Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
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WE PROVIDE HIS SKILLS, YOU PROVIDE THE WITS
You are Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.
The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. Choose the leads you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties... and determine their fate wisely, as surprising consequences may arise where you least expect them.
Analyse the clues
Interrogate the suspects
Name your culprit
A mediocre entry to the series.dreadxp | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all dreadxp's reviews »
C&P tries a new way of doing things with the Sherlock Holmes franchise, instead of having one case span the entire game, you now solve 6 smaller cases with an average play time of about 90 minutes. There is no connection between the cases.
The quality of those cases varies massively, as there are 3 really good cases (2nd, 3rd and 5th), while others are pretty meh and especially number 4 is really weak. The game also implements a morality system, where you can decide whether to absolve or condemn the culprit, but this has no real influence on the game. It is also possible to fail a case, by accusing the wrong suspect, but the game is fairly easy and you most likely won't make such a mistake.
The main problem I have with the game is, that the developer changed completly to console style and dlc culture. It will be very easy to add extra cases to this game via paid dlc, while previous titles in the series provided you with a complete 10-15 hour experience. Also they removed any pc-style point & click mouse control, an option which was always present in earlier games.
Overall C&P misses the atmosphere of Jack the Ripper or Testament; you don't feel like, you solve much, because the cases are so short. It's an entertaining pastime, but not much more.
Is that Sherlock? This is going to be a long day.mrminecrafter1 | Oct. 17, 2014 | See all mrminecrafter1's reviews »
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments does not even live up to the small amount of hype it had. The graphics isn't next-generation but it isn't too bad. It does have some moments of graphical awe, but those moments are short and rare. The storyline is pretty good actually alongside with the cases that are involved. Unfortunately the game seems to handle you like a little baby, and tell where to go, what to do, and so on. The audio is pretty much above average, nothing special. Overall, this game could've been better.
I'm Sorry, But You Aren't Sherlock Holmes!LordAristocrat | Oct. 1, 2014 | See all LordAristocrat's reviews »
I'm a great fan of SH so that's why 'Crimes and Punishments' was among the most expected games of this autumn. After playing the first case I understood that Ukrainian creators had completely crashed all my hopes. SH-C&P is not a next-gen project (graphic looks like level of 2008-2009) and that's why gamers should expect interesting storyline, difficult cases and good gameplay. Yes, cases and storyline are perfect! Nevertheless gameplay disapointed me. In 2014 gamers want to feel freedom in games but SH is a bad example. Everything looks SIMPLE! You don't have to think or to choose your own way of investigation, you should only do special tasks. And that is all! The game tells you what to do, where you should go and so on... Good sides: characters looks perfect (voices, appearance, clothes - excellent!), places of investigation/houses/Scotland Yard looks also amazing, brilliant storyline, ability to inspect clues. Bad sides: gameplay (simple and it'll be good for people who played old SH games but in 2014 I'd like to see something else), graphic (not for me, but for gamers who want to see next-gen graphic in modern games) and mechanics (not level of 2014!)