The third installment in Frogwares' Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes series is titled The Awakened. This time, it concerns an intriguing case that explores the "Cthulhu Mythos" of H.P. Lovecraft. It is the first Sherlock Holmes game to receive an 'M' classification due to its subject matter and occasionally explicit scenes.
Read on to learn more about the new game!
Sherlock Holmes is bored and is staring out his window on September 6, 1894. The detective is going through another discouraging dry spell where nothing has come along that would be a match for his skills. His wish is about to come true.
He quickly learns of the abduction of the affluent Captain Stenwick's young Maori manservant. Holmes soon surmises that the boy was abducted by two guys rather than leaving on his own.
Holmes and John Watson discover that numerous similar "disappearances" have taken place after following the clues to the docks near the River Thames.
Further inquiry reveals a strange underground "temple" where they discover a bloody (and severely tortured) corpse on a strange altar used for sacrifice in front of a statue of a terrifying tentacled beast which is equally strange.
Sherlock quickly finds that there is a lot more to this case than he could have possibly anticipated when he first started. His quest for information will lead him not just to "The Continent" but also across the Atlantic to America itself, where he will uncover a sinister conspiracy.
While the previous Sherlock Holmes games had pre-rendered backgrounds, The Awakened is the first game of the series to take place entirely in a 3D landscape. The game, like its predecessors takes place in an open world, where Sherlock Holmes can move around and find clues for his case.
As it is an open-world game, Sherlock can also interact with the NPC either by directly clicking on those characters or by completing a series of tasks for them. There is an inventory system in the game that saves all the clues, materials, documents, and map locations that you as a player have collected.
The game can be viewed in either first-person or third-person perspective. So, you are free to select as you like! There is also a constant icon on Holmes that gives the players the option as to what action they can take next.