Posts Tagged ‘frogwares’

Have You Played… Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I was recently most entertained by reviews of the utterly bloody awful Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, a game actually slightly better than the previously abysmal Crimes & Punishments, as people who’d madly claimed to rate the earlier game suddenly realised what a pile of shite it had all been. But impressively, both represent a huge step forward for the amazingly dreadful series which has been being terrible for over a decade. The Awakened appeared ten years ago.

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Impressions: Sherlock Holmes – The Devil’s Daughter

Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes games have always been very weird. From the early awful fan-fiction-like conflations of Doyle’s work with his contemporaries, complete with evil staring Watson, to the more recent third-person festivals of terribleness, they’ve not managed to be good, but they’ve certainly managed to be strange. And yup, that’s not changing here. The Devil’s Daughter [official site] is like a fever dream, but a fever dream that’s been really badly made. Here’s my impressions of the first half, because good grief.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter – A Peek At Gameplay


Hello, this is the time of day where I glare at the screen over the top of my coffee mug and try to work out which bits of a gameplay trailer are gameplay and which bits are cinematics or flourishes which you maybe see while playing the game.

Unrelatedly, here is a gameplay-amongst-cutscenes trailer for Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter [official site]!

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The Sinking City: Frogwares’ Lovecraftian Investigation

Here’s a pleasing combination of words: Lovecraftian open-world investigation. Roaming around a town where something unspeakable is afoot, trying to solve the mystery without ending up a gibbering wreck? That’ll do for me. That’s The Sinking City [official site], newly announced by Frogwares. The Ukranian studio, best known for their Sherlock Holmes investigate ’em ups, had been working on a Call of Cthulu game for publisher Focus Home but… well, another studio is doing that. But! Now Frogwares have their own Lovecraftian game, and this does actually look more interesting.

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Watch Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Trailer

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter [official site] has a reveal trailer and it’s really going for the creepy gothic vibe what with a horrible doll and a creepy child.

I’m far less au fait with Sherlock than I am with Poirot and have a tendency to conflate real Sherlock stories with stories from Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible. Specifically the episode about opium and giant crabs. But having watched this trailer I am hoping that at some point Frogwares will also have Sherlock fight a crab:

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The Call Of Cthulhu Sounding in 2017

Iä! Iä! I, ah, I told him “That’s no Deep One, that’s my wife!” Oh, you should’ve seen his face! For strange aeons afterwards, he couldn’t look me in the myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over my front! Anyway, where were we – the Call of Cthulhu [official site] game?

We’d not heard much from the game since its announcement in 2014, and even then we knew little about it. Surprise! Here come new screenshots, details, and word that Call of Cthulhu is due out in 2017. Expect stealthy investigation.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Cursing May

Sherlock Holmes has already survived an encounter with Cthulhu, I can’t imagine that The Devil’s Daughter [official site] will cause the great detective too much bother. That said, maybe she has something to prove. She’ll certainly have to pull more pranks than her old da to be taken seriously, and even then folks will say she hasn’t earned her cape. (Yes, I did read this about Chris Eubank Jr. the other day.) “Are… are you Satan?” quivering mortals ask. “Well, I’m a Satan” she sighs.

Point is, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter will arrive on May 27th, Frogwares have announced. I mean, I assume it’s about the literal daughter of the literal Devil.

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