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New and veteran gamers alike—at least the ones with PS3s—have been waiting for tomorrow with bated breath: Heavy Rain finally drops...and makes a splash...like rain...that's heavy! Like our current cover man Drake, Heavy Rain has accumulated an immense amount of pre-release hype, but if you've played the demo (or own a brain that functions), you'll know that there's good reason for it. Developers Quantic Dream are the same team that brought us Indigo Prophecy, and HR is about to pair that innovation with the layer of polish that they couldn't quite attain the first time around. In other words: game-changer...

The thing is, while Heavy Rain is on some next-level stuff, the one thing that gives us the tiniest bit of pause is the game's detective bent. Call us crazy, but when it comes to detective games, we've seen good, bad, and some truly horrendous (we're looking at you Psychic Detective). So before you go all Sherlock Holmes on us, make sure you know what you're getting into: put away your magnifying glass and weird double-billed houndstooth cap and 7% cocaine solution and get a clue about the history of detective games.

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TITLE: Sherlock Homles: Consulting Detective: Volume 2 (1994)
CONSOLE(S): SEGA CD
COMPLEX SAYS: Yep, the O.G. of detective work had his own game. Too bad that shit was the yawn of the Baskervilles. With SEGA x Sherlock, you'd think they could do a lot better than point, click, read. At least the game has a built-in alarm clock, in case you fall asleep reading the billion-odd pages of clues.

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TITLE: Psychic Detective (1996)
CONSOLE(S): PSX, PC
COMPLEX SAYS: Remember when everyone was trying to do the whole live-action cut-scene thing a la Resident Evil? All the acting in the world couldn't save this game. Psychic detective work is not only boring, it's straight-up cheating. Yeah, we're talking to you, The Mentalist!

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TITLE: Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (2005)
CONSOLE(S): Xbox, PC
COMPLEX SAYS: Not only is COCDCOTE one of the scariest titles around, but as you play a private detective who was just released from the insane asylum you landed in thanks to your last case, it's safe to say that the detective work is serious. Think not? You try figuring out what happened to a missing person while dealing with dead bodies, demons, creepers, screen blurring, and people trying to kill you.

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TITLE: Indigo Prophecy (2005)
CONSOLE(S): Xbox, PS2, PC
COMPLEX SAYS: Indigo Prophecy a classic title that changed gaming; it also introduced a control scheme that—while slightly difficult to catch on to—made things all the more real. Sure, Lucas isn't exactly a detective, but when you wake up in a stall after killing someone while under the influence an evil telepath and the cops are looking for you, you're probably going to put in some work on the whole "clearing your name" thing.

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TITLE: Touch Detective 2 1/2 (2007)
CONSOLE(S): Nintendo DS
COMPLEX SAYS: Named after the man who helped you find out what those frat broskis put in your drink, the Touch Detective series became a staple in the video game world one point and click at a time. Is it a game for younger kids? Yes. Does that make the title any creepier? Sure, but if we judged games by their names, we'd have to steer clear of a lot of them.

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TITLE: Condemned 2: Bloodshot (2008)
CONSOLE(S):
COMPLEX SAYS: We're big fans of the first Condemned, and when the sequel came into play, we were pretty happy about it. You play as Ethan Thomas, a detective who after the first game drifted into a life of alcoholism and homelessness but is back on the job. Not only do you get to play detective, but you also hit dudes over the head with their pipe. Which is extra-fun in a Charles Bronsony kind of way.

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TITLE: Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
CONSOLE(S): Xbox 360, PS3, PC
COMPLEX SAYS: Sure, it's a superhero game, but Bruce Wayne is a genius and in our world—where we don't believe in pedantic British cokeheads—Batman is the greatest detective of all time. 'Nuff said.

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TITLE: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (2009)
CONSOLE(S): Nintendo DS
COMPLEX SAYS: After those of us in the Western world met the professor via Professor Layton and the Curious Village, we decided that we'd roll with the genius puzzle-solver wherever he went, even if he insisted on bringing his pre-teen male "sidekick" everywhere he went. Doesn't that kid have a mom or something? Who lets their children go globetrotting with an old-ass dude in a top hat who drinks that much tea?

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TITLE: Ace Attorney Investigations (2010)
CONSOLE(S):
COMPLEX SAYS: After all the Phoenix Wright games, Miles Edgeworth finally gets his own game! Sure, dude dresses like Prince, but Ace Attorney Investigations is probably king of the detective games on any Nintendo system.

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TITLE: L.A. Noire (2010?)
CONSOLE(S): 360, PS3
COMPLEX SAYS: Technically, L.A. Noire isn't out yet, and with x amount of years in the making, it may be the Detox of gaming, but we're still amped for it. Plus we're hoping they talk like it's the '40s. Yeah, see! It's over for you mugs!


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