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Description

It seems that the relationship between Tex Murphy, the private investigator in post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and his sweetheart Chelsee finally entered a happy phase. Tex is going on a date with Chelsee, they talk about their feelings and their future, and Chelsee asks Tex to tell her the story of his first case as a PI. This is where the player begins the game - as young Tex, still an idealist, full of energy and with none of the ironic bitterness of his later years.

A beautiful girl enters his office. Her name is Sylvia Linsky, and she asks him to investigate a case. Her father, Carl Linsky, has apparently committed suicide. But although there seems to be nothing suspicious in the circumstances of his death, Sylvia tells Tex she is convinced it was a murder. Tex's first investigation, which will influence his entire life, is about to begin.

The general storyline of Overseer is similar to that of Mean Streets, the first game in Tex Murphy series, but it is told in a much more detailed way; gameplay style and locations are for the most part completely different. The gameplay system is similar to the one first implemented in Under a Killing Moon. The player can move around in a fully 3D environment, which can be viewed from different positions and angles at any time. Dialogues and cutscenes feature live actors. There are a number of puzzles to solve in Overseer, but in-game help is available if players find them too difficult.

Screenshots

Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Law and Order building.
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Usually the man with the gun has a strong persuading power...
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Tex's Office
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows A dinner with Chelsee (DVD version)

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User Reviews

The end of the road for one of the greatest series ever! William Shawn McDonie (1088) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Once Upon a Time... MAT (126498) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

JeuxVideoPC.com Nov 20, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 30, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Apr, 1998 79 out of 100 79
PC Action Jun 17, 1998 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker Apr, 1998 69 out of 100 69
Gamezilla May 03, 1998 68 out of 100 68
Gambler Jul, 1998 67 out of 100 67
GameSpot Apr 06, 1998 6.3 out of 10 63

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Trivia

Cut content

There was originally a character called Vanessa that was to be played by Regina Cronenweth. Like in Mean Streets, Vanessa was supposed to be Tex's secretary for him to get random information from. However, the actress had to be cut from the game. As Aaron Conners explains on the Unofficial Tex Murphy web site:

Regina Cronenweth was a gorgeous, sexy actress with the body of a Venus and the voice of a Schwarzenegger. I'm not kidding. You could hardly understand a word and it was not what you'd call a "pretty" accent. Eventually, we decided the trade-off wasn't worth it and cut her from the game. The only person who benefited from this was Adrian Carr, who not only got to "audition" Regina, I'm pretty sure he kept a videotape of her in a variety of revealing costumes. Then he tried to justify it all by putting her in the title sequence.

In the game, she has been replaced with AID, Tex's computerized assistant.

Remake

Overseer is a loose remake of the original Tex Murphy game, Mean Streets.

Overseer was the first DVD-ROM game ever produced. In fact, the package not only comes with the CDs necessary to play the game, but also the DVD version (with DVD-quality video) on a single DVD disc.

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MAT (126498) added Tex Murphy: Overseer (Windows) on May 19, 2000