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Band of Bloggers - March 2021 - Activating Detective Mode


Following this month's prompt for band of bloggers focused on mystery, I quickly checked my game list to remember five games that had me putting the pieces together, looking for guides over the Internet not to mess it up, and ultimately debating with some friends or even online about the outcomes and whatnot. These five titles vary from making us into full time detectives, solving cases or just throwing us in the midst of something fishy that needs to be looked for no matter what. On to the list.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain - Análisis para PS4 - HobbyConsolas Juegos

This is an easy pick as the whole game is based on figuring out who the Origami Killer actually is. The game even has this geek detective that uses technology I didn't know existed. Anyways, having seldom witnessing some friends play it before hand while making the quickest decisions only to get bad ending in the end disappointed me, thus when I got to play it I examined every inch and didn't listen to them when making bold choices. My beliefs led me to the best ending even though I admit I forced my PS3 off when a character died. Nevertheless, solving the case was worth the twenty hours I poured into the game and to this day I still consider Heavy Rain the best of David Cage's work.

Pandora's Tower

Sword – deluscar"

For starters, this game has nothing to do with solving a mystery, or does it? In my recent playthrough to get the best ending I could only notice the symbolism this game has if one does pay attention to what it is shown. Practically we are just thrown with one task at hand while the other can be done just for the sake of it but, that will let to one of the many endings which in turn, may or may not solve the game's plot entirely. This time grinding is necessary to get some answers which led to important details and so on. Granted, as the game progresses so does the story and the main plot that can or cannot be fully revealed depending on the ending. I have to say that watching the credits while listening to some key points to wrap everything up was a nice touch. This game seemed bland at first but it clearly isn't.

Persona 4

May 15th - Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Golden Wiki Guide - IGN

Mentioning Persona 4 in most of my writings has become a staple as of late, but this mention over here cannot be omitted. "Solving the case" as Chie would say was one of my first expositions to figuring out things in a video game, story wise I mean. By the time my English level wasn't what it is now so getting the bad ending took place right after I was all proud of having defeated the 'final boss' as the soundtrack sounded different... Silly me. Not happy with the results, obviously, I did return to try other options and then again with the following ending route decisions to fully witness the final bosses. I thought of putting Persona 5 here but in terms of mystery it was kind of predictable to be honest and ultimately, Chie's insights at the special headquarters were eye openers.

Ghost Trick Phantom Detective

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective/#890276 - Zerochan | Ghost, Detective, Anime

I don't have to elaborate on this game's title, as it says it all. What this game didn't tell me at first was just how good its mystery was implemented and also how it grows on us players. In order to advance one must figure out how to move on to the next area which will trigger yet another puzzle to further develop the game's mystery. With lots of characters whose decisions will have us wondering what just happened, the sense of accomplishment is perfectly done here. As a plus, I don't like this type of games but I got to play it during Venezuela's 2019 blackouts so not being able to work during those times gave me the time and patience I needed to play Ghost Trick to get in character and solve the mystery at hand. One of the best narratives I have experienced so far.

Honorable mention:


Phantasmat Characters - Giant Bomb

I was introduced to this game thanks to my brother as he really liked it and wanted me to play it as it was short and would help me develop my English skills further back then. Again, I had nothing better to play and experiencing a point and click game felt refreshing.

Mystery resolved

Had to finish that Crisis Core reference.

Thanks for Reading.

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About Exberone of us since 7:47 PM on 04.07.2020

I guess these would be considered as my stats, so here I go:

I'm Exber, not related to my name by any means. I'm from Venezuela and I'm an English Teacher.

I have been playing video games since I was 4 years old. Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64 is my first gaming memory.

Console gamer for the love of everything retro. I play on PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, 3DS, DS, GBA, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

Resident Evil and Persona share the spot as my favorite gaming series. Following this, here are my favorite games per year along with the runner ups:

2006: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

2007: Resident Evil 2

2008: Persona 4
Runner Up: Resident Evil 4

2010: Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater
Runner Up: Final Fantasy XII

2011: Radiant Historia
Runner Up: Okami

2012: Klonoa Door to Phantomile
Runner Up: Tomb Raider Anniversary

2013: Fatal Frame 3 The Tormented
Runner Up: Silent Hill 4

2014: Onimusha Dawn of Dreams
Runner Up: Resident Evil Zero

2015: The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Runner Up: Final Fantasy IV

2016: Final Fantasy IX
Runner Up: A Link Between Worlds

2017: Persona 5
Runner Up: Brothers A Tale of Two Sons

2018: Skies of Arcadia Legends
Runner Up: Zelda Spirit Tracks

2019: Persona Q2 New Cinema Labyrinth
Runner Up: Ghost Trick

2020: Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Runner Up: Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

2021: Pandora's Tower
Runner Up: Xenoblade Chronicles

2022: Super Paper Mario
Runner Up: Child of Light

I try to learn the most I can with every video game, thus my Retro GOTY winners won a place in me. Best examples are Persona 4 (2008) and Final Fantasy IX (2016).

GameSpot and GameInformer were the sites that granted me the opportunity to blog prior to coming here. Good times.

I'm currently 29 years old. Come May 10th and I'll level up.

Favorite color: green.

Favorite number: 4.

Favorite video game genre: Survival Horror. RPGs come second.

Favorite movie: 13 going on 30.

Favorite TV Show: Mr. Robot

Favorite game of all time: Persona 4.