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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
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  1. Oct 6, 2014
    Sherlock 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