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- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Deadly Intent
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The major downside is the cases in this game are notably less challenging than previous games. I played through the entire game without once having to rely on a walkthrough, while all of the previous games required at least referencing a walkthrough, or in some cases relying heavily on one. The game seemed fairly short - maybe 1-2 hours of game play per case. This game also includes mini games for checking the DNA and other evidence in the lab, which made the lab work a little more interesting than the previous games.
Real gamers may be a little disappointed, but fans of the show will enjoy it (note the shout out to Warrick Brown in the game.) I would recommend this to someone with little gaming experience who has an interest in CSI, forensics or both, as well as those who enjoy the point and click detective games. Overall, CSI: Deadly Intent is a fun game with room for improvement, but worth the money. Grade: B
*Better graphics than previous games
*Not challenging enough
I thought it was by far the best CSI game yet. I've played them all multiple times and was really excited for the release of this one, especially after the disappointment that came from CSI: NY's seek and find nonsense. The graphics are a LOT more advanced and if you have the latest graphics card for your computer, they are going to come up really well. Be warned though: you really have to WORK in this game. When you are looking for a fingerprint, it isn't outlined in white like it used to be. Granted if you pass over the space where the fingerprint is, the cursor will turn into a blue toolbox letting you know that it's there, but you have to scan the entire surface of items to find that print. Also, when you go to Brass for a warrant/interrogation request, you will always need supporting evidence to back your claim and you have to choose from your evidence what ties to your reasoning. When you're interrogating a suspect, you can often catch someone in a lie by providing this evidence as backup for your question.
The cases are highly unique and are all packed with twists and turns, especially the last one! In my past experience, the last case in CSI games usually ties the other 4 cases together, but case 5 in this was completely unique which I loved. Overall, the game was excellent. It was a long wait for it, but it was well worth it! I highly recommend it.
Anyway, this installment mirrors the changes in the TV show at the time of its development. We've said a sad farewell to Grissom, Warrick and Sara and hello to Agents Langston and Adams (there's even what I consider an "in-joke" about replacements at the beginning of Case #1). Catherine Willows is your new supervisor and recently promoted Nick Stokes checks up on you. We have sleek, new labs with updated equipment and very, very tough cases.
What else is new? This time around, you'd better know why you're asking for a warrant and why you're challenging a suspect's statements. The way you analyze evidence is more complicated, particularly matching fingerprints (a major sticking point for people like me who don't bother to play the training level or read the manual ... oops). Your evaluation at the end of a case is based on percentages and you'd better not make a mistake along the way if you want to be perfect.
The upside? Multiple locations to visit and search, interesting cases, hard-to-find evidence, 3-D graphics, and cut scenes and music from the TV show.
The downside? Your forensic toolkit is limited and you can only choose what will possibly work. You do not get a spoken evaluation from your supervisor but a list of percentages for skill, thoroughness and ... cunning? There's also a list of "awards" that seem more appropriate in a Nancy Drew game (I love the Nancy Drew games; it's just not a good fit for a CSI game). And I miss Griss LOL
Compared to earlier CSI titles, there are new features that I liked, didn't like, and some that were flat-out missing.
Likes: Having to manually match DNA and chemical samples. The ability to point out defining features in partial prints to research full ones. The icon-based interview questions - with text was also a nice feature. Also helping other investigators process evidence from their separate cases was a very good touch. It made the game seem bigger than it was.
Dislikes: Automatic crime scene photos - and automatic evidence collection on detection at times. The previous CSI titles made you do this manually. Too much use of the "flash" transition - especially when going through the PDA. In the show, the "flash" only happened once or twice when focusing on key evidence - not every single time something is spotted.
Missing Features: The ability to dissect video evidence frame-by-frame. They simplified audio evidence comparison - even more so than the previous titles.
If you are a fan of the show, you'll enjoy this game. If you are looking for something difficult or challenging - you might want to look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased the digital download. For the price, it wasn't a bad game. There were entertaining parts, and some of the cases had areas of intrigue. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Karen Attebery
Excellent game and I was able to download it without any problems.Published 28 days ago by Melissa Jordine
Reminds me a lot of the original CSI computer game. Great game to play to keep your skills sharp if your job involves attention to detail.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This great fun and plays well. The puzzles are good and so is the storyline.Published 5 months ago by FSarg
Fun game. Worked fine on Windows 7. Wish there were more than 5 cases and that they were a bit more difficult. Still a good way to spend a couple days.Published 7 months ago by athletigeek
I am loving my CSI game.....i was worried it might not work on my windows 8...but no problem there...works great...AND THE PRICE CAN'T BE BEAT...Published 8 months ago by Vivian Harris