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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Xbox 360)
29 September 2013
Excerpt: Despite my last experience with Frogwares’ take on the famous Sherlock Holmes , I’d be lying if I claimed to be indifferent about their newest release. Their last console release, Sherlock Holmes Verses Jack The Ripper, was an incredibly flawed adventure game that wowed me with its excellent, thought-provoking story and irritated me to no end with its frustratingly difficult puzzles.
Pros: Improved puzzle design, decent voice acting
Cons: Fan fiction quality story, awkward animations, spotty object interaction
Excerpt: “Elementary, my dear Watson.” With a massive following and growing renewed popularity, Sherlock Holmes games have a huge standard to meet with nearly unattainable expectations and preconceptions of how the game should play. A high expectation of unique storyline, outstanding graphics and super-sleuthing lore seems nearly unrealistic but certainly met during The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, and AbleGamers readers should be quite satisfied.
Excerpt: When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first set pen to paper, I am sure that he did not know the legacy he would leave behind and I am pretty sure that he was unaware that this legacy would extend to computer games. I, for one, am grateful that it has, however, and I was keen to take my mind off high intensity games like Battlefield 3, FIFA 13 and so forth, and immerse myself in logic, deductive reasoning and puzzle solving.
Conclusion: Have you ever wondered what made the great Sherlock Holmes tick? The Testament of Sherlock Holmes tackles that issue, calling into question the motivations behind literature’s greatest and most introverted deductive mind. A compelling story that outlines the fall of Sherlock (or does it?) serves as the backdrop to the latest puzzle game developed by Frogware for their Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of games.
Pros: Wide variety of deliciously challenging puzzles, Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud of the exquisite story
Cons: Graphics are sometimes painful to watch…especially when they make the children look so creepy, No replay value whatsoever
Summary: " The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes " has classic characters involved in a pretty gripping and increasingly interesting storyline. But unfortunately the game engine is one of, if not the worst I have seen this generation. With fogging and pop-in that would shame many a N64 game, coupled with wooden animation and hilariously poor physics, the game looks a mess, despite a fine art style.