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For anybody who is a fan of CSI and crime dramas this game is an absolute must. This game really recreates crime scenes in true CSI fashion and you get too work with each of the CSI carachters in turn.
You can dust for finger prints, get warrants, search crime scenes, do DNA tests, put items together, search computer hard drives and so much more.
You even get to work through stories and you need to work out as you go along the logical steps to follow. You then process the evidence accordingly. The game eve informs you what different CSI equipment is used for during the loading scenes.
At the moment also this item is very nicely priced and is definately worth it. Some areas are a bit difficult though and you may need to take a hit. The catch is taking hints will reduce your overall score. This is great family fun.
You need to be ware though that with the wii sometimes it is difficult to point the wii remote at certain things and the graphics can be very ark in some places.
I have never watched CSI as a series, but when I saw the game for the wii, it looked appealing as I like the genre of point and click games, that I had to buy it. This was double with the cheap price tag attached to the game.
** Outline of the game **
The game consists of five different chapters or cases. Each case consists of a murder or crime that you as the investigator need to solve. To do this you work as a CSI (crime scene investigator), alongside imitation characters from the actual show, moving from place to place finding clues and analysing them before arresting someone at the end of the case to close it.
That is the game in a nutshell, but of course there is a lot more to the game than this and it won't be quite as easy as it sounds.
** How to play **
There will be a tutorial option the first time you play the game, and I would recommend you do this. It's only a short series of advice available from the real CSI's, but it does help you get a feel for the controls.
At the start of each case, you will be able to visit the crime scene to explore and find clues which will take you elsewhere in the case.
By searching with the wiimote, you have the option of picking up items to analyse them at a later day. You can also search everywhere to ensure you are getting all the clues you need. The wiimote acts as a pointer on the screen, which will change to green if you can explore the area further.
Characters in the game are available to question throughout, and as you find more clues, more questions will become available to ask them, so remember to go over everything three times at least to ensure you get everything.
As with most games that are point and click, you won't be able to progress further into the game until you have found a required element, so when you are stuck, generally it's because you have missed something simple like analysing your evidence, or not collecting something from a location.
** Moving about **
The game will require you to move between locations available to you during each case. You can do this via your pda which is available all the time. Any location lit up is a location you can visit. The lab, and the police inspectors office is always available to visit, you never know you may need to go there.
The down side to moving from location to location is that the game seems to take ages to load up between them which is a bit of a pain.
Each object that you collect could contain vital information and you will need to look at everything to make sure. Anything you collect in the form of fingerprints etc can be analysed at the lab by placing them into certain machines.
Once in the lab, any new evidence that you can analyse will be flashed up by an exclamation mark, alerting you to the fact you can hopefully unlock a new clue to the case.
I find the analysing to be easy and there are lots of options for you to be able to match items from items you have collected or by matching from the CSI database.
** Controls **
The whole game is played with the wii mote only and you don't need the nun chuck which is good. I do find the controls to be slightly blocky and slow sometimes, especially if you go off kilter slightly against the sensor.
You do need some precision when it comes to pointing at a certain area or when you are asking questions, so this can be quite annoying. I find as long as you are sat above the sensor and your batteries are good then you should be fine.
** Graphics **
The wii isn't known for its graphics, but they are a bit blocky for my liking. The characters don't talk in real time; more open and close their mouths whilst words appear from the speakers. This is a bit of a letdown, but as the scenery is clear and enables you to search efficiently, and then it's not too much of a problem.
** Storyline **
The storylines are fairly good and complex, which means you do require some brain thinking power to solve all the cases. I don't like very simple cases, but they are simple enough so anyone can fumble their way through should they get stuck. There are only a maximum of six locations to search at the same time as the police headquarters so it's not too much to handle.
If you do get stuck along the way the CSI is always around to give you a hint if you need it. These are available at any time but will reflect on your debriefing score at the end of the case.
I think this game will appeal to anyone who likes CSI the series, as well as anyone who likes the point and click game. I like the fact that I don't have to jump around playing this game, and it proves the wii can produce a game that could be played on any system.
