Investigate your own murder in a new PC game endorsed by Double Fine's Tim Schafer

In sci-fi noir adventure game Last Life you play a recently slain private investigator and must get to the bottom of your murder; Double Fine to provide advising and distributing help.

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What would it be like to solve your own murder? That's exactly the premise of a new adventure indie game from Los Angeles-based developer Sam Farmer, who launched a $75,000 Kickstarter campaign this week for a PC project called Last Life. At press time, the campaign has raised $48,552 from 2,328 backers with 24 days remaining.

According to Farmer, Last Life is "sci-fi noir adventure game" that is set on a transhumanist colony on Mars. You play murdered detective Jack Parker, who is 3D printed back into existence to re-open his case and investigate his own demise.

If that plot sounds familiar, it's because Square Enix's Murdered: Soul Suspect also tasks the player with solving their own murder. That's where the similarities end, however. Last Life will be told across three "engrossing" episodes, Farmer says.

Farmer says Last Life was inspired by adventure games Kentucky Route Zero and Telltale's The Walking Dead series. Like those games, Last Life will focus on atmosphere and storytelling, and it will also challenge your interrogation and deduction skills, he says.

Last Life has drawn the praise of adventure game veteran Tim Schafer, who gamers know as one of the main designers behind the Monkey Island and Psychonauts franchises, as well as the action game Brutal Legend. On Last Life's Kickstarter page, Schafer says, "As soon as we saw it, we loved it. And we knew we wanted to get involved and help out in any way that we could."

As a means to do that, Schafer's own studio, Double Fine Productions, will assist Farmer and his team at Rocket Science by providing advisory and distribution services for Last Life. The first episode of Last Life is expected to arrive in May 2015. You can read more about the game at its Kickstarter page.

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Discussion

56 comments
pgl163
pgl163

Umm. MURDERED SOUL SUSPECT?Nobody see it's a copying of idea?

stev69
stev69

It doesn't say anywhere in the article that its a brand new idea that nobody has ever thought of. Saying its been done before blah blah blah, is like saying tomorrow at dawn the sun will rise. You aren't telling anybody anything they don't already know

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

The fact this already has "$48,552 from 2,328 backers with 24 days remaining" is baffling.  Folks need to open their eyes and realise they're paying for something that's already been done!


That said.. I may propose a kickstarter to re-invent Call of Duty.  That could actually make me millions :O

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

This kind of plot actually goes way, -WAY- back.

tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhodunnitToMe

It's becoming a cliché, in my eyes.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

It's frikin Murdered Soul Suspect, and the similarities don't end at "you solve your own crime". The guy is a private investigator, the noir atmosphere, even the murder is similar (the shot in the chest, the jump through the window).

nixxin25
nixxin25

The "investigate your own murder" hook of this game and many others already mentioned in the comments are probably just going to become a sub-genre of Murder Mystery Games, books, films, etc. If they haven't already.


And that's totally O.K if you ask me.

lostn
lostn

Hmm.. where have I heard this plot before.. Ghost Trick, Shadow of Destiny/Memories, Murdered: Soul Suspect?

deadpen
deadpen

Anyone else play Shadow of destiny?

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

So basically someone saw Murder Suspect and thought hey lets try out the same just with a tiny budget and in graphics that noone really cares for.


hmm interesting or not.



apolloooo
apolloooo

sounds like ghost trick and that new square enix game

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

*Sigh*

This episodic nightmare is spreading its roots now.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

This reminds me more of Grim Fandango than some SE game I've never heard of.

nixxin25
nixxin25

Sounds exactly like Ghost Trick for Nintendo DS. That's cool I guess.

whippyice
whippyice

hold up i have just read this and re read this and read it again, just to make sure that i wasn't wrong and i read the comments too but sorry NO this is a total rip on Soul supect the main guy is even wearing a tribly style hat, sorry no go on this one. they even shoot the guy out of a window i'm supprised the guy isn't smoking

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Fr Those of you saying they aren't ripping off Soul Suspect yes they are on some level, even the scene where he gets shot out of the window is very similar to the beginning of SS, I'm guessing the rest will be different but to say they didn't take aspects from Soul Suspects game is a lie I think.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So they're ripping off Soul Suspect before it's even out!?  Come on now.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

The first 4 words made me think about Murdered SS then realized this is different. Looks like Square made the perfect campaing for that game.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

Examining them closely shows they are very different games.  Murdered:SS takes place on earth in Salem, MA.  Last Life is on Mars.  You are a ghost in Murdered but in Last Life you are a 3D printed copy of your former self.  Murdered is more horror/thriller inspired, Last Life is scifi/noir.  Murdered is full 3D with a dynamic 3rd person camera, Last Life seems to be sort of 2.5D with a fixed camera.  And their art styles really couldn't be much more different from one another.


Their central premise is similar and (unfortunately) their trailers are remarkably similar (guy gets shot by unknown assailant, falls through window down several stories, is left in the middle of the street in bloody heap, motivation is to find his own killer).


Oh, and of course, Murdered:SS was designed by committee to appeal to a mass user base focusing on 13-33 yo white males, by a developer that just fired a bunch of their staff to 'downsize'.  Last Life is being made by Sam Farmer.  I LOVE indie games!

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

The man with the gun did it.

Mystery solved.

hikaruai
hikaruai

Consider me anticipated :)

ggregd
ggregd

This isn't exactly a new and unique story idea.

