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[E3 2013] Murdered: Soul Suspect Demo First Impressions

Posted on June 14, 2013 AT 07:32am

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a game that will have you solving the most engaging murder mystery you’ll ever have – your own.

This week at E3, I had the opportunity to see a closed door demo of the mystery adventure game coming in 2014 from Square Enix. The game takes place in Salem, Massachusetts (yes, Salem’s historical super-natural perspective plays a role) and follows police detective Ronan O’Connor who after an investigation, found himself in a struggle with a suspect who later throws him out the window, shooting him seven times in the chest killing you. After your death you are left in the area called “the dusk” which is a limbo realm on top of the real world that a few ghosts end up in if they have some unfinished business to resolve before moving on. As Ronan, you’re final investigation is to solve your own murder, as a ghost.

Being a ghost solving your own mystery is not easy though. Ronan quickly discovers that he is unable to interact with any items that are in the real world since he is now a ghost which makes things a lot more difficult for him. However, all is not lost. As a ghost, Ronan can now pass through walls and use other super-natural abilities like possessing the living.

As he begins his own investigation, Ronan has to put the clues together piece by piece in order to understand what exactly happened as his memory of his own death is compromised. As Ronan puts the clues together he receives a pshyic imprint of what exactly happened to him on that fateful night of his murder. As you play the game, you will have to figure out which clues stand out that are correct in order to see the entire sequence play out in your head.

As you play through the game, you will find that not all clues are easy to identify in the real world leaving holes in the story. That’s where possessing the living plays a key role. While Ronan cannot control what the living do, he can read their thoughts, influence their thoughts, control objects like lights, and electrical equipment to create a poltergeist, teleport, and see what the living is seeing through their eyes.

While Ronan can pass through walls, he is not able to enter every house in Salem, as the residents have a habit of blessing their homes keeping ghosts, demons, and other super-natural beings out. In order to see what you want, you will need to find a way into the potential homes that may have clues to help solve your investigation.

The game includes side quests as well. In the demonstration that I saw, Ronan helped a young girl ghost being to solve the mystery of her own death after she asked him for help looking for her own body. Once finding some clues, Ronan returned to the ghost and let her know where she might want to start looking to find out how she was murdered.

In terms of enemies, Ronan will occasionally encounter Demons. These are super-natural beings whom were once ghosts that evolved over time and believe that stealing souls from ghosts will make them ghosts once again. Ronan must approach these enemies very carefully using his new found abilities in order to take them out and proceed through his investigation.

I was very pleased from what I saw from Murdered: Soul Suspect; the game looked very polished in the demonstration that I saw and the story is original and intriguing. If you’re looking for a mystery/adventure game, be on the lookout for Murdered: Soul Suspect. The game is set for release in early 2014 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Albert Perkins is one of the journalists writing for DigitalNoob, and also co-hosts & produces The Weekly Beat Podcast on DigitalNoob. Away from gaming you can find Albert watching sports, television, movies, and regularly being the jokester & punch line amongst his friends. You can follow him on Twitter @AlbertPerkins.

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