CSI: Fatal Conspiracy Review

Game: CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
Genre: Mystery, Adventure
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Review By: Illmatic

Many of us know CSI as the popular television series. Like anything popular, a video game usually accompanies it. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy is the third installment from the franchise for the next gen consoles. Does Fatal Conspiracy live up to the popular television series, or is Fatal Conspiracy a case that should remain untouched?

Story/Gameplay: Fatal conspiracy puts you in the shoes of an un-named investigator. Through each case you are working alongside one of your fellow investigators to investigate crime scenes and collect evidence. Fatal Conspiracy has 5 cases (episodes) in the game, all of which tie together. The main plot of the game is to take down a dangerous drug lord. There are very well written stories in each episode, however, I can’t go into specifics without giving the story away. Gameplay is simple, its point and click the whole way through. Much like the television show, you will incorporate many crime scene investigation tools. Each tool is used to obtain evidence in a unique way. The object of the game is to visit different crime scenes and interrogate people to find out what is going on. When certain evidence is collected it can be taken to the lab, once in the lab it can be processed to hopefully uncover some understanding of the case at hand. There are many twists in the story and fans of the show will easily find some similarities between the game and the television show.

Graphics: Fatal Conspiracy has a great storyline behind it, so why not throw in some nice visuals to match. This game suffers from a lot of frame rate issues. There were times when I was playing when the drop in frame rate was very noticeable. The game also has some very outdated looking graphics. I understand that this title wasn’t meant to be a triple A title, but a little smoothing around the edges wouldn’t have hurt. This game could have been a very good game had the developers spent a little more time on the graphics.

Sound: The sound in Fatal Conspiracy is done quite well. The original actors from the television series return to do voice work for their matching character in the game.

Controls: The controls in Fatal Conspiracy are simple, a little too simple. The way the game controls can be very boring at times. You control the cursor with one analog stick and you control the camera with the other while using the A button to use an investigation tool, thats pretty much the majority of your controls for the game.

Wishes/Changes: There are a few things that I would change with Fatal Conspiracy. The first thing that I would change is the graphics. As I mentioned before, the game has poor graphics and the frame rate slows to a crawl a lot. The second thing that I would change are the controls. I understand that there isn’t a whole lot to change with the controls but the developers could have incorporated some Kinect functionality in it, making the game a lot more fun to play.

TQ Bottom Line: CSI: Fatal Conspiracy is at best, a rental. The story line is good but there isn’t much to play after you complete the 5 episodes. The price point on this game is perfect for fans of the series looking for a video game rendition of the show. CSI: Fatal Conspiracy earns 3 Michelas out of 5.

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Ubisoft
Available On: Xbox 360 (Reviewed), PS3, PC
MSRP: $29.99