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Houlà ! Ca faisait longtemps, très longtemps même, que je n'avais pas vu un produit aussi étrange sous l'appellation "jeu vidéo". Pyschic Detective est un film interactif où vous jouez le rôle d'Eric Fox, un petit médium minable officiant dans un cabaret. Très rapidement, vous allez vous retrouver embrigué dans une sale histoire impliquant la mort d'un savant soviétique, un secte étrange et une vieille bohémienne.Ce qui frappe le plus dans ce logiciel, c'est l'ambiance de mal-être qui s'en dégage. Les personnages sont tous plus fous les uns que les autres, et la mise en scène, la meilleure qu'il m'ait été donné de voir dans un jeu vidéo.
Complex dialogue and adult situations make this a fun game for mature audiences. Psychic Detective provides hours of cerebral trauma for whodunit fans.
The game is always moving, and whether you do or do not react in this game... the world keeps on moving. The trick is to check out enough stuff so that you can win this weird game at the end of the movie. Unfortunately, I don't think there is anyway someone could pull this stunt off, therefore this game has pretty much guaranteed replay value. You even get incentive to play again when the movie is over since the game tells you precisely which ending you received, and then poses a question usually related to something you didn't get to see during your last play (at least that's how it seemed for me)... So... you go back to play to see if you can: one, figure out what the heck the question/comment was about, and two, if you can get one of the other endings on the list. As far as gameplay goes, there isn't really any, per se, since all your control basically involves pushing a button from time to time. A pretty good game, and very good use of FMV.
There is a reason they don't make 'em like this anymore. Not being able to really interact in any real sense of the word, rather watching a horrid movie from the perspective of your choice, is not enough to engage a gamer's interest these days. Granted, not much is needed to appeal to some of the more "lowest common denominator" gamers, but this game doesn't even pander to that demographic. If you absolutely have to have a FMV game for your 3DO, you could give this a try. Don't say I didn't warn you!
The Video Game Critic
The 40-minute story concludes with an abstract board game where you try to match up objects with people. Based on your performance you'll watch one of 14 endings. The problem is, I felt like Psychic Detective was playing me more than I was playing it.
In the end, Psychic Detective is well suited for those who wish to play games while engaging in other activities simultaneously and patients from the catatonic ward of the local hospital. I'm not kidding, guys...this one's just no fun.