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The Aggie Awards - The Best Adventure Games of 2017 page 12

Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards
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Best Acting (Voice or Live Action): The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker


With most games, acting is only a minor part of the whole, and it has to really stand out (for good or ill) to be memorable amid all the head-scratching, McGuffin-hunting and fetch-questing that makes up the life of a modern adventurer. And often it’s only heard, the visual element left to animated sprites to convey on-screen. D’Avekki Studios’ The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, by contrast, focuses solely on its characters throughout, without so much as a change of scene to distract you from the real human patients sitting on your couch, baring their souls in live-action, full-screen video. The experience stands or falls by the quality of its acting, and it's a testament to all those involved that the end result is so compellingly unsettling. Many of them have budding careers in TV and film, and it shows. 

As a psychiatrist, your subjects are some very disturbed people, with stories to tell that are by turns harrowing and bizarre. It would have been so easy to ham it up, turning this into a schlocky interactive B-movie at best. Instead, everyone here gives beautifully nuanced, almost hypnotic performances, discussing the impossible with such calm rationality that before long you're starting to doubt your own sanity instead, slipping into a parallel universe where anything's possible. They're a varied bunch, too, ranging from frigidly hostile Claire to excitable academic Professor Warwick to friendly Elin and even flirty Marianna. Doctor Dekker plays with big ideas, and its power lies in persuading you to accept these patients on their own terms, not as crazy or weird; to stop seeing them as puzzles to be solved and just relate to them as human beings. These riveting therapy sessions will suck you in and keep you coming back for more, making this game a deserving recipient of this year's Aggie for Best Acting.

Runners-Up:


The Journey Down: Chapter Three

Thimbleweed Park

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

Blackwood Crossing
 



Readers’ Choice: Thimbleweed Park


Well, yahoo-a-reno for Thimbleweed Park! Who needs live-action, after all? Apparently not you readers, who were mightily impressed by the collection of voice talent on display here. No matter how well a character is written, it takes the right direction, the best actor to get the most out of the role – and the odder the personality, the truer that is. Considering Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick’s first collaboration didn’t even have voices, it was no sure thing they’d be able to seal the deal this time around. But the cast is uniformly excellent, from the grizzled, cynical Special Agent Angela Ray to the cantankerous Ransome, the cursing-censored, Krusty-like costumed clown. Each actor’s voice suits their online persona to a “T”, with their own distinctive quirks and mannerisms and sayings that truly make them unique. In fact, the cast was SO good, the developers sent them back into the studio after launch to record extra conversations amongst the playable protagonists. Now that’s going above and beyond the call of duty, and is well worth an Aggie for their efforts.

Runners-Up:


Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

The Journey Down: Chapter Three

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Paradigm
 



Next up: Best Sound Effects... the envelope, please!

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Comments

smulan smulan
Feb 21, 2018

Must have missed a lot since I found Thimbleweed Park so boring I quit playing early.

NightShadowPT NightShadowPT
Feb 21, 2018

You did… Thimbleweed Park is amazing Smile

On par with some of the best from Lucasfilm.

smulan smulan
Feb 21, 2018

Well, maybe some day I give it another shot.

Houie
Feb 21, 2018

Congrats, everyone who won and the runner-ups!

Decypher Decypher
Feb 23, 2018

It’s always a pleasure to read your detailed comments about the award winners and this year wasn’t an exception. Thank you Adventure Gamers!

I’m especially glad to see Thimbleweed Park, The Sexy Brutale and Gorogoa received the praises they deserved and looking forward to see what does 2018 have in store for us.

angelus_04
Feb 23, 2018

Hmm 2018 it will be interesting to see what great adventure games will be released certain companies I automatically know the game will be awesome like Wadjet Eye games the creators of the Blackwell series of games. If the company that makes the Book of Unwritten Tales decides to create a part 3 that will be on my wishlist on both Steam and GOG. I heard there was a remake of Waxworks on the way not sure how I feel about it but the screenshots looked cool. Anyway enough rambling from me enjoyed the Aggies and hope to see them again next year

Karlok Karlok
Feb 26, 2018

Is there any info available about the number of people who voted?

Jackal Jackal
Feb 26, 2018

A total of 345 people participated.

Secanho
Sep 30, 2018

Haha, readers only played Thimbleweed?

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