Murdered: Soul Suspect 25 Minutes Of PS4 Gameplay Video Is Surprising
Square Enix and Airtight Games' upcoming murder-mystery game, Murdered: Soul Suspect is not the way I thought it would be. In fact, it's actually a heck of a lot better than what I was anticipating, and falls in line closer to L.A. Noire and Heavy Rain than the typical third-person adventure I thought it would be.
Dualshockers spotted the 25 minute gameplay video from resident YouTube user The Rad Brad. The gameplay video covers the first segments of the game, including how players end up as the very dead and yet very active Ronan O'Connor, a former criminal turned police detective.
The game starts with a bit of a bang and it's very intriguing, as pointed out by The Rad Brad. The thing that makes it so intense is that at the beginning you just keep hoping things turn out different than how they actually do, and the game hooks you in and brings you close into expecting things to turn out at least halfway okay for Ronan, but it just doesn't work out so well.
While it's mentioned at the top of the article that the game seems very similar to Heavy Rain, the gameplay style actually seems to hinge closer to Quantic Dream's Indigo Prophecy, as mentioned in the video. The player takes charge of a lot of the agency in the game, trying desperately to work through the mystery of what happened alongside O'Connor. It's a bit different from the string-along gameplay featured in Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls, which seemed more like players were along for the ride and reacted to the situations presented to them, as opposed to taking action to make the events unfold.
As for the plot line in Murdered... I really have no idea what the entirety of the game will be about. There's a ton of intrigue presented within this first near half-hour worth of gameplay footage, where we get a pretty awesome setup and some devastating plot elements, including the whole thing involving the demons.
What could have been a standard-fare, postmortem murder mystery actually seems to have more layers than what I originally thought would be present. I mean, this really does open the door to the obvious questions: will the game have multiple endings?
The whole setup and premise seems to beg for a couple of ending shockers.
Of course, gameplay aside, most people are probably concerned about the graphics. I'm here to say that the game doesn't look like some marvelous kind of high-end new-gen game, but it does look passable.
If you're not a graphics hound, but you like your games with a bit of anisotropic filtering and 1080p at 60fps – a feature that the game does deliver on – then you can take refuge in knowing that the game delivers at least that much.
You can look for Murdered: Soul Suspect to launch for the new-gen consoles and the geriatric twins starting next week.
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