Murdered: Soul Suspect starts off with a terrible pun but what it offers is a very atmospheric game.
Appearances can be deceiving and I assume that the low score and bad reviews come from the fact that the game is quite different from other games out there. It could look like a supernatural detective story à la LA Noire set in Salem but it doesn't focus on the same elements. In a way it's more focused and doesn't feature third person shooting like LA Noire (which is a relief). It's also much more forgiving when it comes to solving "cases" and that's probably what most people see as the game's main fault.
Murdered is a game in which story matters the most and it's definitely not a game for the impatient. Looking for clues means going through beautiful environments and having the patience to explore every nooks and crannies. In some ways it's part point and click adventure and hidden object game. But it's not just that. It has some really nice gameplay complementing the supernatural aspects. Since you're playing a ghost you will be able to use interesting abilities to move around, interact and gather information.
The atmosphere is excellent and the game is simply gorgeous. It's rather linear so replaying would only mean picking up clues you may have missed in your first run so whether or not this will warrant a second run will be up to you but this is the sort of game that has more appeal the first time through when it's still filled with mystery.
I won't spoil it for you. In any case that's definitely worth a look if you're yearning for something different and enjoy adventure games. It's not a true detective story but it's still a great experience.
Last but not least, it's currently on sale on Steam
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