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CSI: Dark Motives (DS)

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Genre: Action & Adventure / Release Date: 2007-11-02 / Published by Ubisoft

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      11.01.2010 19:26

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      overall a really good game that will keep you busy for a while

      This game is based on the TV series CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, which is one of my favourite programs, so I was hoping it would be worth the money (about £25 at the time) and i was not disappointed.
      There are several cases that you have to solve with the help of the various characters from the TV show. It is good because you can move freely around the crime scene and are not restricted as to where to go. It really gets you thiking because you can not have any hints as to what is evidence so it is all on your imagination.

      You have a few different pieces of equipment to help you solve each case these are things like finger print dust, swabs, UV light and foot print/ tyre track molds. I found that when using some tools they did not work properly on the area i was clicking on. After the first case or two the tools start to get a bit boring because you know which ones to use but you have the odd case that may stump you and be hard to figure out.

      You also need to work with the evidence by doing things like running prints/DNA and combining pieces of evidence to see the bigger picture. It is worth while playing as some bits are quite challenging (I admit i was so stuck at one point i had to cheat a little bit!)

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      26.12.2009 17:43
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      If you're a CSI fan then this game is for you

      As a big fan of the CSI TV programme I was really excited about getting this game.

      There are 5 cases for you so solve, starting with two, as you solve the cases then a new one is added. On each case you have a member of the CSI team with you for help including Catherine Willows, Nick Stokes, Warrick Brown, Sara Sidel and Grissom.

      The aim of the game is to collect evidence, analyse it in the lab and use the evidence to find the murderer or solve the crime.
      You also have the Doc in the morgue, Greg in the lab and Captain Jim Brass who can get you things like addresses, warrants and check people out.

      If you like CSI, or mystery/puzzle games like the Mystery case files then I think you will not be disappointed with this game.

      The only negatives about it are that if you miss one tiny piece of evidence you can get stuck with the case and spend hours looking over things again and again. Also some pieces of evidence, just small like having to ask a suspect a question, or pick up a little piece of metal, only appear at certain points in the game.

      Also if you get stuck you can ask your CSI partner for a hint but the hints are quite vague sometimes. On a few occasions i've use online walkthroughs to get me through certain parts because I was stuck for too long.

      In general the graphics are quite basic. Its almost like story board style with some video now and again. I don't think that detracts from the game at all because it's more of a puzzle solving game and it really gets your brain working.

      I wouldn't recommend this for young children as there are some scenes of dead bodies and autopsy.

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      17.08.2009 17:33
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      Throughly enjoyable, especially if you're into CSI.

      I watch alot of the CSI programmes on telly, so thought why not give the game a try. And I'm glad I did. There are 5 different crime scenes, and you work alongside the CSI team to solve them. There's also the mortuary and the lab from the telly programmes.

      The first crime scene is where a stuntman is badly injured during a stunt. You, along with one of the CSI team, have to figure out whether it was simply an accident or deliberate sabotage. Because you are running the show, you choose where to go. The obvious two locations are the crime scene and the hospital to talk to the stuntman.

      You use a variety of tools to find evidence. When you have you first bits of evidence you take them down to the crime lab. Thats where you can use the microscope, match fingerprints, DNA, tyre prints, shoe prints etc. When the clues point in a suspects direction you have to go to Brass for more information or a warrant. And the game just goes on from there.

      Whenever you get a new piece of evidence you take it to the lab. Sometimes you have to go back to the same suspects, or the victim. And don't worry about getting stuck, there are clues to help you out.

      The drawback I found was that sometimes all the evidence isn't visible. The game decides when you should find something, so sometimes you have to look in the same place again before you find the clue.

      Still I really enjoyed it. The crimes are all different so you don't get stuck in repetitive modes. And its a great way to spend your free time.

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      29.07.2009 18:16
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      Good game well worth it

      CSI, dark motives is a good all round game it has many story line each creating it own theory. The idea of the game is solve the cases that you are given ie a murder, you will need to have your eyes open and you thinking cap on as you will need to find the clues out there then use your brain to Analze them.
      This game can be vrilliant but very frustrating as you could miss a clue and not know for a biut then when you think that you are close to solving it you are missing something and you have to go back through the game to see what it was but this is all part of the game.
      The game is designed around the tv programme and to be does it justice, it is an excalent game and you can have many hours of fun with it

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        25.07.2009 12:41

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        In this game you are the detective solving cases and finding the culprit.

        i brought this game because I really like the TV series and thought it will give me something to do on the way to my holiay destinations.

