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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

by Ubisoft
 Ages 16 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B00524V2ZG
  • Release Date: 20 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,933 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3

Set in London in 1898, all evidence of an on-going police investigation points to Sherlock Holmes as the main suspect in a case involving theft, fraud, and murder. Unable to prove his own innocence, Holmes rapidly loses the trust of London. When even the loyalty of his closest friend, Doctor Watson, begins to waver, Sherlock is forced to flee Scotland Yard and begin his investigation to prove his innocence, confronting his most dangerous opponent in the process: Moriarty!

Use the famous detective’s full repertoire of skills to solve puzzles and decide which leads to follow up and which to ignore as you build your case in this open investigation.

Key Features

  • A dark and mature storyline takes the Sherlock Holmes series to the next level. Lead your investigation and build your own conclusions.
  • A brand new graphics engine specially designed to display complex scenes and high resolution textures. Improved light effects and new animations and moves truly raises the bar for console adventure games, helping to create a London faithfully reproduced.
  • Dozens of puzzles and riddles with controls especially designed for consoles: collect objects, interact with dozens of characters, and use special tools throughout your investigation. Once you have collected your clues and reports, use the Deduction Tool at the end of each chapter to draw your own conclusions.
  • An intuitive help system is available in case you are unable to find the solution to a particularly difficult puzzle.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holmes is Where the Heart Is 17 Jan. 2013
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
`Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper' was not the best game to grace consoles this generation, but in the limited world of 360/PS3 adventure games it had a good story and the puzzles were fun. For this reason I had some hopes for `The Testament of Sherlock Holmes', developers Focus had another year of experience to build on their last game and provide an even better experience, so why is it so much worse? For one thing, the story is nowhere near as compelling as `Ripper'. In most cases a story does not really matter during a game, but as `Testament' is an adventure title that slowly moves along, it is of paramount importance that the gamer is drawn in. You are not and Holmes fans will also be upset by the disregard for some of the character's cannon.

The game is best when playing the puzzles themselves, they are tricky, but in most cases achievable. The game screams its PC routes in the style of puzzle, as they have not evolved much from the days of `The 7th Guest'. It is during some of the puzzles and the majority of the traditional adventure aspects of the game that the PC base damages the console game. Moving around the screen with a control pad is difficult and delicately moving parts of puzzles is at times impossible. Focus appear to have done the bare minimum needed to convert the game onto console, so you are left at times with a glitchy mess that is hard to move around in. Not good enough.

This lack of effort continues in the graphics and cut scenes; both would not look out of place in a 2005 PC game - unacceptable for a full RRP console game. All could have been forgiven had the story interested me a bit more, but as it was, only the puzzles detracted from the tedium of the story and annoyance of the controls. This is a game suitable only for those adventure fans desperate for a game to try.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, poor execution. 6 Oct. 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game primarily because I was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories at the time. I also greatly enjoyed LA Noire, and looked forward to another game that required you to use your brain. The story within the game is a decent go at a Sherlock Holmes adventure, though I feel as though it lost its way towards the end.

In terms of gameplay, it isn't great. The graphics are dated and the character movement is clunky at best. It also tends to be a tad glitchy. The puzzles and early detective work are well thought out and relatively challenging, though at times it becomes less about connecting everything together and more about diligent searching of the environment.

I felt that one of the stronger elements of the game was the "deduction board", where you have to piece together the clues you discover to advance the case... and this was criminally underused (only 3 times I believe). It is also a rather short affair, lasting at most 15 hours all told... and it has zero replay value. Another issue I had was that there is no chance to go wrong as such. It is impossible to advance the game unless you do everything you need to do. A Heavy Rain type mechanic would have been excellent, where your decisions change how the game plays out... but that isn't the case here.

I'd recommend getting the game if you can find it cheap, enjoy Sherlock Holmes books, want a laugh at how annoying Watson is, and are a bit of a trophy hound. It has to be one of the easiest platinums ever released.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Atmospheric, with Challenging Puzzles. 21 Sept. 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a modern take on what used to be called an "Adventure Game" - the idea being that you move your character around and investigate clues, to take the action forward.

This is an analytical game and moves at a measured pace, controlled by your input to the puzzles that are presented - you don't move on until you solve them. So this is not a game where your reactions are tested and you have fast-moving action and shooting things. You can take your time to solve any puzzle and the "Deduction Board" halts any action, while you think about the facts that Holmes and Watson gather from the crime scene.

The game is quite faithful to the Sherlock Holmes books and features quotes from Conan Doyle, rather than being based on any of the recent films or TV series. Holmes and Watson are resolutely British and the voice acting is good, with solid English accents that would sit well in the period. Holmes is cool and aloof, self confident to the point of arrogance, while Watson is more animated and emotional. During the game, you control either character - one at a time.

The graphics are very good for the backgrounds - the interiors,buildings and London itself have been rendered in great detail, giving a real sense of atmosphere and place. The characters are a bit stiff and awkward, which is maybe why it's only a 4 star game - but then they are not rushing about, driving the action.

The game starts with a strange scene of children finding toys in a loft, which is really badly animated and they talk incoherently in strange American accents - it's enough to put you off the game, before you've even started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!
loved all the puzzles here and the characters were so realistic! The gameplay was interesting and fun! defiantly worth playing
Published 12 months ago by Ellis Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars gaming husband
My husband completed this game in 1 month. He enjoyed it but would not re play the game. He found the graphics at the end a little strange.
Published 15 months ago by claire hayles
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected
This game is very poorly made, looks horrible for a ps3 game, not worth the money, only good thing was the delivery coming on time
Published 19 months ago by The flash
4.0 out of 5 stars The best
Is Sherlock Holmes the game.Good puzzles and very english.I buy the game because i like Sherlock Holmes.Is the best game from this person.
Published 20 months ago by asterio
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I tried playing this today - it was a huge disappointment.

There is a weird "introduction" at the start where some children find a box of writings about Holmes - I can't... Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars grandissimo sherlock
un gioco davvero intrigante sotto ogni punto di vista con audio in inglese ma sottotitolato in varie lingue compreso italiano
Published on 1 April 2013 by claus71
3.0 out of 5 stars not that good
The game isn't that good because its just very boring trying to find things very long winded for a game
Published on 13 Mar. 2013 by leighnewman
3.0 out of 5 stars as described
the game arrived in plenty of time and as described, the game itself was okay but not something I would purchase again in a hurry.
Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Buffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor design and flawed
Mid-way through the game (at least I think it is mid-way through), I came to a game ending glitch, where a dog you controlled could not get past the Sherlock Holmes character... Read more
Published on 21 Jan. 2013 by Riviley
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This game is ok but not really in the same league as LA Noire. It's clunky and awkward, and the puzzles are just contrived puzzle book stuff, and usually nothing really to do with... Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2013 by ANT
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