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Now, as a total self-confessed CSI geek (I own all boxsets and need to get started on collecting CSI NY before I go into withdrawal) I must admit to being quite excited when my other half relocated his spare (yes...spare!) xbox to our bedroom and went out and bought Deadly Intent for my entertainment. Now, I do not confess to being a massive xbox die-hard but on bringing home my brand new game I became an overnight convert. All of a sudden I understood how the other half could start his day off on the couch and end it there also, dishes in the sink, etc etc; while I toiled away at work. I understood how easy it would be to sit down at the xbox and suddenyl look at the time only to find you'd been sat there for going on four or five hours!! I was a convert and remain so!
Now, as a CSI fan I found this game a lot of fun. The different levels mean that it is possible to keep playing, however, once you know where to look there doesn't seem much point in revisiting a case. Developing your skill level, cunningness, thoroughness etc etc is definitely a part of the game that is aimed more at the serious gamer than just a CSI addict who wants to solve the puzzle.
The handling can occassionally be a little clumsy, though this really didn't bother me. I did have one glitch in Case 4: Extinguished where the hint was asking me to interrogate a suspect about a piece of evidence that didn't yet exist as far as I was concerned. But, once I restarted and replayed the evidence was there and I was able to continue the case. Other than that, I have had hours of fun on this game and only wish they put more cases on each game; five is, quite simply, just not enough!
I purchased this game for £17.99 for my Xbox 360 as i was a huge csi and had been from the beginning.
I found this game to a be and excellent game and very addictive even my husband who doesn't normally play games wouldn't put the remote down, even my 2 children are working there way through the cases now and they love it.
The game is fairly simple but has different levels so you can start of on easy and work you way , you have 5 cases that you have to solve, each case is carried out by a different csi and you are the assistant.
In order to help you solve these crimes you have to a number of tasks which include collecting evidence from crime scenes and from suspects houses and places of work. This would include dusting for fingerprints which you then have to analyse , you also have to search for items that might be related to the case. You will also have to interview a variety of witness and suspects , in order to unlock suspects you have to find enough evidence for Brass to get you a search warrant.
The lab part is an excellent part of the game where you have analyse your evidence such as blood samples for DNA and fingerprints to see if you can get a match and and interpret your evidence, you also have hints if you feel you need them , which i must admit i did have to ask for help a few times.
This is an excellent game and would highly recommend to all CSI fans, but recommend that you shop around like i did as many places were trying to sell this item for more £30.00.
"Who are you? Who, Who?" The words shouted at me every Tuesday night for approximately half the year. These of course are some of the lyrics of 'The Who's' 'Who Are You' for 'CSI'. As a TV show 'CSI' has been running for over 10 years and although it has had its blips, I actually find it a better programme today than at the start. What fans of the show may not realise is that with great popularity comes great merchandise. There are t-shirts, hats, jackets, and boardgames all based on the show as well as a series of popular computer games. These computer games started on the PC, but migrated over to the Xbox 360. The latest in the series is 'CSI: Deadly Intent', set during the first year of Laurence Fishburne's tenure as Dr Langston.
The 360 is a console jam packed with action shooters, first person shooters, and shooter shooters. In essence, if you like to shoot stuff the console has plenty to offer. I have been known to enjoy this type of game, but sometimes I like a more sedate experience that tickles my brain pan. Usually, my PC offers me this in the form of adventure games that require you to solve puzzles. 'CSI' is an adventure game that has taken its PC origins over to the 360 and added achievements! You are a new CSI agent and must investigate a series of cases. Using your science skills you gather evidence and process it through various machines. You must also use people skills to interview suspects and find any flaws in their testimony.
As a fan of old fashioned adventure games 'CSI' was great fun. The five levels on offer must all be painstakingly investigated so that you have every tiny piece of evidence. The mini games that make up the machines e.g. DNA comparison, become repetitive quickly, but the new ability to shove evidence in a suspects face is great fun. "Lie to me? Lie to ME! Each evidence scumbag!"
