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Murdered: Soul Suspect Review


Having seen the trailer and read through the original concept for Murdered: Soul Suspect, I was immediately excited. It reminded me of the old school point and click adventures I grew up with; just grown up and matured. Most gamers (and I still use the term loosely) think a modern title needs bullets flying, robots stomping, half naked female characters and enough swearing to even turn the cast of Channel 4’s Shameless red in the face. But the truth is, gaming is still more than that to some of us, and little gems like this are breaths of fresh air.

The story of Murdered: Soul Suspect centres on Ronan O’Connor, a detective from Salem; Massachusetts. His past was a rough one filled with crime and prison time but was able to turn things around with the help from his wife and brother-in-law. The story starts as Ronan is confronting who seems to be an intruder and after a small scuffle falls from a second-story window to the ground. Just as he begins he’s shoot multiple times in the chest. After the final curtain goes down, so to speak, Ronan comes round and realises he’s a ghost and after a short sequence resolves to solve his own murder.

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Investigations are the central point within the game itself as it is split between investigating different crime scenes and locations and exploration using existing police skills and new found abilities that come with being a ghost. When you first start out as Ronan you only have a few ghostly abilities, walking through walls is one of them but as the game progresses you’ll quickly learn how to possess animals, people, read minds, influence conversations and thoughts, interfere and cause disruptions with electrical equipment, and teleport around certain locations.  Using these new found abilities can be quite fun, especially whilst trying to solve your own murder which is linked to a much larger case involving the Bell Murderer.

There is an element of LA Noire to Murdered: Soul Suspect and the clue finding aspect is just as easy, which is a little disappointing at certain times. Finding clues normally comes down to inspecting certain objects, normally after revealing them through simple puzzles. Examples of this would include a particular scene early on in the game where you need to influence a cop to move a stack of papers and thus revealing photo’s which leads to your next location to explore. Old School point and click adventures like Day of Tentacle and Sam & Max employed some really hard brain teasers but Murdered: Soul Suspect just requires the player to use a little logic; the puzzles aren’t overly complicated.

There are a number of small side mysteries to solve and unravel including the Bell Killers other victims and learning how a mysterious fallen drowned of the coast of Salem to name just two. These don’t extend Ronan’s abilities or add to the main story, but they are in their own right fun and interesting to solve. Plus an extra achievement or two always goes down well.

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There is one feature to the game that in my opinion (and is echoed online) was completely excessive and over the top. That’s the game of Hide & Seek you are forced to play at random points within the game with demons. You could be in a residential block, the local Church or Police Station and suddenly you need to hide from these vengeful spirits, sneaking around behind them and exorcising them. Each building has between 2 and 4 of these demons, so although not many, it’s already enough considering the awful QTE that goes along with them.

Ronan does have a sidekick, a teenage medium who he meets early on in the story. Joy is Ronan’s only way to manipulate and communicate with people in the world of the living. Joy’s character is quite refreshing and considerably more intriguing that Ronan as a character.

The art style in Murdered: Soul Suspect isn’t ground breaking or breath taking, it’s not even necessarily creative however it is a good looking game on the whole. It doesn’t look better or worse than other current generation titles and there are a collection of nice touches throughout the game including characters attire and features.

Overall, Murdered: Soul Suspect isn’t perfect; at times it can feel far too simplistic, the puzzles can feel shallow at times and excluding joy. Additionally, the majority of the characters can tend to be a little bland. However the game is different and interesting, the story is well paced, the smooth logical investigation mechanics work well, the graphics aren’t bad and the voice acting is enthusiastic. To me that equals a success.

Thanks to Xbox for providing the review code to thisisxbox.com

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Murdered: Soul Suspect ‘101’ Trailer

Play as Ronan O’ Connor, a Salem police detective whose life is brought to a brutal end by a masked killer. Caught in a purgatorial world called Dusk, he must combine his investigative skills with powerful supernatural abilities to uncover the shocking link between his own death and a series of killings terrifying the town of Salem.

Out soon for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Murdered: Soul Suspect ‘The Bell Killer Trailer’

Delving deeper into his own murder, Ronan O’Connor begins to link his death to a series of brutal killings terrifying the town of Salem.

Murdered: Soul Suspect challenges gamers to solve the hardest case of all… their own murder. Ronan O’Connor, a detective with the Salem police, has his life brought to a brutal end by a masked killer.

Caught in the purgatorial world of Dusk he must combine his investigative skills with powerful supernatural abilities to uncover the shocking link between his own death and a series of killings terrifying the town of Salem.

This supernatural detective thriller will be available June 2014 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

For more information about the game visit:

• Community site: http://murdered.com
• Facebook page: https://facebook.com/Murdered
• Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/Murdered
• Official forum: http://forums.murdered.com

Murdered: Soul Suspect E3 Walkthrough

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With 11 awards and 28 nominations at this year’s E3 games show, Murdered: Soul Suspect impressed the world’s media with its new take on the action/adventure genre, challenging players to solve possibly the hardest case of all… their own murder.

Murdered: Soul Suspect offers a whole new realm of mystery where the case is personal and the clues just out of reach. Players take the role of detective Ronan O’Connor whose life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Unable to move on and stuck in the limbo world of Dusk, he won’t find peace until he can bring his killer to justice from the afterlife. Using his new-found supernatural abilities, Ronan is free to explore the town of Salem, Massachusetts, from his shadowy afterlife. Unable to communicate with the detectives on his case, Ronan must read the minds of the living, influencing their thoughts and actions, piecing together the puzzle, while battling demonic spirits to save his soul and uncover the shocking truth about who is responsible for his death.

The Murdered: Soul Suspect E3 walkthrough is below

Square Enix E3 2013 Xbox Line-Up


Square Enix has today announced its broad spectrum of next-generation and current generation games to be unveiled during the E3 2013 expo. The company’s portfolio features new games from signature franchises, a re-imagined classic along with compelling new properties.

Along with hands-on demonstrations of many games, E3 attendees will be able to experience exclusive theater presentations for THIEF and Murdered: Soul Suspect.

For the audience not attending E3, Square Enix will host an innovative live online broadcast from its booth, allowing the publisher’s passionate community to get a sneak peak at the new titles’ content and interact with Square Enix developers. Viewers worldwide will be able to tune in for the duration of the show (June 11 to June 13, 2013) for a unique insider’s perspective into Square Enix at the show. For a full schedule please visit: www.youtube.com/squareenixpresents

The announced E3 lineup for Square Enix:

THIEF (Xbox One)

Thief is the reinvention of the classic franchise that allows players to take on the role of Garrett, the Master Thief. As the tide is about to turn in the City, Garrett, takes cover amidst the growing uprising and sneaks into the Baron’s manor to steal his most prized possession.

Developer: Eidos-Montréal (A Square Enix Company)
Available: 2014


The hardest case to solve is one’s own murder. Murdered: Soul Suspect takes players into a whole new realm of mystery where the case is personal and the clues just out of reach. When Ronan O’Connor, a detective with a checkered past, gets caught up in a violent burglary, his life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Shocked to find himself in the afterlife, his only escape from the limbo world of ‘Dusk’ is to uncover the truth behind his killer, track him down and bring him to justice using his detective instinct and newfound supernatural abilities.

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Airtight Games
Available: Early 2014


As Lightning, it is your mission to save souls so they may be brought to a new world. However, with only thirteen days remaining, not everyone can be saved. Armed with all-new weapons, player customization and battle abilities, you are in a race against time to fully understand your destiny. It all ends here.

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Available: February 14, 2014