Sherlock Holmes game Crime and Punishments explains moral choices in latest trailer

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Sherlock Holmes, as far as I know, has never sent the wrong man to jail, never asked Watson to shoot the wrong hellhound or, conversely, ever played any of the right notes on the violin - he is, as far as his deductive skills are concerned, infallible. That's why Crimes and Punishments (opens in new tab) , Frogwares' latest Sherlock Holmes game, is so intriguing. As the titular detective, you'll comb through the evidence, interview suspects and accuse the potential perpetrators yourself, in the seven different cases that comprise the game. Do a slap-dash job and you could send the wrong person to the gallows; even once you've determined whodunnit, you may be able to arrange a more compassionate outcome, as revealed in the following trailer.

As Eurogamer (opens in new tab) note, Holmes traditionally has no problem with working outside the law, so the decision to let the culprit go in the video fits in with the stories pretty well. I like that it's possible to finger (as it were) the wrong suspect, as it adds a layer of responsibility that should encourage you to be more thorough with your investigations.

Crimes & Punishments will be out around Spring/Summertime this year.

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