it on one of the PS Plus sales for the PlayStation 4 for only $18, what a deal! You can also find this game on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. As far as price, you can find it on Amazon for between $30-$40 and stores like Best Buy for between $40-50 new, and $30 pre owned.
This game was published by Square Enix, and if you are a little unsure as to who they are, think of titles like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Hitman. So, being as I loved a few of those games, for that price I had to give it a try.

     For me, this game seemed to have a little bit of everything, action, stealth, quicktime events, clue hunting and case solving. If you are a fan of murder mysteries with a little bit of history, this game is definitely for you. However, I wouldn't recommend it for kids since there are a lot of creepy ghosts, murders and the occasional demon. I didn't realize there would be so much of the "clue hunting”. This was surprising for me, as I didn't know what this game was going to be like, but it ended up making the game that much more interesting.
The game takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, a normally quiet town, now plagued by the murders of the one they call the Bell Killer. You play as Detective Ronan O'Connor, a man with a troubled past now trying to make amends by being on the "other side of the law." After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronan is a man all about his job with nothing to lose, and the kind of man to take risks.

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      Upon catching wind of the Bell Killer's location, Ronan enters a building alone in pursuit of the killer, which is a bad idea in the department. After a brutal fight, Ronan is thrown out of the fourth story window. He comes around, not as himself thrown from the window, but as a spirit, looking on as his body clings to the last bit of life left.  Unable to stop fate, he watches his final moments being finished off by the Bell Killer as his body takes several bullets to the chest at close range. Ronan meets his wife again only to find out that he can not be with her until he finished what he has left undone. Ronan believes that his undone task is to find out who the killer is and stop him. Along the way you meet an unlikely ally, and help other spirits to complete their own unfinished business and move on.

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     You get information through uncovering clues, flashbacks and by possessing people and reading their minds. There are some neat abilities your character possesses like walking through walls, teleporting, and a few more fun things you learn along the way.
I found the controls to be easy to use and I loved the graphics. The main way to progress through the story is going into an area, being presented with a question that relates to the case, and finding the clues and solving that part of the case. For example, you enter a room and you want to know what the killer was looking for. You find some clues and solve the question. You’ll get a flashback type cinematic that shows you what happened, then, it is on to the next area! But, the game isn't complete without sneaking through areas and dealing with demons.

     So, what did I think of the game? I liked the story. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and I like the history aspect of it too. The ghosts and demons added that creepiness while being able to read people's minds was interesting and kinda fun, everyone had something on their mind. If you are a person who likes to do the extra stuff, there are side missions like helping the other ghosts, as well as finding objects to learn more about the town, other murders, and even yourself.

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     I didn't find all the stuff, so for me I probably spent about 18 hrs playing the game. As far as replay ability, unless I wanted to go back and find the rest of the clues, or see if I missed helping anyone, I probably would not play it again. The ending was satisfying, and actually not what I expected. I even cried a little when I found that the killer wasn’t who I expected it to be.
So, in tradition of game reviews here at TNerdT, I give this game 4 out of 5 joysticks. I would recommend this game, but more so if you happen to grab it on sale. As for my final advice, if you want the most out of this game, take your time, look around, talk to everyone and grab everything, you won't be disappointed.

Edited By: Ashley Page