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A Game That Sticks with You,
This review is from: Murdered: Soul Suspect PS3 (Video Game)
I rented this game on an informed, educated whim. I had seen the previews for it, watched the trailers, overall it seemed like a pretty awesome game, but my wife and I weren't swimming in the money to buy it. So I got the PS3 copy from our local Redbox and loaded it onto my system.
What awaited me was not the experience I thought I was going to have, but something that was equally as entertaining and perhaps even more compelling. The story, to start things off, is amazing. It follows some common supernatural tropes and topics (it IS set in Salem, MA, after all), but the overall narrative is one that stays with you until (and after) you finish the game.
The gameplay intertwining gumshoe detective stories with the paranormal aspect made all the difference as far as how the plot engaged my curiosity throughout. I wanted to know how the game concluded and it pushed me to play more and more until everything was wrapped up.
Don't be surprised if this game doesn't last for hours upon hours like Assassin Creed, GTA, and Skyrim. I found the shorter storyline instilled all the more haste into the thriller aspect of this game. The side cases do take a little while to collect all the pieces, and helping out the NPCs who have their own side stories is intriguing. All in all, I was finished with about 80-90% of the game within 7-8 hours.
The graphics aren't a shining pinnacle for the gaming industry by any means, but they are certainly not disappointing on a PS3. The characters (maybe due to voice acting or something to that effect) fall a little flat sometimes, but the plot itself carries things forward.
Concluding the game felt fulfilling, similar to watching a good movie that is consistent in "strength" from beginning to end. The journey was not all that difficult, with demons being dispatched in only one particular way throughout the whole game (i.e. you sneak behind them to execute). But when you hear the horrifying screams as the demons appear in a level, your on-edge nerves make up for the lack of difficulty.
This is definitely an experience akin to Beyond: Two Souls, where storyline and interactive cinematic adventure prevail instead of mechanics like ever-increasing difficulty, boss fights, skill trees, etc.
Maybe rent the game if you are hesitant about the short length. However, once the game comes down in price, I could easily say it is worth a $20 purchase. Very refreshing to see a game that isn't necessarily a triple-A over-hyped title perform and deliver so well at the finish line.