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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective springs to life this winter

Mix a healthy dose of Phoenix Wright with a little pinch of Shadow of Destiny, then stir in a whole lot of weird, and you may start to approach the concoction behind Capcom's latest DS adventure officially announced today, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective.

The Ace Attorney similarities come naturally, as Shu Takumi, the original creator of Capcom’s popular courtroom series, is behind Ghost Trick as well. There are more mysteries to solve here, but this time around, you're dead. Players control an amnesiac ghost named Sissel, who was recently murdered and now has spectral powers that he can use to protect the lives of others marked for death, even as he tries to discover the secrets behind his own tragic end. To do so, he must return to a point four minutes prior to each character's death to change their fates.

According to Capcom, players will have "many routes to choose from to scare off the victims’ assassins" but warns that "Sissel only has until dawn before he has to leave the supernatural world for good." The first videos of Ghost Trick introduce the game's unique characters and highly distinctive aesthetic style, along with a glimpse into the use of Sissel's "ghost tricks" like like possessing and manipulating inanimate objects.

The two videos (a second can be streamed from Adventure Gamers' YouTube channel) will have to tide you over for a while, as Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is currently slated for release this winter.

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