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I'm not a big fan of the TV series to this game, but this is one of four crime scene resolving games on the Xbox, and who am I to say no to an easy 1000G? This game is simple and easy to follow, but with poor longevity and rubbish storyline, it gets boring quite quickly. and when you're finished, there's nothing else to do but replay cases you already know the answer to.
The graphics are very good for a low budget game, they don't have any attention to detail bits though, things like bad textures on the backgrounds like when out on the balcony, trees and deck chairs lack that pixel defilement, probably due to polygon deficiency. I'm not questioning the developers ability to texture, I'm just saying it was clearly given a low priority.
When it comes to crime solving, there are a lot of technicalities, little things that add up to bigger things, and a lot of research goes into them. With this though, it's more a case of dragging and dropping fingerprints to see which ones match. I somehow get the impression it's not as simple as that in real life. Maybe more tests and less obvious conclusions would help but I did feel like it was lacking that realistic approach to a crime scene.
If you don't know what you're doing or have no experience with the previous CSI games then get a guide from x360a, as finding all the bits of the evidence in the game can be a chore. The evidence in the game is sometimes linkable to the cases but others you really need to think about, like the bullet holes in the first crime scene which to me were hard to work out unless you put lasers in them, and find out where they were shot. Others like the residue from the bank explosion in mission 4, were easy to piece together and completely predictable.
Longevity is poor, I finished this game in 5 hours with a strong cup of coffee on a Sunday morning, and then when you've finished the game you can put it to one side and never play it again, because there are only 5 cases, and hour each, and once you've played them what else is there? You've found out who did each crime and know where the evidence for each one is, so why would you play it again?
The achievements are incredibly easy and the first 200G can be unlocked within 30 minutes. The rest is story based and completely unmissable if you're playing through at a normal pace. I don't think you need a guide for them but to speed up the process you might want an evidence guide. Search NCIS X360A on google, that will bring up and achievement guide. It's incredibly easy and you should rack up a nice full 1000 in one day.
Overall not a great game but equally an easy 1000G and some of the story lines in the cases are alright, but nothing that's shocking or unpredictable, so nothing new basically. But why would you buy this, as after just five hours you're never going to play it again?