Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is bound to be one of those games that goes unnoticed due to release on the deathbed of the Nintendo DS.
Unfortunately, this means that a lot of people will miss out on one of the most consistently charming and stylish games of yesteryear. I can’t even recall if I’ve seen it on a shelf. Aliens: Infestation (which seems like quite a rad game as well) gets more shelf space.
Its spearheaded by Shu Takumi, who is the brain behind the Ace Attorney series (and apparently worked on Dino Crisis and Resident Evil 2 Dual Shock edition? ) and it definitely shows.
Despite killing you at the start of the game and involving numerous deaths, the game remains lighthearted and warm. Every character is interesting and quirky, even the unnamed minor characters.
It gets a bit multiple-choicey at times as well, but overall it bridges the gap between adventure games and visual novel style stories quite well. It manages to be a simple joy to play as well, and doesn’t have the same tedium that some parts of the Phoenix Wright games had.
I’m absolutely chuffed to bits to be playing it.