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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: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  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. Apr 8, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The absence of "filler" puzzles and more emphasis on observation and deduction make this latest entry in the Frogware series the most plausible Sherlock Holmes detective adventure yet. The graphics, animations and voice acting have all improved considerably, which makes it feel like the player is participating in an interactive movie. The research into the furniture, clothes and technology of Victorian period is reflected in the superb models which contribute greatly to the sense of immersion. If you like Sherlock Holmes you can't fail to be impressed with these aspects of the game alone. All this is a step in the right direction for the series. However, the game still suffers from linearity and on-screen cues.

    There are several new features in the game, but none of them really give you the freedom or complexity that is missing from this type of point and click adventure. For example, there is now a feature which allows the analysis of persons appearance for clues, where you freeze time and run the game pointer over the surface of the person. Any clues will cause the game pointer to turn bright blue, when it does this, you click with it, and the clue is added to your notes. Holmes then magically produces a character portrait based on this evidence (which sometimes surprises the player).

    Another example is Holmes increased sense of perception. Normally in a scene, all clues are highlighted with an icon as you look and move around, which you can click on and which adds the clue to your notes. If there is a clue you can't see, a prompt appears suggesting to turn on the heightened perception. You turn this one, then the invisible clue appears. You can then click on it, and the clue is added to your notes.

    A third example is imagination. Occasionally you are allowed to imagine something. On these occasions a prompt appears, suggesting to turn on the imagination. Then you see something that might have happened, which is added to your notes.

    Fourthly, when interrogating a subject, you can interrupt the answers with another question. Again, this happens in a pre-programmed way and the questions you can choose are restricted to a limited list.

    There is also a clue pairing and deduction map mode, which allows you to put clues together to form mind map style deductions. You can rearrange this map to achieve different outcomes if you have enough clues, and these outcomes form the basis of your accusations.

    The problem is that everything is too obvious and easy because the on-screen prompts and highlighted objects tell you what to do and when to do it. And just in case you did miss anything, there's a task list which tells you what you need to do next, even who you need to talk to.

    So although this game may at first appear to allow you more freedom than its predecessors, it is still a linear game. It would have helped if you could, in the options, choose to turn off the prompts and highlights. At least this would have made the linearity less obvious. Or perhaps a few more false leads, or red herring clues. Some freedom. But ultimately the gameplay is like an interactive movie with a limited number of pre-programmed outcomes. LA Noire had the same problem, but unlike LA Noire, Crime and Punishments game doesn't have a large living sandbox world to enjoy and explore. Although Crime and Punishments does allow you to jump freely to unlocked sandbox locations, those locations are still relatively small and lifeless, and once you have checked all the obvious clues there's nothing else to do there.

    Largely though, the presentation of Crime and Punishments is rich, realistic and enjoyable, and definitely recommended to fans of Holmes, the genre and of course this series.
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  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 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 slowThis 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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