CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (video game)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI - Crime Scene Investigation Coverart.png
PC Cover art
Developer(s) 369 Interactive (Win, Xbox)
EPCConnect (Mac)
Publisher(s) Ubi Soft Entertainment (Win, Xbox)
Aspyr (Mac)
Platform(s) Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox
Release Windows
  • NA: March 26, 2003
  • PAL: May 15, 2003
  • WW: December 6, 2004
  • NA: December 14, 2004
  • PAL: February 4, 2005
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a video game based on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television series. The game was developed by 369 Interactive, published by Ubi Soft Entertainment, and was released for the PC in 2003. It was also ported by EPCConnect[1] and published by Aspyr on the Macintosh.[2]

This game, like CSI: Miami and CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder follows a distinct pattern of five cases, with the fifth case tying together the previous four. The Xbox version of the game however, also contains the cases from its successor: CSI: Dark Motives.

The Cases[edit]

Case 1: "Inn and Out"[edit]

A showgirl is found tied, gagged, and strangled to death in a hotel room. Suspects in this case are the owners of a record of priors involving women, and a man who she not only had sex with, but passed along a STD. Players work with Gil Grissom.

Case 2: "Light my Fire"[edit]

Investigate an arson at the home of an aviation designer. Only suspects in this case are the man's rival, and a local drug dealer. Players work with Sara Sidle.

Case 3: "Garvey's Beat"[edit]

Players and Nick Stokes investigate the cop killing of an officer and the case is a match to an old cold case.

Case 4: "More Fun than a Barrel of Corpses"[edit]

A strange call to the lab leads to the discovery of a female body. The woman is the daughter of a casino owner. The only suspects was a doctor, who had an affair with the dead woman and a pharmacist, who is also a suspect, and the doctor's wife. Players work with Warrick Brown.

Case 5: "Leda's Swan Song"[edit]

Grissom disappears after having been called out to a previous crime scene - from the previous case. And the last murderer you arrested in the previous case is beginning to sing her victory. Players work with Catherine Willows for discovering the link between the suspect, Grissom and another victim's death.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 64.10% (Win)[3]
43.43% (Xbox)[4]
Metacritic 61/100 (Win)[5]
45/100 (Xbox)[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Adventure Gamers 2/5 stars[7]
GameSpot 5.1/10[9]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[10]
GameZone 8.3/10[8]
IGN 8.2/10[11]

CSI's computer version sold 172,000 copies by the end of June 2003.[12] In the United States, it sold 250,000 copies and earned $6.6 million by August 2006, after its release in March 2003. It was the country's 80th best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006. Combined sales of all CSI computer games released between January 2000 and August 2006 had reached 520,000 in the United States by the latter date.[13] CSI's computer version received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[14] indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[15]

The game was met with mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 64.10% and 61 out of 100 for the PC version,[3][5] and 43.43% and 45 out of 100 for the Xbox version.[4][6]


  1. ^ "Aspyr Announces CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". Inside Mac Games. 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Aspyr Media ships CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Macintosh". Business Wire. 2004-12-06. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  3. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Evan Dickens (April 16, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Michael Lafferty (February 4, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - GameZone". GameZone. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ Ron Dulin (April 15, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Gamespot". Gamespot. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ Avi Fryman (April 30, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - GameSpy". GameSpy. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ David Krause (April 11, 2003). "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - IGN". IGN. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Record First-Quarter Sales of €66.5 Million – Up 107% (142% at Constant Exchange Rates)" (Press release). Ubisoft. July 30, 2003. Archived from the original on September 21, 2017. 
  13. ^ Edge Staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century". Edge. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Silver". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. 
  15. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. 

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