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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 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 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  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. Oct 17, 2014
    75
    It's a bit dumbed down and the graphics are sub-par, but other than that, Crimes and Punishments is a definite step in the right direction.
  5. Nov 19, 2014
    70
    Less crime and more punishment.
  6. Sep 30, 2014
    70
    Its most brilliant innovation, though, is the chance to fail. Each case is a hunt for clues to populate your “deduction space”, a literally cerebral device where information snippets get associated with neurons in Sherlock’s brain, which you can mess around with to make connections. Once enough deductions are made, conclusions become available which allow you to close the case, finger a suspect, and decide their fate.
  7. Sep 30, 2014
    60
    The atmosphere is good, but there’s no real thrill since everything is just served to the player on a silver platter and most of the time is spent on a coach traveling between locations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  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 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 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 5, 2014
    9
    Great game, if you like puzzles it is a game for you. What is a bit annoying is loading time, whenever you change location it takes between 15-35 seconds (PS4). 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 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. Nov 5, 2014
    8
    Kept me playing all the way through. Really enjoyed it. A few of the game mechanics were a little clunky, but the environment, character development, and details were all very nicely done; the studio definitely paid a lot of attention to detail, and you can feel throughout they wanted to make something memorable and fun. 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 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 3, 2014
    7
    This game is good for players looking for something a little different, kind of like LA noire but without any driving or shooting so very slow paced, not everyones cup of tea but as a holmes fan i really enjoyed it, only 6 cases but they last a while and can end several different ways without the game telling you that you're wrong and have to start again, there are a good few negatives though, most already mentioned such as long loading times while constantly travelling back and forth from locations,annoying mini games and sometimes the game removes the need for thinking by making puzzles a little easy, overall worth buying Expand

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