CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (video game)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI - Crime Scene Investigation Coverart.png
PC Cover art
Developer(s) 369 Interactive (Win, Xbox)
EPCConnect (Mac)
Publisher(s) Ubi Soft (Win, Xbox)
Aspyr (Mac)
Platform(s) Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox
Release Windows
  • NA: March 26, 2003
  • PAL: May 15, 2003
Macintosh
  • WW: December 6, 2004
Xbox
  • NA: December 14, 2004
  • PAL: February 4, 2005
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a video game based on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television series. The game was developed by 369 Interactive, published by Ubi Soft, and was released for the PC in 2003. It was also ported by EPCConnect,[1] and published by Aspyr on the Macintosh.[2]

This game, like CSI: Miami and CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder follows a distinct pattern of five cases, with the fifth case tying together the previous four. The Xbox version of the game however, also contains the cases from its successor: CSI: Dark Motives.

The Cases[edit]

Case 1: "Inn and Out"[edit]

A showgirl is found tied, gagged, and strangled to death in a hotel room. Suspects in this case are the owners of a record of priors involving women, and a man who she not only had sex with, but passed along a STD. Players work with Gil Grissom.

Case 2: "Light my Fire"[edit]

Investigate an arson at the home of an aviation designer. Only suspects in this case are the man's rival, and a local drug dealer. Players work with Sara Sidle.

Case 3: "Garvey's Beat"[edit]

Players and Nick Stokes investigate the cop killing of an officer and the case is a match to an old cold case.

Case 4: "More Fun than a Barrel of Corpses"[edit]

A strange call to the lab leads to the discovery of a female body. The woman is the daughter of a casino owner. The only suspects was a doctor, who had an affair with the dead woman and a pharmacist, who is also a suspect, and the doctor's wife. Players work with Warrick Brown.

Case 5: "Leda's Swan Song"[edit]

Grissom disappears after having been called out to a previous crime scene - from the previous case. And the last murderer you arrested in the previous case is beginning to sing her victory. Players work with Catherine Willows for discovering the link between the suspect, Grissom and another victim's death.

Reception[edit]

Sales[edit]

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation debuted in third place on The NPD Group's computer game sales rankings for the week ending April 5, 2003.[3] It fell to position 7 the following week,[4] but remained in the weekly top 10 from April 13-26.[5][6] It finished April as the month's seventh-best-selling computer game, at an average retail price of $30. After placing seventh for the week ending May 10,[7] the game exited NPD's weekly charts.[8] The computer version of CSI sold 172,000 copies worldwide by the end of June 2003,[9] and 128,742 retail units in North America alone by year's end.[10] Another 13,782 retail units of the computer release were sold in North America during the first two months of 2004.[11] By April of that year, global sales of the computer version had reached 500,000 units. According to The Globe and Mail, one half of these buyers were female.[12]

In the United States, the computer release of CSI totaled 250,000 sales and $6.6 million revenues by August 2006. At the time, this led Edge to rank it as the country's 80th-best-selling computer game released since January 2000.[13] CSI's computer version also received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[14] indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[15] The combined U.S. sales of all computer games in the CSI franchise, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, reached 520,000 copies by August 2006.[13] The game and its first two sequels—CSI: Dark Motives and CSI: Miami—had surpassed 1.6 million units in global sales across all platforms by that March.[16] Ubisoft's CSI game franchise rose to roughly 2.4 million worldwide sales by December.[17]

Critical reviews[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings64.10% (Win)[18]
43.43% (Xbox)[19]
Metacritic61/100 (Win)[20]
45/100 (Xbox)[21]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Adventure Gamers2/5 stars[22]
GameSpot5.1/10[24]
GameSpy2/5 stars[25]
GameZone8.3/10[23]
IGN8.2/10[26]
The Electric Playground7/10[27]

The game was met with mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 64.10% and 61 out of 100 for the PC version,[18][20] and 43.43% and 45 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[19][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aspyr Announces CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". Inside Mac Games. 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Aspyr Media ships CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Macintosh". Business Wire. 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  3. ^ Colayco, Bob (April 16, 2003). "Weekly PC game sales chart". GameSpot. Archived from the original on November 20, 2004. 
  4. ^ Parker, Sam (April 24, 2003). "Weekly PC game sales chart". GameSpot. Archived from the original on November 28, 2004. 
  5. ^ Colayco, Bob (May 1, 2003). "Weekly PC game sales chart". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 3, 2004. 
  6. ^ Colayco, Bob (May 7, 2003). "Weekly PC game sales chart". GameSpot. Archived from the original on November 26, 2004. 
  7. ^ Parker, Sam (May 23, 2003). "NPD PC sales chart". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 24, 2004. 
  8. ^ Calvert, Justin (May 29, 2003). "NPD weekly PC game sales chart". GameSpot. Archived from the original on July 31, 2004. 
  9. ^ "Record First-Quarter Sales of €66.5 Million – Up 107% (142% at Constant Exchange Rates)" (Press release). Ubisoft. July 30, 2003. Archived from the original on September 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ Sluganski, Randy (March 2004). "Sales December 2003 - The State of Adventure Gaming". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 11, 2004. 
  11. ^ Staff. "Total Sales for Jan/Feb 2004". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 11, 2004. 
  12. ^ Gill, Alexandra (April 10, 2004). "Finding comfort in our joysticks". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on July 12, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b Edge Staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century". Edge. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Silver". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. 
  15. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (tm): 3 Dimensions of Murder Available Now for PC" (Press release). San Francisco: Just Adventure. March 21, 2006. Archived from the original on November 2, 2006. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  22. ^ Evan Dickens (April 16, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  23. ^ Michael Lafferty (February 4, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - GameZone". GameZone. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  24. ^ Ron Dulin (April 15, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Gamespot". Gamespot. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  25. ^ Avi Fryman (April 30, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - GameSpy". GameSpy. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  26. ^ David Krause (April 11, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - IGN". IGN. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  27. ^ Bonnie (April 3, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on September 8, 2003. 

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