Since early 2000, the Sherlock Holmes series of six video games for PC captivated millions of players around the world. In 2012, the famous detective’s latest investigation -- "The Testament of Sherlock Holmes" -- abandoned its traditional point & click gameplay and, in a revolution for the series, created a genuine third-person gaming experience for consoles and PCs. The title earned praise from players and critics despite some minor technical glitches and brought the famous detective to a wider audience. BBC's latest TV series "Sherlock" has probably multiplied the character's popularity as well as surprised the audience with a radical modernisation of Conan Doyles's character. The new Sherlock Holmes titel "Crimes and Punishments" builds upon the success of its predecessor and also brings on a brand new look. Developers at Frogwares have abandoned the classic Sherlock Holmes inspired by the 60s movies, and instead replaced him with a more modern character perfectly matching the new artistic ambitions of the title.
The switch to Epic’s Unreal Engine 3, however, will allow the series to jump far ahead of previous installments in graphical quality and drastically enhance the game experience. Much more realistic and finely detailed environments with dynamic lighting and shadows support the mystical atmosphere of the original stories while the game strongly benefits from a powerful animation engine for smooth movement and animation transitions.
Unlike the previous adventures of Sherlock Holmes, in "Crimes and Punishments" you will not be a mere spectator during the detective’s investigation. It is now your turn to truly become Sherlock Holmes and lead your own investigations. Eight captivating cases await! Murders, disappearances, spectacular thefts, and other investigations will bring you to the cutting edge of the detective genre. Written in the pure tradition of Conan Doyle’s novels each case offers real freedom to players, who will have to make important moral choices instead of simply enforcing justice by the book. And as always the case in RPGs, all decisions have an influence on the course of the game and affect your character’s reputation in addition to having realistic, sometimes unexpected, consequences the weight of which you will have to bear. An exciting system of actions/consequences adds true depth to every decision you make as it forces you to think hard before acting.
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