        It is a good game with good graphics and can provide hours of entertainment and something to keep you occupied. It also has characters from the TV series, such as Grisom, but you take the lead and can ask suspects questions and find the evidence but the other detectives are there of you need help with the case.

        The cases are imaginative and situations that don't happen every day, I find that as a good feature because I don't kno what sort of evidence to find.

        The game however is difficult and you have to find every little thing to complete the game. I have often had to refer to walkthroughs on the internet when I have hit a dead end.

        This game is good for anyone that has patience and anyone who is good at figuring things out but also for anyone who enjoyed the TV series and wants to give it ago themselves.

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        20.06.2009 13:22
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        An ok buy

        I bought this because a favourite wii game of mine is CSI: Hard Evidence so I therefore believed the game would be along the same lines. The graphics are good for the DS and the scene is set well. However I did find the controls tricky and got frustrated with the game, put it down and haven't picked it up since. You have to obtain every piece of evidence before you can move on with the game, meaning that if you miss something and get stuck there isn't any way of moving forward. Its not as interesting as the TV show or games on other consoles. Probably be better for those who have patience or can find their way around the DS controls easily. The plotline is interesting and would appeal to those who enjoy solving mysteries or working through a story to reach the end of the game and fans of the TV show

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        31.05.2009 15:01
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        A poor cop game

        CSI Dark Motives is not the type of game I would normally pick up but when I bought a game as a gift from Game from the buy one get one free range there was not much to pick from the free range so I decided to give it a try.

        The object of the game is to collect the evidence to solve the crimes in each chapter of the game. In chapter one for example a stuntman has been injured and you have to work out who sabotaged the set causing him to be injured.

        The game features characters from the CSI show. A fan of the show might appreciate seeing Grissom or Catherine Willows on their small screen but for someone like me who has only ever seen a single episode then these characters mean nothing to me. The graphics in this game are pretty excellent with realistic looking characters and scenes. The sounds complement the game well too, I'm currently looking at a scene set in the hospital and there is background noise consisting of heart monitors, a phone ringing and people chatting.

        You have a number of tools at your disposal to help you solve the cases including forensic tools, reconstructions, being able to interview suspects. This sounds great but in reality there are too many tabs to keep track of and too many pieces of evidence to collect together. To collect forensic samples you need to go and visit the crime scene to collect them. This is where the DS's small screen really proves to be a hindrance as the graphics are so small that you end up missing clues or doing as I did and clicking round randomly until something registers. The game uses the buttons as well as the stylus and this can get a bit fiddly.

        I found this game was really frustrating to play due to the complexity of the cases and the problems with navigation. When scrolling round the crime scenes it was very easy to click on something by accident or end up in place you didn't want to be. I did manage to solve the first case before I gave up on the game, it simply wasn't any fun to play. In reality all you are doing is unfolding a predetermined storyline, when interviewing the people in the game there's no chance to use your brain as the conversations are already scripted. I think a die hard CSI fan might like the game but for someone who is not familiar with the show the game is just dull.

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          23.05.2009 22:56

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          Entertaining but a little fiddly

          When I bought this game I had never seen the TV series but I was looking for a game that involved solving puzzles and basically using your brain. The game has quite good graphics (for Nintendo DS) but there are quite a few clips that have text on them that goes a bit too fast for you to read. Basically you have to go around scenes looking for clues to the murder. There are 5 different murders you have to solve. You get a selection of tools such as fingerprint dusters, moulds to take tyre prints etc and you have to decide which items in the scene you can use these on to gain evidence. You can take evidence back to the lab and run forensic tests on them to find hidden evidence. Sometimes I found that it was quite difficult to pin point the right position on an object so it would select it and sometimes there are little items that are so small you can sometimes miss them if you don't hit it in the exact spot. Over all the game is quite addictive though and entertained me for probably about 5 hours in total.

