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  • Summary: It is now your turn to truly become Sherlock Holmes and lead your own investigation--actually, your investigations, as 8 captivating cases await you in Crimes & Punishments! Murders, disappearances, spectacular thefts, and other investigations will bring you to the cutting edge of theIt is now your turn to truly become Sherlock Holmes and lead your own investigation--actually, your investigations, as 8 captivating cases await you in Crimes & Punishments! Murders, disappearances, spectacular thefts, and other investigations will bring you to the cutting edge of the detective written in the pure tradition of Conan Doyle's novels. Each case offers real freedom to players, who will have to make important moral choices instead of simply enforcing justice by the book. All decisions have an influence in the game, so bear the weight of your choices! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Sep 29, 2014
    95
    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is hands down the best detective game I've ever played and one of the most enjoyable experiences of the 2014 gaming year so far.
  2. Feb 8, 2015
    85
    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment isn't anything groundbreaking, but it's probably one of the best narrative-focused mystery games on the market. It's definitely a polished experience and may very well be the best Sherlock Holmes video game ever created, with a tense atmosphere, satisfying cases, and varied mini-games and puzzles.
  3. 80
    Wonderful detective story that takes its cues from the Sherlock movies as well as the TV series. Looks great, plays great. [Issue#246]
  4. Oct 3, 2014
    75
    Fans of previous Sherlock Holmes games could feel a bit disappointed with some simplifications and dividing the new game info 6 separate cases. Fortunately it doesn't affect the gameplay that much, although it seems as if the developers tried to do too many things at once. All in all the most important conclusion is this: Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments has a lot to offer to wannabe detectives and they definitely should give it a chance.
  5. A playthrough of Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments leaves little negative emotions. There could be much more positive ones of course, but perhaps that’s a goal that’ll be reached in the next episode. After all, we really are talking about the most rapidly progressing modern quest series. [Dec 2014, p.70]
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    70
    The lack of character development and some lacklustre supporting players result in a feeling of detachment from a game that only excels if you are invested in it. That's a shame, because there was potential for Crimes and Punishments to be a great truly great detective game, instead of just a mechanically sound one.
  7. Oct 30, 2014
    70
    While a lot of the modernizes Frogwares implements are not for the betterment of the franchise (simplification and implementation of unnecessary mechanisms), they have produced a technically impressive title with some fresh ideas and great scenarios that can provide an interesting weekend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    10
    Brilliant gameBrilliant game . Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    it's like a point an' click game with very good gfx..some features are very new and exciting like creating a character profile...overall greatit's like a point an' click game with very good gfx..some features are very new and exciting like creating a character profile...overall great game and u have to do some brain work while playing. :) :) Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    This game is a 10. I can hardly find any fault with it. You are the detective and you make the decisions. You decide on the outcome and whatThis game is a 10. I can hardly find any fault with it. You are the detective and you make the decisions. You decide on the outcome and what your actions shall be. If you are a veteran when it comes to this genre then you might find it easy . . . . cause lets face it - you played them all, you read books, you watch CSI and to appease you is impossible (I actually consider myself a veteran in this genre). If you are a novice you will find this game "very hard" or perhaps you just went with every 1st conclusion that popped up instead of looking further.

    Now about the game: There isn't just 1 conslusion that ends the case, there are a few and it is up to you to choose one. So ignore all reviews and comments saying that this is a linear game as linear would indicate only 1 answer was availible. The graphics arn't tripple A, but they are still gorgeous and really draws you into the world. Another thing that I love is that it isn't just ONE story, but multiple stories, more than one case that needs solving. There were times where I had the conclusion, but still had to go back to my notes as to pick the "right person" who actually done the murder. Great acting, great animation. Laughed at certain points and frowned at others. This is the most accurate Sherlock Holmes I have ever come across outside the books

    Bad points: I really can't find any bad points to be honest. Loading times arn't bad except for when the maps where rather quite large and while the game is loading you are watching sherlock driving in a cab with whoever he brought along. Like the game knows if Sherlock is driving alone, when he brought the "best nose in the empire" or with Watson. Now the Map doesn't just appear right after the loading has finished, no you have to click, which is nice as it makes sure you don't miss anything but at first I was reading the hints, waiting for it to load just to find out it already loaded and was waiting for me to click it.

    This game helps you along the way, but it doesn't spoon feed you. If you hover over something it will notify you that you can examine it, but it will not highlight everything across the room with the click of a button. I can't say that the "mini games" like lock pick and such were very challenging, but still interesting. The "detective mode" isn't really well thought out and I think it should have been better if it was just removed entirely - more like a clone of X-ray mode from the latest batman games.

