Is it really a remaster if you do it to a game that’s only been out for a year or so? That’s the question we’re faced with when it comes to Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs, which may be the most ridiculous name ever slapped onto a video game. It’s actually an enhanced version of last year’s Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters, and it’s available on your Sony console of choice; PS Vita, PS3 and PS4. So grab one of your favorite and get to ghostbusting!
If you aren’t familiar with the original game, here’s the skinny: you are, as in so many Japanese games, a new transfer student in high school. It’s about five minutes before you run into the paranormal, in particular ghosts that are haunting your school. In about the same amount of time you’re recruited into the Gate Keepers, an occult magazine slash group of exorcists who run around with proton packs and traps in the city…well, not really, but you get the idea. Long story short, ghosts are bad and need to get their ghostly butts kicked, so you and the other Gate Keepers need to get to work!
This version of the game adds in additional scenes with the other ghost hunters along with a little more content all around. It’s Tokyo Twilight But More So. Perhaps the most significant addition is the inclusion of a new set of Daybreak scenarios. These are additional chapters that feature much more difficult battles, which is saying something.
It’s saying something because Tokyo Twilight’s battle system, while appreciated in a genre that’s generally hurting for gameplay, tends to be on the difficult side already. Ghosts are ghosts, as I mentioned in my review of the original game. They go through solid objects, transport between power outlets, and perhaps most importantly they take their turn at the same time as you! Your attacks need to land where the enemy is going to be, not where they are. You have a sort of “prediction” about what a ghost might do during the upcoming turn, but you should still expect to feel like a bunch of terrified B-movie ghost hunters rather than a crack team of ghostbusting badasses.
If you can deal with this and you’re into visual novels then you’ll probably enjoy Tokyo Twilight, especially with the new content spread throughout the game. As before, the best aspect of this visual novel is actually its music, a punk-inspired set of tracks that remains one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in a video game. It’s a bit like No More Heroes meets Ghostbusters.
Let’s say Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters was your favorite game of last year. If that’s the case, I’d be interested in meeting you because, well, Bloodborne came out last year and you’re delusional. Still, you’re definitely the target audience for Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs. If you’re new to the game then this is the definitive version to check out, though you’ll want to exercise some patience with the game’s unique take on combat. If you’re just not that into visual novels or you’re easily frustrated with difficult tactical combat, well…isn’t Bloodborne $20 or so these days?