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          30.04.2009 19:14
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          Interesting for a while, but not a game that kept me occupied for long

          CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) : Dark Motives is a game for the Nintendo DS, based on the television series, and requiring you solve various different cases with logical thought and using various tools to examine the crime scenes.

          The game controls can be quite fiddly, giving the appearance that the game is more of a port from the PC versions of the game released a few years ago, rather than the game being re-designed to meet the requirements of the Nintendo DS itself. Using the Nintendo's stylus is very fiddly on occasions, with a lack of thought in my mind being given to the actual playing of the game.

          The plot of the game is that there are five different cases which you have to solve, similar to the approach taken by the television series. You use the stylus to find areas of interest, objects, getting samples and the like, to help you solve each individual case. You can use different mechanisms such as fingerprint detectors, UV lights and other devices shown in the television shows.

          However, all of these different methods have to be tried, which can soon become quite repetitive, especially with the slightly cumbersome stylus controllers. This repetitive nature of the game, even though there are some small diversions, soon make the game stop being fun to play.

          However when playing the game it can be quite enjoyable to solve the mysteries throughout the game, but did abandon the game before completion as the disadvantages just outweighed the enjoyment of playing it. So game play wise I found the game quite clunky and almost irritating.

          There is another problem in terms of playing the game, which is that if you miss something near the beginning of the case you may well have to replay the entire case from the start. Replaying cases in this way, in order to make a little more progress, can be quite frustrating and really reduces the pick up and play factor of this game.

          The game is currently available, at the time of writing, for 14.05 pounds on Amazon. The game is rated as a 16+ game, so should only be purchased or played by those who are older than this. There are some plot devices which are of a slightly adult nature, and some minor language, but nothing that I would say would cause offence.

          Personally this isn't a game that I'd advise you buy, or at least, maybe it's best to purchase the PC version of the game. But enjoyable for a while, so maybe worth a try if you like games of this genre.

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          17.03.2009 16:14
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          a great investigative game

          I have never watched CSI on TV, but I do like a good mystery game to get my brain cells thinking. I was intrigued by CSI Dark Motives for the ds when I bought a CSI game for my WII. The two games were different with different storylines which was good as I find that if they are the same I never want to buy on more than one console no matter how different the controls might be.

          ** Outline of the game **

          You play a new Crime scene investigator (CSI) in this game, working with the stars of the TV show, Catherine, Warwick, Nick, Sarah, Greg, Al and Jim. The game is set over five levels, each of which presents a different murder / mystery case for you to solve.

          The game uses both screens to get the most out of the in-depth features that you will use during the game.
          The top screen is full of information based on the suspects and the victim, of which information becomes available to you as you progress through the game and unlock certain clues and evidence.
          The lower touch screen is designed to help you interact with the crime scene and any evidence you may collect.

          ** Case example **

          At the beginning of a case you are given basic information and a clue to get you started. There is always a CSI member in each location with you so you can ask for clues if you are stuck. This will affect your overall performance in the game however so they do recommend you don't ask too many times. I have used this function on many occasions and so far have always come out a master at the end of my cases.
          To search for clues you are given the use of the CSI laboratory which you can visit any time you want to. All your evidence that you have collected by varying means can be given to the technician who will then give you back information or scan into the computer or microscope for you to investigate further.

          As you find different clue either through collecting evidence or by matching up DNA samples in the computer etc, this will then possibly open new leads in the case for you.
          To progress, you need to talk to everyone you can and also look at EVERYTHING you can. Even if you think you have looked before and found nothing, look again as by using a different tool to find evidence something may appear, or it may become apparent after talking to someone else etc.
          The game can take you off onto many different tangents and you have to be prepared to keep looking and scrutinising every piece of evidence three times if you are stuck just to uncover a small detail you may have overlooked.

          ** Controls **

          The game is played with the stylus mainly; however you can use the L1 and R1 to scroll through the top screens to check out the suspects and victim.
          By using the stylus on the screen, your pointer is blue until you find something worth looking at. At this point it will turn into a green arrow. I have found that occasionally I have missed the green arrows and thought there was nothing there when in fact there was.

