Murdered: Soul Suspect – the hardest murder case to solve

Gare – Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:16 PM
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“What is the hardest murder to solve?” – asks the slogan of the upcoming Murdered: Soul Suspect, with the answer being quite simple: your own. In Airtight Games’s (Dark Void, Quantum Conundrum) supernatural murder mystery, players will take on the role of Ronan O’Connor, a detective whose life took a permanent turn when a mysterious killer robbed him of his life – our hero soon finds himself in the afterlife, trapped in a limbo world called Dusk, with the only chance for escape being one thing, and one thing only: bringing his own murderer to justice.

Controlling Ronan will give us access to a number of supernatural abilities to use during our investigation within Salem, the town serving as the game’s primary location. Selecting Salem as the backdrop to Ronan’s adventures was no coincidence, either: according to the developers, they wished to make sure to find the most fitting setting for an adventure so deeply involved in the spiritual. We were given an in-depth look into Murdered’s basic gameplay features during last year’s E3: the exploration of Salem’s streets will give players a decent amount of freedom, allowing them to freely pass through indoor walls and utilize their supernatural abilities in order to advance the investigation. Ronan will be able to possess the living in order read their minds, see what they see, and hear what they hear; we’ll also be given a limited poltergeist ability, allowing us to briefly influence or manipulate certain items in our vicinity, drawing the attention of those nearby. The player will have to use these and a variety other skills in order to collect pieces of information regarding the investigation and eventually track down the mysterious killer.

Needless to say, Ronan is not the only one roaming the Dusk – this peculiar limbo realm is populated by other souls as well, many of which have degenerated into hostile demons hell-bent on devouring Ronan and the fragments of humanity still left in him. This paves the way for the game’s stealth segments, as Ronan is not completely defenseless himself: as shown during the demo presentation, sneaking up on unaware demons and taking them out with one swift move is the optimal way of dealing with the potential threat they pose. If the initial presentations of the game can be trusted, we can expect a number of other surprises within the Dusk, the investigation of which will serve as an integral part to the game’s storyline.

Murdered: Soul Suspect in scheduled to be released sometime in the second quarter of 2014, arriving only on current-gen consoles (PS3, 360) and PC.

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