After really enjoying The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker earlier this year it was music to my ears that the makers have a new game. Like Doctor Dekker, The Shapeshifting Detective is a FMV game where you have to expose a killer. And like Doctor Dekker, there are multiple characters, multiple conversation options and the killer is chosen at random at the start of the game. But whilst the amount of similarities are high, The Shapeshifting Detective offers a unique twist.
Ok, the name of the game might give it away despite my attempt to create suspense by jumping to another paragraph. You have the ability to shapeshift into other characters, which means you can effectively spy on everyone. Feel free to find out who is not being honest, who is colluding with who, and who likes sugars in their tea, if you know what I mean (wink, wink). There is actually not a single reference to tea in this game, but still, you can be pretty nosey. It’s an out of body experience, literally.
The characters are interesting for sure, which is a relief because the whole game relies on them being so. There are 3 tarot readers here who despite their smiles, you immediately suspect. There is also the boyfriend of the murdered woman to grill as well, especially as he suspiciously doesn’t seem too upset. But where The Shapeshifting Detective really delivers is that you feel exactly as the game wants you to – tense, on edge and wary of everyone. Despite the game’s running time of 4 hours or so, it’s pretty crazy to thing how much footage must have been shot for this, and once I hit the credits I was more than impressed and satisfied. It goes without saying as well that this game demands replays. There are so many paths to take and a Platinum trophy to aim for as well that The Shapeshifting Detective really is a worthwhile addition to your PS4 library.
The only crime here is The Shapeshifting Detective stealing the show. Well there’s the whole murder thing as well I suppose. But still, all the clues point towards downloading this one. Enjoy.
Punk rating: 8/10