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Quick Look: The Shapeshifting Detective

In order to solve a murder, you gotta get under your suspects' skin.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Nov. 9 2018

Cast: Vinny, Dan, Abby

Posted by: Abby

92 Comments

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Yes! Glad to see Inspector Jenks come back to GB! Or should I say, Chief DuPont.

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JENKS!!!!

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I watched the first few minutes of this then turned it off because I need to just buy this.

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I didn't realize Jenks was in this game!

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I was hoping this would get a QL. Jenks is back!

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Dorota is just Dorothy, you'll find a ton of Dorotas in Poland ;)

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I clicked through to a random point a few minutes in and... does Sam (I presume, based on the lower left corner) look kind of like a time-travelling Vinny or is it just me? Not exactly like him, but similar enough to notice.

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Fingers Crossed for a full play through play date.

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Edited By JohnyMyko

First there was no Dan on the Mario Party and Hitman Quick Looks and now there's no Alex on the FMV/Jenks Quick Look. C'mon, what's going on?

Also, calling out English people for having English accents? Really?

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Every single slo-mo shot of Alt-Universe Jenks staring at his pen as you choose dialogue is making me laugh so much. It had to be intentional, right? They had to have known all those shots looked ridiculous.

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Does..... THIS mean anything to you??? ?

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Dan's attitude towards adventure games is really getting on my nerves. It's just like he used to be with anime and it's almost unbelievable that he doesn't notice that himself.

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@bbalpert I thought that immediately when I saw the screenshot. I hadn't even read your comment yet.

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Someone get Austin in the building, stat!

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Nice. I just saw this on steam and wondered if you all would make a video.

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The redhead from Dr Dekker (Aislinn De'ath, which is a BADASS name) is apparently actually English? Which is weird because she does an American accent in Dr Dekker and does what I assume would be her natural accent here, but Abby does have a point in that it seems weirdly put on in this one.

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I honestly love Jenks and all his acting antics in a completely non-ironic way.

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Jenks! \m/

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Edited By SharkCopter

I don't think the actress' accent is fake since she's actually British

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4398647/?ref_=tt_cl_t2

But I guess she could be affecting a different accent from how she normally speaks

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Edited By SWilson1985

Man Dan being on this and no Alex (or Austin) really dragged this down. If/when you do more of this, please stop Dan before he goes on his usual "I hate these games" tirade again.

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I don't think this was mentioned, but Bronwyn (the tarot card lady) is Emma from Contradiction!

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I've done a couple of playthroughs of this now - The killer is randomised each time. The bit that Vinny played is more scene setting than anything else, and it gets more involved later on, with new characters etc.

I think it's a pretty good stab at a mystery/adventure game and a lot better (more streamlined and a lot faster paced) than Dr Dekker.

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Abby has two ways to describe a game. 1) "This is just like Nancy Drew" and 2) "It's a very very good game I enjoy it a lot."

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Jenks is legitimately a great actor, he's so much fun to watch.

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They're all British, it's a Welsh game. And a really good one.

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Please please do a playdate of this

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Always a good idea to bring the guy who doesn't understand adventure games at all to backseat the adventure game QL.

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Edited By matthewgm

All I had to see was the thumbnail. Bought.

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JuSt LiKe NaNcY dReW

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Pretty sure that's Jesse Cox on one of the radio shows. Also Bronwyn is Emma from Contradiction.

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Edited By Ravelle

This is from the people that made Doctor Dekker but it has the vibe and acting from contradiction which is fantastic, there's that earnestness about it that makes it so endearing.

@cooljammer00 said:

The redhead from Dr Dekker (Aislinn De'ath, which is a BADASS name) is apparently actually English? Which is weird because she does an American accent in Dr Dekker and does what I assume would be her natural accent here, but Abby does have a point in that it seems weirdly put on in this one.

Wales naming conventions are always badass because it looks like they're still naming their kids and places after lovecraftian great ones.

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The tarrotcard reader is from Contradiction too!

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Edited By pjpk

The redhead from Dr Dekker (Aislinn De'ath, which is a BADASS name) is apparently actually English? Which is weird because she does an American accent in Dr Dekker and does what I assume would be her natural accent here, but Abby does have a point in that it seems weirdly put on in this one.

She's English, but she's putting on a posh English accent. Very few people outside the royal family actually speak like that

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FMV and Jenks? what more could you want.

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I enjoy this stuff so much! Gotta save up to grab the game before I get more spoilerated.

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PLEASE! do a full playthrough!

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Edited By stcheatum

This really reminds me of The Journeymen Project 3: Legacy of Time, which was an adventure game with a shape-shifting mechanic to solve puzzles. I loved that game as a kid, though I have no idea if it was actually good, as I was a child.

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oh man, no alex in this ql feels like a crime

Edit: also... i think dan doesnt know the diferences between the too sweet and the devil horns

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Tell me this is the beginning of a full play through otherwise I dont know that I can survive the heartbreak of watching this.

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Metallica's Load is a terrible Phoenix Down moment. Thanks Dan.

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I feel like there's been a mismatch between the types of games that are played, and the people on the video playing them recently. It can really bring down how fun a video can potentially be.

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@vibratingdonkey: Bah, Load has lots of good tracks on it. It's not my favorite Metallica, but still a good album.

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