Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
I'm delighted by how far Frogwares has taken the Sherlock Holmes franchise.
With varying action sequences, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter attempts to appeal the series to a wider audience. Almost every case features new mechanics that you'll only use once before moving on, but thankfully these can be skipped if you desire. I've skipped a couple in my playthrough, and never felt like I was taking the easy way out. Why waste time on a poorly constructed trial and error sequence, when I just want to figure out who set the streets of London ablaze in a hailstorm of fire. When it comes down to it, The Devil's Daughter is still a fun experience, giving players the freedom to come to their own conclusions. It's a great way to feel like you are a detective.
Over eighteen months on from the release of Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments and there still hasn't been anything quite like it on PS4. Trust the developers of that game then to be the ones who surpass it with Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, an effort that not only meaningfully evolves over its predecessor but also one that sadly suffers from a small handful technical issues, making it fall just shy of greatness. All the same, the fact remains that sleuthing about Victorian London has never been as entertaining as this.
Sherlock Holmes-The Devil�s Daughter is born from below, affected by a quite limited financial investment, which can be seen through its weak technical part. Yet, it has tried to remedy to this lack by offering an excellent gaming variety, with a less linear and more compelling progress. It is a small but necessary step forward for this franchise.
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With all the blustery fury of a two-year-old, many Americans vowed to leave the country if their candidate didn't win. While some of us burst into song after the votes were tallied, others began preparing for the apocalypse. Even if this season does feel a bit different and more sinister, us Yanks must admit it was always thus. If you are packing your things and currently have plans to leave the country, this article is for you. I'd highly recommend a quick stop in England before you go, to maybe cool you head a bit with some solid detective gameplay in Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter. It worked for me.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter continues to be one of the best adventure/puzzle games around. It has nearly perfected the deduction system, but the contrived action sequences forced into the new title can be very frustrating. While one is slightly disappointing, five of the six new cases are quite enjoyable and features all the twists and turns you could hope for. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is another solid entry into this long-running franchise.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is a competent adventure game featuring a varied and well crafted gameplay experience, charming characters and engaging stories. The game still suffers from some issues, such as the the trial and error nature of the action sequences and the excessively long load times, which prevent it from being really great. With a few adjustments and improvements, the Sherlock Holmes formula could become the standard for adventure games of the future, as achieving such gameplay variety is no small feat. Highly recommended to fans of the series and adventure games' fans.
It is a game with potential, but its frustrating game design flaws prevented it from being a 'must play'. I felt there was a bit of confusion as to the direction the developers wanted to go, as they couldn't quite marry the point and click and action adventure genre together. There is a lot to explore and the ability to play as different characters, point your finger at multiple suspects and use Holmes's abilities to piece together clues is great, but the action sequences and lack lustre storyline (until the very, very end) really let the game down. If you are a Sherlock fan and can overlook these flaws then you will enjoy the variety and new detective abilities offered in this adventure, otherwise maybe give this one a miss.
Whether it's sniffing out clues with Holmes trusty basset hound, planning an elaborate diversion in slow motion like you're in a Guy Ritchie film, or dodging spike pits and giant rolling balls a la Indiana Jones, the Sherlock games are always throwing something different at you. Devil's Daughter focuses more on story, with a larger plot taking over from the case work in satisfying ways. Some extended sequences of button mashing can become tiresome and the moral choice system doesn't add anything substantial, but the overall experience is great fun.
The best yet, but still short of greatness