Murdered: Soul Suspect

PC, XB360, PS3, XBOX ONE, PS4 / Action Adventure / Release: Jun 3, 2014 / ESRB: U

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Report: Murdered: Soul Suspect developer closes its doors

Report: Murdered: Soul Suspect developer closes its doors

Last month, Square Enix released Murdered: Soul Suspect, a mystery/adventure produced by the team at Airtight Games, who also worked on such games as Quantum Conundrum and Dark Void. Despite its interesting style, we felt that the game didn't quite live up to its potential, per our review. Apparently, the game's release couldn't save the developer, as reports are coming in that it has closed its doors.

Read more: the end of an era for Airtight

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Murdered: Soul Suspect review: dead simple

Murdered: Soul Suspect review: dead simple

As a rule, adventure games live and die by their story. Whatever gimmicks might fuel the moment-to-moment gameplay, we have to be invested in the characters in a way that more action-oriented games don't require, in order to make us interested in spending so much time with them. Murdered: Soul Suspect is a by-the-numbers adventure game through and through. Despite a pulpy presentation, it created a compelling enough world to pull me some extremely rough edges.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer is super-creepy

Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer is super-creepy

As you might suspect from the title, Murdered: Soul Suspect largely revolves around murder. What you might not have realized is how gosh-darn creepy modern game cinematics can make such a concept, but a new trailer is here to give you a heads-up on that front.

Watch: Ghost detective to the rescue! »

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How enemy encounters add to Murdered: Soul Suspect

How enemy encounters add to Murdered: Soul Suspect

There's a killer on the loose in Murdered: Soul Suspect, the adventure/puzzle game from Square Enix and Airtight Games. A new trailer shows some more of the game's narrative, while the developer also discusses some of the main gaming elements players will encounter throughout their investigation, namely the game's enemy encounters.

Watch: The newest trailer »

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Murdered: Soul Suspect releases on June 3

Murdered: Soul Suspect releases on June 3

One of my most anticipated games of 2014 now has a release date: June 3rd for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. You can read my preview to see how unique the game's supernatural take on investigation is.

Pre-orders of Murdered: Soul Suspect will include an interactive digital strategy guide accessible via computer or tablet. With the map, players will be able to see the location of in-game items, quests, collectibles, and Easter eggs.

Read more: Next-gen at a price »

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Murdered: Soul Suspect confirmed for PS4

Murdered: Soul Suspect confirmed for PS4

When an Xbox One version of Murdered: Soul Suspect was announced yesterday, publisher Square Enix was a little coy about whether Airtight Games' ghost detective game might haunt PlayStation 4. "Chase me, chase me!" it seemed to giggle. Well, lo and behold, here we are now, with news that it is indeed coming to PS4 too. What an exciting exclusivity period that was.

Read more: Improvements for next-gen consoles »

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Murdered: Soul Suspect haunting Xbox One too

Murdered: Soul Suspect haunting Xbox One too

At this point, a big publisher launching a potential new series (what original game from a big publisher isn't a potential new series?) solely on current-gen systems feels a little quaint, nostalgic, silly. It's not wholly surprising, then, that Square Enix has confirmed Murdered: Soul Suspect will spook Xbox One too.

Read more: No news on a PS4 release, yet »

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Most Anticipated 2014: Andrew's Picks

Most Anticipated 2014: Andrew's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in the new year, like y'know--VIDEO GAMES. The Shacknews staff pick their most anticipated games of 2014. Finally, here's editor-in-chief Andrew Yoon.


Child of Light

Ubisoft | Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PC

Take the beautiful graphics engine of Rayman Legends, combine it with the creative director of Far Cry 3, and mix it with a battle system inspired by Grandia, and you have a game that's clearly designed for me. It's beautiful and enchanting experiment from Ubisoft, whose recent digital efforts have been sublime. As a fan of old-school JRPGs, I can't wait to see how Ubisoft Montreal innovates in that genre.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect video shows off 25 minutes of gameplay

Murdered: Soul Suspect video shows off 25 minutes of gameplay

One of our favorite games at E3 this year was Murdered: Soul Suspect. Unfortunately, although we were able to describe it to you, we weren't allowed to show you what the game actually looks like. That changes today with a lengthy gameplay video that goes over the first half hour of the game.

In the opening, you'll see the main protagonist Ronan get murdered--hence, the title. And while he may be dead, he can use his newfound ghost powers to investigate his murder scene and uncover a conspiracy. It's pretty darn cool.

Watch: The E3 demo in action »

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Murdered: Soul Suspect preview: CSI of the Dead

Murdered: Soul Suspect preview: CSI of the Dead

Murdered: Soul Suspect shouldn't exist. It's a AAA adventure game, one where the primary gameplay mechanic isn't shooting bullets--but rather, extensive note-taking. It's a new IP on current-gen consoles, set to launch in 2014--well after a new generation of hardware has debuted. As publishers grow increasingly comfortable with me-too sequels and remakes, Murdered is quite the oddity.

And thank goodness the industry can still support these odd creative endeavors. This is developer Airtight Games' second collaboration with Square Enix, having worked with them on the equally brainy Quantum Conundrum. In collaboration with designer Kim Swift, that title invited comparisons to Portal. Murdered, however, can be best described as a combination of Ghost Trick and Geist--and even then, it doesn't quite capture what Airtight has created.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer shows detective hunting his killer

Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer shows detective hunting his killer

Square Enix teased a new alternate reality game called Murdered: Soul Suspect back in February when it asked what the hardest murder to solve was. A new trailer for the game reveals Detective Ronan O'Connor trying to find his own killer.

Watch: Murdered before your own eyes »

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Murdered: Soul Suspect coming in early 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect coming in early 2014

Update: Square Enix has confirmed the game will be for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, and is scheduled to release in early 2014.

Square Enix kicked off its Murdered: Soul Suspect promotion last week with an alternate-reality game. Most ARGs end with some kind of big reveal, and Murdered fulfilled that criteria with a teaser-trailer that gives us a better idea of the game's plot and themes.

Watch: The hardest murder to solve is your own »

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Murdered: Soul Suspect teased by Square Enix

Murdered: Soul Suspect teased by Square Enix

Square Enix has been dropping cryptic clues today, all of which revolve around a newly announced game titled Murdered: Soul Suspect. The company has confirmed the name of the game and its platforms--PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360--but hasn't officially said much else. The campaign kicked off by asking various sites, "What is the hardest case to solve?"

Read more: Horror mystery from Airtight Games? »

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