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PC gamer, your destiny lies with Sherlock Holmes

I belong to the Glorious PC Master Race, which means, I am expelled from the city of the Guardians. I will not be tempted by silly hovercrafts, flowing capes or encounters with exotic aliens because my destiny lies with Sherlock Holmes. Together we will go about the more important business of solving crimes and determining punishments. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it while the rest of the gaming race is running around in tights chasing after fictitious monsters.


Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments releases on September 30, join me for a look at Victorian style London and the role apparel and accessories should actually play in video games ;)


6 Cases, 6 Locations

In my review of the previous Sherlock Holmes game, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, I praised Frogwares in how well they captured the heart of 1898 London. "Holmes' 21 1b Baker Street apartment is as untidy and filled with clutter as it has been since it was first penned in 1887. You can almost feel the dust and sooty grime of the London slums clinging to you as you deftly navigate through the streets from one crime scene to the next."

In Crimes & Punishments Frogwares constructed an even richer environment.

"There are six unique cases in Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments, and with each new case a new location to explore and piece together all the clues in order to feel confident about the choices you make, culminating in either the absolving or condemning of a suspect. Expanding on the universe of Sherlock Holmes games, Scotland Yard makes an appearance as the central-hub for interrogating suspects once arrested, examining evidence, and even inspecting corpse after autopsy, for any all-important missing clues.

London and its suburb are composed of varied and exotic locations, sprawling with culture and class at every turn. From moon-lit grimy alleys, to sun-kissed Chinese gardens, no matter how seemingly peaceful a scene may be, it is always open to the horrible thefts and murders that Holmes charges himself with investigating. Hot on the scent, you – along with Watson – will find yourself readying the motor-carriage to visit some of the most famous locations in and around London, such as Kew Gardens and the Roman city of St Albans. Where there is beauty there is murder, in this faithful recreation of the Victorian world."


The art of subversion

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes was an incredible adventure. The game world was gorgeous, the plot fascinating and the puzzles difficult enough to challenge even the most seasoned e-sleuth. Testament was most definitively "not simplicity itself!" One thing the Holmes from the game however lacked was his ability to be a master of disguise. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the original creator of Sherlock Holmes, made Holmes's art of subversion one of his strongest techniques. For the first time in a Frogwares Sherlock Holmes game, we will be treated, or rather challenged, to reflect this skill.

"Holmes is known for his high intelligence, and high level of deduction skill. However, Sherlock as he was imagined and written by Arthur Conan Doyle is also a master of disguise, a characteristic that Frogwares transposed in Crimes & Punishments, as one of the many skills the players will actively use to solve the 6 cases of the game.In turn, we find at Baker Street, in Holmes' bedroom, a wardrobe that holds the key to Holmes' disguises, as well as a dressing table housing wigs, hats, glasses, different hair styles and beards. everything needed to transform into about anyone! This is a very useful skill, when it comes to approaching suspects who might be wary of a well-known detective, and get information - or even confessions - by faking being a member of their social class. This is exactly what reveals today's video, "Art of Subversion", as we witness Sherlock disguising as an Irish sailor to approach a suspect."

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments will release world-wide on September 30 (but in SA on October 3). You can pre-order it from for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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