Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 7.0
Value 7.0
Distributor: QVS
Review Date:
January 2010
Reviewer:
James Wright

7.0


Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper

It should be noted that this game is no way related to the current movie revolving around the world's greatest detective, rather it celebrates another time, a more simpler time when adventure games roamed the PC. This was the era of point and click adventure games and now XBox 360 owners can share this fun gaming experience that is more about puzzles and using your brain, than shooting, racing or fighting.

The game begins with a graphic cinematic of Jack the Ripper murdering one of his victims and of course, leaving his handiwork for others to find. This is where we are joined by the the fictitious character Sherlock Holmes of course who is investigating these crimes and interestingly enough, the creators of the game have attempted some authenticity by linking it to a real world crime.

So how does a point and click adventure work on the 360? Surprising well and on the XBox 360, the controller have been well mapped and it's quite easy to investigate the crime scene when the player finally gets control of the characters. Apart from controlling Holmes, gamers and fans will enjoy the ability to control his trusty friend Watson as they interact with a variety of characters in order to garner the evidence they require.

Thankfully, you can view the environment in either a fixed camera angle or a first person mode and by using the analogue stick over items, a magnifying glass will assist you in collecting evidence and clues. The main crux of missions are generally finding or doing something for other people which will of course lead to more evidence from the main storyline. Although it breaks up on the main storyline a little which can be frustrating, it's also understandable as to why... increase the gameplay.

However, it's the mini-games that make the title so compelling such as performing an almost autopsy like experience as you search each of the victims for evidence of how they were brutally murdered. You then use this evidence to create mock crime scenes with Watson as your cohort which makes for some interesting gameplay and is a great way to search for more evidence. This plays out like a movie with you in charge.

Of course, the key to the story is interacting with the varied characters throughout the story who each you give you a little bit more of the puzzle. Of course, they all want something in return, hence the side quests but it's a small price to pay for such a well crafted game of yesterday.

The locales of the game are all faithful to the era and the graphics, although a little dull, actually suits the genre perfectly and there is some good attention to detail. Add in a great soundtrack and some realistic voice acting, albeit clichéd at times and the game is quite sturdy looking and sounding. The only issue with the graphics is that it does seem a little dated on the 360.

At the end of the day, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper won't appeal for the mass majority due to the genre the game is imitating, however if you were a fan of the point and click adventure game genre, then you've come to the right place. Even if you are after something a little different that is not the norm and you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, there are far more dangerous perils to get involved in, so check it out if this has tickled your detective fancy!






 
 



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