Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Developed by Frogwares
Published by Focus Home Interactive
*Elementary, Dear Watson*
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is a compendium of six different stories about Murders, Disappearances and Thefts written in the style of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Stories. Some of them including the murder of a fisherman with many enemies and a Train that vanishes into thin air. To be fair, I can’t really mention the Story much since describing each story would ruin the experience since each outcome is determined by your thinking and choices. The Story for this is very good though.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments plays a lot like many recent crime games in particular; L.A. Noire. The gameplay requires you to walk around each accessible area in each chapter to gather numerous pieces of evidence and clues to use in your investigation to find the truth and incarcerate either a guilty or honest man. These clues are found by examining multiple objects and buildings within the various areas and while some are accessible straight away; some are hidden via the games brilliant imagination and detective modes which work very similar to the detective vision in the Batman Arkham series in which it reveals numerous secrets such as hidden clues, footsteps and even blood. Another interesting feature is the ability to analyze every person you interview and question by looking closer at these people you meet; you can notice things which could help you in your investigation such as dirt on their clothing or how strong they are by looking at their hands. Everything you analyse in this game plays an important part towards finding the culprits. Another really good feature to this gameplay is the Deduction Board which allows you to take evidence you have found and try to deduce multiple scenarios to which ultimately leads you to one of many possible endings due to the ability to arrest different people (Some Innocent, Some Guilty) however it is recommended you find all of the clues so as not to arrest the wrong person. The ability to change between first and third person perspective is great and some of the shooting sequences are ok at best. All in all, the gameplay is really good apart from the shooting parts which are ok.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments unfortunately is not exactly memorable in terms of soundtrack with there not being any really good music in the game; In fact the only real music that comes to mind is the music that plays as the game opens up and in my personal opinion it’s mediocre at best. The voice acting however is actually pretty decent with a relatively unknown voice cast and they definitely portray the characters very well with perfect British accents.
The visuals in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments are brilliant with realistic looking characters and environments. The textures used on the facial features are portrayed extremely well with every little detail adding to the realistic feel of the game. Some of the crime scenes in the game are pretty gruesome which is brilliant since it truly does translate the gritty crime feel that the game has because lets be fair you don’t expect a brutal murder scene to look colorful (Unless it’s a massacre in Care Bear Land). The Environments look brilliant and truly make you feel like you are in Victorian England and it essentially feels like you are playing an interactive version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories.
In terms of Trophies; Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is pretty easy to net the platinum since most of the actual trophies are pretty much straight forward however the game can have a little bit of replay value in the fact there is multiple conclusions and endings in total plus the amount of time it would probably take you to gather every single clue and search every nook and cranny that the game has to offer.
All in all, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments has fantastic crime investigation gameplay, A brilliant story and fantastic visuals aswell as a decent enough voice cast of relatively unknown actors however the soundtrack is not memorable in the slightest and unfortunately there is only a little bit of replay value but not much. Still though, A great sign of Sherlock Holmes games to come.
My Score = 8.5/10
- Fantastic Story Compilation
- Brilliant Crime & Investigation Gameplay
- Incredible Visuals
- Perfectly captured the embodiment of Sherlock Holmes
- Decent Enough Voice Cast of Unknowns
- Feels like an Interactive Conan Doyle Novel
- No Memorable Soundtrack at all
- Opening theme is Mediocre at best
- Not much in terms of Replay Value
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is available now from all good retailers for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC. Thanks go out to Focus Home Interactive for supplying the games and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.