I'm still playing the 1st part of the game but so far I like it. The game is very faithful to the format of the TV show. In the 1st part you play an unnamed detective working with Lt Briscoe.
When the game begins, you can choose 2 attributes for your detective. They are, better inverew skills (avoids irrelevent questions, you do a better job getting the relevent info you need), teamwork (you get hints during the game from Lt Van Buren), effeciency (you use up less time on the clock), and finaly, the ability to see items you're looking for better (this brings up a magnfying glass on 'hot spots', if you don't choose this option, there are no 'hot spots', you just have to click on whatever you think is important, and see if it does anything.
I choose to play with 'effecieny' and 'hot spots'
The game is animated (not FMV) but it uses the voices of some of the real actors from the TV show. The graphics are good, but I have seen better.
You get to examine crime scenes, victims residence, etc. You can pick up items and have them sent to the lab for analysys, or to the research dept for background info. You can also order survalence on suspects or witneses. When you visit a new location, the same logo and theme music plays as it does on the TV show. If you present enough evedence, you can get a search warrent for some locations.
A large part of the game is interviewing suspects and witnesses, and getting them to give you vital information. It's a good idea to save right before each interview, if you didn't get everyhing you should, Briscoe will comment after the interview. (for example "I don't think we got as much from that guy as we could"). When that happens, you can go back and reload from the beginging of the interview and try again. Later if you get new evedence, you can go back and inverview the same people again, if you feel they've been holding out on you.
I havn't got that far yet, but eventualy, you can present evendence and get an arrest warrent. I assume after that, the trial part of the game begins.
The only complaints I've heard are some people having technical issues with the video. (mine works okay, but load times between scenes are a bit slow), and the fact that the game is timed. Every action you take uses up time on the clock that appears on the lower right of the screen. As the detective, you have 7 days to make an arrest, or the case is turned over to someone else, and the game ends. Legasy has just issued a patch to correct some of the technical probelms, and to slow down the timer, so it dosn't become a factor. (most adventure gamers don't like to be rushed, and after a number of comlaints I think the developers got the message, which is to thier credit!)
So, if you like the show, and like detective / court room games, you probably will like this one.