The controls are ported directly from the PC version of the game and can at best be described as clunky. The arrow is meant to be mouse controlled so using a control pad means that it flies around the screen and you can miss evidence. The entire game is made on a moderate budget and in today's HD world feels cheap and nasty. However, in terms of core gameplay, for a fan of adventure games, 'CSI' provides a troubled solution to a genre that is under catered for on the 360. (3 out of 5)
With the official CSI license to fall back on, the characters and story of this game should not be an issue. However, as any fan of the show realises, the main cast are pretty bland as they have to remain unchanged for years (so that the show can be syndicated). It is the cases themselves and the suspects that are integral to the story of the game. I felt that the five standalone mysteries worked really well and were varied enough to be entertaining. It was unfortunate that almost every character was emotionless, but at least the cases made sense. (3 out of 5)
Depending on your skill level and knowledge of the genre 'CSI: Deadly Intent' could last as little as 5 hours, or as many as 10. The five hour difference between experienced gamers and the inexperienced will be a painful trawl through each level trying to glean the last clue - not great fun. Therefore, at an actual 5 hours of 'fun' you are not getting as much from a full RRP as you should. Acceptable for a low price, but for £30 the game is a little short. (2 out of 5)
If Hollywood is a town populated by pretty people, the cast of 'CSI: Deadly Intent' would not get in! The character models are better than in previous games, but they still look like a set of burns victims. What is also laughable is the fact that the body does not fit the heads. Fishburne has somehow managed to lose 5 stone in digital form - nice for him, unsettling for the player. In fairness the graphics are good enough for the job with the crime scenes looking clear and easy to understand. (2 out of 5)
With a set of static crime scenes the levels of 'CSI' are more the cases themselves as much as anything. The five in total all surround a murder and usually three suspects. With this limited set of elements you would expect all the levels to be the same. Although it is true that the process of gathering and testing evidence is similar, the cases themselves often conclude in a different way. Trying to work out the best way to crack a suspect is enjoyable and Ubisoft have been able to create enough varied scenarios to keep you interested. (3 out of 5)
Possibly the worst element of the game is the voice acting. The entire cast is present except for Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows. For some unknown reason she has not given permission for her voice or likeness to be used in the game. Instead we get a lookalike and sound-alike that does not do a good job. The cast that do appear all sound bored out of their minds and add no drama to proceedings at all. Only the various voice actors brought into to be the suspects do a decent job - far better than in the past games. With a clear recording, the sound quality is there, just not the passion. (2 out of 5)
With ugly graphics, poor control, lazy voice acting and a short length 'CSI: Deadly Intent' is unable to hide its origins as a PC based budget title. For £15 I would overlook many of these flaws, but the 360 version is RRP at £30 and that is too much for the experience. The vast majority of gamers will be put off instantly by the amateurish presentation. In essence, this is a game that only those starved of adventure titles will enjoy and they should look for it at a cheap price. If you are a fan of games such as 'Monkey Islands' then perhaps this is a 3 star game, but for everyone else - 2 stars. (2 out of 5)
Maker: Epic Games RRP £30
Amazon uk £18.97
Deadly Intent is the second CSI title for the XBOX 360 and overall delivers a very similar albeit more polished game to its predecessor. You are again cast as the silent rookie tasked with solving five separate cases and partnered on each by a CSI stalwart who all stand around crime scenes while you look for clues.
The writing and emphasis on plot are big improvements over the original; the cases unfold like genuine episodes of the tv show and the characters offer asides as you brush for prints and gather 'semen' and the game does an admirable job of inergrating you into an episode of CSI.
The actual mechanics of the game still feel unsuited to a control pad however, the on screen furniture makes a mouse and keyboard a much better suited control option. For example, moving around a crime scene is done by moving the stick in a direction which allows you to pan from one side of a room to the other. This is a much slower process than would be possible with a mouse and I have to say more inexact. Sometimes if you're examining a body there may be several items of evidence very close to one another but you have to rely on the item changing colour to let you know where your pointer is.
Once used to the rather awkward control configuration the writing gets a chance to stand out and the game is bolstered by a couple of extra puzzles and evidence gathering options which adds extra depth and there are a host of extra things to do in the labs. The cases themselves are bigger than in the last game, longer in length and more complex and I have to admit I found myself turning to gamefaqs for answers. Not always because I was stumped I should add but usually because I had missed a random fingerprint or not processed all my evidence which you need to do to move the story on.
After the first case or two you'll recognise the familiar pattern that they take. Search crime scene, interview the (usually) three people in the vicinity (one of which will be the culprit) visit the lab a lot and then use your evidence to disprove someone's story. That's not to say that the game isn't entertaining. It's certainly a welcome change to the usual movie or tv tie-in rubbish like Lost - The Video Game and I hope there will be more and I can add to the 1900+ gamerscore that these two games have dished out.
It's unfortunate that the game can still be broken down to extended periods of trial and error like the first game in the event that you accidentally miss a very well disguised clue or item as I really believe there's a potentially great game in here somewhere, maybe next time.