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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence (Windows)

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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 Windows Evidence collection kit
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Windows Crime Scene Diagram screen
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Windows Main Menu
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Windows Warrick Brown

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... vicrabb (6981) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Bild Spiele Jan 02, 2008 2.16 out of 6 77
Just Adventure Jan 21, 2008 B 75 Jan 23, 2008 74 out of 100 74
GameStar (Germany) Oct 31, 2007 68 out of 100 68
IGN Oct 19, 2007 6.1 out of 10 61
Looki Oct, 2007 60 out of 100 60
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 09, 2007 59 out of 100 59 Jan 11, 2008 56 out of 100 56 Oct 17, 2007 11 out of 20 55
GameSpot Oct 04, 2007 5.5 out of 10 55


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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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Jeanne (75620) added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence (Windows) on Oct 06, 2007
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