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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives

by Ubisoft
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 16 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0001OGTPU
  • Release Date: 14 May 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,985 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Although it's not the most obvious subject matter for a video game, the first CSI game was a huge hit and quickly led to this new sequel, subtitled Dark Motives. As fans of the series would expect, there are no action skills required of you in the game, just a cool head and the ability to approach each of the five different cases in a logical and methodical fashion. Dark Motives casts you as a new recruit to the Las Vegas CSI department and as such partners you with a variety of characters from the show. All of the original cast provide their own voiceovers, including William Petersen and Jorja Fox, and thanks to the newly improved graphics they all now look much more like themselves than before.

The actual process of solving a crime and playing the game is little changed from the previous title, as you slowly explore a crime scene, examining the subtly highlighted physical clues and interrogating suspects. The first game was criticised for being too easy and too linear and although Dark Motives still makes it a little too obvious as to what you should do at each stage there is a greater feeling of freedom as you go about your investigation.

Even so this is only really going to be a game that will appeal to committed CSI fans, but if you are such a person then this is a superb celebration of the hit series. --David Jenkins

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135 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars csi Crime Scene Investigation 19 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Building on the success of the original, Ubisoft is bringing CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2: Dark Motives (Dark Motives) to the PC. Again, the game will use the images and voices of all the major CSI characters. Max Allen Collins (one of the authors of Road to Perdition) is doing the script, as well. Dark Motives will continue in the tradition of the original game using video, sound and the 3D sets from the television show. Changes made for the sequel include longer cases and a number of improvements designed to make the game feel more like a faster paced CSI episode. There will once again be five cases, with a new CSI partner for each case, but this time Gil Grissom will be your partner (not the victim) on the fifth case.
There are still vivid cut-scene reconstructions of the crime when you recover and understand sufficient evidence.
The cut-scenes further your understanding of the crime and help draw you into the action. Unlike the first game, there will be a dramatic visual set-up of the crime scene when you first arrive, complete with interesting camera angles and music inspired by the show. More and smoother camera cuts better evoke the feeling of the television series. There's also more vivid material, such as a suitably anatomical close up of a dead homeless man's internal organs in the first case the player takes on.
As in the first game, players in Dark Motives will still need to do a lot of investigative work in the crime lab. This portion of the game has been extended to better involve the player. Rather than handing genetic samples off to an analyst, players will be able to compare DNA sequences through the lab computer, or use the microscope to estimate time of death using insect using comparative samples. This makes the player's role in the crime lab more than just delivering and picking up evidence.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars csi dark motives 12 Jun 2004
By A Customer
I thought this game was brillant. I bought csi investigations which I enjoyed, but I must say this is better. You do more investigations of your own examining the body yourself for clues, also when you go to the lab you still give greg sanders the evidence that you have collected, he then scans it into the computer or microscope. This is where you come in, you have to check every piece of evidence to see if it matches. I did get stuck on some pieces of evidence, but I asked Grimson for clues to jog my memory. This game keeps you thinking all the time as to who committed the murders. Well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING GAME! Buy it! 11 Dec 2004
This game is amazing. I bought it and couldn't come off it until it was finished! It is highly addictive because it is so good!
Not only a good game but a really good storyline which comes together at the end when your last case links the previous ones.
Just like the series you get great reconstruction videos throughout your cases.
If you like the series CSI then you'll love the game!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Become a CSI intern! 29 Jun 2004
By Emma
Dark Motives certainly lived upto it's expectations! I avoided the first CSI game after reading that it "lead you by the hand," but this can't be accused of that. The game leaves you very much to your own devices, but offers help in the form of the familar CSI charcters whenever you give up, put your pride aside and admit you can't do it on your own! You have to examine the evidence yourself by giving it to Greg in the lab...but don't be fooled into thinking that all you have to do is collect the evidence, you have to examine it piece by piece, allowing you to feel part of the story! The graphics are amazing, especially the CSI database and microscope! The cases gradually become more challenging and you thoroughly get into the role of being the new CSI on the graveyard shift! A great buy for any hooked CSI fan!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CSI2: Dark Motives 24 Nov 2004
I LOVE this game !! My sister (who doesnot even like CSI the TV show!!) Loves this game!
I got it as a passing my GCSE's present and i was playing it non-stop until i completed all of the cases!
It's one of those games that you complete and then leave on the shelf for a while, then notice it and go "OHHHHH my csi game, gunna go play on that!"
Loved it! Buy It!!
btw.... they now do a CSI board game ! can you believe it?!?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the previous attempt 28 Nov 2004
This game is far more realistic and truer to the show than the previous outing. The cases are more difficult to solve and more interesting to follow, and the analysis of evidence is more user based rather than done for you by the computer.
If you are a big fan of CSI, you will love this game. Its appeal definitely lies with those who are fans of the show rather than the casual gamer.
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