    I give this game a ten as I am wanting more. Perhaps drop the "detective mode" (you know where you press "T") and add more challenging "mini games" but keep everything else the same.
    The best review I could find that I agree absolutely with is: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/sherlock-holmes-crimes--punishments-review--no-cumberbatch--and-nothing-elementary-9762682.html
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  4. Nov 5, 2014
    9
    The game is incredibly well designed for it's genre, although not better than LA Noire, It is a great mix between puzzles and exploration,The game is incredibly well designed for it's genre, although not better than LA Noire, It is a great mix between puzzles and exploration, even taking in elements like a sort of eagle vision. That's not forgetting the amount of content it has. 9/10 Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2014
    8
    I've been waiting for this since the last Sherlock came out. It was a great game, for me it would hav been enough to polish it a little, adI've been waiting for this since the last Sherlock came out. It was a great game, for me it would hav been enough to polish it a little, ad some new cases, more freedom and it's a 10 game. Sadly C&P took a new turn and a step back in many regards. I didn't finish the game yet, but I think my opinion would not change too much after have it done.

    The cons:
    - Sherlock gets to be more and more a console game, now we have checkpoints. Sh.tty checkpoints... Why can't I save my game as I used to? Is it really so hard to program it?
    - No translated voices - every game in the series was dubbed up to this point. This was almost a deal-breaker for me. (The only reason I still bought it is to support the devs, so maybe later they can make a perfect Sherlock game.) There was some "explanation" for the missing dub on their website, but it is pure BS. They say they didn't translate voices, because lip-syncing would be an enormous job... Who believes that? Every Sherlock game had been dubbed, besides hundreds of other games. This is no excuse. I think they lost many consumers there....
    - Besides and this is the funniest the eng dub out of sync! Many games come out with only english dub and unsynced lips for other languages. No problem: the fans who don't understand english still can understand the game without reading subs. The devs could have just put the dubbed voices over the english lip-sync, no one would have noticed - now we have the unsynced result, but without foreign dub... Smart.
    - The game eats up tons of resources. On a rig that runs Crysis3 on high around 20 fps, C&P delivers 15-17 and C3 looks 5 times better, with grass, big areas and monsters fighting with you.
    - Looong loading times, I didn' experience such long ones since The Witcher 1, and that was the worst.

    Pros:
    - Long loads, but at longer travels you can use your notes to prepare yourself during the wait. A really good idea.
    - Overall good/great ideas for detective work, this is a great game, or at least there was the potential to be one of the best games ever, if they could just somehow not scr.w up almost everything around it. The puzzles are great, playing the detective is also fun. I've never would have written so much on the subject if I'd thought C&P was an average.

    So this is not a bad game, but it could have been soo much better. The devs should go back to the oldschool pc save, polish the framerates and have dubs again. There are literally hundreds of bad console games, don't try to make one yourself too. Now Sherlock is one of a kind. If you go on the console path, it will be a featureless, unremarkable, one of a thousand game. I still give it an 8 and hope there would be a better one next.

    UPDATE: Measurement puzzles are still a chore... What is the point of it? You measure the same 100 times and then it just clicks and you've found a clue you knew from the beginning, it just didn't measure it. Anyone betatested this?
    There is alway around 10 m2 where you can move around, after that you just stop - I mean it was loading for 2 minutes! What was it loading. In ACIV they load a whole town in 2 mins. BTW I have 16 gb of RAM - the whole game could fit into the memory, TWICE! Still it loads for ages. What kind of abysmally bad coding is this?
    Watson is ridiculous, dumb and always blocking the way - Sherlock's scornfulness and disdain for him is not surprising... He is just a pain in the a.se.
    You can Alt+Tab out when loading to do anything else and the scene still loads - dissappointing solution for a game to be enjoyed, but works.
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  6. Jun 8, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It was a nice game and I enjoyed it very much. No comparison with la noire.la noire was better.but this game has a nice vibe. I liked the stories and the road to the decisions Expand
  7. Mar 28, 2015
    3
    This isn't my cup of tea. Ha-ha. The game play consists of scanning the area and pressing "x" over glowing circles that tell you where toThis isn't my cup of tea. Ha-ha. The game play consists of scanning the area and pressing "x" over glowing circles that tell you where to go, what to look at and who to talk to. You have a special scan mode by pressing "R1" that turns the world gray while the clues glow gold for you to click on, then Sherlock Holmes tells you what you are looking at. Interrogations with suspects consists of you selecting all the question options and scanning up and down the person and the immediate surroundings. Then you click "x" when Sherlock is suppose to give his response to the person or persons to tell where this investigation is going. So, it's point and click to unlock the story. God help me, I was so bored. Below-average graphics, below-average voice acting. Horrible loading times invade you when your asking questions! What? Considering this game is only 3.5 GBs, expect a low-low budget experience. This belongs in the "B" game bin,or the $5 bin. I can't imagine what the people on the PS4 thought of this experience. Expand

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