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WOuld be better if it didn't make you want to smash it...
on 16 May 2008
The first review is spot on- with the addition of one small factor.
This game is very pedantic- what isn't there when you look the first time will be there after you do something mundane and unconnected- for example, you can't get a piece of evidence in the first scenario- even if you look right at it- until you speak to someone else first, even though the conversation is nothing about the evidence.
When you get frustrated (and you will) and ask the CSI helper for,well,help (and you will), you get useless comments that may or may not apply- for example, Catherine will say "Look near the door ..." when you already have the evidence to which it applies. I found myself saying, out loud, " For Crimbos sake, can I ask Gill, Catherine, because you are not being very helpful!!!"
And I feel guilty asking Brass for addresses. Doesnt he have antyhing better to do? WHy not just have it in the lab?
Would have liked a more helpful AI, that could recognise what you had and hadn't done, and liked it if it allowed you to do more out of sequence- ok, maybe I don't know why there is a print there, but there is, why hide it until I watch a movie?
I never look for a walkthrough- but to save my sanity I had to- and you know what? I had done everything, but not in the precise order the game "wanted", and I had not watched one of the movies. That is why I couldn't get a warrant... very, very frustrating. If you can cope with an nflexible, obsessive compulsive AI then you can play and enjoy this game. But for me, I enjoyed it because I like CSI, but I think it could have been more intuitive and it needs a "nothing worked, HELP!" maneuver. I suspect there are people everywhere who have bought this and played the first scenario, got nowhere with great frustration, and will soon list the game in an online auction (those that survive the high speed impact against the wall). I enjoy games that allow you to play them... this one plays you to a certain degree. Good fun, but frustrating.
One final point- in the analysis of the clear yellow liquid, in the first scenario, Greg says it contains ketones. Healthy clear yellow liquid of that type should not contain ketones (its urine, folks). I think its too bad they tried so hard to look accurate that they have made such very basic mistakes in medical/ health components of the script. Most people won't notice, but if you are a healthcare professional, you will find it annoying.