The era of FMV games wasn’t an easy one to live in with terrible acting and almost no gameplay, but thanks to Nightdive Studios, Aftermath Media’s Aftermath Media (directed by David Wheeler) is finally on GOG to show that there are still some original titles to discover.
The story about the married Overton couple that suffers from the death of their child isn’t very new, and hiring a nurse because of their psychiatric doctor Turner’s advice becoming a dangerous love interest is TV soap opera material, even if the doctor is played by renowned actor John Hurt. Seduction and dangerous fantasies as well as dark secrets are expected in the erotic thriller genre, but the interactive medium offers much more than this.
One doesn’t simply watch short movie clips, but one has to reply to the very personal psychological questions of Doctor Turner, becoming a patient oneself. This then shapes how the story turns out and how one’s own personality profile is written. These Q&A sessions break the storytelling wall and involve the player in a way a movie simply can’t. Even if wandering around the house of the Overtons doesn’t provide a lot of interactivity and the graphics haven’t aged that well, this is a unique experience one should play, if one can live with some questionable acting at times and being asked questions one could feel uncomfortable answering.
The original 1998 game (and interactive DVD) is now available on GOG (after being first released on iPad and then later as a PC version on Steam) with a 75% discount that will last until July 6, 1PM UTC.
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