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It’s well done, and the game does a good job of reproducing the atmosphere of the TV series. Unfortunately it does suffer from the same rather plodding pace as most other adventure games. As a result, CSI will mainly appeal to logically-minded adventure fans who enjoy the challenge of working their way through the game’s many detailed puzzles.
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Overall this title features a number of nice touches that will make it worth the price of admission for fans of the series. It was a game I eagerly anticipated as a CSI fan, but was somehow left waiting for next week’s installment. Overall, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation falls short of its potential. It's tough to recommend CSI to anyone other than fans of the show.
Das Spiel erreicht leider nicht die Qualität der Serie. So ist CSI mit nur fünf Fällen eindeutig zu kurz ausgefallen und mit einem Preis von 50 Euro ist es viel zu teuer. Eine besondere Unverschämtheit ist es, dass man in Deutschland den doppelten Preis für das Spiel zahlen muss. Games4Mac empfiehlt mit einem möglichen Kauf von CSI noch abzuwarten, bis das Spiel einen Preis von etwa 10 bis 15 Euro erreicht hat. Denn pro Spielstunde bzw. Fall 10 Euro zu blechen ist eindeutig zu viel, da würde ich persönlich lieber zur DVD-Box der TV-Serie raten. Sieht man über die Mängel hinweg, hat das Spiel gute Ansätze und macht durchaus Spaß, gute Englisch-Kenntnisse vorausgesetzt.
Overall, CSI is an okay crime game, but I can't recommend it for several reasons. Namely, there are only five cases. Solving them takes less than an hour each, and you get so many hints along the way, even without asking the CSI agent for help, that it takes no skill to find out who committed the crime. You can't make a mistake because if you try to use the wrong tool you're told either that you can't use it or to use a similar tool. I found it amusing that several times I tried dusting for prints only to be told that there were no prints there. I would have preferred to be allowed to try rather than be told that it wouldn't have turned up anything. The only challenge is to get 100% in each of the cases, and doing that relies more on completing the steps in the order CSI wants you to rather than using any investigative ability.