Video games have not been kind to the great British detective, Sherlock Holmes. He had a number of forgettable PC games in the early aughts, and a bunch of games in the 80s, but for the most part he’s been left alone, save last year’s Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House for the Nintendo DS. Sadly, that one received a Metacritic rating of 48 and IGN gave the game a low score of 4.5 out of 10.
Atlus and Frogwares are attempting to bring some luck to the savvy inspector with their console version of Holmes in The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. They’re calling the game the “most intricately detailed interactive Sherlock Holmes adventure ever.”
In the latest Holmes adventure, the detective finds himself scrutinized by Scotland Yard and doubted by his companion, Dr. John Watson. Accused of returning a forged necklace after a case, Holmes must clear his name. But the evidence is scant and Holmes’s increasingly erratic behavior damages his plea of innocence.
The Testament is supposed to be an open world game with players determining which leads to follow, which clues to pick up or abandon, and who to investigate. So far, it looks interesting and dastardly enough for a Holmes case.
Atlus has The Testament of Sherlock Holmes slated for a September release with the game available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.