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This review is from: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS) (Video Game)
It's 2011 and Nintendo's next handheld, 3DS, is looming, but there's life in the old DS yet. The same can't be said for the protagonist of this new title from Shu Takumi, creator of the Ace Attorney series. Sissel wakes up dead with no memory of what happened or who he is (was). He is told that he has until dawn to discover the truth behind his murder and identity in his new but temporary ghostly form. As soon as the sun rises, his soul will disappear forever. I've had mornings like that.
The smartly written, engaging narrative and cast of Ghost Trick should turn a purchase into an instant no-brainer for Ace Attorney fans. That welcome familiarity is swapped for a pleasant change in direction where the gameplay is concerned. As Sissel you traverse the world by possessing inanimate objects and manipulating them to change fate. Not your own fate, but that of others. You'll encounter many sublimely animated and memorable characters throughout your adventure, some of whom are in peril. Well, peril isn't quite the word, they've just been murdered as well. But after seeing their gruesome and/or humorous deaths play out, Sissel can rewind time by four minutes in order to save them. This is where Ghost Trick transforms from adventure to puzzle. There are numerous objects on the screen and Sissel has to work out how to use them all in order to stop the murderers.
Should you go wrong, you have an infinite amount of chances to unwind time and try again without punishment. This is either a good or bad thing, depending on the individual player. It keeps frustration at bay for all but can also dilute those eureka moments, often boiling down to a case of trial and error. Whereas the puzzles in Professor Layton provide the major pull, in Ghost Trick you have to be fully invested in the story to get the most out of it. That shouldn't be difficult, the chapters are full of twists and cliffhangers to keep you hooked and there'll be few who are able to let go until the end, which, thankfully, delivers.
Ghost Trick is the best of both worlds, a lovingly crafted gamer's game with great style and attention to detail that's equally accessible to even the most inexperienced of casual adventurers. Being flushed down a toilet has never been so much fun.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2011, 15:50:53 GMT
Great review. I have been looking forward to this game for months now but was not sure if it would live up to my expectations. Being a huge fan of the Ace Attorney series I was really hoping this game would be of the same high calibre, as I really miss those attorney games! Sounds good to me though! Bit too expensive right now. Will have to wait for either the price to drop or a cheaper second hand copy, but I will most certainly give it a go sooner or later.
Posted on 18 Jan 2011, 16:04:08 GMT
Miss Samantha Capes says:
Wonderful review. Makes me want it even more, now I have all the details of gameplay.
Posted on 16 Apr 2011, 14:52:42 BST
Rachel A. Hyde says:
Just bought a DSi and am definitely going to add this one to my wishlist. It sounds like the type of thing I would really enjoy and of a higher caliber than many other games I have read about and NOT added to my wishlist! Good review too, tells me what I want to know.
Posted on 16 Sep 2011, 20:26:13 BST
Have had this game for ages but not got round to playing it yet! This review certainly wants to make me play it but I'm in the middle of May's Mysteries at the moment. Love your comment about your mornings!!! :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012, 12:47:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2012, 12:47:54 GMT
Simon Gifford says:
I agree with the review, this (Ghost Trick) was a brilliant game! Loved it :)
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