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Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper - PC

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
Rated: Teen
3.6 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
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  • 2 points-of-view available at all times: gameplay in third-person or classic first-person point-of-view, a favorite for the enthusiasts of the series.
  • 2 mythic characters of 19th century England engage in a horrifying manhunt: the illustrious Sherlock Holmes and the terrifying Jack the Ripper.
  • Discover the hidden side of London and the sinister streets of Whitechapel, all faithfully recreated (e.g. public work house, hospitals, brothels, etc.).
  • The ability to switch between the role of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes or his trusted friend Doctor Watson with a progressive help system always at your fingertips when needed.
  • Interact with more than 30 authentic characters that help you complete your investigation and use and combine more that 100 objects as you collect hundreds of clues.
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Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

The year is 1888, and the setting is London's Whitechapel area, where a horrible series of crimes has taken place in this East End district. The bodies of several women who have suffered horrible mutilations have been found. The police have been having a hard time finding a serious lead as the murders continue, creating paranoia and terror in the streets. Sherlock Holmes sets out to find clues in the dark, gloomy streets of Whitechapel, following a macabre trail of the one that the press calls Jack the Ripper. During this terrifying adventure, Sherlock will attempt to shed some light on the mystery that shrouds the identity and motive of the one who hides behind this terrifying nickname.

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Recognized as one of the best licenses in adventure gaming and lauded by the international press, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian super sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, is back in Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper. A single player gameplay investigation experience on the PC platform that is sure to be the most horrifying game of the Sherlock Holmes series, in this challenging new adventure, the famous detective and his ever-present sidekick Dr. Watson, race against time to stop the most threatening serial killer England has ever known - Jack the Ripper.

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Watson and Holmes on the streets of London in 'Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper'
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Story
In Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper players are witnessed to the sights, sounds and grim realities of the late Victorian era. It's 1888, London, in the Whitechapel area, and a series of grisly crimes in the heart of the East End leave a gory trail of mutilated female bodies. The police struggle to pick up the scent as the bodies pile up and paranoia sweeps the city. Sherlock Holmes immerses himself in the dark, sordid alleyways of Whitechapel in order to follow the trail of the one that the press calls Jack the Ripper. During a terrifying investigation, Holmes will attempt to lift the veil of mystery that shrouds the motives and the face behind that horrific nickname.

Gameplay
Presented in full 3D, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper offers players 2 different perspectives which are available at any moment in the game: a third-person view in the pure style of traditional point ’n’ click adventure games and a first-person view for close-up investigation. Players have the total freedom to choose either of the angles they wish, or use them both to immerse themselves completely in this terrifying adventure. In addition, the player will also find within the game an original crime scene reconstitution system that will allow he/she to test theories during the progression of the investigation as they follow the bloody trail of the terrifying serial killer.

Play as Holmes and Dr. Watson
As brilliant as Sherlock Holmes is, no adventure featuring the super sleuth would be complete without the assistance of his sidekick Dr. Watson. In Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper players get the full experience and benefits of the Holmes/Watson mystery solving team with the ability to play as both characters as they comb the backstreets of Victorian London in search of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Key Features

  • Solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of England and discover who is Jack the Ripper.
  • 2 mythic characters of 19th century England engage in a horrifying manhunt: the illustrious Sherlock Holmes and the terrifying Jack the Ripper.
  • Discover the hidden side of London and the sinister streets of Whitechapel, all faithfully recreated (e.g. public work house, hospitals, brothels, etc.).
  • Switch between playing the role of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes or his trusted friend Doctor Watson.
  • Interact with more than 30 authentic characters that help you complete your investigation.
  • Use and combine more that 100 objects and collect hundreds of clues so you can finally uncover the real identity and motives of the perverted Jack the Ripper.
  • 2 points-of-view available at all times: gameplay in third-person or classic first-person point-of-view, a favorite for the enthusiasts of the series.
  • A progressive help system puts you back on.