          By investigating further through the green arrow, you may then be able to hover the pen over and find another green arrow to get further or you may have to choose some investigative tools from your menu, which can also be found on the touch screen menu, such as a torch, fingerprint powder, and gloves to retrieve items.

          ** Graphics **

          The graphics are basic, but they are clear for the amount of information you need to digest to play this game properly. A cluttered screen wont jerk too much as you search around it quickly looking for clues.

          ** Game play **

          The game play is in depth and will get your brain in gear if you like the logical and in depth puzzles that some games provide. Once you have played this game once however there probably won't be a real need for you to play it again, as it won't provide a challenge for you.
          I found that there are lots of different ways to pick up the clues and not many are obvious to you in the beginning. As you progress through each case then you roughly know what you are looking for which helps slightly.

          A great part of this game is that is can be saved at any point by pressing the start button. This is invaluable when you are stuck or haven't the time to play a whole case through in one go.

          I have found that the game has provided me with lots of hours of searching and time does pass quickly when playing this. I have to admit to having had to use some online help on occasion, but for the price of £11.99 Amazon is currently offering this game for, it would be a crime not to buy it.

          If you are a fan of CSI then I would highly recommend it, as well as if you have loved games such as Hotel Dusk and other point and click games

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            17.03.2009 02:20
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            DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!

            DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!
            This is the worst game I have brought for my DS. It was on a buy 1 get 1 free offer in game so me and a friend got it and bot put it down after about ten mins of playing it.

            Dont be tempted to pick it up just because you like the tv series, it is noway near as exciting. The effects are not even that great.

            It takes a while for it to get started and to get into the actual game and then basicaly it tells you what to do all the way through.
            You hardly do and 'detective' work as it is all set out for you on the game and you cant really go wrong.

            If you get bored easily then dont buy this game..even if it is on offer. There is not one positive that I could give, dont waste your time!!!!!!

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              14.02.2009 14:29
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              fun and often exciting but doesn't require much skill or initiative

              This is quite a good game, involving all the characters from the Tv show (first series) included humourous dialogues from them. It's very exciting especially watching the live reconstructions however these videos have writing along the bottom and often go way too fast to read - certainly read as well as watch. Most of these go into a file which you can play over again although some you can only watch once which was frustrating.

              It has different settings such as the tutorial mode (good for when you fist play it) and the evidence hotspot setting which means that the cursor goes green when over something which you can examine in more detail. Having always played it with this mode activated I can't see how else you could play it. I would find it too difficult and think it is difficult enough with the hot spots. Although with the hot spots there is always the temptation to just wiggle it around til you see it go green. It has seperate cases to solve and some are more interesting than others and also a touch screen and lots of different forensic equipment to use on pieces of evidence - although I have gotten really frustrated when I thought of something you could do, for example fingerprint something, and it didn't work even though I tried for ages, only to find out that was what you were supposed to do and it just hadn't worked.


              I have enjoyed this game but it has taken a long time to complete due to constantly getting stuck without a break-through for ages and just finding myself going round and round in circles visiting the same locations over and over again. I also don't think there's a lot of skill or initiative involved in working out the cases as its kind of just programmed to unfold automatically as you find new evidence and the use of your initiative is what you want from a detective game really. When you're finding one thing after another though, and it does seem to go like this i.e nothing for ages then all at once as one thing leads to another - it is very exciting and unputdownable and I have stayed up well into the early hours when everything is unfolding at once.

              I purchased mine from game for 24 pounds but I think you can get it on amazon for more like 16.

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              07.01.2009 23:39
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              great game - voted 8 out of 10

              Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives is a very good strategy game for adults. Kept me busy from start to finish. Having played a similar CSI game on the PC, would definetly recommend this to someone looking for a well thought out and thought provoking game. The tutorial (unlike other strategy DS games) was good without being too intense and all the touch screen tools were both easy to use and easy to find.

              Very interesting game and although the graphics may not be the best, it makes up for it in well thought out chapters. The characters have same voices to characters in CSI series however look slightly different in DS game - very funny though!

              All in all, I would give this game a 8 out of 10 rating but due to some of the adult/graphic content would not suggest this for the younger players. Highly recommend - good strategy game!

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