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Game of the Year 2011 – Part 3 – Ghost Trick

Another of the 10 best games of 2011 is on a portable system? You’re damn right it is.

Ghost Trick is one of the best experiences I had with a game all year long. Like a great book, I couldn’t put it down. I plopped over 10 hours into this game in less than a week and it was sooooooooooo good. Probably half of that time was spent reading text, so if that isn’t you’re kind of game, it may be time to jump ship right now. But for the rest of us…

If you have any affinity to the Phoenix Wright games, you’ll know how Ghost Trick creator, Shu Takami, operates. He makes crazy situations for his wonderfully written characters to get into, and always knows what he’s doing with his plots. Sure they get pretty silly most of the time, but that’s what makes them so fun!

The main idea of Ghost Trick is that, in the opening seconds of the game, you died. You have no idea who you are and no memory of your life. In trying to find these answers, what plays out is one of the best mystery stories told in any game I’ve played. Ghost Trick is primarily a puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prevent the deaths of others and every puzzle is wrapped around an important event in the story.

I could ramble on about how much I loved this game all day, so please just try it for yourself. You’ll get to meet a hyperactive dog named Missile who is one of the best supporting characters of the year, and a investigator who DANCES to and from crime scenes.
He’s the greatest dancer of 2011. TRUST ME.

-Zach

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