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Solve intriguing, true-to-life murder mysteries in this adventure game, the 4th one based upon the popular Law & Order television series which, like the ones before it, features voice-overs by the actors and actresses from the show. Unlike the previous games, however, Criminal Intent is played using a 3rd person perspective rather than 1st.

Players will control the persona of New York Detective Robert Goren as he hits the streets in search of the killers. Use modern day investigative tricks of the trade to communicate and analyze information and evidence. Choose the manner in which Goren questions witnesses and suspects to try and get answers to important questions during interrogations: confrontational, deceptive, flattering, deceptive, straightforward and empathetic. Using your instinctive powers of deduction, put everything together to build criminal profiles and "get inside the mind" of the murderers.

As Goren, players will need to investigate 3 different homicides, each with different scenarios, evidence, witnesses, suspects and motives. You are able to switch between Goren's available cases at will and return to them when ready. Then, a 4th murder occurs which brings to light a much larger plot connecting them all.

The game features a point-and-click interface, 3 difficulty levels (which control the amount of helpful hints you receive), a travel map, inventory objects to collect and use, as well as over 50 speaking non-player characters.


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Alternate Titles

  • "法律与秩序:犯罪动机" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Закон и порядок: Преступный умысел" -- Russian title
  • "New-York: Section Criminelle" -- French Title
  • "Law & Order 4" -- Informal Name
  • "Criminal Intent" -- German Title

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Critic Reviews

Adventurearchiv Dec 30, 2005 82 out of 100 82
Adventure-Treff Jul 15, 2007 80 out of 100 80
GameZone Oct 28, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GamesFire Aug 19, 2007 64 out of 100 64
GameSpy Nov 18, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Dec 19, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Adventure Gamers Nov 21, 2005 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Game Watcher Jan 13, 2006 5 out of 10 50
GotNext Nov 03, 2005 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2006 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars 0


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This is the fourth game to get 0 out of 5 stars from Computer Gaming World. The three other games given a 0 out of 5 by this magazine include (in the order of when they were reviewed) Postal 2, Mistmare, and Dungeon Lords.


Beginning in 2006 Legacy Interactive is releasing the 4 murder cases of Criminal Intent for download as individual episodes.
  • Episode 1: The Vengeful Heart
  • Episode 2: Dark Obsession
  • Episode 3: Deadly Love
  • Episode 4: Fatal Conclusion
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Jeanne (76519) added Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Windows) on Nov 06, 2005