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COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: "Murdered: Soul Suspect" PS4 Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:54 AM
Created: 07/21/2014 11:53 AM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

This past week I received a review code for Square Enix’s “Murdered: Soul Suspect” on the PS4. I had seen tons of previews for the game and thought it looked amazing. After playing the game, I do have to say that it is pretty amazing.

In “Murdered: Soul Suspect” you play as a detective in Salem Massachusetts. The detectives name is Ronan; he is searching for a serial killer named “The Bell Killer.” Ronan gets a tip about the Bell Killer and goes to investigate. The Bell Killer is there and he throws Ronan out of a window and shoots him. 

Ronan wakes up only to discover that he is now a spirit and can see the ghost of his dead wife Julia. Ronan cannot join her in the spirit world because he has unfinished business tying him to the living world. He must first finish his investigation of the Bell Killer.

Ronan soon learns that he has new powers and must use them to try and solve the Bell Killer case.

I really liked the story and thought it was very interesting and well written. It was a thrilling story that had you on the edge of your seat. I felt like I had to keep playing the game, because I wanted to find out who the Bell Killer was and how Ronan was going to solve the case.

The graphics are amazing and look fabulous on the PS4. The characters are very realistic and everything in the game flows smoothly. The backgrounds are extremely detailed and there are a lot of dark and dull colors used. You really get an eerie and uneasy feeling playing the game.

The controls are very easy to learn and there is an in game tutorial that explains how to control Ronan and use his special powers. I felt that just about anybody would be able to pick up “Murdered: Soul Suspect” and be able to play it without any problems.

Ronan can walk, run, search for clues, talk to other ghosts that only he can see, plus use his special abilities. Ronan can possess people and read their thoughts, cause things to happen to get clues, reveal hidden objects, remove objects, walk through walls, hide from demons, and teleport.

There are many different puzzles you must solve in order to find the Bell Killer. You will explore several different areas of Salem such as a church, police station, and a cemetery.

When you reach an area that has a clue, you are asked a question about the scene. You will have to do a number of things in order to answer it. For example you will have to examine objects, influence and read the thoughts of other people on the scene to see what they know, and turn on fans to blow papers off of folders. One really nice thing about this is that you are shown how many clues that you need to find. I thought this was very helpful.

As you are playing you will come across demons that will try to stop you. They will attack you and can kill you, but you can also destroy them. In order for you to destroy a demon you must sneak up on it and if you hold the “R2” button down you can start fighting it and soon a button command ( for example,  “Up + O”) will come up, you will need to push that in order to defeat the demon. You can hide from the demons or use ravens to distract them, which makes it is easier to sneak up on them.

There are tons of collectables to find in “Murdered: Soul Suspect.” Scattered throughout Salem are articles about the Bell Killer, Julia’s thoughts, ghost messages, ghost stories, and the history of Salem. You will know when you come across a collectable because there will be a little glowing light by it. Some of the collectables are also hidden, but if you come across something that is hidden, the “R2” button will appear and the words “reveal” will show up, so that is helpful. I had a lot of fun running around trying to find everything and some of the collectables are cleverly hidden so you will have to explore every nook and cranny.

Overall I really enjoyed Square Enix’s “Murdered: Soul Suspect” a lot. I thought the story and idea were very original and also very exciting. I thought the graphics looked fabulous and the controls were very easy to learn. I thought  “Murdered” was a very challenging and fun game to play. 

If you are looking for a fun, challenging and exciting game to play, then I would highly recommend that you check out “Murdered: Soul Suspect.”

“Murdered: Soul Suspect” is rated “M” for blood, intense violence, language and use of alcohol.

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for KSTP.com


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