The detective game Blacksad: Under The Skin was released this month. We rarely see quality games in this genre. They come out from time to time rather than constantly. However, the format allows for experimentation, and detective games can always surprise and hook a large audience, as they are presented both in action and in visual novels. Here are 15 detective games that are of particular interest.
This game tells about the kingdom of the dead. The main character, Menny Calavera, works as a travel agent in the Department of the Dead. He sells tickets to the deceased for a four-year journey to eternal rest. However, he finds himself embroiled in a strange conspiracy and his own soul is at stake. This is a classic quest filled with the atmosphere of Mexican Naur with specific humor, memorable characters and a complex, convoluted story.
The Wolf Among Us
Not one such top is complete without two games, and the first of them is The Wolf Among Us. This is a twisted interpretation of classic Telltale fairy tales, where we will investigate a murder in an alternative New York, where fairy-tale characters live alongside ordinary people. And we will play for the evil and terrible gray wolf Bigby Wolfe. The game starts with that. That we find on our doorstep the severed head of Snow White, and investigating this case we get involved in a magical conspiracy. The game is based on the comic book series by Bill Ulligham. The game itself is notable for its cool setting and story, as this was the period when Telltale was still making good games.
And the second must-have in the top of the best detective games is LA Noire [after all, this game is in the title, you knew for sure that it would be here]. However, this is not just the case. This is a gorgeous crime thriller inspired by dozens of detective books and films. It's a slow, methodical game of searching for evidence and interrogating suspects, set in an authentic and detailed 1940s Los Angeles setting. The game is knocked out of the standard projects released by Rockstar. And the story is similar to a well-thought-out show, in which brutal serial murders, car thefts and arson cases are intertwined. The game is more linear than it seems at first glance, but the rich atmosphere and intriguing incidents completely absorb your attention.
As Ryo Hazuki, we chase a Chinese cartel man named Lan Di, who killed the 16-year-old's father in front of him. Our path of revenge will be very long and for you to understand, the author released the sequel only recently after 18 years. We have to communicate with many people, keep records in our diary and piece together a complete picture of how and why our father was killed. The game also has an excellent action component, plus some fighting game elements and the rich atmosphere of 80s Japan. Overall, the first two games were revolutionary in their day.
Fahrenheit is an incredibly intense thriller. The main character discovers that he is in a public toilet, his hands are covered in the blood of the man he just killed, and he does not remember anything. First, we act out for him and hide from the scene of the crime, and then we switch to two detectives who are investigating this case. The game's plot develops in parallel. In addition, a strange abnormal cold snap is approaching the city. The confusing mess and a fair amount of QTE may seem like a drawback, but the story of the global freeze itself is worth it.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
The visual novel tells the story of the most talented students from all over Japan, who are closed in a prestigious academy by its director, the mad bear Monokuma. He puts on a survival game where one student must secretly kill another. After that, everyone else gathers in one room and must figure out the killer. If caught, Monokuma kills him, and if the killer manages not to reveal himself, then he gets freedom. You are one of these schoolchildren trapped in the academy and forced to survive in this madness.
We're investigating 1994 police records of the interrogation of a girl named Hannah, whose husband was missing. The police are convinced that this is an accident. However, there is a small detail that can change the course of the case. It turns out that Hannah has a twin sister, Eva, who was stolen by a childless midwife and raised as her daughter. After meeting the sisters and the death of the kidnapper, who fell from the stairs and broke her neck, the sisters decide to always be together. Eve moves to live with Hannah in the attic, and they begin to pretend to be one person. Digging into old police records of the interrogation of the sisters, we need to understand what really happened.
Return of the Obra Dinn
The crew of the Obra Dinn mysteriously disappeared, and it is your job as an insurance investigator to find out what happened. By using a magic pocket watch, you can go back to the exact moment of a person's death. We put together in a single puzzle how he died and who was responsible for his death. This is a very enjoyable detective game because it trusts you to solve every mystery on your own, with little or no prompting.
You play as an internet detective tasked with tracking down illegal content. This vibrant 90s internet simulator is inspired by the golden age of the internet. You will hunt down and find all types of illegalcontent:pirated music, copyright infringement, malicious software. You literally have to work to find forbidden material: infiltrate hacker groups, find hidden pages, and crack passwords. You will also install various applications that can help in your activity, just be careful not to add viruses.
Cyberpunk is one of the best settings for investigating crime in a world where morality has become just a word. Gemini Rue, inspired by Blade Runner, tells the story of Azriel Odin as he tries to track down his missing brother. There are two playable characters whose stories intertwine.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Another visual novel, where we will play as a young lawyer Phoenix Wright, unraveling various crimes. The gameplay consists of two parts: the search for evidence and communication with witnesses, and the second, the most interesting one, is the trial, where we, with farce and shouts, will defend the innocence of our clients. The game is notable for its cool characters and unusual presentation. An updated trilogy was released last year and is playable on PC.
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
The third visual novel in our top detective games. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 features one setting and an intriguing mystery that will satisfy any detective genre fan. This game is about the former NYPD officer Kyle Heide, who is now a traveling salesman. He stops at the Hotel Dusk, a quiet, beat-up motel in Los Angeles. Kyle tries to find his former partner and discovers that the hotel is full of mysterious personalities and intrigues. We will communicate with the guests, solve riddles and slowly move forward through the plot.
Heavy Rain is one of the most famous games in the interactive cinema genre, from the developer behind Fahrenheit. In the search for the Origami Killer, we'll play as four characters at the same time. Among them are a father whose son has gone missing, an FBI agent in charge of this killer, a journalist, and a private investigator conducting his own investigation.
Players will have to make choices, many of which can change the outcome of the game, and even if someone dies, the game will not end there. You can, both get into the network of the killer, and determine it, or you can lose important characters, whose death will definitely not lead to anything good. This is one of the best PS3 games as such. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & The series about the most famous detective in the world includes several games, and the most famous of them is
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments.
We will investigate cases that appear to be dead ends for the British police. In order to find the culprit, we will go to different locations, look for evidence, and then plunge into ourselves and compare them together in order to display a complete picture and draw conclusions. The game is also replayable and gives you a branching story. True, the elaboration of some of the mysteries leaves much to be desired.
Sam & Max Hit the Road
This adventure is one of the most memorable games from LucasArts. In the company of free detectives the dog Sam and the mad rabbit Max, we will investigate equally crazy cases. Specifically in this part, we track down the missing Bigfoot. This case will carry the characters across the United States. Plus, the game is pretty damn funny.
The Topic of Article: Not Just LA Noire: 15 Great Detective Games.