** Overall **
Overall I am glad I have bought this game. It's one you can pick up and put down at any time, with save periods available whenever you need them during the game.
I only paid £9.99 for this game from Amazon in January, and you can pick it up for almost the same price now. This is a bargain price for a game that will last you for months.
I do find that once you have completed the game however you probably won't go back and re play it, so it will be a one hit wonder. Still for the price it's worth the entertainment.
This game is a nintendo adaptation of the very popular CSI series. You play in the game to solve a series of crimes by acting as a CSI agent. You are bought into the game gradually with some training, whereby you take on a small case of a missing donut and have the help of the undercover agents to solve the crime step by step. Once your training is complete you move onto the more serious crimes and slowly take steps to solve them by yourself with the tools you build up as you go along. You literally have a tool kit whereby you collect physical things and skills as you go from crime to crime. The game involves collecting evidence in various locations and then returning the the lab for analysis. As you go through the game it gets a little predictable as you learn to solve each scenario in the same way.
This games is now being included in the two for £30 sections in many of the game shops and if you are looking for a good puzzle type game then this is worth picking up.
It is fairly close to the TV show - obviously the graphics aren't going to be the greatest on the wii but they are pretty good. The voices are not bad and whilst they are a little stilted they seem to flow reasonably well.
There are five missions to complete and they get increasingly harder. there are also little side games in each case as well as you have to collect bugs for Grissom's collection.
It is possible to have multiple players on this game so each member of the family can try to solve the cases independently if they want. We did find that some pieces of evidence are not all displayed immediately and you need to keep going back to visit some places once you had found another piece of evidence.
You are given a score once you solve the case and this score depends on how many clues you have asked for, how much evidence you have collected.
It can get very addictive so do beware and also very frustrating when you can't find anything. The final case is much harder - and I still haven't quite finished it!!!!
One of the first games i looked at for the wii was CSI as i love the CSI episodes. I thought this game would let your imaginiation run and require some skill and concentration. It's not quite how i've found it.
Loading the Game
I thought i'd first issue a warning that if you're impatient, take the game back to the shop or don't buy it to start with! This game infuriated me as every time you need to change location, you're sitting for a good 30 seconds whilst it loads. It's the same at the start of the game and continues right until the end. I'd often sit and check emails or do other things as i'd get so bored waiting for it to load.
There are five fifferent scenarios for you to play and you have to solve the first one to unlock the second and so on. There is also a tacky training episode where you learn game play, tools and are just given basic information. You would never guess what this one is on though - finding poor Gil Grissom's missing doughnut! The training episode was pretty pointless if you ask me and i'm sure they could have come up with a better idea than a missing doughnut... I'll give you a brief summary of the other five cases:
~Case 1: Burning For you~
You join investigator Nick Stokes to investigate the murder of a taxi driver who was burned to death in his cab. This is the first case and is very simple but if you get stuck, you can ask Nick for a hint at any point and he'll happily oblige. I found all of the evidence pretty quickly so i solved this quite fast and without any hints. My hopes were that the cases would get a lot harder than this.
~Case 2: Double Down~
You investigate this case with Catherine Willows and quickly learn that all isn't as it seems. A pregnant woman is found stabbed in her bed at her apartment and gun shots were heard. Is it really as clear cut as the arguing partner that didn't want the baby? The pieces of evidence were very obvious and it didn't take me any time at all to solve this one. So much for them getting harder!
~Case 3: Shock Rock~
It's your turn to investigate with Warrick Brown to find out who was responsible for murdering four famous rock stars and a potential new lead singer. They were electrocuted on stage and died instantly... how many people have the skills to do that? This one was a bit trickier as i missed a vital piece of evidence early on (even with the hint i couldn't find it!) but it still wasn't really hard to solve.
~Case 4: In Your Eyes~
You work with Greg Sanders to find out who killed an eye surgeon in his house. This case is complicated by the fact that there is only one witness to the case and it's his blind wife! This one was a little bit trickier, but still easily solvable.
