Excerpt: If you’ve played one of the CSI console games, then you should feel right at home with NCIS. But NCIS is more faithful to the show than the CSI games were, not to mention some welcome enhancements have been made. The core mechanics require you to examine various locations, track down clues, analyze the clues, put the pieces in place, then solve the crime. If this sounds like a point & click adventure, that is because at heart, that’s what NCIS is.
Summary: : Well, if you’re the sort of person who loves the idea of adding a thousand points to your gamer score in a day (I’m looking at you DJ), NCIS is probably worth a rental, but otherwise? It’s basically a waste of your time on nearly every level. The characters look fine, the audio is adequate, and the game is simple enough to play that you won’t have to strain yourself to do so regardless of your skill level.
Excerpt: Ubisoft’s virtual forensics and investigation point-and-clickers have always found a nice, if budgety, niche in CSI -branded spinoffs like Hard Evidence and Fatal Conspiracy . Integriswabs and body-fluid sampling ensued, with silly but somewhat lo-fi results. Now, with the first Xbox step into the world of TV’s NCIS , Ubisoft swaps its CSI formula of DNA-matching and corpse-fondling for the CBS show’s more po-faced, military bent.
Pros: + Hey, easy Achievements and Gamerscore aplenty!
Cons: ? Can’t NCIS HR slap a cease-and-desist order on DiNozzo’s cheesy stream of innuendo?
Summary: Popular TV show begets awful video game again in Ubisoft Shanghai's NCIS. This point-and-click adventure is a mockery of the hit CBS TV series on which the game is based, with childish gameplay based on a handful of repetitive minigames, laughably saw-it-coming plots, and none of the show's leading cast members in. This game exists solely to try to con series fans out of their money.
Pros: Provides some laughs and 1,000 very easy Xbox achievement points
Conclusion: With most of the core gameplay mechanics being minigames and tedious investigations, it makes the game tough to see it through to the end. Aged graphics and bad voice acting just top off this bad game. Overall there is not much to save this game or make it worth your time.
Excerpt: The Xbox 360 version was sent over from Ubisoft to check out. For those of our readers that do not know about NCIS, this is an America TV show following a fictitious team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team which is based at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. The show has an ensemble cast and is a character driven show, with comic elements sprinkled throughout.
Excerpt: On September 23, 2003 CBS released the first episode of NCIS. Renewed for its ninth season, it was voted as America’s Favorite TV show in 2011. The video game, released by Ubisoft, is based on the TV series and lets fans of the TV show investigate murder, espionage and terrorism all while utilizing each investigator’s expertise. Was the game able to deliver what fans of the series would expect of a video game with its name?
Excerpt: , or Naval Criminal Investigative Service, has been hugely successful in the US, drawing massive ratings over nearly 200 episodes with well constructed mysteries and strong character dynamics.
Excerpt: Cela fait belle lurette que la troupe des Experts a investi nos PC, puis nos consoles, pour nous faire participer à leurs aventures bien sanglantes. La série policière NCIS leur emboîte maintenant le pas, avec un premier épisode vous proposant de résoudre quatre affaires distinctes, et également disponible sur Wii...
Conclusion: Die Idee von Ubisoft, aus NCIS ein Videospiel zu kreieren, ist an sich nicht schlecht. Doch bei der Umsetzung sollten die Entwickler die Schulbank noch einmal drücken. Schon bei der CSI-Reihe wurde die “Maussteuerung“ mit einem Controller / Analogen Stick stark kritisiert und fand kein Gefallen bei der Community. Auch die unschöne Grafik ist heut zu Tage selbst für den anspruchslosesten Gamer eine Beleidigung für das Auge.