There really aren’t enough games out there that allow you to play as a ghost, let alone games that allow you to play as a ghost cop. Driver: San Francisco skirted around the fringes of the idea, while games like Geist and Ghost Master had ghostly gameplay, but otherwise there just isn’t really anything on the market for those who want to solve crimes from the other side.
For that reason alone, Airtight Games’ action-adventure game Murdered: Soul Suspect is one of the most exciting and unique titles coming out this summer. The player takes on the role of Detective Ronan O’Connor, a heavily tattooed criminal-turned-cop who is (as the title suggests) murdered by a mysterious hooded stranger. Ronan isn’t ready to move on just yet however, and sets out to find and stop his killer with the help of awesome ghost powers, his fellow ghosts of Salem, and a medium called Joy.
To help explain the basics of Murdered: Soul Suspect, Square Enix has released a five-minute trailer that gives the 101 on Ronan’s life, his death, and beyond. His ghost powers include the ability to walk through walls, to possess people and animals, and to see and hear past events that have left their mark on the city: all very handy skills for a detective. Check out the box art for Murdered: Soul Suspect below.
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For the most part, it looks like the gameplay is focused on detective work as Ronan digs into the city’s past in order to find clues to his own murder. Just because Ronan is dead doesn’t mean he can’t be harmed though. In the purgatorial world of Dusk, sinister demons haunt the streets searching for souls to devour, and they must be either evaded or fought off.
The combat is the only thing about Murdered: Soul Suspect that doesn’t look exciting, since it seems like kind of an unnecessary addition to a game that allows you to play as a ghost. In Game Rant’s E3 2013 preview of Murdered: Soul Suspect, we noted that the enemies were the least interesting element, but that at least it’s pretty easy to hide from them just by jumping inside a nearby body.
With so many bland military shooters coming out every year (read: month) it’s really a crime (no pun intended) that there haven’t been any ghost cop games until now. With that in mind, Murdered: Soul Suspect definitely looks worth picking up this summer.
Murdered: Soul Suspect will be available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 one June 6, 2014.
Source: Square Enix