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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Focus Home Interactive, Frogwares
Sep 29, 2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Review Summary

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments has critics suggesting that it recreates the titular's mysteries faithfully, but still challenges the player's critical thinking skills which would make the great detective proud

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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Rough around the edges, and some bad puzzles, but this is an atmospheric detective adventure that actually lets you do some detecting.

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7.5 / 10.0

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments dazzles visually, but disappoints with murky conclusions to its cases.

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Evidently, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments isn't about rights and wrongs so much as it is about interpretation and judgement. Being right all the time is a fitting tribute to Homes' monstrous ego, and it's also an interesting premise for a detective game - a more effective one than it might initially seem. However, the lack of character development and some lacklustre supporting players result in a feeling of detachment from a game that only excels if you are invested in it. That's a shame, because there was potential for Crimes and Punishments to be a truly great detective game, instead of just a mechanically sound one.

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In terms of pure gameplay this is perhaps the best serious detective game so far, but the issues with the script and characters remain more than a one pipe problem.

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A great example of how player choice can shape a gameplay experience. Most cases offer a variety of conclusions

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All-new game mechanics, first-rate graphics, and involved sleuthing make Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments a great adventure game.

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Crimes and Punishments is the best Sherlock has been, but it's just short of great

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At the end of a case, the player is given a rating, either highlighting their compassion or their steely sense of justice. They're also given a breakdown as to how other players resolved the case and the option to find out if they identified the right suspect. Your enjoyment of Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments will depend on whether you want to be guided on a series of baffling murders or have the great detective be fallible.

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