I am more than a little interested in the CSI franchise after beginning to watch some episodes on Channel 5 in the evenings when I really should be trying to sleep. Therefore, when I spotted CSI Hard Evidence on an online auction site going for just a couple of pounds I promptly decided to snap it up and see if it was as good as the TV series I had been watching.
The game play of this is probably quite obvious to anyone who has ever watched or heard about CSI. The aim of the game is to go around trying to investigate a murder or murders by looking for evidence, questioning people and general trying to solve mysteries. There are five episodes on this game and each one will unlock you 200 Xbox 360 achievement points which was the main reason I was looking for some bargains on eBay in the first place, to improve my gamer score. At the start of each episode you will see a crime scene and will find out some of the information that is already known about what has happened and if there are any suspects etc. Solving the episode is down to you as you go around crime scenes, visit the morgue and speak to witnesses or anyone to do with the case. As you travel around you will have your trusty tool kit with you which contains lots of different pieces of equipment for taking photographs, lifting fingerprints, swabbing blood, picking up evidence etc.
The graphics of the game are not as fantastic as they are on the actual CSI show itself but I was expecting something a little bit cheesy to be honest as this is what I have come to expect from TV show spin off games over the past few years. The characters and some of the voiceovers are a little bit laughable but as long as you don't have it too seriously it's easy enough to just tune this out and concentrate on trying to find all the evidence and solve the murder case.
The controls of the game are very simple, you use the analog sticks to navigate the main screens, A to click on items, B to speed it up and rarely will you use X & Y. The main annoyance for me was that I would use the left analog stick to navigate to something and then once I had clicked in to the next menu screen I would have to use the D pad to navigate to the different scenes and to see different witnesses and suspects. It would have flowed so much more freely if I could just use the analog stick for both navigating to the menus and then choosing items on the menu.
This game was one that I completed in just over 5 hours of non-continuous game play and I found that completing one episode here and there was enough to keep me entertained for an hour and just enough that I had become sick of the backing music that appears throughout the game and the menu navigation. The game is very simple and it's just taking the time to go around and gather all the evidence, there really is not too much skill or thought needed with this game. I found myself skipping through all the dialogue so that the game would be over faster and I would get my 200 gamer points for the episode I was working on.
By the end of the 5th and final episode I found that the game play had become very repetitive and I was glad to have completed the game and I am certain that I will never bother to play this game again now I have the 1,000 gamer points. I found that some of the characters would repeat themselves and that the same areas would be visited over and over in the different episodes, i.e the casino or the 'high roller casino room' as I believe it was known as in one episode.
The only positive that I could really find to this game is that it can be completed fairly fast, particularly if you want to follow one of the many walkthroughs that are available online. Therefore, if you are a gamer point addict, which I'm slowly becoming, then you'll find it easy enough to sit up one evening and earn yourself 1,000 gamer points from this game.
If you are interested in playing this game, probably just for the 1,000 points after reading my review, then I'd strongly recommend borrowing it or picking it up second hand on eBay like I did. This game is available, from new, on Amazon.co.uk for £14.50 which is a perfectly reasonable price for an Xbox 360 game that never really had it's day.
I've just finished playing CSI Hard Evidence today and I have to say I would be really quite disappointed if I had actually bought it rather than borrowed it. I decided to play in the first place because:
1. There are only 5 achievements and they're incredibly easy to get - one upon the completion of each case.
2. I used to watch CSI on TV quite a lot.
Now, of course, being a game based on a TV show, it was quite obvious to me that it was destined to be somewhat below-par. It's the same with every game based on a movie or TV show.The gameplay - where to start? In each case you're told about the crime that has been committed and go off to the crime scene where you look for evidence and talk to the people you find there. This is incredibly easy, seeing as you can just wiggle the left stick around until the pointer goes green and then click. You find evidence, go back and analyse it, go to more locations, talk to some people, find more evidence, bring some people in for questioning, analyse more evidence and eventually get a warrant for arrest. You do roughly the same in each of the 5 cases, but if that isn't easy enough, you can ask for hints on just about everything. Yes, it brings down your ranking - but if you're playing it purely for achievements, that doesn't matter.
If you're particularly bothered about getting all of the bonuses for doing everything - finding and fully analysing every bit of evidence, collecting every insect, getting all thoroughness points (points for looking for clues where there are none) and completing every case with Master rank - then it might take you a little bit longer than the 8-10 hours it took me to complete the game (and that's including distractions and long coffee breaks).
I really think that the achievements could've been more interesting, considering the list of things that I've just mentioned that you can do and collect throughout the game, but I think that as it is, people probably wouldn't want to sit through the same stories time and again until they find everything there is to find.
The graphics and voice-acting are laughable at times, but again, that's pretty much expected from a game based on a movie or TV series. The stories for the cases are also laughable at times.
All in all, I guess it's okay if you're a casual game-player and just pick up for the odd half an hour here and there, but if you're the sort to play for hours straight, it won't last two minutes (or more realistically, 10 hours). It's a simple game to play, and I feel like kids would find it easy enough if you didn't mind them seeing some blood... and a used condom. If you want a game for quick achievements, it's good. However, I would always say to anyone thinking of getting this game - PLEASE don't buy it. Rent or borrow instead.
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. I loved it and I am sure you will
I have alwasy enjoyed watching CSI on tv. Although not a strong follower of the show I enjoyed the plots of most episodes. Hence the reason for picking up the game for the xbox.
