[Beyond PlayStation] Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk Review
Jake Hunter is back, and we’re getting a new story on the Nintendo 3DS. Come learn more about it in our Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of The Dusk review!
I never had the pleasure of playing the Jake Hunter series since we only got one previous game from the long-running series released outside of Japan, which is a shame since I really dig the latest entry in the series: Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk. This is a mystery adventure game, so you’ll doing a lot of investigating, question potential suspects, searching crime scenes for clues so that you can find out a way to solve the case.
The one game we did get before this one was Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles on the Nintendo DS, which included some of Jake’s past cases. The game was later re-released as Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past, with extra cases and bonus content. I’m definitely a fan of visual novels, of games such as the Phoenix Wright series, and of point and click adventures, so you bet I was up for checking Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk for our review!
This time around you will once again play as private investigator Jake Hunter and, unlike your typical visual novel release, this one goes into adventure game territory with plenty of gameplay to enjoy, along with huge walls of text that will allow you to learn more about the story. The game is very story and character-driven. Gameplay mostly consists of searching rooms, establishing theories from conversations with NPCs, as well as gathering evidence. There is a meaty story in this one that will keep you engaged until the end!
Jake can learn more about characters he interacts with by talking to them, and while there aren’t any branching dialogue options, you can tap on the subjects that you would like Jake to discuss. This could be for asking about something specifically tied to the current investigation, or on a bit of extra information, you might need to be able to question someone else down the line. You really can’t fail and won’t be penalized for asking too many questions, so be sure to talk to everyone you meet.
The main mystery, the core of the game, revolves around the Dark family and the huge mansion they owned. From the start, you can tell the Dark family have a ton of money and are well connected. Some guy broke into the mansion and had a few too many which the police thought to have lead to his death, but Jake Hunter thinks there is something more sinister at play. He decides to follow his instinct, and he sets out to investigates the truth about what happened at the mansion. The voices are presented in Japanese with full English subtitles, which was to be expected since games that are so story-heavy would require some considerable extra time for an English dub, not to mention it would considerably increase the costs associated with such a release.
It’s definitely a fun an entertaining game that fans of visual novels and adventure games should check out on Nintendo 3DS. It’s fun that we still get 3DS releases so late in 2018, right? Be sure to buy and enjoy this game since that would increase the odds of us getting the latest new game in the series that is out in Japan for Nintendo Switch, as well as the one that is releasing over there in December!
This Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk review is based on a Nintendo 3DS copy provided by Aksys Games.