The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

16 cert, Square Enix, Xbox One (also PC, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3)

Sim­u­lat­ing death is the one thing that games love to do. How many times have you watched your favourite avatars die and res­ur­rect? De­spite its gothic am­bi­tions, Mur­dered: Soul Sus­pect has its hero die just once, at the be­gin­ning. De­tec­tive Ro­nan O’Con­nor then takes a spec­tral form and in­ves­ti­gates his own killing, with the help of Joy, a grouchy teen medium. Think The Lovely Bones meets Phillip Mar­lowe via CSI: Ro­nan ex­am­ines crime scenes, possesses wit­nesses, sus­pects and cops, and stitches to­gether the events that led to his death. There’s also some ac­tion, as Ro­nan fights the odd de­monic ghost, which should be more ex­cit­ing than sneak­ing be­hind them and press­ing a but­ton. The premise is fresh, the story is fine, the crime scenes are user-friendly, and the game has an ap­pro­pri­ately murky, near mono­chrome look. It’s sub­dued, but rea­son­ably ef­fec­tive. mur­

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