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There is a good game in here somewhere,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes Vs Jack The Ripper (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
There is a good game in here somewhere, but you have to be patient. Lets get the low points out of the way first.
-There is something relentlessly stuffy and stiff about this game. The first part is basically a continuous fetch quest where you do little missions for people in order to get what you want. In a game about Sherlock Holmes, this seems a bit out of place.
-The game excels best when you have to search for the clues and surmise the events of each murder, or meandering around the streets. It is just a shame that it starts to get repetitive. A little variety, even an action sequence, would have been nice.
-For a game about catching Jack the Ripper before he slaughters again, the pacing is oddly slow and calm. There is very little feeling of tension or threat in the storytelling or gameplay.
-You also have to do a fair bit of reading in this game. Holmes collects tons and of papers, leaflets, books, reports, statements and the like. Now, I love reading. My biggest passion. But this isn't a book, its a game. Some of these papers go on for pages, when summarised bullet points by either of our leads would have done. But this is only a MINOR point. I can cope with the reading! But it does slow everything down.
-There is also an air of haste and speed towards making the game. You only have to walk the streets to find that there only about 10 different people/faces wandering around and the dialogue when you try to talk to them is limited.
I also think it is now about time to improve the graphics a bit. Holmes and Watson look oddly stiff and wooden.
-The constant to-ing and throwing from Baker Street gets on my nerves. Can't Holmes' spend the night somewhere else?
But there are good aspects.
-The game will take some time to complete and the puzzles and questions vary in difficulty. I found myself looking for help online in a place or two.
- The voice acting does vary in quality, but is good enough to listen to. Shame the characters faces are so expressionless.
-£10? Excellent value for money in my book. This will take the average player some time to complete.
- If you get stuck when looking for something to click on, there is now a handy system in place to light up something you might have missed if you are in trouble.
-The first person perspective is great and helps you immerse yourself into Holmes' world.
-You might meet some very minor characters from the previous game The Awakened (Revised edition)!
The game itself is on par with previous outings, but in the end you do feel that they should be getting better and more varied by now. A little more effort to make it a bit more tense and exciting next time please Frogwares!
But you do get more game for your money with these. At just £10, you can't complain too much.
Far from perfect, but by no means a disaster to avoid completely.