In the past, I’ve approached Murdered: Soul Suspect with an eyebrow raised and a spot of mockery on the tip of my tongue. Playing as DC’s Deadman disguised as a grumpy detective, the player is responsible for solving the greatest mystery of all – their own murder! Potentially intriguing, yes? But then, as the latest trailer demonstrates, somebody kept adding new ingredients to the pot until the broth had become gelatinous. There are demons to fight, powers of teleportation, clues to the town’s past, ghosts to sidequest with, other victims to protect and all sorts of other supernatural silliness. Basically, if a ghost can do it, the game will include it. You’ll join forces with a medium – “you can see me?” – and posssess a cat.
I am fully prepared to love this preposterous plaything.
It just doesn’t stop, does it? I half-expected an extra minute at the end there: “Once the crime is solved, Ronan will pass through into the next life where a new set of skills must be mastered, including the ability to hop from cloud to cloud, play a harp in synchrony with the heavenly host and an entire DLC chapter that recreatest the smash hit film Ghost Dad. Presumably it’s in the works.
Favourite moments from that trailer include the cat, which is introduced with as much po-faced serious murder business gravity as the serial killer, and Ronan’s expression as he falls to his death.
There are far too many obvious jokes about the main character in a game having lost the ability to “interact with the physical world” for me to even consider but it would be poor form not to mention that the abilities Ronan gains in death are interesting in and of themselves.
“Your strengths in life are stronger in death. They become powers here.” Says ghost girl guide. The narrator picks up the thread – “Ronan’s death gives him the ability to pass through walls.” I like to think he could push his face through walls when he was alive but the rest of his body was just too solid.
All kidding aside, I’m willing to believe that Murdered might be just the right flavour of ridiculous. I am intrigued.
Oh. Oh! Of all the supernatural things only a couple are missing. An exorcist. I WANT A HARD-DRINKING PRIEST WHO IS PURSUING RONAN AND ATTEMPTING TO EXORCISE HIM, NOT REALISing THAT HE’S ACTUALLY THE GOOD GUY.
The Ghostbusters would also be acceptable.