Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter feels like a let-down. Crimes & Punishments was far from perfect, but it felt like clear progress – this latest effort feels like treading water at best.
There is some elementary adventure to be found here, but new players looking for a real Sherlock Holmes experience would find better material in some of the previous installments.
"In my opinion the best title in the series to date, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is a nice step in the right direction for Frogwares and the popular investigative series in general. Its graphics fit nicely with the current generation console even if its action sequences sometimes flatter to deceive".
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I'm delighted by how far Frogwares has taken the Sherlock Holmes franchise.
The Devil's Daughter is a collection of minigames sewn together with a very questionable story, but that manages to keep the player amused for the duration of the game. Particularly given the atmosphere crafted in every detail of London and the deduction mechanics, the game will often make you feel like Sherlock.
Frogwares' past Sherlock Holmes games… have always been unexceptional interpretations of the world's most exceptional detective, at times displaying some moments of brilliance, but mostly held back by their ineptitude and desire for safety
When it's not suffering from an identity crisis, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is a fine adventure/mystery game. Each case is intelligently designed and some aspects are really fascinating. Drawing conclusions from deductions is satisfying, especially when the right call is made. However, far too much time is spent engaging in distractions. This game would be much more fulfilling if it stuck entirely to what makes Sherlock Holmes great. That means no pointless activities, no misguided characterisation, just a plethora of mysteries that are fun and interesting to solve.
This game is recommended to hardcore Sherlock fans, otherwise, fans of adventure games won't find this game memorable at all. The Devil's Daughters doesn't offer much more than the previous installment of the series.
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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter isn't necessarily a bad game. Each individual case is written rather well, voice acting is about as good as you can expect, and some of those puzzles along the way work well enough to keep the game challenging, but fun. It still looks good and offers that "Holmes" feel, but unfortunately no game is perfect. Bad puzzles and poor performance can easily kill the pace of the game, and with only four and a bit cases you'll find the content as a whole a bit lacking for $50.