C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation

Review

posted 6/13/2003 by John Yan
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If you enjoy the TV show, you’ll probably enjoy each of the five scenarios. As a fan of the show, I found the stories to be about on par with an above average episode. Of course it wouldn’t be CSI without a twist in the case and the game features a few. I could say more about the five stories but I rather not give away what’s special about them. I will say I found the last one to be intriguing and leave it at that.

The game comes on 3 CDs (Doesn’t anyone produce DVDs of games to help alleviate the multiple CD problem?) and has two installation options. The minimal install will take up about 500MBs and require some CD swapping. The full install takes up 1.5 gigs of HD space but allows you to play without any of the CDs and with quicker load times. The game has rather low requirements but I did experience some stuttering on an AMD Duron 750 system with a Geforce 4 MX 440 and 256MB of ram. The recommended settings are a Pentium II 500MhHz with 256MB of Ram and a 8MB 3D graphics card. On my AMD XP 2200+ system, the game ran flawlessly. I’d say a few notches above my first test system would do you just fine. I also didn’t run into any problems while playing the game.

You won’t get much replay value unless you don’t solve each crime at 100% and even then the bonus materials aren’t really worth playing through again. While it’s not a long or deep game, it should please the fans of the show if they can’t get their CSI fix. The inclusion of TV voice talent was nice and the stories aren’t too shabby. It is still a hunt and peck game with some improvements and there are some gameplay issues that help keep the frustration down to a minimum. The game isn’t really expensive but I think only the fans of the show would plop down the cash for the full price of the game. CSI isn’t a deep game nor is it too hard but there’s not much there after the initial run and hunt and peck games don’t have a long life on computers



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A nice little compliment to the show, CSI offers a short quick game that will satisfy fans of the show. But the short game has little replay value after going through it.


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