Murdered: Soul Suspect

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Murdered: Soul Suspect
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Developer(s) Airtight Games
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s) Yosuke Shiokawa
Producer(s) Naoto Sugiyama
Designer(s) Eric Studer
Composer(s) Jason Graves
Engine Unreal Engine 3[1]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release date(s) NA 20140603June 3, 2014

AU 20140605June 5, 2014
EU 20140606June 6, 2014
JP July 17, 2014 (exc. PC)
JP September 4, 2014 (XONE)

Genre(s) Action-adventure, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Optical disc, download

Murdered: Soul Suspect is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Plot[edit]

In Salem, Massachusetts, Detective Ronan O'Connor is thrown out of a window while pursuing the brutal and relentless serial-killer, the Bell Killer, who finishes Ronan off by shooting him. Revived as a ghost, Ronan meets the spirit of his long-dead wife Julia, who informs him that he can not join her until he completes the unfinished business binding him to the living world. Ronan investigates his murder, and gains instruction into his new ghostly abilities from the ghost of Abigail, a young Puritan-era girl. The investigation leads to a local church to find a young girl, Joy, who witnessed Ronan's murder, and possesses the ability to see ghosts.

In search of her missing mother Cassandra, who was consulting with the police on the Bell Killer case, Joy refuses to help Ronan. He travels to the police station, freeing Joy after she is arrested for petty crimes. While leading Joy out of the station, Ronan discovers that Baxter, a hostile fellow officer, was the person working with Cassandra. Cassandra's research leads the pair to the Salem graveyard to investigate a possible Bell Killer victim. After pursuing the ghost of the young drowned girl, Sophia, Ronan's abilities allow him to view flashbacks of the murder. Sophia reveals that the Bell Killer asked her about a contract.

Cassandra's research leads the pair to a mental hospital to find the Bell Killer's surviving victim, Iris. Infiltrating the facility, they find Iris possesses the same ability to see ghosts, and realize the Bell Killer is killing psychic mediums. It is revealed that Iris is possessed by the spirit of her sister, Rose, whom the Bell Killer burned alive after she helped Iris escape. Rose, Iris, and Joy return to the church, while Ronan investigates a museum exhibit about the Salem witch hunts. There, he deduces that the Bell Killer is executing his victims as if they are witches; psychic flashbacks reveal that Baxter suspiciously concealed evidence at the museum about the Bell Killer. Believing Baxter is the Bell Killer, Ronan leaves the museum, but notices several police cars heading towards the church.

At the church, Ronan learns that the Bell Killer attacked the building, crushing Iris to death, and slaughtering several people who stood in his way. Although Joy is safe, she is re-arrested and taken away by Ronan's brother-in-law Rex, the lead detective on the Bell Killer case. Investigating the church, Ronan realizes that the Bell Killer is hiding in the derelict Judgment House. There, Ronan discovers evidence of the Bell Killer's activities, and clues implying that the killings have been occurring for hundreds of years. Ronan discovers Baxter's corpse; Baxter's ghost reveals he was murdered by the Bell Killer while secretly still investigating the case following his demotion, alongside Cassandra, who is still alive. In the basement, flashbacks reveal that Abigail had been imprisoned there before she was hanged as punishment for accusing several innocent people of witchcraft, resulting in their deaths. In anger, Abigail drew a bell symbol on the floor, swearing that she will never stop until the bell tolls for all of the witches in Salem, believing they made a contract with demons to gain inhuman powers.

Following the evidence, Ronan returns to the museum to discover that Rex is the Bell Killer, having been possessed by Abigail. As he prepares to hang Joy, Ronan manages to force Abigail out of Rex, and the pair battle by inflicting painful memories on each other; these memories reveal that Abigail has possessed many people to become the Bell Killer, before killing the possessed themselves, including Baxter, who she used to kill Rose, and Ronan, who killed Sophia. Abigail summons a portal of demons to swallow Ronan, but he manages to escape it while simultaneously dragging Abigail in; she is submerged as the portal fades. Joy is saved and later reunites with her mother, and Rex remains unaware of the crimes committed using his body. In the aftermath, Ronan hears Julia calling him, and turns towards her voice.

Characters[edit]

The deceased protagonist. He is trying to find his murderer.
A girl who witnessed Ronan's murder. She possesses the ability to see ghosts and teams up with Ronan.
Ronan's brother-in-law.
A ghost and a young Puritan-era girl.

Development[edit]

The game came about because Square-Enix wished to appeal more towards the western market than it previously had. Yosuke Shiokawa, a creative director at Square-Enix. came up with the basic idea of a game where the player was a ghost and pitched it to the development team at Airtight Games[2] Airtight then came up with various concepts surrounding the ghost idea, some which "were almost Superhero stories" according to Matt Brunner, Airtight's Chief Creative Officer.[2]

The team had trouble at first integrating Western and Eastern philosophies regarding ghosts.[2] About the process Brunner later stated "There are a lot of assumptions that we weren’t even aware of, that we were making on both sides, about how to fictionally support who you are as a character in this world. It took us, I would say, a good year and a half of constant back-and-forth to get that sense of, “What, really? Oh, so that’s what you’re talking about.”[2]

The game supports AMD TrueAudio.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 63.25%[3]
(PS4) 62.35%[4]
(XONE) 55.76%[5]
Metacritic (PC) 64/100[6]
(PS4) 60/100[7]
(XONE) 48/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 4.5/10[9]
Edge 4/10[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 5.5/10[11]
Eurogamer 6/10[12]
Game Informer 6.5/10[13]
GamesRadar 2.5/5 stars[14]
IGN 5.5/10[15]
Joystiq 3.5/5 stars[16]
Polygon 7/10[17]
VideoGamer.com 4/10[18]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[19]
Metro 3/10[20]
NowGamer 3.5/10[21]
Hardcore Gamer 2.5/5[22]

Murdered: Soul Suspect received generally mixed reviews from critics, with most criticisms centered around the poor combat, short length, lack of replay value and lack of difficulty. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Microsoft Windows version 63.25% based on 8 reviews and 64/100 based on 15 reviews,[3][6] the PlayStation 4 version 62.35% based on 34 reviews and 60/100 based on 51 reviews[4][7] and the Xbox One version 55.76% based on 17 reviews and 48/100 based on 13 reviews.[5][8]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b "Murdered: Soul Suspect for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Vincent, Brittany (June 3, 2014). "Review: Murdered: Soul Suspect". Destructoid. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Staff, Edge (June 3, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review". Edge. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Holzworth, Chris (June 2, 2014). "EGM Review: Murdered: Soul Suspect". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Whtiehead, Dan (June 3, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Reiner, Andrew (June 3, 2014). "A Case Gone Cold - Murdered: Soul Suspect". Game Informer. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  14. ^ Rudden, Dave (June 2, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review". GamesRadar. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ O'Brien, Lucy (June 2, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect Review". IGN. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ Arendt, Susan (June 3, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review: Good cop, dead cop". Joystiq. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ Riendeau, Danielle (June 3, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review: the apparition". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  18. ^ Phipps, Brett (June 4, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ Martin, Liam (June 4, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review (PS4) - Ghost game a missed opportunity". Digital Spy. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ Hargreaves, Roger (June 3, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect review – ghost detective". Metro. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  21. ^ Roivas, Chet (June 3, 2014). "Murdered: Soul Suspect Review". NowGamer. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ Whittaker, Matt (3 June 2014). "Review: Murdered: Soul Suspects". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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