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Crimes & Punishments, the New Adventure of Sherlock Holmes Unveiled!

by Han Cilliers (Lola)  Posted Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:50:39 AM

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My mind is still haunted by my previous adventure as the world’s most famous sleuth; The Testament of Sherlock Holmes was a game that challenged and intrigued me beyond my expectations of it. With Testament, Frogwares Studio abandoned some of the traditional, outdated point and click gameplay for a more realistic third-person gaming experience. The Studio succeeded in breathing new life into a genre that is struggling to survive amidst the fast paced, triple A titles spoiling gamers in the 21st century. Short on the heels of this success, Frogwares just announced the release of the next instalment for our beloved detective, Crimes and Punishments, and by the looks of it, fans can expect the series to again push the adventure to new heights.

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The new Sherlock Holmes game Crimes and Punishments will build upon that success with important changes on the graphical side as well as the game experience side. 

For the first time ever, Frogwares Studio will abandon their homemade graphics engine. The latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes will be developed on Epic’s Unreal Engine 3, allowing the series to jump far ahead of previous installments in graphical quality. Environments will be more realistic and finely detailed with dynamic lighting and shadows. Choosing this engine also lets the game benefit from many technologies like a powerful animation engine for smooth movement and animation transitions, real-time shaders and a particle system, and advanced post-processing effects.

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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 investigation--actually, your investigations, as 8 captivating cases await you! Murders, disappearances, spectacular thefts, and other investigations will bring you to the cutting edge of the detective genre and these cases will be the bread and butter of this game, 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. All decisions have an influence in the game and affect your character’s reputation in addition to having realistic, sometimes unexpected, consequences. You will have to bear the weight of your choices, as Crimes and Punishments offers an exciting system of actions/consequences that forces players to think before acting by giving true depth to every decision they make. 

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In Crimes and Punishments, players will embody a Sherlock Holmes with a brand new look. Developers at Frogwares have abandoned the classic Sherlock Holmes inspired by the 60s Sherlock movies, replacing him with a more modern character perfectly matching the new artistic ambitions of the title. 

Source: Sherlock Holmes Official Website

The character of Sherlock Holmes has been entertaining humanity for ages, be it in film, literature or video games, I cannot imagine a world without him. I am therefore thrilled that I will once again be able to stretch my skills of deduction to its utmost limits, enjoy the company of my dearest Watson and feel the challenge of the hunt inviting me to play. Keep an eye on GameZone for an interview with Frogwares Studio where we will explore the minds behind the creation of one of the greatest adventure game series of our time.

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