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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
14 July 2014
Summary: Murder mysterious are a dime a dozen, but it’s not every day the gumshoe is investigating his own death from beyond the grave. Then again, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective -- the latest game by Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi -- isn’t your every day game. For a game about death, Ghost Trick is full of life, with a unique cast of characters, genuinely sharp writing, and fresh gameplay.
Conclusion: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective gripped me right away, and held me in a strong grip for more than eight hours. Finding out what had happened soon became something I pondered when making dinner, or riding my bike to work. Few games has this effect on me, but this NDS classic certainly has the story few games can rival.
Excerpt: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is off to a slightly unusual start with you, the protagonist, dead at the scene. Being dead somehow doesn’t stop you from meddling with the world of the living, and the dead for that matter. You are Sissel, and all you know is that the blonde man with the weird hairdo and red suit used to be you. With an acute memory loss, not only of events but also of the ability to read you can still solve this.
Summary: Parents need to know that Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is not recommended for players under 13 because it shows people murdered in many different ways. It frames the player as the spirit of a deceased murder victim who can rewind time and prevent these murders from happening. The game shows people being shot, pushed off a ledge, exploded, impaled, and crushed -- though it's not graphic (think Saturday morning cartoons).
Conclusion: I was disappointed with the review given by Game Informer because I do not think the game was given enough credit, nor do I think the reviewer actually played through the whole game because I feel it got progressively better throughout the story as new plot twists and characters were introduced and the puzzles became increasingly more difﬁcult.
Excerpt: Let’s cue up the game here and see what we have in our han… huh? My character is dead. Already? But all I did was press “New Game”. What the bleep?! I didn’t even get to do anything! What a load of… oh. That’s just the way Capcom’s newest game, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, is suppose to begin. Not with a “Game Over” screen, but with the start of an “out of this world” adventure involving crazy effects from the afterlife. Very intriguing.
Excerpt: Death is a sign of failure in many games; it is the punishment for failing to complete the mission that the game has laid out in front of you. By contrast, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective embraces death, and does so to the point that the entire game is based around the death of Sissel, the main character. That’s right, you’re dead. Right when the game starts. I know, I know, it’s tough to accept. Let it sink in for a bit. … Ok, now that you’re dead, the fun really begins.
Excerpt: Another thrilling mystery from the Ace Attorney team, with the added bonus of stopping murders. It starts with a murder. Yours, to be precise. You wake up as a ghost one night in the role of Sissel, a snappy dresser with wonderful hair, who has no memory of his former life. Quickly Sissel learns that his life is not the only one in danger and he only has until dawn the next day to figure who killed him and why.