I had high hopes for the latest installment of the Ace Attorney games, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. The game lives up to the legacy passed down from the previous games and is overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The graphics are pretty much the same as Apollo Justice, meaning that they are detailed two dimensional profile sprites, which is just what anyone would expect from the game. The investigation parts of the game aren't as detailed in the sprite department, though the backgrounds and environments are very good.
Sound-wise, the music featured in the game is of a reasonable standard, someofthe characters themes are spot on, some are a little weak. The plot point music sets the right atmosphere most of the time, though there aren't really any stand-out excellent tracks. The sounds are much the same as in previous installments, though 'Hold it' still holds it's appeal.
The gameplay continues to improve over the previous games, with this one adding the new twist of not being set in a courtroom, but rather as an investigation. The cross-examination is still the main point of the game, pointing out fallacies using evidence, and the new logic system to piece information together to learn more about the crimes. Also like the previous games, whilst most of the evidence you need to present is pretty straight-forward, though again there are some parts where you'll think 'Why did you want me to show THAT piece now?', but it's not all that bad. The investigation twist and logic system breathe some new life into the franchise, leaving you ready for more of the same, or even a return to the courtroom.
The story itself is as gripping as the other games, and serves to fill in some details from those games also. In Ace Attorney style, parts of the individual cases come together to form the backbone of the overarching story of the game, which make the game that much more interesting. The new characters that are introduced are enjoyable enough, but it's mainly the re-introduction of old characters that make the game that much better.
Overall, the game is a very enjoyable one that anyone who has played the previous games will want to own, and whilst it is good enough as a standalone game, the introduction of characters will be mor enjoyable if you've played the previous games first.Read more ›
Ace Attorney five has been announced, but what do we do in the meantime? Die of boredom? Absolutely not. Capcom has listened to the cry of Edgeworth fanboys and brought this little gem while we wait.
When I saw a trailer for this about two years back I thought "UGH this looks awful!" When I played a demo a year later I thought "This is AWESOME!" and pre-ordered the game straight away. I don't regret paying for express delivery!
Ace Attorney Investigations (AAI) is a spin-off of the Phoenix Wright series, a point and click adventure game where you take on the role of a lawyer. It's had three games, as well as Apollo Justice, where you play as ANOTHER attorney.
You play as Miles Edgeworth in AAI, a prosecutor character who served as your rival in the original game. I'm not going to give away spoilers, but he had a personality re-vamp in Justice for All, which made him extremely popular. He returns to his office to find a dead body in there, ouch. Then is confronted by the killer, who threatens him. To which he replies "No-one gets away with committing murder in my office." At which point I'm thinking "I've only been playing for thirty seconds and this is more epic than the end of some games I've played with riveting plots! Holy cow!" The story spans over five episodes, (Which aren't in chronological order, in case you were wondering.) It has plenty of twists that you won't see coming, which I will not spoil. All the cases are murders, with one exception. Fundamentally,you can pretty much work out who the culprit is by process of elimination, however, in order to work out the details, you will need to play them through to the end, you need to play to the end of the game tie all the things together anyway, which is good. There is masses of text in AAI, just like the original, although maybe not as much due to you being able to move a lot more freely this time. It's basically an interactive novel, but again, less of that than in Phoenix Wright. Still, if you hate games with lots of text, you could find this very tedious. The story is well written, and you do come to love the characters and start caring about them, which is a sign of good script, so that's one less thing to worry about.
AAI does not follow the original gameplay, there are no courtroom proceedings this time around, instead, it's a more fleshed out version of the investigation phases in the original. In a lot of ways it follows the same formula as games like Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (Nintendo DS), due to being able to run around in a 3rd person kind of way, as opposed to the original which had you looking at things from Phoenix's point of view in 1st person. There is the new logic system, like the Magatama and the bracelet in Ace Attorney two, three and four. All Edgeworth needs is his over 9000 IQ! Inside jokes aside, logic works by having two pieces of information and connecting them together to make a "logical" conclusion. It can be accessed any time during the investigation phase, so you don't need to worry about remembering it. There are aspects of Apollo Justice in the way you examine evidence, so that makes things more fun. The evidence was well designed, even if it was a bit blocky in places, but still very realistic. Be warned, the guns look frighteningly real.
