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Elementary, Watson! It was the Great Old One's butler!

SlagmireSlagmire Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Games and Technology
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Now, I'm not a point-and-click adventure game buff by any stretch, but this one is catching my interest. It's been out for a while on the other side of the pond, but it looks like it might be out now (or in a couple days according the unholy abomination known as GameStop). Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened is the third in a series of adventure games developed by Frogwares, and definitely takes a step back from your typical 'Holmsian' style of mystery and introduces a much darker brand of literary inspiration -- namely Lovecraft's lovable squid-faced god, Cthulhu.

The majority of the game looks to be in first-person, which I know isn't typical for point-and-click adventure games. It's got a lot of puzzles, and a lot more detective work (investigating crime scenes, lab work) then most similarly styled games. Apparently it's been getting somewhat decent reviews so far. You can even download the demo (which is said to be an hour's worth) at http://www.sherlockholmes-thegame.com/ (which I think I might be doing tonight), but has anybody in the big EU played this yet?

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Reviews I've heard weren't that positive.

    And fi you want a Lovecraft/Holmes crossover, there's a splendid Gaiman short story called A Study in Emerald.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Honestly, I lost interest pretty quickly. There is very little dialogue in the game at all and you can hardly interact with anything, so it comes down to walking through big, empty spaces with a few items here and there. The lab work/investigating system is pretty much a joke, too.

    Basically, I'm sure the story is interesting once you get into it, but there's so little to like about the game. It's ugly, it's not a good adventure game and the puzzles are arbitrary and dumb. I'm a large Cthulhu fan and it didn't grab me at all.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Consolevania review I saw made it look awful

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  • Smarmy LechSmarmy Lech Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm a pretty huge fan of the Lovecraft mythos and Sherlock Holmes, but I didn't really enjoy this game at all.

    Just, as a game, it's not very fun.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I reviewed Secret of the Silver Earring a long-ass time ago, for eToychest I think. I liked it. It did feel very Sherlock Holmes-ish to me. Some of it was amateur-hour, but it was good.

    I think I'll check it out.

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  • skullieskullie Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I played this one a while back, and all I've basically got to say is if you suffer from motion sickness stay far away from it. I really wanted to get into it, but something about the camera in this game is just cripplingly nauseating.

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  • SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Xagarath wrote: »
    And fi you want a Lovecraft/Holmes crossover, there's a splendid Gaiman short story called A Study in Emerald.

    That's a really good tale indeed, though it was even better for me, not knowing that it was Lovecraft/Holmes crossover when I started reading it.

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  • brynstarbrynstar Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Drez wrote: »
    I reviewed Secret of the Silver Earring a long-ass time ago, for eToychest I think. I liked it. It did feel very Sherlock Holmes-ish to me. Some of it was amateur-hour, but it was good.

    I think I'll check it out.

    Secret of the Silver Earring was pretty darn good. It'd be a shame if this new one didn't live up to it.

    I'll have to check it out.

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  • UndefinedMonkeyUndefinedMonkey Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Xagarath wrote: »
    And fi you want a Lovecraft/Holmes crossover, there's a splendid Gaiman short story called A Study in Emerald.

    There's a whole book of 'em by various authors called "Shadows Over Baker Street", but the Gaiman one was by far my favorite.

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