System Requirements:

Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista SP1
Processor: AMD AthlonXP 1900+ / Intel Celeron 2.0 or higher
RAM: 512 MB or higher
Video Card: 128 MB DirectX 9 compatible
Sound Card: DirectX 9-compliant sound card
DirectX: DirectX 9 or higher (included on disc)
DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive Space: 3GB of free space or more
Other: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
 

Product Details

Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B001UDJEMQ
  • Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 15, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,608 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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This installment is my new favorite in the Holmes series. It's a dark, sometimes terrifying journey into London's underbelly and the murders that plagued the area in 1888. But for a game about Jack the Ripper, it's not overtly gory and is done `tastefully.' However, the 2D renderings of some of the murder victims are still disturbing.
There are numerous puzzles, from very easy to more difficult number combination and sliding object tasks, but none are computer destroying impossible and can be figured out with a little logic. There are also many retrieve this-to make-that tasks and errands that must be done before the next sequence is revealed, but all are pertinent to the story line, are never MacGyver-level stupidity and are not boring. The ability to switch between 1st and 3rd (annoying) person is new to this game, but I mostly used first person (it makes the game more engrossing). It is a fairly long game (about 20-40 hours gameplay), but there are numerous prompts to avoid the what-do-I-do-now syndrome and the item interaction search feature cuts down on the pixel hunting that was rampant in the previous games. Slower machines may experience long loading times at some of the cut screens (due to graphics rendering) and if playing for more than 2 hours, the save feature may stop working :)

This Holmes game is the first in the series to actually let the player in on the action and deduce how Holmes actually comes up with his solutions, instead of the 15 minute closing monologue in other games where he explains the solution to poor oblivious Dr. Watson using clues that you scarcely remember picking up during the game.
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The creators of the previous Sherlock Holmes installmenet, The Awakened, have done nothing short of impressing me with this current title. I enjoyed The Awakened mainly for its Lovecraftian-themed storyline, but also because the puzzles were challenging and there was a great amount of viscera for horror fans like myself. Of course, I'm no genius, so many of the later puzzles in that title became frustrating, and I was forced on numerous occasions to consult an online walkthrough (something I HATE having to do).

Now comes Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper! What an ingenious idea! Already being a fan of the previous game, and harboring a deep interest in the Jack the Ripper murders, I didn't think twice about shelling out the twenty bucks for this title, resigning my ego to the fact that I would probably have to use online walkthroughs to get through it as well.

Well, nearly a week has gone by since I've bought the game, and I just finished it last night. Perhaps a bit of bragging is in order? I didn't need to use a single walkthrough this time around. Now, that's not to say that they aren't challenging puzzles (I'm not a dummy; I play chess frequently and got a B.A. with honors in English), my brain was definitely grinding to get through a few of the later ones. But, the system built into this game -- when a correct combination of clues are automatically hi-lighted in green, for instance -- really helps for those times when we're unsure of our solutions.

Most impressive about the game, once again, is the storyline. These guys have really done their research regarding Jack the Ripper. I was delighted to see actual evidence (testimonies, letters from the Ripper, newspaper reports, photographs of the victims, etc.
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This game is the best so far of all the Sherlock Holmes series. Not only is it much more interactive, in that you are able to make deductions and conclusions yourself, but it is also quite historically accurate! After completing the game, I begana to research the truth behind Jack the Ripper and was shocked at how accurate even the smallest details in the game came to the historical account of what's known of Jack the Ripper's canonical five. Great game - I'm so glad I purchased it!
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This is the fourth game in the series. The Secret of the Silver Earring, Awakened, Nemessis and now Jack the Ripper. The music is satisfacotry, the plot is tightened and the game has fixed many of the complaints from the prior versions, evidence that the developers are paying attention to what their customers have to say. If only other, more well-funded companies, could learn from Frogwares example.

Music can make a game and Frogware's latest has some good mood music, but not nearly as much as they displayed in Nemesis. Familiar classical music, none of it overtly dramatic, plays in the background of most scenes. With no chase sequences, or any other portions of the game requiring speed, the music remained mostly flat and methodical. There were chances at building up 'horror' through music at the various murder scenes found throughout the game, but alas they were not taken.

The plot is probably their best yet! (However, I do praise Cthulu so Awakened is a close second) In the prior games the plot could become difficult to follow, bogged down in poorly written notes and snippets of conversation. In this game the plot is well constructed with an evidence board for players to put together the pieces and determine time, place, method, motive and so on, of the various murders. The developers did a stellar job taking the real events and working them into the game to follow a plausible solution to one of the most famous unsolved murders in history. From a historical perspective the developers were able to blend reality and gameplay seamlessly together.

The investigation of the murder scenes were horrible. And I mean that in a good way. As Holmes and Watson you get to see first hand how Jack the Ripper evolved from murder to murder and its quite dreadful.
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