Here we go again, in London incarnating the very famous detective Sherlock Holmes
As I played the game, it reminded a lot of The mentalist series, where Holmes
would be replaced by Lisbon
XD) and Patrick Jane
. They are both manipulative and mendacious, no blame in any of their actions to reach their goals and having an acute observation skill. Patrick Jane is kind of the new modern Sherlock Holmes
A typical day in the company of Sherlock Holmes
It's the morning. Holmes
as always is experimenting something new when suddenly someone barge in abruptly. Another crime just took place nearby! Just the time to pick up his things and - en route - to the crime scene.
Let me tell you, every new environment is a feast for the eyes when seeing it for the first time. Your status as a detective implies a meticulous search of the area, yet every single detail is so nicely reproduced, polished that the search time will be the most enjoyable moment in every case. I loved how every items were carefully arranged, providing you with every information you need to know. Embroidery, marble, fine carpet, reflection on the floor, etc. The shining light of the moon, the sun. Clouds in the sky are moving and pass before the sun/moon, not a "wallpaper" like in many games.
Not only for the eyes, but for the ears as well. When indoors, and approaching a window, you will hear people walking down the streets, kids running around, laughing, enlivening the neighborhood. Near a pond or a forest, bird chirping. Amongst the lush vegetation, the rustling world of the insects. Even at night, in the street, you can hear tramps yelling in the streets, bottle breaking sound.
The more the little details there are, the more immersive the game is. A delight for me.
First thing to do when arriving is to rush to the location where the dead body(ies) is(are) lying, often in a pool of blood. A quick check will be suficient to clarify the circumstances of the deceased's death. A particular object found nearby, a broken piece of something larger. Might see what it is part of later. -> In fact, it is like this all the way through. Very confusing when starting a new case. Pick up objects with no definite goal and as you progress further end up astonished like seeing a revelation.
In fact, you may tackle the problem in your satisfied way, no matter what direction or angle you look at. It is not a linear approach.
When done, the second thing is to check the surroundings. Again, with Holmes keen eye, nothing will be left to chance. Sherlock Holmes
is endowed with kind of a "sixth sense" allowing him to see what others can't see.
Then the witnesses. You can interrogate them about what they were doing at the moment of the crime, what did they see and what were their relationships with the deceased. While talking with them, sometimes you will be able to show the observation screen. It freezes the time, with a big zoom on the character's features, his outfit, etc. Also, speaking falsely when Sherlock know the truth will trigger a QTE allowing to refute his statements.
As you progressed further in the investigation, you are able to reconnect facts collected here and there in the environment or from the witnesses testimonies in what is called Holme
's brain. Conflicted facts will be colored in red as for the compatible ones in blue. When red, you have to review your deduction and rectify accordingly. As you collect more and more, you will be able to deduce a conlusion : the murderer. Yet, there is not one possibility and you can arrive to a false deduction. There were times I was about to solve a murder, found an eligible conclusion and yet I was not convinced, not satified. Besides, I had not collected every clues around. It turned out that I was wrong indeed, and as I collect more clues I concluded with a very different suspect. Keep in mind that even with all clues collected, you might still not be sure about the identity of the murderer /or clues that might be useless. In this case, you must weigh pros and cons for each suspect. A forgotten detail might do all the difference.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=362668526
When not sure about something or requiring further details, Holmes
will access his archives (a mount of files, newspapers, books, etc.). A strange substance found in the crime scene will require a more precise look with the help of your tools on the analysis table. Accordingly, the investigation will not only take place at the crime scene, but will make you go and come from different locations including your flat and Scotland Yard. It's not an open world, so moving between those will let you with a loading screen, Sherlock Holmes
in the cart. Although a bit long, you can check your notebooks where every information is stored, from the things you've collected to the description of the characters involved and what need to be done. Tow frequent locations:Flat
: where every sequence start, experiment experiences (analysis table), consulting archives, Toby XD.Scotland Yard
: interrogate suspects, autopsy and check belongings.
Some accesses are restricted but that doesn't stop Sherlock Holmes
. Picking locks is frequent in this game. The game itself is fraught with mini-games/mini-challenges that differ from one another. Though, they might be skippable. Yes, if you're not interested in those things, puzzles as an example, so you can skip them.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=362445894Sherlock Holmes
is accompanied by his steadfast friend , Watson
. Amazed at each Sherlock
's finding, our dear friend Watson
is not of much use and most of the time, his presence not needed. There were times I was wondering what he was doing, running around getting under my feet or wandering about with no definite purpose. But I particularly welcomed the fact that Watson would step away when blocking your way. In fact, in some cases, some value may be found in Watson
, when you need to perform an action requiring the hands of two individuals. You will then be able to switch characters. You will even control Toby
, the best nose of the British Empire!
You found the perfect suspect and all clues seem to point in his direction. Now you have two solutions: absolve him (hehe) or send him directly to the prison.
Done! You solved the case! However, you might have sent an innocent in prison. In fact the game doesn't tell you if you were right or not although you might know it as there is an option for it but it's better to wait the end to do this. You can also compare your investigation with others in the world, some sort of stats. And you obtain a rank.
I liked the game for its variety nature, each case at a different location with different characters and to be solved in a different way. None of the cases were resembling. The time passed so fast, I wasn't even noticing. Not boring at all, you will be eager to start a new case after completing one. A lot of fun too! The game last long enough, with about 17h, 6 cases. I can only blame the terrible lack of difficulty
, the only downside. I would have picked it up for a cheaper price though as the game was excellent but does not reach the level of some other games that are cheaper.Note
: Sorry for the length of the review, I wanted it as complete as possible and I'm constantly trying to improve.