Excerpt: Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Remastered* *Editor’s Note – the original GameBoomers’ review of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened , which can be found here , has been modified and supplemented below by additional comments about the remastered version. All additions are indicated in red.
Conclusion: In all, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars would have be one of the best games to be released on the DS. The story is strong enough to make you want to continue in Huang’s shoes to seek revenge on those who killed his father and took the family’s ceremonial sword. Even after completing the main story, there are heaps of side missions and other tasks that will keep gamers entertained as they try and score the magical 100% completion score.
Conclusion: You’ll pick Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened up only if you’re into the adventure genre. While the game does deliver a nice bundle of challenges and like a larger number of other adventure titles now it comes with a FPS feel, you could still do better if you looked hard enough. Frogwares efforts are comfortable and they’ve done a substantial job of injecting some excitement, even though it’s clouded by some troubles along the way.
Excerpt: The writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft have always shared one thing in common: they've stood the test of time and continue to draw new readers into their very loyal fan base. Other than that you've got two very different bodies of work. One is rooted in logic and deduction and set in Victorian London, while the other is set in small Twentieth Century New England towns at the nexus of ancient demonic forces.
Excerpt: A watercolour sketch of a mist shrouded street gradually takes on solidity... and one of the most beloved sidekicks in mystery fiction arrives at the famous 221b Baker Street, home of the great—although irascible—detective, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is bored. It has been too long since a case has engaged his interest, but events are about to lead him into a mystery not even he can foresee.
Excerpt: You can tell Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened tries to stand out from the host of obscure adventure games, especially when the plot tells of our favourite Victorian detective travelling across the globe to stop crazy cultists from summoning this: Cthulhu – a fat, green, demony being that revels in slaughtering humans. Or, as Stephen King so elegantly puts it: a gigantic, tentacle-equipped, killer vagina from beyond space and time .
Excerpt: Growing up I read a lot of the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective Sherlock Holmes. And when he started showing up in computer games, I was pretty darn happy about it. Back then it was all point and click stuff, which became the staple interface of the adventure/puzzle game. So when I heard that Holmes had come back in an adventure game with a fully 3D world, it was like being a kid all over again.