Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes
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Seeing as this is a detective game, a bulk of it involves exploring crime scenes and other areas of interest in search of clues. The game’s newest mechanics do a pretty good job of letting the player BE the famous detective. Activating ‘Sherlock Talent’ for example, will allow you locate clues that others (Looking at you Lestrade) might have otherwise over looked. It functions similarly to Batman’s Detective vision and is a welcomed edition.
kind of ole' fashion style
a 3rd person setting is what caught my interest and the old fashion furnishings sold me completely , I would have been more impressed by jack the ripper , but , this game will suite my fancy in my in between waiting for more 3rd person game releases , I am going to have fun !
Thinking Like Sherlock In The Next Generation
I played the previous two iterations, "The Testament of Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper" and once I found out another game was being made by Frogwares and Focus Home Interactive, I got as excited as a Doctor Who fan meeting Matt Smith.
While most would pass on this game, mainly because they're not fans of point-and-click adventures, this for me is an immediate buy for two reasons. The first being is my new found respect for The Great Detective. Secondly, after seeing some exclusive gameplay, I feel like this game can take advantage of the XBox One and PS4's power and make London come to life. While graphics weren't the mainstay of the previous games, the gameplay is where I think it will outshine and make gamers take more than a glance at this game. Being able to take control of the world's greatest detective and hone his skills of deduction and detection in the next generation will be an experience that should be taken, even if only done once.
I assure you, while this may be an underrated game, it has potential to be a dark horse that surprises you if you let it.
Good solid Sherlock Holmes game
When I first ordered this game I was a bit skeptical to whether it would have a comical presence or a more serious overtone. After playing this game through, I noticed that it has a bit more of a serious overtone than a comical one. To me, this was a good thing because it allows the game play to be more realistic, especially when dealing with murder or what have you. Further, the stories and character interaction reminded me much of Sherlock Holmes novels, past and present. It pulled away from the Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law phase and brought it back to it's origins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I bought this game because I thought it would be a thought provoking, intelligible game. I've played LA Noire and at first I though it was going to be like that: absolutely not! From the first mission I was running around in circles which wasn't so bad when I finished the first episode but then the craziness began.
The second episode takes place in several railway stations. I missed a clue because I didn't know to flip over a ticket to look on the back because I didn't know you could do that in the game. I had to look online to figure out just what I did wrong, but only after spending 3 hours trying to figure out what the heck I was doing wrong. And for a game in which game immersion is important - this completely took me out of the game. I will take the game back tomorrow when the store open. God, I hope they take the game back!
The murders are caught, finished story arch is not
Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishments is a "Whodoneit?" type game that is a ok game, it just feels as though it is not completely finished some of the story elements are never explained, some aren't even followed up on. the graphics are pretty good aside from some textures on many crime clues, the autopsy portions of the game like the organs look like plastic models from a doctor's show piece. the gameplay is again ok, not outstanding by any means, the puzzles are easy and require little effort and a look in your notebook takes all the guess work out of the game. The voice acting is good. In closing though it pains me to say, but this game deserves a pass unless you are a true Sherlock Holmes fan, Which I am.
So excited for this game main reason I got a ps4 well this and kingdom hearts 3 if it ever gets released. so can't wait!!!!
This game is literally the game I wanted. Its defiantly immensely better than its predecessor. Gameplay, Graphics and Watson can actually move!
A deduce who dunnit as a Victorian period Sherlock
NO SPOILERS IN THIS!!!
I bought this as a Sherlock Holmes fan, and I was very amused and thrilled by the way it plays out. Here's what you need to know about Crime and Punishments.
The Humor: this game follows true Sherlockian humor, at least from my perspective. Watson is appalled by Sherlock's bad behavior as per the usual, and even Lestrade gets a few good quips in. Sherlock dismisses the recreational drug use of certain parties in some of the cases, and complete disregards the privacy of the suspects like lockpicking a coatroom he was told not to go into anyways. I would suggest making sure to 'click/observe' Toby in each case, it is hysterical.
The deductions about the individuals: Each time you meet a suspect you are to deduce things about them based on their appearance as Holmes does... Or rather you have to point out what Holmes is seeing and it gives you an idea about your suspect. It's kind of like the subtitles from BBC's Sherlock series.
Both a con and a Pro: Detail oriented- There is a lot of detail in Crime and Punishments. The good thing is you can see all the details, the bad is that there is a lot of stuff to sift through for the cases. You can't always tell what you need to find for the case because none of it stands out (again something that will be clear when you play the game). In other ones there is so much to look at for the case (the best way to discribe it is think of detective mode in Batman Arkham Asylum), but it is difficult to find exactly what is relevant when it shows.
1.) There are times when you do everything right and miss one vital thing and it won't let you move on until you 'deduct'/'find' said thing. A couple of times I had to literally look up what I was missing because I had already looked at the clue but it just hadn't registered.
2.) This game is relatively short, there are about six cases and if you are a Holmes fan you will probably play them back to back without breaks. In doing so you will be done in less than 24 hours...
3.) The Mini games. "Why on earth?" and "bloody Nora." could be heard from my room most of the night when I entered these... challenges. In one of the cases (the 'crossing' mini game if you must know) there are two back to back mini games. One involves testing Sherlock's already questionable aim with strange weapons (the first case and the fifth case being the reference), the second is a matter of shall we say... Balance? Both are nods back to the first case, but this case of balance would be far more practical with the Mercury sensor in the PS3 controller than tapping the buttons on the PS4 controller. On the plus side you can avoid all frustration from the get go by hitting the new touch pad/former start button. But that's just too easy to be fun isn't it?
4.) The ending is Rubbish. It is my belief that Crime and Punishments cuts off rather abruptly, even if it is a fully realized conclusion. (You'll understand when you finish the game.) It's like driving a car into a cement pillar, you think that there is more that you could do at the end of it, but it stops there.
There is a feature that allows you to check and see if your deduction is correct. That is after you 'playthrough' the cinematic ending of each case. The reason I am undecided about this is that it allows you to watch all the endings by simply letting you play through the case once rather than making you play through the entire case again to see the other endings. For those of us who would replay it anyways just to see the alternative endings its kind of a let down. It would have better replay value if this was not an option.
Sherlock has a wardrobe- this should not come as a surprise to any true Holmes fan. My disappointment stems that he can't 'borrow' Watson's clothing for his disguises, and many of the outfits are locked, or they were through-out my playthrough. I was also disappointed that when using the makeup area it does not allow you to tilt Holmes' head in the mirror or anything to preview how his disguises look from the back before selecting them.
You can select either a first person view or a third person view during this game at ANY time. I generally used 3rd.
All in all I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I highly recommend waiting a few months for the price to drop. It is worth probably more like $30 something than between $50-60 like I paid. It took me a little over a day to finish the game, and I would describe myself as a very casual gamer.
Finally! I'm so excited to get this game. Even though the graphics does not look awesome, I'm in for the adventure gameplay. Will definitely get this....