Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis Review
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Frogwares 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: DreamCatcher Interactive / The Adventure Company 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Apr. 14, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The race to stop Lupin plays out over a lengthy adventure that presents ample challenges from start-to-finish. Frequently you'll be using information gathered to determine which items are needed, figure out where they're located, and then use them on the appropriate hot-spot. Of course, there's more to it than that, which is what keeps the gameplay interesting throughout the case. The puzzles are pleasantly varied and complex, but they can also be solved with relative ease in most instances with a little patience and attention to the clues presented. On the other hand, there are some that are seriously tricky and require a substantial level of gumption to figure out.

Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis screenshot

More than a few moments in the game will have you chuckling at the sheer cleverness of the puzzles and how they tie into the plot. Since this is a Sherlock Holmes game, detective work is an absolute must to succeed. You'll also be measuring footprints to gain shoe-sizes, using a magnifying glass to examine small details, and piecing together clues from documents and riddles at nearly every step of the way. Occasionally, you'll be called upon to answer a question by manually inputting a word or phrase with an on-screen keypad. Coming up with the proper phrase can be tricky; you'll have to cull enough information to make a best guess. These are perhaps the most unwieldy obstacles in the game, since it's a pain to hunt-and-peck with the mouse rather than just typing the word in with the keyboard. Otherwise, you're up for some good brain-bending fun.

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As far as adventure games go, Nemesis is incredibly meticulous in its presentation of an excellent story and gameplay based on the quintessential literary sleuth. Its few blips are easily overlooked when presented with the whole experience this adventure caper has to offer. Holmes fans will love the complexity of the game and it's faithfulness to the classic characters. It's also challenging and deep enough to hit the sweet spot for any adventure game enthusiast.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Excellent, highly detailed 3D environments and character models.
3.9
Control
Smooth controls are sturdy for the most part with the proper graphical hardware. Hotspot detection is a bit wonky, but it works just the same.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Pleasant background music and good voice over work. The default audio settings can occasionally cause the speech to be drowned out, though subtitles remedy the problem.
4.5
Play Value
Lots of detective work and puzzle solving to enjoy over the course of a lengthy adventure.
4.4
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • A battle of wits between two of the greatest characters in popular literature: the world's most famous detective pitted against the greatest thief.
  • The most famous monuments in London become the setting of your investigation; hundreds of works of art have been faithfully reproduced for you to admire along the way.
  • Interact with more than 40 distinct characters as you progress through your investigation.
  • Play the role of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson in turn.
  • Use and combine more than 100 objects and uncover hundreds of clues and documents to lead the investigation to its conclusion.
  • Use the latest real-time 3D technology for total immersion in thrilling environments.


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