~Case 5: The Peacemaker~
Finally, you get to work with Gil Grissom on a shootout where a clerk was killed with repeated gun shots. You have to look long and hard at this case to find out who the killer was and why they killed so horrifically.
In my opinion, the graphics on this were quite poor and they definitely didn't meet upto my expectations. The characters in the game did look the the actual CSI characters upto a point, but that was about the only thing. When they characters spoke, the lips moved at the wrong time. It's a petty point, but something that should have been quite easy to work on and fix before release.
The pieces of evidence were often difficult to find because the poor graphics seemed to make everything look really dark or blurry. This isn't what you want in a detective game and i'd have hoped they could have upped their budget just a touch to improve one of the most important parts of the game.
Something that really bothered me was the fact they used the same locations over and over again. This made the game even easier as you'd know where you could zoom into and where you couldn't. Everytime i saw that same location come up i sighed in disbelief that they couldn't have spent a little bit more on the game.
A disappointing fact is that the game is only for one player. I think it would have been far better to make it a two player game, but then i did know this when i bought it. Only the wii remote is required which makes game play really simple for anyone to play. Hints are given away throughout the game in the form of the cursor. If you can zoom into something, the cursor turns green, whether it be into an arrow or evidence box.
When you do find a piece of evidence, the cursor will show you the evidence box. It will then come up with a box of tools that highlight either detection or collection. It will only let you select a couple of the tools so there isn't really any room for doing things incorrectly. I think it would have been far better to make you choose whether you wanted a collection or detection tool and force you to do some thinking and select one yourself. This would have made the game take longer and increased the difficulty rating.
Other than that, moving about is very easy most of the time but the graphics can be very slow.
You do get to go to the lab and analyse your evidence on the different equipment, but this isn't hard and takes about two minutes of your time before you're back to a pause waiting to go somewhere!
My good bits
I know it doesn't sound like it from my review, but i did enjoy this game for the most part. The cases were all very different to each other which was definitely a good thing and you got to work with a different investigator each time and learn how they put their perspective (which was very little if i'm honest) on the case.
The controls were very easy (still not sure if this is good or bad) and with only needing the wii remote, it left another hand free to check emails whilst you waited!
My bad bits
The graphics could definitely have been improved along with the speed of the game. The lips moving at completely different times to the speaker really got on my nerves (it's a tiny niggly little complaint, but one none the less). The same locations were also very disappointing as you'd know where to look and where not to.
Jumping from scene to scene was very slow, annoying but it did have a point. It's still one of my bad parts though as i'm sure they could have improved the speed of it, especially as they hadn't put a lot of effort into the graphics!
You also can't play with game with subtitles like you can in others (or if you can, i didn't find it). I'd often want to play the game without the sound blaring out at me but i found if i turned it any lower, the words were quite muffled and hard to understand. Probably had the same amount of input as the graphics!
The game doesn't last very long and well, once you're finished, you're finished. There's no going back and doing it again as you'd be bored out of your brain waiting for the cases to load all over again!
If you're after a few hours of playing time, lots of annoying pauses and poor quality sound/graphics then this is for you. Don't get me wrong, the cases were decent towards the end, but i'd much rather a game that you could play constantly without having niggly little breaks in waiting for it to load.
I love this type of game. Its not too hard but taxing enough to make you think about what your next move is going to be. After the minute or two of loading you will go through a tutorial (much recommended if unfamiliar with these type of games) which will lead you into proper case to solve.
The idea is to point your cursor over an object to study, collect or process. You can collect fingerprints, footprints, DNA samples as well as other items of evidence. You will then need to process this evidence in the lab (there is an explanation on how to use each of the machines). Once the evidence leads you towards a suspect, you can apply for a warrant to bring them in for questioning or apply for a search warrant.
There is no time limit for any of the cases and i found them to last approx. 2hrs each (this will depend on how clever you are!) so there is approx. 10hrs worth of play, oh, plus bonus features! There are of course hints along the way, but you will lose points in your final evaluation if you use them. Which could mean the difference between ranking as a master detective or not.
