Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Game Review

A hard-nosed cop with a checkered past teams up with a teenage clairvoyant to track down a mysterious serial killer on the streets of Salem, Mass.

Is that the logline for the latest crime procedural on CBS? Good guess. But not this time.

Only a Ghost (Cop) of a Chance
Murdered: Soul Suspect begins as police officer Ronan O'Connor is thrown out of a building's fourth floor window. The heavily tattooed cop crashes in a heap on the street ... and then gets four or five slugs pumped into his chest. Yeah, you might justifiably think that would be the end of this guy's case, not the beginning. But in this instance, Ronan sits up with fedora and cigarette perfectly in place. Now he's a ghost who has the thankless job of figuring out his own murder before he can move on to the afterlife. The gravel-voiced detective has to sift through his and other crime scenes to look for valuable clues, but it's a task that's a bit tricky. After all, sifting can be problematic when you have no physical hands to do it with. This ghosty guy can pass right through closed doors and walls, you see. So Ronan recruits the help of a girl named Joy—a teen rebel who possesses all the paranormal skills necessary to not only see Ronan but give him plenty of back talk, too.

Joy doesn't really want anything to do with either corporeal killers or ethereal cops, but she agrees to help out the investigation since it might lead to info about her missing mom. And together this uneasy duo slowly figures out who the dreaded Bell Killer is and tries to stop him before he claims more helpless victims.

Psychic Puzzles and Spectral Smoking Guns
As Ronan, players encounter a number of physical and spiritual puzzles, and they're given a variety of pumped-up ghost-detective abilities to solve them with. For example, not only can the detective scope out physical crime scene clues and bits of environmental evidence like a living cop would—a key dropped through a ventilation grid here or a cracked piece of sheetrock there—but he can also reconstruct frozen images of past events from psychic residue left on location.

On top of that, the offed officer can slip into the body of any living human he encounters. He can't control their movements, but he can read their thoughts in hopes of finding a snippet of memory that could send him hunting in one direction or another. And once enough clues and images have been gleaned, gamers are charged with guessing the proper timeline of events. If their hunches are correct, they watch the various crimes play out onscreen ( CSI flashback-style).

On occasion, Ronan will also come upon other confused dead people who've been trapped in the same spiritual limbo he's in. A girl wonders about her actions on the night of a boat wreck, for instance, and a guy worries that the car accident that cost his friends their lives was his fault. And in those unrelated little side quests Ronan uses his detective skills to answer their questions, put their minds at ease and help them follow a bright light to spiritual closure.

Dark Witchy Wrongdoing
Being that all this takes place in the fabled city of Salem, however, it's not a stretch to see how darker elements could be woven into the detecting fray.

Fearsome demons rise out of bubbling flame pits to race screaming in Ronan's direction in hopes of sucking up his soul. Sneaking up behind these herky-jerky floating spirits and "exorcising" them—essentially ripping out their essence and reducing them to a pile of ash—is the only way to get past them. That's really the only combat-like element of the game ... but it's not the only negative element.

Occasional foul language includes uses of "a‑‑hole," "d‑‑n" "g‑‑d‑‑n" "b‑‑ch," the s-word and (according to the ESRB) the f-word. One crime scene involves a trio of drunken partiers. And the Bell Killer investigation reveals a witch-like character with shadowy powers who's responsible for a variety of physical possessions and is integral to the murders of numerous young girls. Along with Ronan, we're subsequently confronted with vivid reconstructions of the Bell Killer's crimes.

One young girl, for instance, is tied to a chair and suspended over a pool of water, then slowly lowered and drowned while she screams and gurgles. In another case we watch as a victim is viciously manhandled and bound to a post to be burned alive. The various environs are creepy and sometimes blood spattered.

For all of its creative gameplay and gumshoe potential, then, Murdered: Soul Suspect seems equally interested in spying on twisted spirituality and grim criminal reenactments.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range







Record Label


Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC


Square Enix


June 3, 2014

On Video

Year Published



Bob Hoose

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!