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In spite of some mediocre voice acting, a bit of wooden animation and a strangely out of character climax, Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper is a fascinating re-imagining of the Whitechapel murders. Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective will have a blast rooting out all the Holmes references and in-jokes while adventure fans will be pulled along by the compelling story and varied range of gameplay.
Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper is a rarity that really makes you work those grey cells and puts you in the great detective’s shoes as he tries to capture one of the most famous murderers of all time. Don't let the graphics and pace put you off, this is a gripping tale.
Some people would dismiss this as a dull, slow paced historical game – but they would be missing the point. This is a perfect representation of the Holmes world, mixed in with one of the greatest unsolved cases of our time. The puzzles are spot on and never feel unfair, and the story drags you in and makes you feel like you are personally tracking down the Ripper. However, it is safe to say that the style and content of the game is never going to win over any new converts to this particular genre.
Despite the lack of truly compelling gameplay and any kind of replay value, I would still recommend this game due to its rewarding and involving crime and puzzle solving elements, and obviously, because of its strong story. Sure, the characters, particularly the annoying lead, can tend to waffle on a bit, but overall, they help build the atmosphere and set the scene for the events that transpire. For history buffs, it lets you look into a slice of life at the time, a poor, desolate, and frightened London. And for pure gamers, it offers a unique and intriguing puzzle solving experience, that proves both rewarding and compelling. It does feel a tad under accomplished though, and you do get the sense it could have been so much better, but as it stands, it's still a game worthy of your time and attention. Just wait for it to hit the bargain bin, as paying over £20 for this game would be as big a crime as Jack the Ripper committed himself.
En esta época de súper producciones también se agradecen aventuras como el último y más complicado caso de Sherlock Holmes, un título de corte clásico donde el argumento, la observación y la investigación pausada lo son todo. Buscar pistas, examinar cadáveres, realizar interrogatorios, reconstruir asesinatos… un grato despertar de nuestras habilidades de sabueso para localizar a uno los asesinos mas inteligentes y sanguinarios de la historia.
Para ello es necesario resolver todo tipo de puzles y hablar con todas las personas que deambulan por las frías calles de Whitechapel, Londres. Sin embargo, los problemas que aparecerán durante el transcurso del título no suponen ningún reto para el jugador, pues el nivel de dificultad es bastante bajo, y basta con hacer uso de nuestros archivos para saber qué hacer en cada momento, sin necesidad de volver a recorrer las calles y estancias de una ciudad muy bien ambientada y detallada –siempre que hagamos uso de la perspectiva en primera persona- en la que escuchar a las personas hablar en nuestro idioma es música para los oídos.
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is an uneven adventure that at times feels like two very different games--one a mesmerizing gorefest of a procedural crime drama that you can't put down, and the other a generic adventure that you've played a thousand times before. True crime fans will still have a blast, although the game could have been a lot better if it had stuck with its innovative investigations of the Ripper killings and not loaded the good stuff down with so many castoffs from adventure gaming's past.
Sherlock Holmes vs. The Jack Ripper is an enjoyable title that is let down by basic flaws such as the controls and unnecessary objectives in the story mode. Whilst the title feels like a simple PC port, if you’ve been looking to get your hands on a detective game for the Xbox 360, this is a recommended purchase.
There are flashes of brilliance, but this graphic adventure lacks some very elementary features.
I wouldn’t say I was disappointed by Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, but that’s only because one look at the back of the box should cause any hopes you had for the game to wither away and melt into a pool of pessimism. The premise is interesting, and there are a couple of notable puzzles, and the plot is at the very least passable. However, as a whole the game is a mess, and it’s hard to recommend this game to anyone unless they cosplay as Jack the Ripper or Sherlock Holmes, or some sort of unholy amalgamation named Sherlock the Ripper or Jack the Holmes that goes around solving crimes by stabbing people.