Leading North American gaming website GameSpot.com, has recognized Sherlock
Holmes: The Awakened with its Best of 2007 Editor's Choice award. The title cleaned up in the "Best Use of a Creative License" category, beating fellow nominees The Darkness, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, The Simpsons Game and Conan.
Actually I don't think too much of the competition it had, so I'm not too surprised it would win.
Games based on licenses are notorious for either not being very good as games or for not bearing much resemblance to the licensed property or both. In this case, they've weeded out the bad games. So the question is which game made best use of the license. The Awakening at least had good characterization for Holmes and Watson. You could even argue that it wins based on quantity, since it combines both the Sherlock Holmes characters and the Cthulhu mythos -- two creative licenses instead of just one.