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'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' Featuring Original CSI Cast

by Rainier on March 3, 2003 @ 7:11 p.m. PST

Ubi Soft today announced that the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation PC game will have the same look and feel as the show by featuring the likenesses and voice talents of the CSI cast, and a script by written by Max Allan Collins, author of three CSI novels. Ubi Soft also consulted with Las Vegas Senior Crime Scene Analyst Daniel Holstein to validate the accuracy of the CSI forensics referenced in the game. Scheduled to hit store shelves March 25, the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will challenge players to solve a series of crimes, acting as members of the Las Vegas CSI team.

"Working very closely with CBS Consumer Products, our goal was to create a compelling gaming experience completely authentic to the CSI license," said Tony Van, Executive Producer for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. "I think fans of the show as well as gaming enthusiasts will be impressed with high quality game play."

A classic, first-person adventure, the CSI game will test players' nerves and intellect as they question witnesses, examine crime scenes, and analyze evidence utilizing the latest in forensic equipment. In CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you become a CSI agent working alongside Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows and the rest of the CSI team. In addition to rendering character models to look exactly like each of the actors, all eight cast members provided their voice talents for their respective characters in the game. To recreate the CSI labs and offices seen in the television show, interactive artists used pictures taken directly from the CSI sets to build the 3D environments in the game and show a high level of authenticity.

"There seems to be a synergy between people who watch the show, and people who will want to play this game," commented Paul Guilfoyle who plays Jim Brass on CSI. "For CSI fans who want to enter the experience of crime-solving and puzzle-solving, this game offers a great way to interact with the show."

Award-winning writer Max Allan Collins, author of three CSI Novels, provided the script for the PC game. Collins is best known for his New York Times best-selling novel, Road to Perdition, which is the basis of the acclaimed feature film starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Collins has been hailed "the Renaissance man of mystery fiction" with credits including movie and television tie-in novels such as Line of Fire, Air Force One, and Saving Private Ryan.

To add another level of realism, Ubi Soft Entertainment consulted with Daniel Holstein, Sr. Crime Scene Analyst for Las Vegas Metro. Holstein was the crime scene investigator that CSI creator Anthony Zuiker followed while doing research for the show. In fact, the main character, "Gil Grissom," is modeled after Holstein, a 20-year veteran in Las Vegas, who is also a consultant for the show. Holstein's help was vital in the development of the crime-solving PC game that stays true to the science of crime scene investigation.

About CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Nominated for six Emmy awards in 2002, the series launched in October 2000 to critical acclaim, and was named Favorite "New Series of the Year" in 2001 by TV Guide. CSI airs on CBS Thursday nights in the US, to an average of 28.7 million viewers every week. It is also seen on several TV channels throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Currently CBS's top rated show, every broadcast dominates key demographic categories, including the 18-34, 18-49 and the 25-54 age groups. The series centers on a team of Las Vegas Crime Scene Investigators, who crack perplexing and seemingly unsolvable cases through expert study and analysis of the evidence. The show features a highly realistic and sometimes graphic portrayal of the scientific tactics used to track down criminals, and appeals to a broad, affluent audience of computer savvy fans who love suspense, mystery and reality TV.

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