Become the most celebrated detective of all time: 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.
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Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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September 26

SHERLOCK HOLMES: CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS, THE LAUNCH TRAILER!

His skills, your wits!

Ready for release next week from September 30, the launch trailer of Crimes & Punishments is being unveiled today! Take a trip through Victorian London with Holmes and Watson in the latest video of the game, showcasing the theme and a few of the mechanics you’ll use for yourself in this new investigation game by Frogwares, as soon as next Tuesday on your PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

A lot of you are already reviewing Crimes & Punishments, and some of you are already sharing with us your enthusiasm. We are very proud to propose, next week, a game a little bit unique in today’s videogaming landscape, something different from current productions on consoles and PC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxg63glrvxY

In Crimes & Punishments, become Sherlock Holmes and 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.

His skills, your wits. Become Sherlock Holmes from September 30 when Crimes & Punishments releases on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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September 18

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS: DISCOVER THE DARKER SIDE OF LONDON IN NEW TRAILER 'PRETTY LITTLE CRIMES'

His skills, your wits!

Having explored some of Holmes' skills in previous gameplay videos of Crimes & Punishments - your new investigation game coming from September 30 on PS4®, PS3®, Xbox One®, Xbox 360® and PC - Frogwares and Focus Home Interactive today introduce the complexity of not the cases, but the characters of Crimes & Punishments. It is a trailer about empathy, blame, and punishment - not of the suspect, but of Sherlock himself, as he lives with the decisions made throughout the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjy62bei8c4

Crimes & Punishments introduces moral changes to the Sherlock Holmes series. Not only are you charged with selecting the suspect who committed the crime, but also what to do with him, either handing him to the police or empathizing with his or her situation, setting them free after a dressing down in true Holmes style. Not only can you commit any of up to five suspects, but you can also commit two - then, your moral choice will follow, and their fate will be left in your hands, with all the responsibility on your conscience.

You can watch our previous gameplay trailers here, and, if you wish to get a more in depth look at some of the London-based locations you'll be inspecting this September, watch last week's Location Trailer!

His skills, your wits - become Sherlock Holmes in Crimes & Punishments from September 30 on PS4®, PS3®, Xbox One®, Xbox 360®, and PC.

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Reviews

“I have to believe Holmes would approve.”
8/10 – Polygon

“Thrilling detective-game ... even Moriaty would play it!”
85/100 – GameStar

“Hands down the best detective game I've ever played and one of the most enjoyable experiences of the 2014 gaming year so far.”
9,5/10 – Hooked Gamers

About This Game

Become the most celebrated detective of all time: 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.

Will you follow your moral compass, or will you apply the letter of the law?

The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. Use the 14 extraordinary skills of detection for which Sherlock is famous, choose the avenues of enquiry you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties... you can even determine their fate! The ramifications are far-reaching, and your decisions will exert a real influence through your reputation or the surprising consequences that will arise where you least expect them…

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE AMD RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 GTS OR HIGHER
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 14 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
Helpful customer reviews
95 of 123 people (77%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
[SPOILER FREE]
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment is a beautiful and impressive adventure puzzle game starring a very popular detective who players will enjoy playing as to solve crime and choosing thier own choices in a case's outcome through deduction.

First off, the graphics of the game use the unreal engine 3 and a step up for the series.The facial features of the characters such as pores, scars, and even the detail on the clothing. Not only is the character detailed but so are the aesthetics and details put into each of the maps that the players will traverse to solve crimes, which gives it a it more immersion.

The music is appropriate for the game and kicks in at the right moment though the rest of the time the game is pretty quiet to letting concentrate and could use more to bring immersion. The voice acting is also decently done for most of the characters in the game and brings them to life in the game world.

Players can play the game with either a keyboard and mouse or with a game pad. Both are configured well and didn't include key binding, which isn't too bad since there aren't many keys to press for this type of game genre. Players be able to play this game in first or 3rd person whichever choice you decide. The controls may feel a bit stiff but overall it is not too bad at all.

Each of the maps in this game is really focused on the area where the crime appears. You won't find yourself in unnecessary places or free roaming since it isn't that sort of game though it is something to suggest for a future sequel. The game uses a fast travel system to travel around the map with a push of a button. With a button click, players can bring up a map and click on locations to travel where they need to go whenever you want. With each loading screen, Sherlock in the cab where the interface can also be brought up for the menu to look over the clues, evidence, and deduction while they wait. The menu itself is very sleek and organized.

The game play to Sherlock is to solve puzzles, gather evidence and to come up with deduction and solve crimes. The puzzles range from ordinary lock puzzles where you match locks to complicated puzzles where you rebuild molds, combine chemicals or find clues to fix certain situation, compare notes, Extreme arm wrestling and lots more variety to keep the game intriguing. There is a skip function for those that get frustrated or stuck at a puzzle but keep in mind that it is a puzzle game, and that self-satisfaction comes from solving by oneself.

Sherlock is armed with an arsenal of tools to help him combine clues and solve puzzles. Focus will help him see things that he will miss at times such as small marks and such. Imagination is when he gathers enough clues to solve a puzzle, he will be able to recreate the scenario in his mind to gather more clues and evidence and finally when he does get all this, he will be capable to go into deduction.
In deduction mode, Sherlock can look over his facts and evidence, draw a line between them and form bubbles and by doing so created deductions. Sometimes there is only one deduction in a bubble but other times. There will be two totals. As players look through all these bubbles, they'll be able to draw and combine a conclusion to the case. If the case is a contradiction, it will tell you between the bubbles. If it combines there will be a larger bubble and there will be a choice to the entire scenario. Either the person is guilty/innocent or an alternative choice route opened will be up to players to decide by finding enough clues and evidence.

