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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: 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 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 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 betweenGreat 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 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. 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, characterKept 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 7, 2014
    8
    Sherlock is at his best when eating powdered drugs and doing self-experiments which involved naturally occurring psychedelic's.

    This game
    Sherlock is at his best when eating powdered drugs and doing self-experiments which involved naturally occurring psychedelic's.

    This game is awesome, though you must like a slow vibe and some good ol' english Voice Acting.

    Forget the control's and the visual tears, this game is all about Holme's and is a ton of fun.

    Those who take this for more then it is, are expecting too much. Enjoy Watson's Telescope view for insight into the witty character that this game represents.

    Good Sherlock Fun.

    A NO BS REVIEW from POWER PAGAN
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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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