Review Round-Up: We Detect Average Scores For Murdered: Soul Suspect
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Are you scared yet?
We can't say that we're are surprised, but that doesn't mean we aren't disappointed. Since late last night, reviews for Murdered: Soul Suspect — developed by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix — have been steadily flooding the net, and it seems that critics aren't all that impressed. With our review being a little ways off, we've prepared a round-up of thoughts and scores from around the industry to tide you over. The following snippets were taken from both Xbox One and PS4 reviews of the game.
"Murdered: Soul Suspect is awash in tropes, but somehow, that's part of the charm. It's a pulpy detective tale remixed as a classic ghost story, and it works as a sort of playable B-movie."
"The concept and setting here were ripe for out-of-left-field explosiveness, but due to a lack of direction and capitalisation, and likely a small budget, all we’re left with is a lifeless game that fails to live up to its potential."
"While a welcome break from the tired retreadings that define most games, Murdered: Soul Suspect finds itself in a precarious place where narrative value, above all else, is of chief importance. But while the deadlike denizens of Salem might sound right for this sort of game, the absence of compelling characters keeps what’s otherwise an interesting idea from landing any staying power."
"It scrapes by on the power of its central whodunnit mystery, but I can’t help but feel that Murdered: Soul Suspect is ten hours worth of unfinished business."
"There's a few notable characters and story beats in Murdered: Soul Suspect, but they're completely overshadowed by unremarkable gameplay and shoddy production values."
"I truly wanted to like this game. It combines several of my favorite tropes and ideas into one cohesive whole, and I respect what it was trying to attain. But combining a half-baked hide-and-seek operation with a ghost story that seems ripped straight from a casual game isn't the way to hold my attention."
So what do you think? Will these middle-of-the-road review scores scare you away from Murdered: Soul Suspect, or are you brave enough to buy a copy anyway? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.