Archive for October 2, 2012
This is the 6th game in the Sherlock Holmes series and it seems to be a good game. I was actually pleasantly surprised of how god it actually is, maybe not so strange when I come to think about it. The intro for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is somewhat poorly done, with really bad acting/manuscript and animation.
This time you’re working on the death of the bishop, unofficial that is, so unethical methods are being used to get what we want. It’s a game of not just the mysteries in London, but it’s also a story about the goal justify the means. This in my opinion can be true if the goal is just. That said, it’s a really good story in there, with an interesting and intriguing plot that thickens. It’s just like watching a really good crime movie or series, so I can easily say that it caught my attention more than I could imagine.
Crime scenes and hidden clues
It’s not just the clues and crime scenes alone that make the game so interesting. I can’t forget to mention all the riddles and the clue searching alone. This can be a pain inn the ass sometimes, but the game has been made in a way that you can’t fail what you’re doing. This is great and all, but you can’t leave the area you’re in if you’re not finished with everything there – this means that you’re stuck as long as you don’t find it all.
The crime scenes are really well made, they have such a great setting in them as well as clues that can be hard to find sometimes. This helps a lot to make this game so fun, as it’s not just an easy run through it all game. It also contribute to the “none violence factor”, because that’s exactly what this game has. Well, it’s not a shocker and it couldn’t have been made that way either, and that’s because this is more of a riddle game than anything else. Which by the way is somewhat refreshing, and it proves that a game don’t have to be filled with raw action just to be a game of quality and fun.
The graphics and visuals
The visual effects in this game are ok but not something Frogwares can brag about – but still, it’s of good quality. The atmosphere on the other hand is very good, the sights of the 19th century streets of London is astonishing. It’s more or less like they’ve been able to capture the essence of that century right on the money, but hey, that’s my opinion.
The end of Sherlock Holmes mysteries?
I sure hope that this isn’t the last thing we will see of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, even though the title it self and the final gameplay kind of gives you the clues to that is the case.
Conclusion: It’s a very good game with a great story and a thick plot. It surely gave me hours of headache and not to mention fun. It’s a game for those who don’t crave for hardcore raw action all the time, more for the intellectual mind.