Top 5 with Lisa Foiles: Top 5 Detective Games

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Top 5 Detective Games

Lisa dives into the seedy underbelly of the best detective games out there.

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I really love detective stories so this list was made for me. For some strange reason I also played all of the games mentioned in it. Great choices!

999 is a really GREAT game on this list! Thanks for adding it :) It really has a certain "detective story flair" to it. Your number 1 choice would not have been mine... The game just did not fire me up at all. But you are right that it hit several right tones... But the song was just not mine :(

Loses points for yet another Sam & Max. Makes up for lost points because of criminal Kevin interrogation dramatization (tm). Also, points for Lisa looking good as always, and for reminding me that I need to finish playing LA Noire. So overall positive score on this episode, keep 'em coming Ms. Foiles.

Your cat stole the show so hard it isn't even funny. He's almost as cool as Smooth McGroove's cat, Charl.

Alas poor Planty O'Toole, I knew her well. RIP Planty

We need a spin off show staring Kevin XD

OT: I wonder how Sam and Max will enter the top five list next week or be mentioned :D

Damn, I never expected to see a cat so cooperative on camera. Do you know a trainer who works for pet food commercials?

Also, the music cracked me up. It sounds like it's straight out of a porno.

Wait wait, I thought LA Noir was an absolute flop? Wasn't it one of those games that after about a week everyone realized it wasn't even close to the hype and it just kinda' faded away?
I remember I put it down about...3/5th through simply because I was so uninterested with the characters or story. Lisa said there was great character performance, but it was so uncanny valley for me. Just overly expressive faces and bad voice acting, like everyone was doing a Joker impression, and a bad one at that.

Excellent intro. Got some really good laughs out of me.

My only problem with L.A. Noir is the absolute lack of replay value. Once you have played though the cases, there is basically nothing to do and no challenge in replaying the main story. However the game is a marvel in video game acting!

Awh! No Hotel Dusk or Last Window? Those two are so underrated but still I am glad to see Layton on the list.

I'm a little surprised at The Wolf Among Us getting no love here. I do understand it's episodic and technically "not finished yet", but it's a gripping detective story, nonetheless.

On the other hand, maybe The Wolf Among Us doesn't quite "qualify" as a detective game, being a Telltale-trademark interactive storybook...

Also, I would mention games like the Myst series, for their focus on mystery-solving, though not exactly "detective" work per se.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars!

Lisa took the words right out of my mouth: she really does bring up Sam and Max a LOT. Probably the most quoted the game in her whole show. Not that I'm complaining, lovely games.

Good episode. Definitely makes me re-consider both the Tex Murphy games (somehow I didn't catch that they were sci-fi, major plus for me) as well as L.A. Noire. Just got to get over that adventure game phobia, I suppose.

Planty! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why Kevin, why?
Lord knows how many takes you needed to get the cat to cooperate. I was a tad worried because she didn't say she made this list because of the new Tex Murphy game, but I'm glad she added the whole series.

tarnim80:
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars!

That's a detective game? I thought it was in the same genre of "ancient conspiracy mystery" genre as Assassin's Creed. Which, interestingly enough, had an Easter Egg for it. Assassin's Creed III has a weapon you can craft named the Broken-Sword Knife, the strongest small weapon in the game.

No love for the classic Carmen Sandiego games?

canadamus_prime:
No love for the classic Carmen Sandiego games?

I was going to comment that too. The detective game so cool it originally included the World Almanac with the game to help you solve the clues.

I expected all 5 to be Sam and Max, glad you had them in there, keep mentioning them, also Monkey Island :)

Top 5 five detectives and no Gabriel Knight? Colour me dubious.

IridRadiant:

canadamus_prime:
No love for the classic Carmen Sandiego games?

I was going to comment that too. The detective game so cool it originally included the World Almanac with the game to help you solve the clues.

Of course Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego was frickin insane.

definitely gonna play some of the games on this list (la noire im looking at you). but at the moment, my favorite detective game is Insecticide for the ds (i think it also had a pc version). you play as chrys lyst, a detective in the insecticide devision in a post apocalyptic world where bugs have become sentient and civilized. great story full of intrigue: the mystery solving was tough, and the combat sections where fun. undoubtedly my favorite ds game!

No love for Anachronox? You literally play a textbook down on his luck gumshoe who starts the game getting thrown though a window in a seedy bar.

I've never pictured Lisa as a Noir Detective story dame, after seeing this video I'm having trouble not picturing her as such. I'll be in my bunk...

canadamus_prime:
No love for the classic Carmen Sandiego games?

McShizzle:
Top 5 five detectives and no Gabriel Knight? Colour me dubious.

Pipotchi:
No love for Anachronox? You literally play a textbook down on his luck gumshoe who starts the game getting thrown though a window in a seedy bar.

Damn, I was hoping I could pip in and mention one of those three before anyone else... ah well. Those are all fantastic detective games; Carmen Sandiego is one of the first games I remember playing on a black-and-yellow Apple IIe. I had to play with an adult, though - not because I needed help with the clues (young geography nerd alert!) but because I was scared of the weapons the henchmen threw if you got too close.

As for Anachronox, I got pretty far through the game before a PC upgrade and lost my save file. I (re)bought the game on GOG; one of these days I'll reinstall and beat it. Great game from what I remember - it oozed character. (Also, there's a Dopefish cameo!)

The bit with Kevin was absolutely hysterical

Quick question, for anyone even slightly more interested in that upcoming soul suspect game, but every time I hear the plot summary I always think of Ghost Trick, is it just Ghost Trick, or am I just ignorant?

It was mentioned before, I will mention again. No love for Carmem Sandiego?

oh, god, that lipstick. No, just no. You said you were past this, looks like you lied.

That is one photogenic cat. My kitty tends to stop doing cute things the moment we point the camera at her.

Also any mention of 999 is great I find that series is so rarely talked about and technically there is a detective character in that game though i don't want to say too much for the sake of spoilers. the follow up game Virtues last rewards was even better with more puzzles and twists with some familiar faces and somehow continues the story of the first game (from the true ending) but also tells it's own story. Also it is mechanically superior in every way to the first game as you never have to redo rooms and it has an in game note system.

Kevin is an amazing actor, and is now my favourite redhead.

Scarim Coral:
Awh! No Hotel Dusk or Last Window? Those two are so underrated but still I am glad to see Layton on the list.

I loved both Hotel Dusk and its sequel (though Hotel Dusk was stronger). And oddly enough, one of my other favorite detective games was Deadly Premonition, but I know for certain that wasn't everyone's cup of tea.

I'm a serious fan of Kevin:) Great episode. I am suspicious though, as it's a detective episode and many of us where wondering if Kevin was killed after the last episode...then there is a best detective episode...and lots of footage of Kevin....but when was it filmed?

Maybe it wasn't the plant that was killed...but instead...used to hide the REAL murder!!

We need a detective on this stat!!

Wait, was that bit of meat you gave Kevin covered with cheese? Ewwwww...

I am forced to third Gabriel Knight (all the games), but I also liked the CSI games, which have a detective-y feel since you are playing a crime scene investigator. Hard Evidence, the original CSI, and the CSI New York Game are all great games, with you looking for evidence and solving crimes. Okay, you're a cop, not a PI, but so is Cole in L.A. Noire, so...

Just logging in to give Lisa mad props for mentioning 999. Such a marvelous game *_*

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