Detective Games

Battlefield Hardline


Ahh, Battlefield Hardline or as I like to call it the forgotten Battlefield game. Released in 2015 for pretty much everything, this game just came and went. It is a spin-off from the Battlefield ...

Persona 4 Golden


Persona 4 Golden is one of the best games for the PlayStation Vita. It started life out as a PS2 game before getting that HD paint for the Vita. Now thanks to Steam, we have the ultimate version of ...

Simulacra 2


I am so numb to the world of mobile gaming that it takes something pretty special to make me take notice. Simulacra 2 is a game that fits gaming on a phone perfectly and it is one of the most ...

Disco Elysium


Let me start by saying I am sure that Disco Elysium is going to appear on many games of the year lists! This is a fantastic and incredibly well-made adventure/RPG/point-and-click style game that is ...

The Council


A genre that has experienced somewhat of a renewed renaissance in the past several years is the graphic adventure video game. And The Council is a very well-received representative thereof. It is ...

Whether a procedural story-based point-and-click adventure or something more involved like a first-person mystery game, detective games have been a mainstay of the industry since PCs began pumping out text-based adventures in the late 1970s.

Whether it is a super noir experience like Max Payneor a courtroom drama with anime overtones like Capcom’s Ace Attorney series, the central focus of most detective games is the solving of some kind of mystery. This can be a murder mystery, theft, or even an exploration of supernatural themes – such as in Silent Hill, a game many think falls into the genre with its narrative structure and the gradual unveiling of the central mystery.

Of course, strongly represented in this genre are the point-and-click PC games of yesteryear such as Snatcherand the old Sherlock Holmes series. More modern examples of the genre such as LA Noire and Heavy Rain are heavily inspired by detective films as depicted in the golden age of Hollywood – that is, heavy on the noir elements and cinematic effects.

One thing common to almost every detective game is a strong narrative, without which the game rarely works. Titles like The Evil Withinstraddle the world of horror and detective games quite masterfully, almost blending the two together seamlessly. This would lead one to surmise that a detective game must feature a detective in some way.

While typical, the more common theme to detective games is the process of unveiling, through discovery, some narrative that is otherwise heavily shrouded in mystery and this makes these games different from say an epic RPG where the stakes are quite well known to other people in the in-game world.

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