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  • Summary: (Also known as "Sherlock Holmes versus Arsène Lupin") Having grappled with the machinations of a cult of Cthulhu in his last PC adventure, the world's greatest detective is now ready to challenge Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief. Lupin, a character invented by renowned French writer Maurice Leblanc, has thrilled millions of readers worldwide with his exploits, and proves a perfect foil for Sherlock Holnmes. This new Sherlock Holmes game sends players to 19th Century London where Arsène Lupin, a young French burglar with an impressive track record, has just challenged Scotland Yard and the most famous of detectives - Sherlock Holmes. Lupin has announced that he plans to rob the capital of five objects of immense value over the course of five days. The objects are housed in highly prestigious locations such as the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Tower of London and even Buckingham Palace! Sherlock Holmes will have to muster all his courage and ingenuity to save England from terrible humiliation. The game invites you to visit 19th century London in all its splendor and to travel through superb decors which have been faithfully reproduced with the game's 3D engine. With famous places and some of the most prestigious landmarks as your playing field, it is as if you are on your own guided tour of one of Europe's most fabulous cities. If the pace of the adventure and its many surprises leaves you breathless, take a break and enjoy looking at the hundreds of works of art, all faithfully reproduced in their real locations. [Focus Home Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
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  1. Most importantly, though, is that the game is fun. It keeps you thinking, throws you a good number of curves, and for the most part is challenging but fair.
  2. As far as adventure games go, Nemesis is incredibly meticulous in its presentation of an excellent story and gameplay based on the quintessential literary sleuth.
  3. I really enjoyed Frogwares' first 3D Holmes adventure Awakened, so my expectations were high. Lupin vs. Holmes is actually a better game than Awakened was. Puzzles are challenging and more logical and the third dimension is now better present in the problem solving. The story is a little predictable, but so what? The playground is rich in 19th century atmosphere and the voice acting is fine. On the minus side, the game includes too much pixel-hunting. [Mar 2008]
  4. 70
    Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is a solid adventure title if you like pixel hunting in a 3D environment while solving riddles and the occasional obscure puzzle.
  5. Nemesis too is not without its rough patches, but still represents a return to form of sorts, another solid Sherlock adventure that showcases better understanding of character, narrative, structure and pace than most of its genre peers.
  6. An occasionally frustrating and overpriced brain-fondle. [Aug 2008, p.72]
  7. Plodding, morose, half-decent puzzles. [Aug 2008, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. MIchielS
    Jun 6, 2009
    An excellent game, though there might be some improvements. For example, the detail of the game isn't that good for the 20th century and the people in the game could be more realistic. But a good game. Expand
  2. AWG
    Jun 4, 2013
    I played SH:Nemesis for the plot. Graphics are not so good (even for a 2008 game) but the storyline is interesting and I never got bored by the characters. The third-person perspective and the keyboard controls are golden add-ons that increase the level of attractiveness of this game. Expand
  3. May 24, 2013
    This review contains spoilers. I love Sherlock Holmes, read the original stories, saw several movie takes, etc. The game is ok for its value and references to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doy's story. However, as an adventure game it lacks dynamics. In Nemesis prepare to walk through different museums all game long. That's pretty much it, and all puzzles are based on it. I did not finish the game because i found it too repetitive and a little boring. By comparison, i enjoyed "Sherlock Holmes the Awakened" much more, and would recommend that title of the series instead. Collapse
  4. AndrewS
    Jul 9, 2008
    Simply put, it's often frustrating when puzzles need be solved in the exact sequence as intended by the developers. The game was not that interesting to keep me going. Even the available forums were often of little help albeit well intentioned. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2012
    Big Sherlock Fan, this wrecks it for me, something about the amount of glitches I had, and the texture problems, and the whole point to walk idea! Should make a Third-Person game of Sherlock, I would be happy to play $30 for it...Just not this game. Glad I bought it on sale... Expand