The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Atlus)Written by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherlock Holmes debuts on high definition consoles for the first time ever as The Testament of Sherlock Holmes lets you play as both Holmes and Watson in a third person perspective. Set in London, England in 1898, this new investigation adventure game centers on Holmes and Watson finding clues, gathering evidence, reenacting crimes, questioning witnesses, and examining crime scenes to prove Holmes’ innocence to a crime he did not commit. Players have several action possibilities with several question sets to consider as theft, fraud, and many other intriguing themes.
This one player game has great puzzle challenges and a new deduction system to assist in key decision making. A hint system and optional ‘skip puzzle’ command provide some assistance while fans can enjoy many references, surprises, and special treats throughout the game. A few navigation issues (e.g. bad environment layouts that hinder movements) detract from the game, but they are very minor. The music, sound effects, and character voiceovers all impress while the visually complex scenes and high-resolution textures make an appealing landscape where players must scrutinize every detail. Developed by Frogwares, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes comes highly recommended (***1/2, also available on Xbox 360 and PC, rated M for blood, gore, intense violence, and drug use.