CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence

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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 Doc Robbins can give you basic information like the cause of death, murder weapon or the time of death.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Windows Crime Scene Diagram screen
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Xbox 360 This doesn't look to be the friend of a victim.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Xbox 360 Uncovering the truth will show the video flashes of things that have or might have transpired.

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 (6976)

Critic Reviews

Computer Bild Spiele Windows Jan 02, 2008 2.16 out of 6 77
Nintendo-Online.de Wii Mar 28, 2008 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers Wii Jan 31, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2007 13 out of 20 65
IGN Windows Oct 19, 2007 6.1 out of 10 61
Adventure Gamers Windows Oct 24, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Apr 04, 2008 12 out of 20 60
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Oct 09, 2007 59 out of 100 59
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2007 57 out of 100 57
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Oct 13, 2007 4 out of 10 40


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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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