The game introduces five case scenario total and may take a player 12-15 hours total to complete depending on how good they are at gathering clues and puzzles.

My opinion is that this is possibly the best puzzle/adventure game I have yet played. I enjoyed it though some of my cons are that the disguise function wasn't used as greatly as I thought and that the game hopefully will be even frequently more expansive with the deduction system in the future because that felt like the real meat of the game to me personally.

Pros
+ The graphic details are beautiful. You can see the details of the faces of characters, clothes, and the aesthetic to the background looks great with the Unreal 3 engine.
+ The puzzles are brilliant
+ The case themselves are very realistic in a sense
+ Brilliant story and cases. Especially the third case Blood Bath.
+ The voice acting is decently done. Most of the characters sounded great.
+ Deduction offers the players choices and replayability. Multiple choices on how to punish a crime or finish it off with another outcome.
+ Game lasts 12-15 hours



Cons
- Though beautiful the maps were decently sized and it felt too closed in especially with parts blocked off. Hopefully we'll see even larger areas in the future.
- Disguises weren't used as much in the game
- There is a skip button that pops up everytime that just seems to invite players to push it. Should be something you can turn off
- The online feature should take in more stats instead of just who chooses the choice or discovering it.


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Posted: September 29
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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
I've just finished the first case, so I figured I'd go ahead and write out my first impressions. If anything changes my opinion throughout the rest of the game I'll update this review.

-The gameplay for the most part keeps in line with the rest of the series, with only a few noteworthy departures. There's now a sort of "detective vision" that highlights examinable objects, and while it can be ignored most of the time, it is sometimes necessary to find things like scratches on a lock or markings on the floor. The game does bring up a prompt when it's required, however, so you can safely ignore it otherwise if you choose to for the sake of immersion or challenge. You also now have the ability to talk with suspects at jail, and can present evidence to them to disprove any lies they may be telling you. Finally, you can now access the wardrobe and disguise kit at any time by going to your apartment, and you can select from a small variety of hats, facial hairs, and suits to wear (which is sometimes required for the sake of disguising yourself). Aside from these changes, anyone who's played the previous entries will be right at home (and the game does give minor references to the previous games in the series); there are still more "classic-style" adventure game puzzles, and things like Holmes's chemistry set are used once again.

-The game does give you more freedom than the previous games, which I think adds a lot to the experience. To use the first case as an example, by the time you've collected all the clues and pieced them together (you do this on your own in a menu, rather than having Holmes explain everything away for you), you're left with three different suspects, which you then have to choose from on your own based on your evidence. You're free to arrest any of them, and the game doesn't actually tell you which one was correct unless you choose to reveal the "spoiler" at the end of the case. You also get to choose to either condemn or absolve the criminal, which seems to be more of a moral choice than an actual logical one. The game ultimately leaves a lot up to the player, and though it does sometimes slightly hold your hand (for example, if you have evidence that needs to be either used on something in the environment or discussed with someone, it'll have an icon beside it that tells you if it's for using/discussing) it generally allows you to come to conclusions on your own.

-This is a small feature, but one thing that I thought was really neat is that during the loading screens between areas it shows Holmes in a carriage and allows you to access your evidence to review the case or your deductions to link points together while the game loads, so that you aren't just sitting around waiting. The loading times aren't substantial enough to be irritating anyways in my experience, but it's a nice touch.

-The graphics are extremely good, particularly in the character models. The characters' faces are very well-detailed and animated.

-The characters all seem to have been at least slightly redesigned, though Watson mostly still resembles his old appearance. And I can't say for certain, but it seems like everyone has different voice actors now. They still sound close enough that it isn't jarring, and they've already grown on me after one case so it's not a problem, but it's something worth mentioning. Edit: I've noticed that Sherlock hasn't actually changed designs, it just looks that way because of his new default hairstyle. He does look slightly different than he did before facially, but when you use the wardrobe to put his old hat on (which happens automatically in the second case) he looks almost the same.

-Creepy Watson does not appear to be in the game, despite the April Fools video giving hope that he might be back. RIP Creepy Watson 2008 - 2008

Overall, if the game keeps this level of quality throughout the whole thing I'd say it's fantastic and definitely worth buying, doubly if you're a long-time fan of the series. If it doesn't keep this level of quality, I'll be sure to come back and complain a lot.
Posted: September 30
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Long load screens. Load screens for load screens. Load screen just to get to the main menu.

Otherwise the game's a really good playing experience with a top-notch moral choice system that has no right or wrong answer, that will bug the hell out of you till you finally pick someone to charge with the crime, and that you hope the choice is sound and doesn't come to bite you in the ♥♥♥ later.

Great for replayability provided you don't click the option that tells you the "correct" answer because, well, what fun is that?
Posted: September 30
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30 of 61 people (49%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Think of L.A. Noire without the massively inflated budget and with less of a sociopath d-bag and you'd get this game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpeW69bjQus

Immaculate presentation, truly awe-striking and well above several of its blockbuster peers. Heavily diversified gameplay through multiple original mini-games, clever conversations and complex constructed whodunit mysteries. My advice? Don't gamble on a overly hyped €60 game this fall and grab this instead.

Full review: http://www.noobfeed.com/reviews/1083/sherlock-holmes-crimes-punishments
Posted: September 29
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18 of 48 people (38%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
This game is really, really good. Frogwares did a great job on this one. It's mysterious and awesome. It's a great game to play.I recommend it to everyone!!!
Posted: September 30
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