Due for release on Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC come November 16th, Sherlock Holmes Chapter One will look to work a different Sherlock angle and it’s with that which Frogwares are allowing for some deep dives. The latest trailer shows us how he can disarm his foes, and how that suits his overall character.
In Chapter One, you’ll need to fight smart or die trying. You see, Sherlock has always been a man of brains rather than brawn, and so the combat here has been built in a way to reflect this. You shouldn’t expect Sherlock to be able to take a pounding, working more as a glass cannon in these situations. This will mean you need to keep moving, making smart use of cover. You’ll also need to use your concentration mode to pick out environmental hazards to slow and stun your enemies, or make the most of various tools like your snuff box to daze at close range. And to wrap it up, expect a bit of showmanship and flair (why not!) as Sherlock unleashes a flurry of slaps and mid-air jabs to put his foes in their place.
Further to this, non-lethal takedowns are also a key part of combat. Sherlock has never been one on the lookout for blood, so non-lethal takedowns are the preferred option. Of course, if you would prefer to gun down your foes, you can, but expect to hear about it from your companion Jon. How you approach combat will ultimately influence your relationship with Jon, the same with what moral choices you make during your investigations.
In fact, should you prefer to do away with the need for combat, Frogwares decided early on to give players the choice to skip it entirely should they choose.
“We are very aware that combat is seen as a great addition for some and a bit of an immersion breaker for others. So we’ve designed the combat encounters to be notable parts of certain quests, but also allow you to tweak the difficulty or even skip them entirely if you don’t enjoy their pace. The outcomes of how you complete combat encounters have small influences on your game, but not to the extent that by turning it off you lose out on extensive content or it hinders your progress.” – Yaroslav Martyniuk, Game Designer, Frogwares
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One releases on November 16th for Xbox Series X|S (the Xbox Store link is here), PS5 and PC players, whether they be immersed in the Steam, Epic or GOG worlds. Expect to see it drop with Xbox One and PS4 versions later down the line.
Give that trailer a watch and let us know what you think of old Holmes and his combat abilities. The comments are below.