The game is based completely on the show with similar characters and plots almost identical to the show itself. However it doesnt realy feel like a game and was executed terribly. For one the graphics were horrible with the characters just about recognizable in 2D levels. I would have let it pass barely if this was the xbox but on the 360 this is unacceptable.
Sound and music is again poor and although there are 5 missions the game has a lot of repitition from character lines to method of solving. There was also not much thought put into achievements with an easy 1000 for completing all 5 cases. I wouldnt recommend this game to anyone but the dearest of fans to the show but only if they have watched every other episode and can afford to spend the money for the extra 5 cases. For those who love getting easy achievement heres an easy 1000 in about 5 hours.
How can you NOT love CSI? The plots are full of activity, always intriguing and you can never guarantee 'whodunnit'.
This game is truly worthy of this series. It is split into 5 separate cases (6 if you include the little training mission), each of which would fit perfectly well into an episode of CSI. A mixture of evidence to collect and analyze, locations to investigate, characters to interrogate and and interesting plot with the expected twists and turns.
The game itself plays out as nothing more than a point and click adventure from the first person perspective. Whilst you are in a 3d environment, its is a faux 3d. The textures and images are all 2 dimensional, but you are able to explore them from all sides, its is very much a 2d game that gives the impression of being a 3d environment.
Graphically, there's no passing up the simple reality that it is gods awful. It would be average quality for last generation games, and for this generation, its appalling. Despite that, all the cast are quite faithfully represented in game with the majority being voiced by the actual cast, only Marg Helgenberger and Jorja Fox don't reprise their roles as Catherine and Sara respectively. However, their replacements are excellent chosen and do a more than passable job of voicing these characters. Ultimately, this leads to this game having very good VA work. The script is as good as any actual episode in the series, and the VA work is done well.
Actually conducting your way through the game can be somewhat boring. Go here, collect evidence and talk to people. Go to the lab and analyze evidence. Go get a warrant, interrogate someone, find new place, go and talk to new person, go get a warrant to search place, find new evidence, go to lab and analyze evidence. It goes on and on in a constant cycle, which, whilst true to the nature of the show, fast becomes very irritating, and it is made worse, in my opinion, by it not really being much in the way of an investigation. Once you play through the first mission and realize that you really do have to search everywhere, and you discover how to identify when you have successfully found everything in a location, the game stops becoming intriguing. Whilst the stories remain so, the progress and actual playing of the game becomes little more than just following the path laid out before you and being thorough as you go along.
The controls are a little clunky, occasionally fine movement of your cursor is called for but the control with the thumbstick is very heavy making fine movements a pain. However, for the most part they are serviceable, and once you take a moment to familiarize your self with them, they become simple to use.
Overall, I would say this game is worth playing if you're in it as an Xbox 360 player who wants achievements fast, because getting the full 1000 IS incredibly easy. It is also worth playing if you are a fan of the show as the stories are interesting and faithful representations of what occurs in actual TV episodes. However, I would honestly recommend getting a guide through the game so you can quickly skip the playing part and just focus on experiencing the stories.
I'd also be hard pressed to recommend this for purchase unless its under £10. It is far more worthy as a rental.
I am a huge fan of the CSI television shows...and when this game became available for the Xbox 360 i saw it as my opportunity to become a crime scene investigator.
So let me start with the good points....the voice actors are the real actors from the show....you will gain all 1000 gamerpoints through natural progression of the game...guaranteed.
So no onto the not so good....and sadly these points outweigh the good....the graphics are very 2D and are poor at best....its a look and click game....not walking...or real interaction with any of the environments...even the voices get boring...as the phrases become repetitive. So 1000 gamerpoints sound good?? But the game has only 4 levels...and you are 'rewarded' with 250G for completing each. The levels themselves are not challenging at all, and even a trained monkey could complete them. The storyline is not imaginative and does not provide any entertainment..and has no real substance.
I have to say i was EXTREMELLY dissapointed by this game...as i love CSI on the TV....which i guess is where i am going to stick to watching it. Sorry Ubisoft
If you want an easy 1000 gamerpoints this is the game for you only four levels every level is worth 250GS. Graphics were2D and very bad as well the storylines were pretty awful to boot, i wouldnt recommend this to anyone other than a booster, so bad i dont want to carry on this review, when i played this i thought it was a xbox original as the graphics wee not next-gen standard i think this game was supposed to be a money spinner or it was just trading off the CSI brand name as this couldnt spin any money.
This was THE EASIEST 1000 Gamerpoints I ever achieved!
If you have played any of the other CSI games, this is still the same old hat.
The graphics are 2D and quite poor. The plot is about as engaging as the TV show (enough to watch once, but not so much that you would watch the boxset 24 hours a day.
The achievements are basically completing each of the levels. Which means that there is little to no skill involved in completing the achievements.
The levels are not difficult at all. If you get stuck on any of the levels then you need not worry, you press on one of the characters and they give you a hint. And although the game is supposed to "fail" you and not allow you to continue to the next level if you use too many hints, I saw no evidence of that.
The game is also unbearably short.
CSI: Hard Evidence forensic reconstructions and atmospheric crime scenes taken directly from the television show, including an all-new garage lab for analyzing large evidence such as cars and boats, improved evidence gathering, review and lab mini-games, and more areas to explore.