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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)
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- Play five intriguing cases
- Two distinct gameplay segments: investigation and court
- Colourful cast of characters
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Not everyone is innocent until proven guilty! Players star as a defence attorney, who must prove his seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. The game presents twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay in a comical anime style. Players must collect evidence, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails.
Phoenix Wright, a rookie defence lawyer with the wildest cross-examination skills in town. Take on five intriguing cases to reveal dramatic, stunning, and even comical court proceedings. Use both the dual screen and touch screens to investigate crime scenes, question witnesses and present shocking evidence.
In all five cases, players defend clients accused of murder. Courtroom scenes carom at a tennis-match pace as magna-style action slashes back and forth, the prosecution and the witness on the stand. After the prosecutor concludes the interrogation, they'll cross-examine, picking apart the testimonial sentence by sentence, demanding further explanations and slapping down evidence to reveal contradictions.
Although the scenes can be intense, they're never entirely serious. The writing is very clever, which is key for such a talky game. Histrionic mangastyle touches like sweat drops the size of bowling balls and bug-eyed double-takes underscore the tomfoolery.
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The plot revolves around Phoenix (Nick) Wright who is a defense attorney and the character you play as throughout the game. He is taught by the lovely Miss Mia Fey who shows Phoenix the ropes on how to become an effective lawyer. Phoenix meets many other characters along the way, but I cannot tell anymore than this, as it would spoil the plot for those playing the game for the first time. Phoenix must use evidence in the court room to ensure justice is served to the right people as he takes on a series of court cases separated into chapters. I was very mislead by the title of the game, and the screen shots I had seen of it, as I did not realise that the game does not always focus on the court room, Phoenix even gets to do a lot of investigating! So you are poking around looking for clues, as well as trying to pick holes in testimonies given to you by the witnesses.
The controls are so simple that anyone can pick up this game, as it is merely point and click, literally with the stylus. (Note: you can also use short cuts to bring up specific menu screens by pressing X and Y). (You can also skip text with A or B, as well as the stylus). There is also a lot of reading in this game, so you have to pay close attention to detail to unravel the truth behind each murder.
I enjoyed this game, but I give it 4 stars, because it can be rather tedious once you've worked out who did it. Mainly due to the fact that the dialogue will go on and on, and you can only finish a story arc by pressing every statement and presenting evidence at the right moment. So you are bound to the game in that respect. Other than that, this is a great game. I know this review may be a little late as the DS is coming to a close now with the 3DS. But, hey-ho, if you want another game for the DS, then it's worth trying out.
....you know, excluding the sequels >.>.
Still. Being serious, this game has charm and style going for it, a stupidly good OST to back that up and it puts you straight into many whodunnit type mysteries that you must solve. Some of the questions are fiendish and setups quite brave in their twists. Due to the mention of murder and other things - though it's stylized and cartoony - , it may not be suitable for people under 13.
But if your kid is cool with fake murder , which he never gets to perform - just figure out, absolutely get this.
Adults will also enjoy solving the crimes their defendants are accused of!
Especially useful is the save any time feature which means you can pick it up 5 minutes a day during breakfast or do hours of it before bed.
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