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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: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  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. Oct 13, 2014
    86
    Crimes and Punishments is a nearly excellent game, one of those anybody enjoys playing calmly every afternoon / night, until he reaches its end. It brings many innovations to the franchise, such as moral choices, conclusions about various characters' possible guilt and heavy use of deduction boards. The only thing I just can't stop wondering about is if Holmes himself would like his cases to be as simplified and easy to solve.
  3. Nov 6, 2014
    84
    This is the detective game L.A. Noire claimed to be. It doesn’t have the inflated budget of Rockstar’s game, but it makes up for its rough edges with quality detecting, compelling cases, beautiful world-building, and and endearing gusto.
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    75
    Without changing deeply, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishment has reached a new level thanks to the Unreal Engine 3. 19th century London's atmosphere is perfectly rendered. Frogwares tries to push its concept further by giving more freedom to the player. He can now call someone guilty, without even any proof, which makes him more responsible. The mini-games are still very fun, even though some of them are quite imprecise, but overall this new Sherlock should satisfy the fans and maybe newcomers.
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    73
    The new Holmes adventure looks better than ever and plays well, too. However, while the six self-contained stories are smartly written, they also lack suspense, drama and an overall feeling of progression. The modest difficulty is making it easy for newcomers to settle in - which is fine, as long as you are not expecting a deep detective experience.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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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  2. Oct 18, 2014
    10
    In one simple word this game is a Masterpiece! I have played may Sherlock Holmes games since the 1980's and there were a few great ones forIn one simple word this game is a Masterpiece! I have played may Sherlock Holmes games since the 1980's and there were a few great ones for their time. This one though, WOW. So well done. From every standpoint, this game is excellent. From the examining of a person to profile them, to looking for clues and the locations and speaking of locations, the graphics are beautiful and the animations are so real and have such depth to them you'd think they were real people. Right down to the pores in their skin. The voice acting is spot on and the story is classic Sherlock Holmes style. I positively loved this game from the first 20-30 min I played it and I am hooked. Really good game and well worth a look! Expand
  3. 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
  4. Oct 12, 2014
    9
    A very well made adventure/detective game. Games like this are quite rare nowadays, since most publishers tend to go for cheap "cartoony"A very well made adventure/detective game. Games like this are quite rare nowadays, since most publishers tend to go for cheap "cartoony" graphics instead. Luckily, this game is not all about the graphics either. Every single one of the 5 cases that I've played so far has been interesting and unique. The voice acting is great too. If I were to name one of the game's weak points then it would probably be the difficulty of the puzzles, as they are not too hard for the seasoned adventurer, but definitely not "casual easy" either. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2014
    9
    This is a very good game. The voice acting, which is a most problematic point in this genre in general is excellent (especially, Holmes). TheThis is a very good game. The voice acting, which is a most problematic point in this genre in general is excellent (especially, Holmes). The graphics are very nice, and you can switch freely between the third person and the first person points of view. Having said that, those that have played earlier Sherlock games (especially The Testament of Sherlock Holmes) may be a bit disappointed seeing the monotonicity of the lock picking puzzles. But, again, the game is about the story, so it's pretty easy to forget about this weakness. All in all, I'd like to see more games at this high level, and I hope that this series of Holmes games will continue for a long time. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2014
    8
    +++ Pros +++
    1. Graphics and voice-overs are really good.
    2. Decent lenght of the game (6 chapters with various cases). 3. Your conclusions
    +++ Pros +++
    1. Graphics and voice-overs are really good.
    2. Decent lenght of the game (6 chapters with various cases).
    3. Your conclusions and decisions matter = a possible replay value (just dont hold spacebar to spoil your next game experience).
    - - - Cons - - -
    1. Lots of travelling between locations = very long loading times (fortunately you can make conclusions and check evidence meanwhile).
    2. Some minigames (rope walking) and puzzles are annoying,they can be skipped,though (but quick time events cant).
    3. Controls and camera are very limited (no key bindings,no zoom - just set 1st/ 3rd person view).

    If you like immersive interactive movies/ adventure games with strong narrative and detective feeling like L.A.Noir, Beyond: Two Souls or Murdered: Soul Suspect, then this game is for you.
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  7. Oct 11, 2014
    5
    Nothing really special about it. Boring game with boring puzzles. It has decent graphics. Sounds and voice acting is ok. It all comes down toNothing really special about it. Boring game with boring puzzles. It has decent graphics. Sounds and voice acting is ok. It all comes down to clicking everything you see and combining clues the way game tells you to. Considering the amount of backtracking the loading times were horrible. Expand

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