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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 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Sep 30, 2014
    85
    Fans of Sherlock Holmes as he was originally portrayed will find this game as delightful as a Blue Carbuncle stuck in the crop of their Christmas goose.
  2. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    While the narrative is a bit disconnected, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments uses the short story framework to its benefit, keeping each of its cases focused on pure, thrilling detective work.
  3. 80
    Sherlock's mind is presented in such a way that he is clearly a man treading the line between madness and brilliance, which makes this opportunity to play him all the more riveting and an opportunity not to be missed people who enjoy genuine detective fiction.
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    75
    The cases are thoroughly enjoyable, but deducing the murderer can be nebulous and unsatisfying due to a preponderance of circumstantial evidence.
  5. Oct 15, 2014
    70
    Ultimately Sherlock’s alright - not much more, but alright might be all you need in the quiet autumn evenings.
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    70
    Visually, Sherlock Holmes is brilliant, from the detailed crime scenes to the realistic facial animations. The clunky gameplay, frustrating mini-games and inconsistent voice performances do detract from the overall experience though.
  7. Dec 8, 2014
    55
    The Sherlock Holmes franchise is trying to reach more people, and maybe with this game it will. The game however lacks a real challenge now. The game is a real detective game, but doesn't really convince.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 9, 2014
    10
    Fantastic game! The atmosphere is fantastic and the cases are interesting and fun to play! It's cool to play with the conclusions and chooseFantastic game! The atmosphere is fantastic and the cases are interesting and fun to play! It's cool to play with the conclusions and choose the one you think is best, after that you can choose to condemn the criminal or set them free. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    10
    I have never played a better detective game than this one and I've enjoyed quite a few of them in the past. The open-ended solutions to casesI have never played a better detective game than this one and I've enjoyed quite a few of them in the past. The open-ended solutions to cases is a wonderful idea, the setting is spot on, Sherlock is very likeable (prefer him to the Cumberbatch version), Toby has the best nose in the entire Empire and the music is great. The game looks quite good, to be honest - the high texture details help appreciate the Victorian era even more. I have read a few reviews complaining about the voice acting - I very much disagree - the voice acting is at least adequate, if not good. This is one of the best games of 2014 for me and I'm already waiting for the next installment. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2014
    9
    They finally found a way to make me think by myself and draw my own conclusions. In my opinion this point is a revolution and separates itThey finally found a way to make me think by myself and draw my own conclusions. In my opinion this point is a revolution and separates it from anything else. First 3/4 of any case you are guided, in the last bit you are left alone and have to dig through all clues again and decide who's guilty, in what way was it done and for what reason. You can however put the wrong person into prison! Expand
  4. Oct 1, 2014
    9
    Sine I loved L.A. Noire I bought this game as soon as it appeared on the PSN, before any reviews were even published. So far I'm about an hourSine I loved L.A. Noire I bought this game as soon as it appeared on the PSN, before any reviews were even published. So far I'm about an hour into the first case and I am enjoying it a lot. The interface shows a lot of polish (which is - I guess - due to this being the last iteration in a series of games where the developers gathered experience), quality graphics make for a great, immersive atmosphere ripe with references to the literary Holmes. The only issue I have is that this game may be a bit too easy to play, not offering any real challenge. I say that because so far all my moves were pretty much obvious. But that might change, once I solve the first (few) case(s) I trust things will get harder and thus more rewarding. I would reccommend this game to anyone who likes the premise. If you are only into FPS and such this one's probably not for you. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2014
    8
    Sherlock Holmes is a fantastic new addition to the series and is also the most accessible one. It offers 6 cases that all stand out on theirSherlock Holmes is a fantastic new addition to the series and is also the most accessible one. It offers 6 cases that all stand out on their own. With an easy to use interface, interesting (yet skippable) mini games, great characters and the best graphics of the bunch yet. I see little reason not to reccommend this game to fans of adventure/point and click style games. The only minor issues are loading and some pop in textures, but this is nit picking at it's finest. If you want a game that makes you think, make you feel like Sherlock Holmes and lets you decide the outcome of the cases.... Def check this out. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2014
    8
    As a detective game, much better than say, L.A. Noire. Seems easier, but that perhaps owes to great mechanics which actually let you discoverAs a detective game, much better than say, L.A. Noire. Seems easier, but that perhaps owes to great mechanics which actually let you discover what you actually want to know. However, there are only 6 cases and while thoroughly enjoyable, just lack any peak in difficulty, making it a fairly quick playthrough. Perhaps too much focus was put on the immense graphics

    Another thing missing is a proper overarching storyline. I thought I might have been nearing it once the game was over, so once the credits rolled I was rather disappointed. As many point out, there is a long travel between some areas, however this is made up by the fact you are able to go over your case notes and deductions while taking the trips, so I made it a habit to save such work for those trips.
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  7. Oct 11, 2014
    7
    I'll update this review as I progress. I'm only on the first case (of six) and I was moved to write because of a flaw in the first case. FirstI'll update this review as I progress. I'm only on the first case (of six) and I was moved to write because of a flaw in the first case. First I'll say Sherlock Holmes' apartment looks fantastic. The acting is fine. The mechanics all work just fine. Doesn't feel like a traditional point-and-click style adventure, though. It's too easy, at least so far. My biggest gripe so far - this is a mild spoiler but it doesn't give away a solution - a man has been murdered in a small shack by being pinned to the wall with a harpoon. To test whether a man of ordinary strength could have committed this crime, Holmes gets the carcass of a large pig, hangs it against a wall, and hurls a harpoon at it from about 20 feet away. OK here's the problem. The shack the man was killed in? It's so small you can't get 20 feet away to hurl a harpoon. What makes Holmes so sure the guy wasn't run through with it like a bayonet, a method enabling an ordinary man to put much more strength into it since he'd lever let go of the harpoon? That's the more logical conclusion to draw from the crime scene. But Holmes is now certain a man of only ordinary strength could not have done this. This should take Holmes down the wrong path, but since the game designers overlooked this error too, it will no doubt be the correct path. Irksome. Expand

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