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
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!