The Shapeshifting Detective

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8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Despite some instances of odd acting, The Shapeshifting Detective is a fun supernatural crime drama that will leave you wanting more. This works well, since the story can be finished in a short amount of time. Coupled with a variety of decisions and character interactions via the shapeshifting mechanic, this gritty detective story is a great entry for the Switch library.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2019

Wales Interactive deliver a game that excels in taking the player into a mysterious and unsettling place rife with oddball characters, creepy radio stations and untimely death. However, it is not without issue and at times feels a little disjointed in delivery.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective may lack the colossal budget of AAA games, but it nevertheless creates an intimate, skewed world that will draw you in. If you’ve ever fancied yourself an amateur sleuth, albeit one with an distinct biological advantage, then The Shapeshifting Detective will be right up your street.

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6 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective tries so hard to create a game that looks like movies, but it has failed to fulfil its potentials and the final product is a somehow shallow experience without much replayability values.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

Acceptable murder mystery FMV game with poor actors, fair story and good replayability.

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NintendoWorldReport
Joel A. DeWitte

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6.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2018

At its core, The Shapeshifting Detective has a good hook and a compelling enough story structure, but is marred by not feeling like your choices matter, uneven pacing, and the impression that not all the story beats were well thought out or executed. Without sticking the landing on either the story or interactivity, what had potential to be great feels more middle of the pack.

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Digitally Downloaded

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Nov 14, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective is proof that FMV titles can be done extremely well.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

As it is, even without any deeper investigation being possible, it’s hard not to be charmed by The Shapeshifting Detective. From its presentation – with an eerie local radio station playing spooky stories in the background – to its alluring characters and enthralling narrative that dances with supernatural themes, there’s a lot to love.

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9 / 10
Nov 6, 2018

I really can't talk more about The Shapeshifting Detective without spoiling the experience for you, but I will say that this is a brilliant FMV experience that you have to play on PlayStation 4. The story is good, the performance from each actor is solid, and the shapeshifting mechanic is very addictive. As long as you take things slowly and make sure you're not caught, you're going to have a lot of fun with this one on PS4!

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PSX Brasil
Manu Tárrega

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70 / 100
Nov 11, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective is a game for those who like a good story: you're in the character and interact with the narrative. It's worth looking for the culprit. But if you are one of those who gets bored easily, you'd better look for another option.

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