I love Sherlock Holmes. I have read the stories over and over since I was a kid. I've watched the old Basil Rathbone films, and the British Sherlock and American Elementary. Enjoyed all of these adaptations, as each has something unique to offer. So of course I was super excited to play a game based on the famous detective.
Then I read the reviews. And got less excited. Waited for it to go on sale, thought I'd try it out despite the criticisms. But I should have listened.
Full disclosure: I haven't finished the game yet. Not sure if I ever will, because I'm already sick of it.
Oh my god the dialogue animations. It's so awful, it completely distracts you from what the character is saying. The opening cutscene with the little kids is the worst; it's almost a joke. It doesn't help that the children look like terrifying soul-less ventriloquist dummies.
Looking for clues doesn't really feel like looking for clues. It feels like wandering around until your cursor turns into a magnifying glass. Which is exactly what it is. No brain activity required.
Sherlock doesn't really feel like Sherlock. I think this was deliberate on the part of the game creators; this is supposed to be a darker, less heroic version of the detective. I see what they were trying to do, but it just felt so... wrong.
The environments are very closed, and you can only travel along a very linear path, even though it looks like you should be able to walk everywhere. It really takes you out of the game.
Puzzles are sometimes fun.
The deduction board is a good idea. These were the only moments during the game when I actually felt like I was solving a mystery. But there are no consequences if you get it wrong; just keep clicking until you get it right.
Environments are kind of pretty. Not mind-blowing, but ok.