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Hi, Im currently trying to find good adventure games that involve solving a murder or being a cop solving a case or something like that.

I have a played a few of the kind that I like which are:

Fahrenheit
Police Quest IV: Open Season
Last Express
Post Mortem
broken Sword


If you know any other good games of the kind I would appreciate if you could help me out, thanks :)
 

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Rhombus said:
Recent:
Still Life
Syberia 1-2 (not exactly the same theme, but also great, dark and gritty adventure games)

Old School:
The Dagger of Amon Ra
Gabriel Knight 1-3

Is Still Life any good? I heard peole saying it was weird cause you travel back in time or something like that. I prefer these kind of games to be as realistic as possible.
 

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Ghale0n said:
Is Still Life any good? I heard peole saying it was weird cause you travel back in time or something like that. I prefer these kind of games to be as realistic as possible.
Since when are any of these games "realistic"? There's no time travel, it's flashbacks, as kingking 3rd said. But even if it was time travel, why is that any less realistic than freaky paranormal possession (fahrenheit), ghosts solving mysteries (post-mortem), or magic and mayan gods (broken sword)? The only ones listed with any real kind of realism are The Last Express, and to a somewhat lesser extent, The Dagger of Amon Ra.
 

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Rhombus said:
Since when are any of these games "realistic"? There's no time travel, it's flashbacks, as kingking 3rd said. But even if it was time travel, why is that any less realistic than freaky paranormal possession (fahrenheit), ghosts solving mysteries (post-mortem), or magic and mayan gods (broken sword)? The only ones listed with any real kind of realism are The Last Express, and to a somewhat lesser extent, The Dagger of Amon Ra.
Police Quest III: The Kindred is based on atrue story so take that :hdbash:. :p

Serously though you got a good point. It's rare that a game is based on realistic ideals esp in this sub-genre of murder/police mystery. Who would want to play "COPS" the game...boring.
 

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What about the SWAT games started by Darryl Gates?
Aren't there 4 of them?
 

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What about the SWAT games started by Darryl Gates?
Aren't there 4 of them?
Yeah but they're not really adventure games. They're more FPS Tactical games, similar to Ghost Recon or Rainbow Six (on PC, xbox versions of those games have mutated into FPS Action Tactical games)

And I just thought of another game! Shadow of Destiny. You're investigating your own murder. It's really cool, you know you're going to die a specific way, and you have ot stop it and investigate who's trying to kill you. You learn little clues about how its going to happen from a Gypsy but you need to continue going on with your life at the same time. If I recall correctly the game goes over a 12 or 14 day period, every day being a new challenge...sometimes you may risk your life saving someone - othertimes you'll think twice not to becuase the things around may remind you of what you know of your death.

Definitley look into Shadow of Destiny, I believe its available on PC too, was initially a PS2 game from Konami though.
 

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thanks for the suggestions evryone, Im gonna look into a few of them.
I just remembered that I have "Shadow of Memories" on PS2, its the same game as "Shadow of Destiny" right? but I havent really gotten around to playing it yet, maybe Ill try it out.
 

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...interesting topic.

The tough thing is trying to mention titles that fall under the "police/detective/murder" sub-category of the adventure genre. This may prove to be hard, since sometimes "fantasy" or even "horror" adventures are coupled with detective-work, and mystery solving in general.
As such, I tried to leave out titles like "Shadow of the Comet" that are clearly leaning more on the "horror" side, than the "police/detective/murder" one.

I'm going to start off with Beam Software's "Sherlock" as an honorary mention, since it's the first detective-story adventure I played, back when my english sucked big-time (yes, even suckier than my present use of english :D).

Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, you can also try the (old-but-good):
"Lamberley Mystery", "The Case Of The Beheaded Smuggler", and then move on to the more modern "Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes" series (Serrated Scalpel & Rose Tattoo), and up to the present with the recently released "Secret of the Silver Earring".

Sierra's "Police Quest" series (not just the 4th one) also fill the requirements nicely.

Another enjoyable "detective-work" mystery-solving series is "Nancy Drew" - the most recent one being the "Secret of the Old Clock", IIRC.

Yet another memorable series is the "Tex Murphy" ones. Starting out with the classic "Mean Streets" and "Martian Memorandum" and moving on to the FMV-era sequels, like "Under a Killing Moon", "Pandora Directive", and "Overseer" (that last one was my first DVD game, IIRC).

...and while we are all over the FMV era, why not try such titles as "Psychic Detective", "Ripper", and the "Black Dahlia", or the more "cartoony" (but equally atmospheric) "Jack Orlando" & "Private Eye" (which features Philip Marlowe in a very well known story/case).

Now moving back to classics again.
Since "The Dagger of Amon-Ra" was mentioned, make sure you try the excellent prequel "The Colonel's Bequest".
"A Cruise for a Corpse" is another police/detective story I can't reccomend highly enough.
Some more treasured oldies of mine are: "Borrowed Time", "The Case of the Mandarin Murder" (featuring Perry Mason), "Scapeghost" (SUPERB game), and "Corruption" (simply brilliant).
When "Deja Vu" was released by the "Macventure team" (later to be known as "icom simulations") it was an instant hit on the Mac, and found its way to other popular computers as well. Make sure you play it, along with its sequel "Deja Vu 2 - Lost in Las Vegas".

If you are more of a console-junkie, you can also try the simplistic (like all console adventures) but still very entertaining detective stories: "Famicom Detective Club 2" and "Snatcher".

...I'll try to remember some more adventures that fall under the "detective/police/murder" category if I can...
 

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Just a quick FYI, it seems Vivendi are releasing compilations on some of the old Sierra adventure series:

King's Quest Compilation:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...g_3/104-6384106-7779928?v=glance&s=videogames

Space Quest Compilation:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...g_4/104-6384106-7779928?v=glance&s=videogames

Police Quest Compilation:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...g_2/104-6384106-7779928?v=glance&s=videogames

Leisure Suit Larry Compilation:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...g_1/104-6384106-7779928?v=glance&s=videogames

Too bad there are no details in it at the moment, I don't know if it's just a direct compilation or they made the games XP compatible (I'll buy all of them if it that's the case :D )
 

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Sights>>> WOW thanks alot for all those tips! I think Im gonna try out a "Nancy Drew" game and "Jack Orlando" first, I love the cartoony look in that game :) . If you come up with any more post em :)
 

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I just remmember I got a very realistic murder story game, Sherlock Holmes: Case of the rose tattoo.
 

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Ghale0n said:
Sights>>> WOW thanks alot for all those tips! I think Im gonna try out a "Nancy Drew" game and "Jack Orlando" first, I love the cartoony look in that game :) . If you come up with any more post em :)
You're welcome. :)

...these two are good choices and are also "modern" enough to run on todays computers without problems (especially "Nancy Drew", whose latest offering is quite recent).

I've remembered two more I played a lot back in my teens, but I can't really recommend them to the casual adventure player, because of their tricky interface & syntax. I'm just mentioning them for completion's sake: "Sydney Affair" & "Vera Cruz Affair"

ChankasRrules said:
I just remmember I got a very realistic murder story game, Sherlock Holmes: Case of the rose tattoo.
...yep, I mentioned this one too. :)
It's one of the better Sherlock Holmes adventures. Highly recommended.
 
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