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Does this count as a guilty pleasure?

I'm a big fan of the CSI television show (the Las Vegas one, I stopped watching Miami after it became boring to make fun of it, and never got into New York). So you'd think that the CSI video games would be totally up my alley, right?

Ding ding ding! You win a cookie.

(do mouth-watering pictures of succulent chocolate chip cookies increase blog hits? Let's see!)

However, I am a gamer too. A discerning one. I like my games to be good games, and I can tell when a game stin.....well, let's be kind and say "isn't very good."

Sadly, the CSI brand of video games falls into that category. The woman who voices Catherine Willows (it's not the marvelous Marg Helgenberger) tries too hard to be sultry (Helgenberger can pull it off because it's her natural voice), and the rest of the actors just seem to be going through the motions.

"Oh well, it's in my contract, so I have to do this, but I'd really rather be watching my cat get stuffed"

Thankfully, Lawrence Fishburne, while still not the greatest, actually does seem to be putting a bit of effort into it, unlike the rest.

Not to mention that the graphics are pretty terrible.

(Thanks to the Telegraph for the picture)

The likenesses aren't very good, and while I love the idea of transition scenes that show Vegas in all its glory, they're low-res! They really look horrible.

The games are also really easy, so they work great for those who must have 1000 Gamerscore, but they don't offer much of a challenge. Previous editions, you received achievements for completing each case, and that was it. Instant 1000! In CSI: Fatal Conspiracy, it's a little harder, though not much.

While the game mechanics are really kind of boring, the storylines aren't too bad, especially in the latest game. They do try to add a little variety to things, but it's pretty much the basic "go to crime scene, collect evidence, analyze evidence (in some rather lame mechanics), interview suspects, collect more evidence, analyze more, find killer" gameplay that gets tedious after a while.

All of this is why I wait until the price comes to $20 or less.

I'm enough of a CSI fan that I love feeling like I'm part of the crew, interacting with my favourite characters (even if they are kind of speaking like they've been possessed by Steven Wright) and being part of the CSI universe.

But for $60? I'm not wasting that much money on this. For that kind of money, I want a great experience, something that these games don't offer.

So, does that qualify as a guilty pleasure? We all have movies and books that we love that everybody else hates. But I can't really say that I "love" these games. I enjoy them enough that I'm willing to spend a few bucks on them, but not a lot. I don't feel like I've wasted my six hours, though if they got any longer, then I might have to rethink that.

Guilty pleasures are things that you love despite them being bad.

Is there such a thing as a "Lukewarm Pleasure?"

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