CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder

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CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder
Developer(s)Telltale Games
Producer(s)Chris Ferriter
Designer(s)Greg Land
Writer(s)Max Allan Collins
EngineTelltale Tool
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows
  • NA: March 14, 2006
  • AU: March 2006
  • EU: March 31, 2006
PlayStation 2
  • NA: September 25, 2007
  • EU: October 5, 2007
  • AU: October 11, 2007

CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder is a computer game based on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television series. Unlike the previous CSI games, this game was developed by Telltale Games, rather than 369 Interactive. It was published by Ubisoft, and was released for Microsoft Windows in March 2006.

The game uses a new 3D engine, which changes the gameplay and graphical look of the game, in comparison to 369 Interactive's CSI games.

This game, like the previous CSI games CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, follows a distinct pattern of five cases, with the fifth case tying together the previous four.

A PlayStation 2 version of this game was released on the September 25, 2007 in the United States. This version was made by Ubisoft's studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. The PlayStation 2 version is not the same as the Microsoft Windows version. The player has free movement and control of the view, which was required by Sony America. This change created extraordinary difficulties for the developer.

The Cases[edit]

Case 1: Pictures at an Execution[edit]

A rich out-of-towner is bludgeoned to death in a posh art gallery the day before her wedding. The suspected murder weapon? An expensive hawk statue that's flown the coop. You work with Warrick Brown on this case. The evidence points to her hot-tempered fiancé, the owner of the art gallery, and a reclusive artist commissioned to paint a portrait of the victim.


Nathan Ackerman: James Monroe

Mark Stock: David Collins

Patrick Milton: Bob Sarlotte

Case 2: First Person Shooter[edit]

The CEO of a video game company on the verge of a high-profile release is shot dead at the biggest gaming trade show of the year. Life imitating art, or something more sinister? The only suspects are a marketing woman, who was trained with guns as a child, another co-worker, also his roommate, and an old worker, who might've gave the guy a good swing. The player works with Nick Stokes on this case

This case is a dramaticized, humorous send-up of the cancellation and subsequent fan reaction surrounding Sam & Max: Freelance Police, a game many Telltale employees had worked on pre-cancellation.

The 3 Dimensions of Murder demo features a portion of this case.


Maya Nguyen: Sumalee Montano

Craig Landers: David Collins

Andy Penmore: Andrew Chaikin

Gun Shop Clerk: Sydney Ramin

Case 3: Daddy's Girl[edit]

A casino heiress has been victimized in her apartment. The crime scene is crawling with blood spatters, fibers, and fingerprints — all that's missing is the body. The only suspects are the victim's twin sister, her abusing fiancé, and a mysterious male nurse. In this case the player works with Sara Sidle.

Michael Dubios: Andrew Chaikin

Alex Porterson: David Collins

Lucy Canelli: Sumalee Motano

The character of Carrie Canelli is seen but not heard at the end of the case

Case 4: Rough Cut[edit]

The son of a prominent real estate developer is found dead in a remote area of the Nevada desert. Is he a victim of poison, politics, or promiscuity? Evidence points to his wife, his wealthy mother, and a sleazy contractor. You work with Greg Sanders on this case.


Carla Mitchell: Sally Clawson

Emily Hanson: Sydney Rainin

Lou Astor: Bob Sarlottte

Case 5: The Big White Lie[edit]

A sleazy private investigator has been shot to death in an alley, the body is found by one of CSI's own, Doc Robbins. Retracing his final steps reveals a web of deceit, lies, and corruption. Who — and how many — pulled the trigger? You work with Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows on this case. This case ties the first, and third cases together.

Case 6: Rich Mom, Poor Mom (PlayStation 2 Exclusive)[edit]

A casino waitress is found stabbed in her home, and is rushed to the hospital, where she survives. It is found out in the investigation that she is pregnant, and later miscarries, the child of a prominent Texas oil man, who happens to be in town for the week, with his young wife. Did he stab the victim, did the wife do it, or did the victim's live-in boyfriend do it? You work with Catherine Willows on this case.


Review scores
Adventure Gamers3.5/5 stars[1]N/A
GameSpy2.5/5 stars[4]N/A
OPM (UK)N/A6/10[7]
PC Gamer (UK)55%[8]N/A
PC Gamer (US)79%[9]N/A
PC Zone62%[10]N/A
X-Play3/5 stars[11]N/A
Aggregate scores

The game was met with mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 69% and 67 out of 100 for the PC version,[12][14] and 58% and 58 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version.[13][15] The game's global sales combined with those of its two predecessors—CSI: Dark Motives and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation—reached roughly 2.4 million copies across all platforms by December 2006.[16]


  1. ^ Gmiterko, Christina (June 4, 2006). "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder review (PC)". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Navarro, Alex (April 6, 2006). "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Navarro, Alex (October 17, 2007). "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Harker, Carla (April 10, 2006). "GameSpy: CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Krause, Staci (April 13, 2006). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - 3 Dimensions of Murder (PC)". IGN. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Bishop, Sam (October 22, 2007). "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine: 100. January 2008.
  8. ^ "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder". PC Gamer UK: 90. July 2006.
  9. ^ "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder". PC Gamer: 104. June 2006.
  10. ^ "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder". PC Zone: 83. July 2006.
  11. ^ Stevens, Tim (May 10, 2006). "CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Review (PC)". X-Play. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
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  13. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 3 Dimensions of Murder for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 3 Dimensions of Murder for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 3 Dimensions of Murder for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "Ubisoft and CBS Consumer Products Announce CSI: Crime Scene Investigation™: Hard Evidence" (Press release). San Francisco: GamesIndustry.biz. December 12, 2006. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018.

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