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Round Up: Murdered: Soul Suspect PS4 Reviews Look a Little Stiff

Posted by Sammy Barker

Dead and buried

Watch Dogs has proven that new properties can be successful – as long as you have a gigantic development team, a frightening marketing budget, and a borderline bogus E3 debut. Sadly for Murdered: Soul Suspect, the Square Enix published supernatural detective game from Airtight Games, it has none of the above luxuries, and has paid the ultimate price – with mediocre review scores. Here are some of our favourite appraisals from around the web.

Joystiq - 3.5/5

That said, the mystery at the heart of Murdered really is excellent, and putting the pieces together crime scene by crime scene should satisfy many an armchair sleuth. The hidden ghost stories are well worth finding, and though Ronan is a bit of a dull fish, the people who surround him are worth getting to know, however briefly. With some truly great ideas and some unfortunate choices, Murdered: Soul Suspect and its ghostly hero is neither heaven nor hell, but something in between.

Eurogamer.net - 6/10

And it's that underdog likeability that rescues Soul Suspect from the lower reaches of the score table. It's a Good 6, that delightful strata of games that stumble in the technical aspects, but compensate with personality and charm, somehow all the more enjoyable for their imperfections. I can't pretend that Soul Suspect is a particularly great game, but I do know that it's the sort of game I'll still remember - and remember fondly - in five years' time, which is more than can be said for most of its glossier rivals.

IGN - 5.5/10

There are some great concepts in Murdered: Soul Suspect, but they feel undercooked or underutilised, and the lack of demand for any real input from us makes Murdered feel like a pick-a-path game where there’s only one path. It scrapes by on the power of its central whodunnit mystery, but I can’t help but feel that Murdered: Soul Suspect is ten hours worth of unfinished business.

CVG - 5/10

There's space in this genre to be sure - only LA Noire has come close to presenting an engaging, police-based, modern point-and-click adventure - but any new contenders need to pay far more attention to the actual police work underpinning them. Without doing so the conclusion we'll keep deducing is that crime may not pay, but it sure is tedious to bring to justice.

Metro - 3/10

In that sense it’s probably quite realistic in terms of being a real detective. But the premise of a ghostly investigator attempting to save himself and his town from demonic forces shouldn’t be this tedious. Unfortunately though making the fantastical seem mundane is one of the game’s few real achievements.

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Have these reviews soured you on Ronan O’Connor’s afterlife adventure, or are you still dying to play this unusual escapade? Take notes in the comments section below.

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User Comments (14)

k_andersenStaff

#1

k_andersen said:

Ahhhh, this makes me sad. I really was looking forward to this, but now I think I'll wait till it drops in price a little.

Mrskinner

#4

Mrskinner said:

I really wanted this to do well and be great, but I have learnt my lesson with the thief flop when I pre ordered and sold it 4 hours after receiving it on release day! I still want to give it a go, but this will have to go on the back burner and I will pick it up when it is in a bargain bin.

THEundying27

#5

THEundying27 said:

Judging by the reviews seems like this game isn't overly terrible, just could be a lot better. This game should have a demo.

Donald_M

#6

Donald_M said:

Yeah, I still want this, but I can wait on it. I still haven't beaten Wolfenstein yet. Or Watch Dogs. Or...

Ginkgo

#7

Ginkgo said:

Such a shame, I was really looking forward to this. I am probably still going to give it a go as the genre really appeals. Though I really haven't had a chance to play Watch_Dogs properly yet, so I need to finish that first. I still want it, but 3/10 isn't encouraging.

Dodoo

#8

Dodoo said:

I had high hopes for this as it looks different gameplay-wise and story-wise to most other games but with scores like that I'll give it a miss...

Unless it comes to PS+ of course!

Not-Another-Ad

#9

Not-Another-Ad said:

Will be waiting for a price drop me thinks, as it's an interesting premise and I like these types of games.

blindndeaf

#10

blindndeaf said:

its only a few peoples opinion depends how you actually like it im giving it a try
and ive just finished wolfienstien on normal and didnt really think much of that and its gone back to amazon already as part exchange

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

I'd give the game a look but even for somebody like me who explores every inch of a game's world, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all there is to do in Watch Dogs, and I bought the season pass so there's more on the way. Don't know when or if I'll actually get to playing Murdered: Soul Suspect now, and the mediocre feedback all around isn't helping.

Doctor_BK

#12

Doctor_BK said:

This is annoying. The game looked so promising. Like many of you, I'm going to wait to get it when it's really cheap or on PS+

rastamadeus

#13

rastamadeus said:

@Mrskinner You sold a game after four hours? How can you possibly judge a game after such a short space of time. There's loads of games I've thought 'this is bad' after a few hours (Borderlands 2, Skyward Sword and Red Dead Redemption being the main ones as they're my favourite games of last gen) but have never contemplated getting rid of a game until it's done. You simply can't judge something until you've properly played it and four hours is no time.

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