Conclusion: The camera angles are atrocious in third person view and almost as bad if you put it in the first person point of view. Sometimes you can find yourself lost amidst the streets of London, just quick "warp" to most locations that you can. This game should only be rented and never bought. Its about an 9 hour game if that. Easy 1000 GS though.
Gripping but gruesome mystery, appropriate for older teens.
Common Sense Media
17 August 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that while Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper carries a "Teen" rating it may not be appropriate for younger teens. With the exception of the first murder, no killings are shown on screen, but the aftermaths of brutally vicious homicides are not only seen, but seen in close detail. Corpses in blood puddles, with bloated tongues and slashed throats must be pored over with a magnifying glass.
Excerpt: Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper Developed By: Frogwares Published By: Focus Home Interactive Released: May 26, 2009 Available On: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 (reviewed) Genre: Adventure ESRB Rating: T for Teen: Mild Blood, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol, Use of Tobacco, Violence Number of Players: Single-player only Price: $19.99 new, $14.99 used
Pros: A fully-realized Sherlock Holmes tale
Cons: Overly-cryptic puzzle design, lack of replay-value, awful animations
Summary: Staging a showdown between the Victorian era's greatest fictional hero and one of its greatest real-life villains is a fantastic idea for fiction. Unfortunately, the idea is so fantastic that it has been done many times before in movies and books. So Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper seems kind of passe on arrival despite being the first adventure game featuring the travails of the legendary detective in a deerstalker to hit the Xbox 360.
Pros: Fantastic moments when you get to investigate Ripper murder scenes, Detailed investigative procedures immerse you in the case, Creepy, atmospheric storyline
Cons: Padded with a lot of unnecessary adventure-game cliches, Dated visuals and sound
Conclusion: Concept: The old-school adventure game formula with an even more old-school detective
Graphics: Underwhelming environments, ugly character models, and stilted animation require a forgiving eye
Sound: The voice acting is mediocre, and the soundtrack is underutilized
Playability: Controlling your character is rough sometimes, but not to the point that it matters
Entertainment: Despite its flaws, the story makes Sherlock a game worth playing for adventure fans
Excerpt: I’m sort of a weird guy, and now that I think about it, I always have been. As a kid, I took the comic book and cartoon route rather than playing Little League. In my teenage years, I skipped the school dances and night clubs in favor of nights at the movies, and game nights with my friends. In fact, in High School I did a twenty page paper and an oral presentation on the crimes of Jack the Ripper. Yeah, you can bet that really got the ladies.
Conclusion: Some people would dismiss this as a dull, slow paced historical game – but they would be missing the point. This is a perfect representation of the Holmes world, mixed in with one of the greatest unsolved cases of our time. The puzzles are spot on and never feel unfair, and the story drags you in and makes you feel like you are personally tracking down the Ripper.