Game Title: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs
Publisher: Aksys Games
Product ID: CUSA-05632
Price: $49.99 (Digital)
PlayStation Network Page: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs
Release Date: September 20, 2013 (R1.US/Digital/Physical)
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs typically drives you through one of the most peculiar and interesting topics in the world, the paranormal and the amiss. It contains a one-of-a-kind and probably the oddest gameplay mechanics that you'll lay your eyes upon. It is an expansion of the original Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters that adds new scenarios, characters, and gameplay elements. Though it is an expansion, it doesn't alleviate the confusion that anybody might face upon playing the game.
Gameplay elements sets its base as a visual-novel, expect reading... a lot of it, interactions during dialog are represented by two subsequent emotion/reaction grids where you can choose from one of five selections along with the tradional format where you choose from a selection of sentences. Now for the interesting albeit confusing part, the battle system; a grid is presented to you during battle where you can form strategies to take out your foes, simple right? No, here's the fun part, every move counts and every encounter throws you into a 2.5D presentation of the battlefield. Basically, the game is string of genres packed together to form an experience that one will most certainly feel interesting and unique in its own way.
The graphical representation of the game intuitively matches its overall themes. During dialog scenes, characters are dynamically rendered making each interaction more lively opting out of the traditional image stills. Though, backdrops can be a bit of a let down due to them being too simple or such that they lack some much needed elements and colors.
One major drawback that one should find quite peculiar and in some cases annoying even is the soundtrack itself, yes the game does have such an amazing library of rock themes but on an overall setting, the paranormal and mysteriousness that the game is centered upon becomes neglected to the point that it disrupts the mood and experience during gameplay, necessary mood shifts to better understand the current setting goes either haywire or missing.
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs offers a wide variety of things to do, ranging from exorcising activities to mini-games. Though not without flaws, the game still held itself as a challenging and fun game to enjoy.