humanpoison asked: I was thinking about buying hotel dusk since I've seen you blog about it but what is it about??
Oh man, Hotel Dusk is one of my favorite games and stories, period. Basically it’s an adventure game for the DS, sometimes called a Visual Novel. You play ex-detective Kyle Hyde, and you’re looking for your ex-partner Bradley who betrayed you. Your search brings you to this hotel in the middle of the California desert, and you explore it and talk to the people there… All of whom, as it turns out, are connected to each other and Kyle in beautiful, genius ways.
The music is gorgeous and fitting, mostly piano jazz. The art style is really distinctive and neat, the rotoscoped pencil-like animation that was canonically inspired by the Take On Me video. It’s set in 1979 but Kyle talks like a 40’s noir detective and is so snarky and colorful, the dialogue is just great.
And just. The storyline and connections are so well done. It was the first game to make me cry in decades, and it’s still so special to me. Plus it taught me so much about plot threads and parallelism, it’s just. Wow.
So yes! Pick up Hotel Dusk, a used copy is like $8 on amazon. So worth it. So much. I play it every year at Christmas, when it’s set, and just. Yeah. It’s something special.
Kelev, if you haven’t played this game, it really sounds like you should. If you have, you should let me borrow it! XD