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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence (Wii)
Member Name: Andy.mack
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence (Wii)
Date: 12/11/08, updated on 18/06/09 (577 review reads)
Advantages: enjoyable game play and a nice spin on the puzzle game
Disadvantages: a few of the graphics are a bit ropey and could have had a few more cases
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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Summary: CSI on the Wii for the first time
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