Hotel Dusk Review (part 1)
So I seem to be over halfway through this game. Its kind of hard to say. I had planed on waiting until I was done the whole way through before writing a review but the more I played the more I realized you guys need to be warned. Don’t run out and buy this game. It hasn’t really picked up since I first wrote about it.
When I first took a look at it, it seemed promising enough. Cool controls and a great visual style, and the plot promised to be the best part right? Wrong. At first you see that the guy is an ex cop, fired or quit for something to do with his old partner being shot. Now hes stuck in some seedy dive of a hotel with a chip the size of Nebraska on his shoulder. Well… it’s all downhill from there. The music to be honest sounds like it belongs in a hentai dating sim, its LAME. And the ex-cop with an attitude, what’s he do now? Well hes a door to door salesman! And he likes asking people lots and LOTS of questions and until he knows EVERYTHING about their personal lives. I figured you would get to know the characters and then in the middle of the night someone would get killed and you have to solve it before some deadline is up. Nope, just the opposite. You CAN’T LEAVE until you have harassed every single person staying at that hotel and know their life story. Theres a pompous writer who loves to use big words, a little girl who misses her mommy and her jackass dad, an old woman who feels guilty for leaving her son to go join the circus or something. These guys really are a sideshow, but not in a fun way.
This game drags ON and ON as you run around fetching useless items around the hotel and asking the same questions to everyone until you get the right answer. Theres no action, no suspense, no excitement. I really don’t understand why this game is rated Teen. Probably because of the ONE gunshot in the opening scene. This game makes excellent use of the stylus but the puzzles are beyond simple and most of the character’s stories are mundane and the whole game itself is on railroad tracks so you can’t even choose who you want to question first or second, though the Hotel is big enough that you can be clueless as to what to do next. Most of the time when that’s the case simply walk around until you bump into someone and then initiate dialogue to watch your character question them for 15 minutes. This game is a total disappointment thus far. I give it a 3 out of 5. I was close to giving it a 2.5 but I think it has enough redeeming qualities to give it a full 3 tacos.