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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: 29 out of 48
  2. Negative: 7 out of 48
  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. May 9, 2015
    9
    It might not be the most experimental or creative game of all times, but it's absolutely well-done, beautiful graphics and directing and goodIt might not be the most experimental or creative game of all times, but it's absolutely well-done, beautiful graphics and directing and good voice-acting. Puzzles could be harder, but I really and purely recommend this game for basically anyone who likes mysteries! Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2014
    9
    The graphic is good. It is a huge improvement on the graphics from other previous Sherlock game made by Focus Home Interactive. The puzzle isThe graphic is good. It is a huge improvement on the graphics from other previous Sherlock game made by Focus Home Interactive. The puzzle is logical. The character setting are based on Robert Downey Jr.'s version of Sherlock Holmes which I enjoyed very much. The weak part was Watson. It seems that Watson was neglected in this game. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2015
    8
    Excellent game, highly recommended for mystery/investigation games. The stories and the characters are interesting and the discoveries areExcellent game, highly recommended for mystery/investigation games. The stories and the characters are interesting and the discoveries are very nice. Resembles me Phoenix Wright and Touch Detective. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2015
    7
    Crimes and Punishments may be the best Sherlock games yet, however its still not a great game in my opinion.

    First of all technically it's
    Crimes and Punishments may be the best Sherlock games yet, however its still not a great game in my opinion.

    First of all technically it's one of the worst game I played on PS4, they clearly paid the price of the old-gen versions you can find better graphics on the most beautiful games of PS3/360, there's way too much loading time (even more considering how the game looks) and the controls are clunky for a controller (you can clearly see it was made for PC with a mouse in mind). That being said there's no major bugs harming the experience and that's better than others game.

    Also for a detective game I found the solutions of the cases very, very, very easy, I've seen a lot of cop shows and given that the game uses the same mechanics you can easily identify the guilty in the first moments of the case, but at least the different steps you'll have to make in the game to acquire the needed evidence are very well done and the cases itself are pretty interesting (except maybe case number 4) .

    The game could use better actors, given the importance of dialogues in a detective game, but all in all they're okay ann won't ruined the experience. The universe of Sherlock Holmes is respected to the perfection and the game will last about 12 hours which is good, with some replay value if by misfortune you didn't caught the right guy.

    All in all Sherlock Holmes : Crimes and Punishments is a good detective game at its heart, but not the best due to its easiness, and not much more, therefore I advised it only to the one looking to put some bad guys in jail.
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  6. Jan 16, 2020
    7
    Interesting cases that could have been more challenging. Good game nonetheless. I really dig Holmes's apartment and study.
  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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