The only down side to this game, is that once you have completed each case, if you dont get full marks in your evaluation you will have to play again to unlock the bonus features. As there is a lot of talking/questioning it can get a bit tiresome if re-playing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this game and would recommend it to everyone.
Ever since my first encounter with the Broken Sword games on the Playstation, I've really liked first person puzzle games. There is a real sense of involvement with them that holds your interest. So when I recently came across CSI for the Wii it looked like the sort of game I would enjoy. It had all the aspects of a broken sword type game, including multiple locations and different clues to try and work out. It may have also helped that I was picking it up for £15 in Morrison's rather than its full RRP, which is always an added bonus with something like this. While I'm not a huge CSI fan I have enjoyed it when I've seen it, but would the computer game be any good?
The game itself is split into 5 different cases and one training mission to kick the game off. You take on the role of a Crime scene investigator in Vegas and with the help of CSI cast members from the TV series. The cases are quite involved and have a variety of different sub plots and suspects for you to try and interrogate. In order to advance on each case you have to pick up various items from each crime to progress the case. Each case lasts approx 2 hours and as the game goes on the harder they get. The game itself only has one built in difficulty setting, which makes it more of a game for adult players and this seems to miss the Wii's demographic.
It's a little hard to get into the game to start with and it did prove a little different, but with the help of the training mission, it makes it much easier to pick up quicker. While the game itself is a one player game, we've found that it's actually a good game to play as a couple. We have found ourselves getting really immersed in the cases and trying to solve them together. It also helps to have a spare pair of eyes looking out for bits of evidence and trying to work out together what your next move should be. So while it isn't a two player in the traditional sense, it does work quite well as a multiplayer game.
The controls are pretty simple and make use of the Wii remote. The A and B buttons are pretty much the only ones you'll need to navigate your way around. To pan from one side of the screen to the other you simply move the controller to that side of the screen. While the games content may not be suitable for younger players, the control system is very simple and in a way similar to the sort of control options you would find with a mouse on the PC.
Your score is complied on each case by just how well you are doing. Obviously the more evidence you collect the more points you are likely to gain. There are numerous opportunities though to up your score and this in turn increase your overall rating for the case. There are a couple of ways to pick up more points, such as being extra through on the investigation and picking up bugs for your bosses collection. All in all it's a decent system that works well throughout the game. Of course if your struggling on a case you can ask your partner for a hint, but this will detract from your final score.
While the game does have a lot going for it I did feel it is lacking in certain aspects. The biggest disappointment would have to be the graphics. I felt that it could have looked a lot better than they actually do. While the characters look quite similar to their actual look, I thought the way they interact was far too simplistic. The mouths for instance didn't move in time with the voices and in the modern gaming world that is very disappointing. The game seems to struggle with the vocal parts and in quite a few places we endured the track skipping and missing odd words here and there, that while weren't perhaps key to the story, still provided an annoyance.
The game is very enjoyable and while the cases took us around 2 hours a piece it could have been completed a lot quicker. This lead me to thinking that the game isn't worth its original £39.99 price tag and perhaps should have had a few more cases. That said what it does have is entertaining and we did find ourselves getting immersed into the game.
Overall it is an enjoyable game and should you be able to pick it up for a reasonable price, such as the £15 we paid in Morrison's, it is worth buying. It has the potential to provide a good ten hours of game play and while it does seem a little hard to begin with, once you get used to it we found that it was quite enjoyable. Ok the graphics aren't as good as they perhaps could have been but as a way to pass a miserable winter night it works well. It won't be the best game you buy on the Wii but it is a good one despite its little foibles and one I would recommend people buying at the right price.
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I have always been a fan of the CSI Las Vegas TV show, so when i saw the game in the shops for the wii i just had to get it. I have always wanted to be a CSI, so this was my chance.
You are the investigator on a case along with the CSI characters, and like the TV show, must solve the 5 cases crime using CS evidence.
When i first started playing the game i found it a little difficult to get into, because i found it hard to get my head around all the tools and equipment, which are exactly the same as the tools in the real CSI, it also includes all the lab machines you see in the show.
