FMV (Full Motion Video) is something that has been part of gaming for a long time. It is just kind of sad that we do not see more of them. But in 2018, can FMV be part of our gaming lives? Yes, it can and that is exactly what Developer D’Vekki Studios and Publisher Wales Interactive have shown with The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker for the PlayStation 4.
So what is The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker about? It’s about a murder of one Doctor Dekker. The question is how did he die and who did it? This is where you come in. You are the new Doctor. Oh, I forgot to mention that Doctor Dekker happened to be murdered in the same office you took over. Are you nervous yet? Don’t be…or maybe you should be.
Each of the patients or possible suspects. Each has their own issues that could be either personal, psychiatric, or maybe even on a professional level. I am saying this now, this is the most fun I had trying to figure who did what at what time on what date with what motivation I can think of in a very long time.
*** But I want to say this so you are aware up front. This is not the type of game where you want to play with kids around. The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker deals with adult nature of things. And the nature of the Psychology that is touched on and presented here are real-world subject matters. ***
I don’t want to get into the characters and their behaviors. That would ruin it. This is what you have to figure out. You play with the Dualshock 4 controller and you will cycle through the patients with the L1 and R1 buttons and ask them questions to try to figure out the answers and hope you can solve the murder.
As you interact with the patients you have some options. The ? represents the questions you can ask. The icon that resembles a spiral book, is your notebook and the notes you have taken about each of the patients. One thing I really like is how you can ask your own questions with the onscreen keyboard by pressing Triangle. This just adds to the many ways of you trying to figure out this puzzle of chaos that is unraveling before you. And oh how much fun it truly is. The light bulb is for your hints and the word balloon or speech bubble (depending on what you want to call it) is for the history and responses and X will represent the evidence. The more you can get away from the red of the 3 dots, the better of your chances that the patients will trust in who you are and trust in themselves that everything will be alright.
You may notice when asking questions that there will be asterisks. If you see one asterisk, that means there is a question that still needs to be asked. But if you see two, that means you should really follow up with that person. Who knows, it just may be that one follow up question that gives you enough evidence to solve the mystery.
When you are selecting the patient or character, you will notice a color around their names. If their name has an Amber tone to it, it means you can move on to the next person if their name has a Green tone, it means there is nothing else to ask, and a Red tone means you have questions to ask. But is it really this cut and dry or could there possibly more to figure out? This is where I do not answer this for you, this is where you have to find out for yourself.
So does The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker deserve your time? The simple answer is yes. For a game that is presented in full FMV with over 1600 + full video responses, the replayability by adding your own text, multiple endings, multiple stories, and the random murderer, it will never really play the same way twice.
It’s not too often a game comes along that takes something that we have not seen in a long time, makes it refreshing, and relevant by today’s standards that keeps you thinking about playing, wanting to keep coming back, and getting to know all you can about each and every character. This is exactly what has been done with The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker. And isn’t this what we are all looking for and try to experience?
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is out now. A review copy was provided. To learn more about the game, please visit the site and make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about D’Vekki Studios, please visit their site and make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. And to learn more about Waled Interactive, please visit their site and make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have to see who is the next guilty person.