Murdered: Soul Suspect Is A More Personal Whodunnit
Many games have you playing the invincible hero that can shoot through an entire battalion without so much as sweat, but what happens when the supposed hero gets killed in the first few minutes of the game? Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game where you play as a ghost of a detective trying to solve your own murder. It’s certainly not a popular choice in terms of concept, but one that might be incredibly unique and enjoyable. Let’s see what this game is all about.
Name: Murdered: Soul Suspect
Genre: Action Adventure
Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC
Developers: Airtight Games
Publishers: Square Enix
Release Date: 6 June
Price: R699 (PS3, Xbox 360), R779 (PS4, Xbox One), R450 (PC)
You play as Ronan O’Connor, a detective that came down with a little bit of murder. He gets brutally killed by a mysterious figure, but instead of being whisked away to wherever the afterlife is, he becomes a ghost and now he wants to figure out what exactly happened to him. To put this game into basic terms, it’s almost like L.A. Noire: Ghost Edition. You find clues around the world that give you more of an idea of what exactly happened to you. but you also have to deal with all of the issues that come with being an ghost.
The game is primarily a detective game where you have to obtain clues and then stitch them together to form some semblance of the truth. But it’s also a narrative driven game that requires you to better understand Ronan to make sense of it all. The developers have commented that they put a huge focus into letting you immerse yourself into the main character and understand all the quirks and backstory that goes along with him. This is fundamental to any good narrative and if Soul Suspect can get it right, this might be very interesting.
The game itself is set in third-person with a view of ghost Ronan in all of his ectoplasmic glory. Clipping through objects is a big no-no in other games, but in this one it’s a central gameplay mechanic. Ronan can move through walls, but only indoors because apparently they sprayed the outside of buildings with anti-Caspar spray or something. It’s obviously a disguised excuse for why Ronan can’t freely walk around the world and just enter buildings all over the place. Ronan can move through nearly everything else.
There is a negative attached to being able to pass through matter and that’s not being able to interact with objects that could be clues. This is combated with Ronan being able to possess human beings and use them to make sense of evidence. He can for instance use the eyes of a police officer and look at a notepad or read the mind of a witness. All of this combined make for an interesting puzzling experience that is often not seen within games.
There are enemies in the game and they are, for obvious reasons, demons. You don’t shoot them with a Proton pack or something, but rather stealth behind them and rip them apart from the inside. You can use your possession powers to get the jump on them or just be a sneaky bastard and warp through a bunch of walls. The developers promised that there would be a lot more options given to players to dispatch demons as they progress through the game.
Side-quests will also be available throughout the game as you can try and solve other ghosts’ issues and let them have peace. It won’t solely be about Ronan’s soul all the time. He’s not the sole suspect in this game (I’m sorry). You will also receive the help of a girl named Joy that has witnessed your murder as well as be able to talk to ghosts such as yourself.
Suspected Selling Points
- Interesting premise
- Detective and crime games are rare
- The narrative could be excellent if the character of Ronan is done correctly
- Puzzle solving and side-quests might be fun
- Might turn tedious
- The limited combat might make things a bit boring
- The premise is very volatile and can make things very convoluted and confusing
Murdered: Soul Suspect certainly has the potential to be a pretty interesting game with its unique premise and new way of game design. This is certainly one to look out for if you’re a narrative or puzzle fan. Or even just like the idea of being able to go into women’s locker rooms.