When you get into the game, its really good. Its fun solving the brilliant cases, and with the help of the other characters, it makes the game really enjoyable and you actually feel like a real Crime Scene Investigator.
The graphics on the game are not as good as some of the other Wii games, but the game is soo exciting, the graphics don't matter.
** Price of the Game **
When i bought mine i got it in the Game store. I was on special offer at the time, and i got two games for £25. I have since seen it advertised on the internet for around £10-£15. You could also pick this game up 2nd hand in Game, they always have a wide selection and i normally always see CSI in there.
A great game, but can be a little tedious at times. The game is a one player game, but its fun for all the family as you can all join in and play together solving the crimes.
I have always been a fan of procedural shows, but have never been able to get into CSI as I've always just thought it was really badly acted and there were more decent TV shows out there to be wasting my time on.
I got a Wii for my birthday, and with my birthday money I wanted another game besides just wii fit to play on it, so I found this game in Morrisons and I have to say it's pretty good.
You play an investigator along with the characters that are apparently in the TV show. You have five different cases and you have to unlock the truth and find the perp.
To solve each case you must use the evidence and all the tools they give you to work out who the perp is and arrest them.
Here's a brief summary of each case to explain what you will have to work out.
Case 1: Burning For You- A cabbie is killed and you find out it's an arson attack. You work with some guy called Nick Stokes in this game to solve the case. This one's pretty simple; however I didn't manage to get all the evidence needed so it took me a bit longer than it should of.
Case 2: Double Down- A pregnant woman is stabbed in her home. She manages to survive but you must solve who wanted to hurt her and kill her child. You work with Catherine Willows in this one. The woman you work with's voice got on my nerves slightly in this case, it's pretty easy to solve and didn't take too long.
Case 3: Shock Rock- Four famous rock stars are killed alongside their new lead singer. You work alongside Warrick Brown to find out the killer.
Case 4: In Your Eyes- An eye surgeon is killed in his home, and the only witness is... his blind wife. You work with Greg Sanders in this case and try to find the perp.
Case 5: The Peacemaker- A shootout occurs and a store clerk is shot repeatedly. Who is the killer? You work with Gil Grissom in this case.
The Game Play
I've got this game on Wii. It's a one person game, and you use the wii remote thing to control where you want to go, what evidence you want to analyse and who you talk to.
When you get places, the game will either let you look at things or not. The things it wants you to look at the cursor will turn into a green arrow and you use the A button to analyse it closer.
Once you've got the item in your evidence you can use the tools... these are things like a swab, finger print gather and even a usb stick.
The Graphics I have to say are pretty good on this game. They actually look quite like the people on the front of the game case. There are a some annoyances with the graphics.
I know it's not really a high budgeted game, so the graphics wouldn't be as good as a sonic & Mario game, but I still expected the mouths to move in time with the speaker.
The Good Points
The graphics are pretty good in this game, much better than a lot of the ones I find on PC's. The cases, despite being easy to solve are pretty smart as well and you always have help.
The one thing we as a family struggle with is getting past the hard bits, so 9/10 we end up on the net in need of cheats, but on this game they give you hints if needed. It comes off your final evaluation but still if it's in need, use it.
The controls are very easy to use as well, it's very easy to navigate and it's essentially quite an enjoyable game.
The Bad Points
I have to say even though I enjoyed this game there are quite a lot of bad points, they are:
The mouths don't move with what the speakers say and the quality of the speaker's words are stuttered and this can't be blamed on my poor graphics card this time.
The voice acting is pretty awful to. Especially in case two, it makes the game annoying and cringe worthy in some places.
Most TV shows are credited for their humour, but I have never heard that CSI was a humourous show, but they try their damn hardest in this game and fail completely. They do play on words in each scene and it just make's me cringe. It wasn't needed and it made the game play worse.
You're constantly jumping back from the lab to the crime scene and in between each jump; you are faced with a loading screen which can be there for 10-30 seconds. It gets very tedious as sometimes you just need to go to get a warrant, which takes two seconds but then have to wait a minute to get to the next place. This could have been done much quicker which would have made it more enjoyable.
