The trend of porting video games from older systems to the current one has been more frequent in this generation, especially with some companies finding their feet through the rising trend of digital distribution. One of the less frequent types of games to receive these treatments are visual novels created in the last five years, as they are created with high definition assets as standard procedure. This makes Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs, take a breath, as a kind of diamond in the rough. But sadly, although it claims to be enhanced and improved, the game remains relatively the same throughout, with the exception of new scenarios and the occasional character which is spliced into the narrative.
If you didn’t play the original release when it came out back in 2015, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs is one part Ghostbusters, one part strategic Fire Emblem style battles and two parts anime styled visual novel set in a high school that has an encounter rate of supernatural events that would make Sam and Dean Winchester consider setting up shop in the area. After defeating a ghost that is affecting the students at your new high school, you are inducted into a group comprised of a mix of enlightened students and career driven adults, whose mission is to prevent the public from discovering the existence of ghosts, and eliminate them whenever they become a threat.
You play as a customised unseen protagonist, who is given a long list of questions that apparently influence the game’s storyline, although the only piece of evidence I saw to this was the occasional change of non relevant dialogue. The thirteen chapters that were in the original release are present in their entirety, but a few changes have been made to give returning players a spark of interest to return, such as the introduction of a mysterious cowboy like man named Chagall who is now present during several key events in the story. While his appearance does help to lift up some of the less interesting points in the game, the addition of the character feels more like a detriment as they now seem to focus more on him, rather than give the spotlight to the story as it unfolds. The new Daybreak scenarios provide new ghost hunting missions and story events, and can be undertaken after a short part of the story has been completed. Be ready to use your first aid kits though, as the already intense difficulty is turned up to the maximum, which means that every single move you make will have drastic consequences.