Murdered: Soul Suspect reviews have started to appear online to coincide with the game's US release today.
Available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC, Square Enix's paranormal detective adventure will also be released in Europe this Friday, June 6.
In CVG's review, we said Murdered offers "frustrating and unrewarding crime solving surrounded by inconsistent gameplay systems". We added: "This is a detective game in which the detecting lacks any meaningful sense of engagement."
To give you a taste of what other critics thought, we've rounded up a number of review scores below, along with short excerpts from the verdicts.
- GamesRadar: 2.5/5 - 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.
- Kotaku: No - No matter how I look at it, there's something disquieting to the blandness of Murdered: Soul Suspects. It's a game about ghosts, demons, and the Salem witch trials. For a story that's on some level interested in scaring its players, it never has the courage to let those same players make their own mistakes.
- IGN: 5.5/10 - There are some great concepts in Murdered: Soul Suspect, but they feel undercooked or underutilised, and the lack of demand for any real input from us makes Murdered feel like a pick-a-path game where there's only one path.
- Polygon: 7/10 - 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.
- Joystiq: 3.5/5 - With some truly great ideas and some unfortunate choices, Murdered: Soul Suspect and its ghostly hero is neither heaven nor hell, but something in between.
- Shacknews: 6/10 - It's a distinctly average experience, but it has enough going for it that I'm glad I was able to conquer the bugs and see it through.
- EGM: 5.5/10 - 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.
- The Escapist: 2.5/5 - Murdered: Soul Suspect has some neat concepts, but it is not a success. A few elements of its supernatural murder mystery may hold your interest, but it ultimately feels hollow because it lacks any real challenge or entertainment in solving that mystery.
- Metro: 3/10 - A game where sadly the idea is a lot better than the execution, especially given the low budget visuals and mediocre script.
- Next-Gen Gaming Blog: 7/10 - Murdered: Soul Suspect is a quite unique experience, one I did mostly enjoy. However, the lack of content and repetitive nature of the gameplay did end up grating on me a bit. Some new DLC would be exactly what the doctor ordered, only helping the game in the long run, but that's not exactly a guarantee at this stage. With that in mind, Murdered: Soul Suspect isn't a game I would recommend to go out and purchase straight away. Still, credit to the development team for trying something different. It's just a shame they ran out of some genuinely great ideas somewhere along the line. The potential is there, hopefully they are given the chance to fully realise it with a sequel.