gamers (100%) found this review helpful
There were numerous times I felt like stopping and sending this game back. I am glad I didn't though, since the story in this title is more engaging than most games on the market. The gameplay consists mostly of going around searching for items or people, following your leads. It is great fun to follow a lead all he way through- talk to the right person, then search and find the item, and solve a puzzle, using your logic to accomplish all of this. Unfortunately, the game will send you for a loop, having you look for an item with pretty much NO idea of where it is, forcing you to investigate every single item in every room all over the hotel. This, coupled with the fact that you can't make the text go any faster causes some ridiculously difficult times. This happens in about every other chapter, save yourself the trouble and check GameFaqs when you have no idea what to do- it'll make the experience much more enjoyable, just don't do it for puzzles. The story is what makes this such a great experience, so if you can be patient and bear through the genre's faults, you will be glad to have tried this title. Be forewarned though, you MUST be a patient gamer to enjoy this game, and you need to have a lot of value for story. I had a great time with Hotel Dusk, but I know that many gamers won't. It is not for everyone, Phoenix Wright this is not, it's something deeper.
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
I very much enjoyed this game. I, unlike the other reviewers, never noticed the areas where you became stuck and it didn't tell you where to go. If you pay close attention when it's time to advance the storyline either the dialogue or item descriptions or sometimes even common sense allow to you find the next place to go. If anything the game is guilty of too much hand holding. I only found myself stumped 3 times in the whole game and it never took long to rectify (of course I grew up a big fan of Macgyver so maybe that helps me in some of the puzzle/storyline solutions). I actually completed the whole game without ever consulting a faq.
The script is very witty and I found myself laughing out loud many times at many of the characters remarks. For some good laughs just go around the hotel examining items, some of the descriptions are a riot. I liked the new inventive way it has you hold the DS (like a novel) although sometimes after long playing sessions your hand can kinda start to hurt. On the other hand if you intend to play the entire game with the stylus it's actually easier on your hands than the horizontal way which is a pain on other stylus only games, in my opinion. Most other games intended to be stylus only cause me to stop using the stylus and deal with the buttons and pad and this one I was able to use the stylus the entire game.
I liked the sketchy graphic novel style art, works extremely well with the setting and storyline. This I easily count as one of my all time favorite games as many times I find myself losing interest in a games storyline about midway or 2/3 of the way through but this one held my attention each time I played all the way to the finish.
After I finish this review I am selecting the keep it button from the queue because not only does this game offer a new game + where you get new dialogue and other options not available in the first playthrough and multiple endings but it's also a game I feel proud to add to my collection.
gamers (89%) found this review helpful
It is hard to review this game fairly without giving away too much, so I am going to keep this short and simple for those of you questioning if this is worth a rental. The answer is a big YES. Hotel Dusk is more or less a point and click type of adventure, with some puzzles added in for good measure. The story is dark and insanely entertaining, and the characters are so vivid they put Phoenix Wright to shame. I advise not reading into this title too much before renting it. Go into it knowing you are in store for a surreal experience almost unlike any other available on a videogame system, and you will be good to go. The art work is definately my absolute favorite part of this game. This is truly a graphic novel come to life, the character expressions are flawless and the 3d areas you explore are a bit PS-1-ish but this is the nintendo ds, and i (as you in all probability) have gotten a little used to it (the graphics are pretty much right on par with those in resident evil ds, as far as 3d is concerned) for ages 16 + (and thats being..pretty loose with the youngest age which you might find extreme satisfaction with the title) this is one of the best games on the market. I really like that the game is held sideways, much like brainage, as well because it really helps get you in the feel of "this is an interactive novel". And on an ending note, NOVEL is a great term to wrap up with because it is how most of this game is. This is pretty much the innovation of TRACE MEMORY, combined with the memorable characters of PHOENIX WRIGHT, and a graphic style that reminds me of MAX PAYNE, but does the whole "comic noir" bit exactly right. I might be the only person to do this, but for bang per buck this is beyond a perfect ten. A plus entertainment, at its finest.