Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer is neat and detailed but simple at the same time. The sound effects and the music score is good and the voice acting is effective enough. The downside is the plot, it is shallow and not all that interesting. I don't speak French but I know a bad pronunciation when I hear it. There are puzzles that are interesting and then there are some which are too silly to even consider compelling.
Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer opens in New Orleans. A squad of SWAT guys march into a seemingly unused and unoccupied warehouse. They search through the area and find a corpse which had been horribly tortured and killed hanging way up high on hooks and wires, looking like a grotesque puppet. It is a shocking and macabre vision which I must admit scared me. The first thought was yell scream oh, it's a game the next thoughts, this is so much better that the original game. Whoa! Okay, so I screamed, so what? That is the first impact which made me realize that this is something out of the ordinary.
The SWAT teams are there because of The Puppeteer, a baffling case of a serial killer that has the habit of making the victims looking like a puppet reminiscent of a Degas painting. Now, this all seems really strange, hard to wrap the head around with on the first impact but it goes on and on. Soon, I felt that the whole thing was getting more and more familiar but I didn't know why. Until I hit on it: it was like Silence of the Lambs and Still Life all rolled into one. The feeling of familiarity grew until I reached the point when I said to myself, what is going on and do I like what is going on?
Okay, that said, the whole thing is really unoriginal and I felt a little down, especially after that first squeal. The character played is Special Agent Nicole Bonnet and she is so like Clarice Starling it is creepy. She is the one destined to find the serial killer and has to go through the records with a fine toothed comb. She soon finds that the victims are well chosen and the scenes are patterned after the dark periods in the history of Europe.
Now, don't get me wrong. After playing the game in its entirety, it is not that irritating or frustrating, it just creeped me out. There are the obvious drawbacks and the simplicity is not so bad. The overall experience is good and is just as good, if not better, than FBI Confidential. I know there are issues, but I must accept the fact that it is a good game to play. It can be a bit macabre, but in a simple way. This simplicity is what really got me in the end. The overall feel after playing lingers on for hours and days, and I say that if a game gives me these long lasting effects, then there is something to it that was well done.