Detective Games

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 Payne or 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 gradual unveiling of the central mystery.

Of course, strongly represented in this genre are the point and click PC games of yesteryear such as Snatcher and 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 most every detective game is a strong narrative, without which the game rarely works. Titles like The Evil Within straddle 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 jRPG where the stakes are quite well known to other people in the in-game world.

The Council

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 ...

L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire

It isn’t often that a neo-noir detective procedural gets made into a video game but such is the case with Team Bondi and Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire. This is a downloadable game that deftly combines a ...

The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 is the 2017 follow up to a very good horror downloadable game released in 2014. But does this manage to further improve the potential of the game and take it to new heights? As you ...

The Evil Within

The Evil Within

The Evil Within is a downloadable survival horror video game developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the first of two games in the series and was officially released ...

HellSign

HellSign

HellSign is a downloadable action RPG that is unlike anything else in the genre and has been developed by Ballistic Interactive, a team that is currently only known for this game, but due to its ...

Outlast 2

Outlast 2

A  first-person psychological survival horror game from Red Barrels, Outlast 2 is the 2017 sequel to the critically acclaimed downloadable 2013 game. As journalist Blake Langermann, players are ...

Return of the Obra Dinn

Return of the Obra Dinn

Coming to you from the maker of Papers, Please, the indie smash hit that simulates life as a mid-level Eastern European bureaucrat during the height of the Iron Curtain, Return of the Obra Dinn is a ...

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us is a downloadable episodic adventure game, based off of fairy-tale folklore and asks the question, what would these fairy-tale creatures be like in the real world. Developed by ...