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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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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: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. 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
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    9
    A very well made adventure/detective game. Games like this are quite rare nowadays, since most publishers tend to go for cheap "cartoony"A very well made adventure/detective game. Games like this are quite rare nowadays, since most publishers tend to go for cheap "cartoony" graphics instead. Luckily, this game is not all about the graphics either. Every single one of the 5 cases that I've played so far has been interesting and unique. The voice acting is great too. If I were to name one of the game's weak points then it would probably be the difficulty of the puzzles, as they are not too hard for the seasoned adventurer, but definitely not "casual easy" either. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2014
    9
    Rainy day video game playing at its best right here. The mystery, the atmosphere. It's like I've been transported to London in the deep fog,Rainy day video game playing at its best right here. The mystery, the atmosphere. It's like I've been transported to London in the deep fog, chasing a killer with the eyes of the legendary Sherlock Holmes! I'm no Robert Downey but this game made me feel like I was playing the detective in a finely crafted film. I love it. Perhaps what intrigued me most about the game was the option to fail. Now, I know that sounds pretty self-depricating, but I absolutely hate games that walk me through like a child, holding my hand when the going gets tough. It's pretty thrilling to know you could actually imprison the wrong person, and this keeps you on your toes. I would say more but I'm only through the first case! Must get back! Expand
  4. Oct 8, 2014
    8
    Another good slice of storytelling and investigation - only real downsides are a strangely sluggish third person mode (1st person is muchAnother good slice of storytelling and investigation - only real downsides are a strangely sluggish third person mode (1st person is much better), and they could do with optimising the graphics and load times a bit. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2014
    8
    Sherlock Holmes is a fantastic new addition to the series and is also the most accessible one. It offers 6 cases that all stand out on theirSherlock Holmes is a fantastic new addition to the series and is also the most accessible one. It offers 6 cases that all stand out on their own. With an easy to use interface, interesting (yet skippable) mini games, great characters and the best graphics of the bunch yet. I see little reason not to reccommend this game to fans of adventure/point and click style games. The only minor issues are loading and some pop in textures, but this is nit picking at it's finest. If you want a game that makes you think, make you feel like Sherlock Holmes and lets you decide the outcome of the cases.... Def check this out. Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2015
    8
    It's light on action and heavy on mystery so it may not exactly be a game that appeals to the mass gaming community, but for those who loveIt's light on action and heavy on mystery so it may not exactly be a game that appeals to the mass gaming community, but for those who love mystery games or the Sherlock Holmes games in general, this should be a fantastic edition to the franchise that the cult following will love. As a first timer into the Sherlock Holmes franchise, I can't comment on how this game specifically stacks up against the rest of the games, but I can confirm that Crimes and Punishment is a solid experience in itself.

    In a style largely similar to the mystery game L.A. Noire, Holmes is called to investigate a crime or mystery that has occurred and it's up to him to discover who committed the crime and how they did it. Sherlock Holmes is then able to examine the crime scene as well as many other areas to gather clues and collect evidence, often using a concentration mode to find hidden clues in the environment and use those hints to reconstruct scenarios of what happened, a mechanic similar to the flashbacks in CSI. Along with this you're also given the ability to examine a suspect during questioning. Anything that stands out - like grass stains on someone's hands for example - allows Holmes to deduce more facts and information about the person currently in question. All evidence collected through the crime scene and interrogations can be used against a suspect if they attempt to lie or mislead you. You'll also have access to Holmes' base of operations, which gives you access to his archives of newspapers and documents as well as his experiment tables. The experiments you conduct are all well thought out and fun for the most part, and of course add more evidence to the pile.

    All the evidence is compiled into a mechanic called "Brain Pathways" where in Holmes' brain, evidence create synapses with their own individual conclusion. Eventually more synapses will appear with more evidence and if the evidence all lines up correctly, a breakthrough will be realized in which Sherlock Holmes determines what happened in the crime and who's responsible. The challenge in this mechanic appears whenever a synapse leads to two conclusions that are equally possible and it's up to you to decide which is the correct one. An example is the first murder weapon in the game which could only be used correctly by someone specially trained and physically able to do so. It's up to you to decide if the person using it knew how to - which leans toward one suspect - or if they simply got lucky and used it correctly on a whim - which leads toward another. Because of this, there's no straight answer. In every case, there are multiple conclusions you can draw and it's up to you to critically think about the crime and who had the motivation and the ability to commit it. Because of this, if you draw the wrong conclusion, the wrong person could end up in jail for a crime they didn't commit. It's the game's main challenge and actually forces you to think hard about your decision, making it the most engrossing part of the game.

    All of these mystery and puzzle mechanics not only provide engaging gameplay but also let you truly delve into the mind of Sherlock Holmes and his thought process. This, the great writing, and voice acting all combine together to make an experience to where you could only know the character and his personality better if you actually read the books. It's the best interpretation of him in any video game or movie I've seen so far.

    Aside from the mystery and puzzle aspects of the game, there's also a few action segments sprinkled in which mainly consists of moving a reticle to it's destination on the screen within a certain amount of time. Although uncommon, these action sequences are often pivotal and can prevent or cause the deaths of key suspects in the cases.

    Overall, the game's a solid adventure from beginning to end but there are a few misfires. For one, while each case does a great job of fleshing out characters and creating their own self contained story, the over arching story thread is thin and does little to connect the cases, making the ending feel lazily written and hollow. Also, when it comes to all the mini games, while most are fun, some are annoyingly difficult, mainly due to the poor explanations and tutorials on how to do them, causing rare but memorable moments of aggravation.

    Aside from a couple of hiccups though, there's not much to complain about. Crimes and Punishment is a great experience and is easily a must try for all fans of the character, as well as any who like a good mystery based video game.
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  7. edf
    May 15, 2017
    0
    1) Every case combines hard evidence and ambiguity to let you think your final deduction is right. Everybody is motivated and able. No one1) Every case combines hard evidence and ambiguity to let you think your final deduction is right. Everybody is motivated and able. No one person's side is ever overwhelmingly guilty or suspicious. Every conclusion is equally possible, but only one is chosen by the developer. This all sucks. Complete a puzzle; the game tells you it's "perfect"; combine your experience walking around the map with the "perfect" puzzle outcome, and it's clear as can be that there's no possible way it could NOT be the way the game is telling and showing you it should be; settle on that seemingly conclusive deduction... nope, you're wrong; it was someone else. 2) The puzzles can be interesting, but most end up being frustrating and feel like a waste of time. 3) Hardly ever get a chance to use your special abilities unprompted; the one time you do, the game sarcastically treats it like a big deal. Recommendation: at the end of each case, don't check to see if you're correct or not; just let the game let you think you got it right; better to fool yourself than to open yourself up for the developer to say, "Nah, we thought THIS explanation was more plausible, even though all conclusions are viable." Expand

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