Murdered: Soul Suspect
It says a lot about the state of videogames and media in general that ‘solving your own death’ is not a wholly original concept for a story. From the makers of jetpack shooter Dark Void and dimension-hopping puzzler Quantum Conundrum, it comes as no surprise that Airtight Games now takes on the action-adventure genre with their own unique style.
While Ghost Trick on the DS may have trod this path before, Murdered‘s take sets aside goofy humour for a much darker, more surreal tone. Put in the shoes of Detective Ronan O’Connor, your first clue that things have gone badly is the sight of your killer putting several bullets into your body as you watch on spectrally from behind. Unfortunately, it’s not over that easily: Ronan has the bad luck to be a gumshoe in Salem, a town with more skeletons than closests, and his death is just the tip of the murder iceberg. As it turns out, ghosts are real, and Salem is very, very haunted.
Being a ghost opens up a lot of different, exciting possibilities in terms of gameplay that might not be available in a more standard shooter franchise. A spirit himself, Ronan can now talk to ghosts and gather information on crime current and ancient; no longer bound by petty little things like walls and corporeality, he can also enter the minds and houses of the living, working the case right beside detectives lucky enough to still have lungs. The whole thing looks to play like LA Noire with a supernatural twist: rather than simply accusing someone of lying, you can reach in and pull the truth straight from their mind. Being dead has never been so convenient.
As Ronan says in the trailer, however, there are far worse things than death. Being in limbo also means you can see and be seen by all sorts of demonic spirits: some helpful, some hindering you, and some just hungry. There isn’t a lot to see about the nature of the combat thus far, but expecting something similar to Bioshock Infinite‘s mix of gunplay, magic and running away from towering monstrosities would be a safe bet.
While the graphics nor the gameplay don’t look to be straining the limits of their engines, the eldritch nature of the piece will allow for action, gunfire, and setpieces not restricted by realism or physics. If an action game that tests logic as much as reflexes is your bag, Murdered: Soul Suspect may be the case for you.
Written by Aaron Milligan