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Hard Evidence is the fifth game in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series, but the first time released simultaneously for the PC and Xbox 360.

As in previous games, there are 5 cases to be solved with Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows and the other Las Vegas crime lab squad members. Questioning suspects and witnesses, collecting evidence and piecing together the puzzle of the cases are all part of the gameplay.

Additional forensic and investigation tools have been added including a large impound area where vehicles and boats can be searched for evidence. Players will also find more interaction with the lab equipment as well as improved in-game hints.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Xbox 360 Checking the crime scene diagram in the case files.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Xbox 360 Performing chemical analysis of an unknown substance found on the victim's shirt... it looks like an accelerant.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Xbox 360 DNA match found
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Xbox 360 New locations will become available to travel to as you uncover evidence that leads you to them.

Alternate Titles

  • "Les Experts: Morts Programmées" -- French title
  • "CSI: Отягчающие обстоятельства" -- Russian spelling
  • "CSI: Pruebas Ocultas" -- Spanish title
  • "CSI: Prova Schiacciante" -- Italian title
  • "CSI: Kryminalne Zagadki Las Vegas - Niezbite Dowody" -- Polish title
  • "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Eindeutige Beweise" -- German title

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User Reviews

Hard Evidence: I'm not getting tired to play a rookie... Windows vicrabb (6975)

Critic Reviews

Computer Bild Spiele Xbox 360 Jan 02, 2008 2.42 out of 6 72
Adventurearchiv Windows Dec 01, 2007 72 out of 100 72
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct 31, 2007 68 out of 100 68
Adventure Gamers Wii Mar 27, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Gamers Xbox 360 Oct 24, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Wii Aug 19, 2008 5.8 out of 10 58
Gameswelt Xbox 360 Mar 25, 2008 44 out of 100 44
GamesRadar Wii Feb 28, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Gameswelt Wii Mar 25, 2008 40 out of 100 40
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Mar 07, 2008 30 out of 100 30


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Mini game

If you manage to solve all five cases with a "Master" rating from Grissom, you unlock a special award: a simple blackjack simulation.

Product placement

CSI: Hard Evidence contains massive product placement.
  • HP: all notebooks and most TV screens in the game are HP models and clearly feature the HP logo.
  • Dyson: one piece of evidence is a Dyson Root 6 vacuum cleaner, which has to be scrutinized closely on the examination table and turned on to witness it in action.
  • Chrysler: the car under scrutiny in the CSI garage in case 4 is a spotless Chrysler Town & Country. The inspection includes an automated cutscene fly-through of the interior, with the backsides of all seats sporting big, bright Chrysler logos.
  • Visa: the Visa logo is prevalent through the entire game, most notably during a jigsaw sequence in which players have to reassemble a broken glass pane from a store counter marked with a big Visa sticker. As part of one investigation, players have to track account data of a credit card. Brass relates the results, stating: "Good folks over there at Visa!"

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