Religion and science doesn’t usually mix, but in this title, they could be the combination that literally kills you. In the latest iteration of the Phoenix Wright franchise, we’re back with a vengeance – and this time, defense attorneys are in as much trouble as their clients. From religious ministers hellbent on making sure you fail, to divination seances designed to make your clients look guilty, this might be Phoenix’s toughest trial yet.
If you’ve ever played the Phoenix Wright games, then there’s no doubt that you’d suspect the Ace Attorney anime series to pick up perfectly from where the games leave off, or they’d be a faithful retelling of the franchise. Join Timlah as we have a look at Ace Attorney with an objective eye.
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– Scruffy, The Janitor
The most precious things in life are those that last the briefest, a snowflake, a rose blossom, the career of Fred Savage. They twinkle in the darkness before being swallowed by it, reminding us of our mortality and marking the passage of time. Is it their brevity that makes them so wondrous? Or does the memory of their shortcomings fade before that of their successes? Who can say for sure, but it is these brightest of flashes in an otherwise dull and listless life of successful stars and beloved characters that endure for years that we celebrate in the first Top 10 of the New Year! (more…)
As part of my continued quest in attending conventions across the UK, next year I shall be making a good number of new Cosplay costumes. Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to look to the future for our next lots of costumes and what I will need for them. How shocking that Christmas is over so fast, eh? All of that build up. We’ve even left the decorations up on the front page!
The first in my projects is to do a costume from the Ace Attorney series. I figured that much like I did with my Edward Elric costume, I would document what I’ve been doing for this new project. So, let’s begin by discussing the character. (more…)
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
What is it?
For any of you unfamiliar with the Ace Attorney series, you play as a defense lawyer. You are in court rooms, defending your clients by proving possible ways that they could not have been involved with a crime.
As such, each story within these games (Of which there are several stories) can span over several days in game time. You start a case by being briefed or being (unwittingly) there during the crime. Usually you seem to be defending your friends. I hope this isn’t a true reflection on real life “lawyering”, that you get most of your cases through defending your friends’ innocence of murder, but what do I know?
So, let’s now get down to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
The franchise, having been popular on the Nintendo DS, has now moved to the Nintendo 3DS and yes, the 3D does look good. I will divulge more on this later.
Artistically, the Ace Attorney series in game has always been akin to that of anime styled visuals. This is also true to the zany-ness of some of the characters that you defend and/or interrogate. A truly eclectic blend of clever writing and fantastic artwork is what will keep you coming back to this franchise. As for this game, it steps up the anime aesthetics even further with very fluid animations and even full anime styled cutscenes. Plus we finally get to hear the voices of the characters other than their famous words: “OBJECTION”. “HOLD IT”. “TAKE THAT”.
I wasn’t just going mad, honestly.
Dual Destinies has done something rather smart, if you ask me. They have made it so you cannot buy a physical copy in stores. You buy this game via the Nintendo eShop on your 3DS for just shy of £20.00 (£19.99 if you want to be really clear of the price!) Further to this, DownLoadable Content (DLC) is available for this game, making it, to my knowledge, the first Ace Attorney game to do so.
Normally, I’m not a big fan of DLC in games except for the purely cosmetic… But due to the way the Ace Attorney series plays, it feels right having DLC. The DLC, as well as having additional outfits for the characters (for rather cheap), seems to also have extra “episodes”, which is what they call the different cases in the game. Every episode is a single case, which can take hours to complete alone.
Gameplay is generally split between several sections of a case:
– Opening and starting investigations.- The first hearing.
– Further investigations.
– The second hearing/final.
Of course, sometimes a case goes on longer and there are some exceptions, as some of the earlier ones might not have investigation parts, etcetera.
Another new point with Dual Destinies, there’s a new girl in the Wright Anything Agency (The group of lawyers and… everything… bits and bobs… that the game centres around).
Meet Athena Cykes, a young lady who has studied psychology in order to tap upon peoples emotions within the courtrooms, believing that courtroom psychology would be beneficial to the legal profession. She turns out to be right as of course, every one of our lawyers are gifted with a unique ability/item. Phoenix Wright was provided with a Magatama that let’s him sense when someone hasn’t opened up to or trusted him to tell him the whole truth. Apollo Justice has a bracelet that lets him sense when someone’s lying by tightening. Athena has widget, the blue necklace she’s wearing. Widget allows her to analyse a persons emotions and to have a visual representation of the testimony. She detects the discord in peoples voices with heightened sense of hearing due to her training as a psychologist.
So, the gimmick of this game revolves around emotion. Actually, this has to be my favourite gimmick of all of the main characters.
So far, I’ve played far enough to see the return of the legendary rock star prosecutor, so this is great news to me as he was one of my favourite prosecutors. I would love to see the return of Godot one day.
Another little touch they added, which might not sound too important but has helped me immensely: There is a button on the bottom screen that allows you to go see a transcription of all of the dialogue that has been spouted throughout the scenes. This is very important in case you accidentally skipped through the dialogue, or if you just need to recap quickly. Well done to Capcom here.
Should you buy this game?
Related articles – Seriously, Phoenix Wright is a brilliant series.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies review: Your honor, I have no objections (gamesinasia.com)
- Summary Judgment: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (commonmemory.wordpress.com)
- Phoenix Wright speaks in a new animated Ace Attorney 5 story trailer (polygon.com)