LordTrexGuy
LordTrexGuy

Noobs, saying this is a copy of Murdered Souls Suspect. Both games are inspired by Shadow of Memories (with action added), so please play more than just triple A titles before dusting off your knowledge here.

sohail5566
sohail5566

what have this game already its called murdered soul suspect


blikketty
blikketty

Okay, I was curious, since everyone is whining that this is a ripoff of "M:SoSus"...... so I looked it up... M:SoSus is 3rd person,  looks like a mashup of LA Noire, Alan Wake, Heavy Rain per the preview here.... the setting looks to be present day, the coming back from death is very supernatural....  the whole game looks like something that would be a PS3 exclusive....


Last Life... looks a lot like a Tim Shafer sort of game... unique art style...the setting, gameplay,  and the way the guy "comes back to life" look like they have nothing in common with M:SoSus.... doesn't look at all like a modern 3rd person PS3ish kind of game... looks like the "investigating" is point and click rather than LA Noire style...... sooooo.. tell me again, other than the guy investigating his own death, how is this a ripoff?   Both of these games look like they have a lot more in common with other games that came before than they do with each other.... 

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

This might've been a good idea if it wasn't announced so close to the time that attention is being payed to Murdered Soul Suspect.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

This reminds me of another game that is coming out this year. Hmmm.

dogman7
dogman7

*cough* Murdered: Soul Suspect *cough*

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

People....STOP BEING MORONS AND LET THIS ALL CROWD FUNDING DIE!!!!

sanchango
sanchango

@pgl163  Umm, Did you not read the article? It clearly mentions the game you mentioned and more.

lostn
lostn

@deadpen Yep, great plot. I played it on PS2 and bought another copy on PSP. Wish the graphics were better though. The environment graphics were bad.

lostn
lostn

@Jacanuk Murdered: Soul Suspect stole the plot from Ghost Trick and Shadow of Destiny. And those games probably weren't the first to use that plot.

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

@OllieBrown A user base of young white males? How'd your ass feel after you pulled that one out? 

TheGreatOldOne
TheGreatOldOne

@OllieBrown investigating your own death isn't exactly a novel concept in gaming (Discworld Noir comes to mind, a game I recommend btw) but the execution, plot, angle and approach will always make each game different. We'll see, this game def has potential.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@Evil_Sidekick  STFU. Thanks to crowdfunding even most crazy ideas for games can come true. Even most niche genres can be revived. Risk is involved as anywhere else, so everybody should observe, who's really worth the money.

dogman7
dogman7

@Evil_Sidekick  I don't get it. Why would someone paying for something they want bother you? I'd take that anger and point it towards the free-to-play and "freemium" developers for stagnating gaming.

deadpen
deadpen

@lostn One of the first games I bought with my ps2 (didn't know about psp until I google'd it 2 hr ago). It had a GREAT plot and something fresh, yea the graphics were on the sad side but the game play (for me) made up for it.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@TheGreatOldOne The Discworld games bring me back, I know this game will be completely different then SS but the scene it shows of him being shot out of the high up window is very similar to SS's beginning.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@dogman7 Why?

Well, let's see.......

There is an old saying in economics that goes like this: "You need to lose money to make money".

With crowd funding, you only need a bunch of morons to make money and, if all goes right, to became rich.


Crowd Funding is not different from begging...only virtually.

lostn
lostn

@Evil_Sidekick @dogman7"There is an old saying in economics that goes like this: "You need to lose money to make money"."

It's called a kickstarter for a reason. If you don't have the money to make the game to begin with (who is going to lend money to Bob the programmer in his garage?) the project won't even get off the ground in the first place. KS provides a source of funding for things to begin. Crowd sourcing is like borrowing from a bank, except banks take a lot fewer risks than people who you promise a copy of the game to would.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@Evil_Sidekick "why didn't those guys fund the game themselves?" And where do they get the money to fund their game? Not everyone just has $100,000+ lying around. And how is it zero risk? If they give us broken shitty game in the end or screw people over, they're out of this business for good, no one will trust them anymore. They have the backers to answer to, internet wouldn't stay quiet about that.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@Fabian85  I think you guys missed my point. I never said that there aren't amazing games that came from crowd funding, and i bet great games will still appear....the point was, why didn't those guys fund the game themselves?

I know why...because it would be a gamble, they could lose money in the process.

This way, they have zero risks, all they can is win because it's not their money and they have no one to answer to.


People take risks every day, why would this guys be any different?

dogman7
dogman7

@Evil_Sidekick @dogman7  That's how making a product works. If you make something people like, they'll buy it and you'll make money. The only difference with crowd funding is that if not enough people like it, it doesn't get made.

blikketty
blikketty

@Evil_Sidekick @dogman7  "With AAA releases that get hyped to the ends of the earth and then end up being broken, crappy, or rehashes of stuff you have already played 1000 times before, you only need a bunch of morons to make money, and if all goes right, become EA."  There, I fixed that for you. 

Fabian85
Fabian85

So many great games come from crowd funding and kickstarter. Chivalry, planetary annihilation, star citizen etc list can go on for a long time they might not have happened otherwise.. youre the fool.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Evil_Sidekick So paying for PCs, tools, software etc. isn't losing money? Hmm, interesting. Begging would usually give them money, and give the person who gave them the money nothing in return. It's begging in the sense that someone playing an instrument in the street is begging.