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I was disappointed with this game and wouldn't buy it again.
This game only cost £15 which is cheap for a Wii game but even at that price I don't think it was worth the money. I really like watching CSI so thought this game would be good but it is just too boring.
One of the things I dislike about this game is that it is very slow at loading the different scenes and feels like you are using a very old fashioned gaming system and it makes it very boring as you are waiting all the time. The graphics on it are also very poor and again look very outdated and old fashioned.
There are 5 different crimes to solve in this game but they don't take long to solve at all so you can finish this game very quickly. For each crime you have to talk to witnesses, find and collect evidence and dust for fingerprints and then examine the evidence in the lab. I don't think the tv series translates well into a game at all and the game is probably like the job of a CSI is in reality in that it is very slow and boring.
I definately would not recommend this game.
This game was purchased for me for my birthday, as I am interested in the process of crime solving. I have never watched the TV programme that this game is based on, but that doesn't seem to matter.
You get five cases to solve on the disc, some are longer than others but overall it is a fairly short game and doesn't take very long to play through. It is also often fairly obvious early on who has committed the murder, there are very limited suspects and also very limited questioning - you are basically led along the correct path by the nose, and there isn't much room for exploration.
It's absorbing enough and a pleasant diversion from the housework on a Sunday afternoon, but really isn't challenging in any way and it is very formulaic and prescribed, rather than what I had hoped it would be, which is a genuine "investigation".
The cases go - dead body at scene, clues rather obviously left in the room, collect clues, analyse them, they will very evidently point to one particular person, you get them in for questioning, ask them a pre-programmed question and so on...
Analysing the clues, however, is a bit daft - it's more like a ridiculously easy "snap" style mini game which isn't remotely challenging or interesting, they could have made more of this I feel.
Clearly the procedures that take place on this game bear absolutely no resemblance to the reality of a crime scene investigation, which is also a bit of a shame though probably not unexpected. It would have been nicer for it to have been a bit closer to the truth though, and a bit less "do A, then B, then C" and a bit more free flowing with the chance to explore and try things for yourself.
While this game is rated 16 due to the nature of the murder scenes, I think it is a very easy game for an adult to complete and could have done with being a lot more challenging. Even I found it too easy and I am not a gaming buff!
The graphics are also the weakest I have seen on an Xbox game, they are very blocky and unrealistic. The voice acting also is laughable, especially in the second case on the disc. Overall, a very unrealistic game and a very easy to solve game, but it was just interesting enough that I still played through the whole thing. It has no replay value though so is likely to be traded in now.
I paid around £12 for my copy in Tesco, and it's presently available for around the same price from Amazon. It's a game based on the CSI television series, though I've never actually watched that. Fortunately I didn't need to have seen it to understand how to play this game.
This game is for ages 16yrs and over, so really it's for adults. The reason being is that it's all about solving murders, and there's a lot of blood as well as a bit of sexual innuendo going on. I wouldn't be happy with anyone younger than 16yrs old playing this because of that, so I think the age certificate is fair here.
To play the game, you just go around the crime scenes trying to solve one of five cases. Each case will take you a few sessions to complete, so although it would be nice to have more than five cases included, it's not an unreasonable duration over all for the price.
Working through the cases heavily relies on answering and making use of multiple choices, so this detracts from just how far you can solve each murder case on your own. That said, you are scored on your level of accuracy - meaning the order in which you put the clues and case together. You know you'll get there in the end with these cases, so the game is mostly about how quickly and accurately you can get there. There is a certain amount of brain power required in places to realise that you should re-inspect a clue you've previously picked up though, or return to a crime scene when you've realised you might need to look for something new.
I like that they've included some techy bits in this game, such as matching dna to find out if blood at the crime scene matches blood found on a suspect's clothes etc, but it's done in a bit of a childish manner. You're basically being asked to complete mini puzzles, which young children could do, in order to make progress with your case.
The graphics in this game aren't very good, and I have to take a whole star off my rating for that. The graphics look like something you'd have seen on the old Playstation one. The lips don't move in sync with the voiceovers, and the characters move in a jerky and forced manner on the screen. I think the poor graphics would actually really annoy the more die-hard gamer.
The controls are easy to use, a bit too easy in some respects, but then this is a game of mental exercise rather than video game skills. You basically just use your Wiimote to point and click on your clues or options.
I've enjoyed playing this game for the novelty factor, but it's definitely a game you can only play once. After you've solved the cases, it's all over with. The graphics are poor and the difficulty level isn't exactly challenging. I'm not impressed that I can't go and make an arrest until I've worked the case through in the manner that the game wants me to either. It's not like Cluedo - you don't get to go making accusations when you think you've worked it out! You have to work through each clue and mini puzzle in order and then suddenly, on completion, you just get a short video clip showing you that the case has been resolved.
I do recommend this if it sounds like your cup of tea, but if you would be bothered by the poor graphics, or you don't like lazy games, then this isn't for you. I think three stars is a fair rating.