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Has Spirit, But Lacks Soul.,
This review is from: Murdered: Soul Suspect Limited Edition (PS4) (Video Game)
Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game with some great ideas at its core; however the game seems somewhat hesitant to utilize them in a way that would turn it from an okay game and in to a good game. Hell if implemented correctly it could have even been a great game. But sadly this wasn't to be it seems.
You play the recently departed Ronan, who sets out to solve his own murder at the hands of a serial killer who has been terrorizing the sleepy and creepy town of Salem. Okay from the location alone, you know where this story is going, right? Salem has a nice vibe to it, with ghostly remnants of the past fused (usually violently) into the present architecture. During your ten-or-so hour play through the game you’ll visit slightly cliqued locations, however given that this story is clearly going for a certain kind of theme I can forgive it. As a ghost you can pass through walls and other such objects, unfortunately however the entire damn town has been consecrated (thank you puritans) and as such your ghostly freedoms are now really restricted. Okay I understand there had to be limitations of just how far you can go, but why did it just about every single building in town need to be just as solid in death as in life?
Speaking of powers, this was where the game could have really shined. However yet again you’re hampered with a lack of commitment to the powers that should have been on offer to you. Your abilities are heavily contextualised and their effects and range seem to change to suit whatever you find before you. Of all my faults with the game, it is this that disappointed me the most.
I know from the above it sounds like I hated the game; however nothing could be further from the truth. I actually enjoyed the story, and if you play this game, please be aware that is exactly what you are getting – a story. The risks and challenges are almost none existent and replay vale is truly none existent. There is an outline of good game here, and while I indeed enjoyed my time in Salem, I just feel that so much more could have been accomplished with the pieces that were already assembled.