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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
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 27, 2014
    80
    A good next-gen debut for Conan Doyle's detective, but we would have liked more challenging and distinctive cases.
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    70
    Crimes & Punishments is one of the better, if not the best, Sherlock games out there, and if that's not saying much to you, it's also one of the better investigation-style games. The balance and variation of gameplay should be applauded.
  3. 70
    At times cumbersome, Crimes & Punishments has enough tricky and well-paced crime-solving mysteries to keep you fully engaged. [Issue#117, p.86]
  4. Nov 18, 2014
    70
    Despite tedious loading times and unbalanced difficulty, Crimes & Punishments might just be Sherlock's finest game to date.
  5. Dec 18, 2014
    70
    It finally feels like the studio has taken the first step to delivering something truly genre-defining. [Issue#155, p.128]
  6. Unlike the game's spotting endings, our conclusion has a bit more force to it: Holmes is guilty of gimmickry, but gets time off for good intentions. [Dec 2014, p.78]
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  1. Nov 10, 2014
    7
    Play If: You like adventure/mystery games. This is one of the best and most polished one of these games. Also, if you are a big SherlockPlay If: You like adventure/mystery games. This is one of the best and most polished one of these games. Also, if you are a big Sherlock Holmes fan you will get a kick out of this game.

    Don't Play If: You expect a challenge or a clear cut logical investigation. The solutions to the mysteries are not always intuitive or make much sense, but I found this to be less of an issue because you can watch all possible scenario, which I found more enjoyable than simply getting the correct one.
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  2. Oct 6, 2014
    6
    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is a game that demands patience. If you can handle the frequent loading screens and slow pace of theSherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is a game that demands patience. If you can handle the frequent loading screens and slow pace of the game, you will be rewarded with a finely crafted game experience that captures the heart of Sherlock Holmes and his adventures. Crimes and Punishments is a game that takes getting used to. Players may be at first off put by the awkward controls of Sherlock, but switching to the newly added first person perspective eliminates this hassle. After getting used to the controls, you will be free to enjoy Sherlock's adventures. Crimes and Punishments is comprised of 6 cases that vary in locations which helps keep the game fresh and exciting to see what the next case will bring. The game uses the Unreal Engine 3 and it definitely shows. The environments are very detailed with bright colors that pop. There are some areas that are gorgeous and will have you admiring their beauty. The sound design is also excellent with all the voices for the actors well voiced and the environments come to life, the music is also fittingly mysterious and creepy. The game really excels at putting the player in the shoes of Sherlock Holmes from investigating the crime scene, interrogating suspects, analyzing clues, and finally deducing what happened. One significant fault with the game is that sometimes it doesn't explain fully what you are supposed to do in a certain sequence or puzzle which can leave the player lost as what to do. Luckily you can skip any puzzle, but the tutorials for these parts still should have been explained better. Another problem that can grate after awhile is the lack of variety of gameplay mechanics in the game. I got a bit tired of the formulaic structure of the game. I also wish the investigations were trickier, because most of them were pretty obvious who the culprits were. Overall though, I enjoyed my time with Crimes and Punishments. I'd recommend this game for fans of Sherlock Holmes and players who like to solve detective mysteries. Expand