The cases are very simple as well, there's no real intelligence to them, because as long as you're thorough it works it all out for you.
I have had problems with my sister coming into the room whilst they are talking and have found I've not been able to repeat what they say, which is not helpful in the slightest as you miss important bits of information.
Should you buy it?
I brought this for £15.99 and I have to say it's worth the money. Yes, I'll be selling it as soon as my sister's had her go but it was still a good game.
You have to have patience with this game, which is something I myself don't have much of. I found myself saving it and going to do something else and coming back to it later in the day.
As long as you have a lot of patience and you enjoy games like this, this game is for you. If you can try and get it cheap, do so, as I don't think it's a game you'll play over and over again.
Hoped this helped.
CSI Hard Evidence provides a much more interactive experience than any of the previous games.
In this game, like in the other CSI games, you, as the new investigator, must uncover the truth in five brand new cases. However this time the lengths to which you must go are greater than ever before.
In five different missions you, along with a CSI team member, must uncover the truth and arrest the guilty party. Each case is more complex than the last and must be completed to unlock the next. To solve the mission you must gather and analyse evidence, interrogate suspects and then finally pin the crime on the right guy. This acheive this however it is also important to use your own common sense and preliminary judegements without neglecting the facts.
This game is played using the wii remote in a first person mode. The controls are simple and easy to master making the game suitable for novices and experts.
Rather like the mouse on a PC the remote is used to pan around locations and search for/analyse clues. When an area can be looked at in more detail the arrow turns green and pressing the 'A' button on the remote give you a closer view. In this view items that can be collected or analysed change the arrow to a toolkit and again using the 'A' button the actual CSI toolkit will open to reveal some new tools. These tools range for a camera and USB stick, to rubber gloves, tweezers and UV lights as well as much more.
On collection evidence is added to the evidence folder. The up-close view can now be exited using the 'B' button and the '+' button pressed to open the PDA, which is used to travel to new locations, view evidence and read case note files.
Compared to previous games the CSI lab has also had an overhaul and now contains three computers (a chemical analyser, a DNA analyser and a fingerprint/footprint/voice recognition machine) as well as a microscope and a table were evidence can be dismantled or put together.
During each mission you also have the ability to collect insects, which are given to Grissom in your final evaluation. This final evaluation is accessed automatically once the mission is complete and it is here that you find out how well you did. Did you collect all the evidence? Did you analyse it all fully? Depending how well you did you will be awarded a grade, which will in turn unlock bonus items.
The graphics on this game are also far superior than before. The CSI team members look realistic and the locations more lifelike than before. The scope for panning around locations is also far greater providing a much more panoramic view. The only problem is that the mouths of the characters do not move in time with the spoken words. On the topic of spoken words, these are sometimes stuttered or seem to jump.
I have to say however that for me the game is definitely a hit. The cases are intriguing, the process for collecting evidence more interactive and realistic than before and the locations far better designed. All in all this adds up to a more atmospheric game experience, which pulls you into the mystery itself and before you know it hours have passed.
If it weren't for the sometimes-patchy speech and out of time mouth movements I'd have given this game five stars. However even with four stars I would still highly recommend it.
I absolutely loved this game! I am extremely interested in the murder investigation side of things and regularly watch CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on the tv and i was excited to find out that there was a matching game, especially on such an advanced console which i'd only just bought. There are 5 crime scenes that you have to resolve, each one more complicated than the last. The graphics are fantastic and the characters and technology used in the game are very realistic, and the voices of the characters are spot on. First you visit the crime scene, find all of the evidence you can and speak to witnesses/suspects, using your own wit and common sense - not forgetting processing the evidence u find using the correct piece of techology. I certainly felt as part of the CSI team helping to solve these crimes. It was unfortunate though that there werent any more than just 5 murders to solve as i found the game extremely addicting and completed it within about 3 or 4 days :P I hope that there is another CSI game released soon as this one was brilliant and 'just my cup of tea' haha.