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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments trailer shows knack for deduction

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Feb 1, 2014 2:00PM PST

Whether you're reading about him in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels or watching Robert Downey Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch play him, Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the greatest detective the world has ever known. He's also a bit of an eccentric, which you can see in the new trailer for Focus Home Interactive and Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments.

As one might imagine, Crimes & Punishments places emphasize on Holmes' brilliant knack for deduction. "Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is a detective game; it needs you to think," Frogwares' Olga Ryzhko tells PlayStation.Blog. "The game focuses heavily on investigation, and with an emphasis on narration, too. There’s a lot of exploration and clue collecting, speaking to witnesses and suspects, and — the most important aspect — bringing all of these together to make your own deductions and bring the culprits to justice... or setting them free."

Crimes & Punishments will introduce mechanics like the character portrait, which allows Holmes to observe a suspect's features to unravel what's in their mind before quickly linking it to another clue. There will also be moral choices implemented, as Holmes must ultimately decide whether to condemn or absolve the culprit, with different choices affecting different parties.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is coming to PC, PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360 later this year. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.