Detective O’Connor is murdered but that’s where his adventure begins. / © Airtight Games
Having been on the trail of the notorious Bell Killer for some time Ronan finally corners his foe on the top floor of an apartment block and attempts to capture him. In the ensuing struggle Ronan is thrown from the window to the street below. While our protagonist fights to maintain consciousness, the Bell Killer exits the building and proceeds to fill Ronan with lead thus putting an end to the beleaguered cop. But rather than this being the end it is merely the beginning of his adventure.Having passed on, O’Connor encounters the spirit of his wife who died many years before and she tells him, rather upsettingly, that they cannot be together until he has finished what he started. This involves finally catching the Bell Killer, and so O’Connor finds himself trapped, still very much present in the real world but not in any meaningful physical sense.
Detective O’Connor must finish the Bell Killer case before he can be reunited with his wife. / © Airtight Games
For the player this is a bewildering set of circumstances and initially progression is simply a case of wandering around encountering other spirits who also inhabit this dreamlike space. O’Connor couldn’t apprehend the Bell Killer when he was alive so capturing him while dead is his ultimate struggle in Murdered: Soul Suspect.
But gradually, through these spirit encounters you learn that your ghostly form carries with it some decidedly useful abilities. Many buildings in the environment – which is a stunningly eerie combination of mundane, real-world structures and ethereal echoes of another realm – are consecrated