You also have the Court Reco--- I mean the Organizer, which keeps all of the evidence in one place for you, and it gets updated regularly. You can use this for proving "contradictions" in crime scenes and testimony. Yet another feature is Cross-Exami-- I mean Rebuttals, which were included in the original game a lot, and I found and still find them annoying, repetitive, and just irritating in general, however, not having them would be considered unforgivable I suppose, since they were a major part of Phoenix Wright and in that game, if you didn't have them, the courtroom parts would be dull.
The graphics are a realistic manga style, and all the people speak in gif-tastic, out of sync animations. The characters are colourful, and fun too look at, which adds to charm. They're slightly different to how they are in Phoenix Wright, but that isn't bad.
The music is catchy as heck, and gets in your head really easily, it's nice, and reminds me of Simcity. I don't know why. Most of it is very good. My hat is off to Noriyuki Iawadawe, the composer. The infamous "Objection!" sound clip is still there, along with "Hold it!" and "Take That!" and you can still scream into the mic until you lose your voice, however, I prefer the press X. (On a side note, you can control either with buttons or the stylus. I use buttons.) Other characters who aren't lawyers also can say "Objection!" which is nice. It makes them more life like. When looking for contradictions n crime scenes, you can also say "Eureka!" (Similar to "Gotcha!" in Apollo Justice.) This was quite cute, I thought, if not a little cheesy. I prefer the original Japanese one, "That's it!" personally.
Overall, this game is fantastic, and well worth the price. It's extremely addicting. (I once played for three hours non-stop.) There is no replay value other than wanting to just experience the story again, and you will beat the game quickly, so bear that in mind. Even if the investigation aspects are cliché, this game is absolutely worth a buy. Click add to basket. You know you want to.Read more ›
The Ace Attorney series returns in a new spin-off that let's Miles Edgeworth take the leading role. He lives up to it well and there are some very funny interactions between old and new characters. Of course the Edgeworth and Gumshoe (or as he gets re-named 'Gummy') team is a winning combination and loses nothing for the addition of Kay (aka The Great Thief) who acts as the typical wacky assistant (see 'The Great Magician' aka Trucy in Apollo and 'The Ace Psychic-in-Training' aka Maya in Phoenix). Kay is a great character who plays off well against Miles and has an interesting story of her own to tell. The other new characters are also a good addition, though feel a little same-y at times. It's the return of the old characters, however, that I felt let this game down. As a fan of the series, seeing the old characters is a big draw for me but at the same time the constant 'reveal' of them seemed to me a lazy way of the game-makers to engage the fans. Some old characters (like a 13 year old Franziska) were really interesting as the use of them in past and present scenes did add further character development; but most of the scrambled in old faces were just a comfortable nod to the old games without really hitting the mark by showing us the only two characters from the Phoenix Wright series we would actually love to see! Yep - yet again there is no Maya Fey and this time even no Phoenix himself. Perhaps these additions would have taken the spotlight away from Miles but it's been a few years now since we've had any mention of the Fey family... I didn't find the cases (which are ultimately all murders) particularly as interesting as previous Attorney games. All the victims are forgettable and the culprits not too hard to spot. Even the big reveal at the end isn't as mind-blowing as plot twists in the Attorney series' usually go. However, if you found it frustrating before trying to work out which evidence to present and when, then this game could be more enjoyable. Miles usually spells out what evidence is needed and the 'logic' is not very difficult to follow. An easier game by far than any other of the series - I didn't so much as look for a cheat guide for any of the five episodes. Though the new gameplay is good fun. I liked the option to deduce parts of the crime scenes and connecting the pieces of logic (though not difficult) was nevertheless a welcome addition. I have to own that I missed the court room battles. There is an episode which lets you enter court (not in the usual manner however) and that was probably my favourite one. Staying at the crime scene somehow made each episode drag on - I wish we had the option to at least go to the Criminal Affairs dept or perhaps if there had been more forensics to do (the minor part of Ema Skye hardly added anything to the investigation - not once did we get to test for fingerprints or blood traces!). Overall, it was a good game to play but unlike the previous ones I don't feel its one I would necessarily enjoy playing again.Read more ›