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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Hi guys! Pérez reporting for duty. I know the blog hasn't been updated for a little bit more than a week, and I want to apologize for that. The reason I didn't post is because I had a though week in my university (UNAH), I had three exams, one on Monday, the second on Wednesday and the last one on Friday. But now I'm finally over for tests, until next week. XD
So today I'm going to tell you about the first game of Capcom's Ace Attorney series, Phoenix wright: Ace Attorney. Last week I finally finished Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the NDS. It took me 3 days (about 8 hours a day) to finish the first 4 cases of the game, but it took me like another 3-4 days (around 4-5 hours a day) to finally finish the last case. So let's go!

General Aspects
Developer: Capcom
Publishers: Capcom, Nintendo Australia
Release Dates: North America (October 11, 2005), Europe (March 31, 2006)
Genre: Visual Novel
Rating: T (ESRB)

The game is about a young lawyer named Phoenix Wright who's starting his career. During the game, you play 4 main cases and a fifth "surprise" one (sorry for ruining the surprise >:D). Each case is unique, which makes things very cool. In all of the cases, your client is always "guilty" until Phoenix proves that in fact he/she is innocent. That's what makes Phoenix legendary. He always has all the odds against him, but he stills manages to survive and win the case. The first case is an introduction, so its story is meh, the second and third case have nice stories, but the fourth and fifth case's stories are simply extraordinary. The fifth one has the most twisted and unbelievable story, so when you finally prove that your client is innocent, you have this amazing feeling that against all odds, you saved her. The guy that made the plot, Shu Takumi, created one of the best stories I've seen. Great job sir! :D
Score: 10/10

The gameplay is easy to learn and use. During the trials, you have to to cross-examine the witnesses and present evidences that contradict the testimonies. If you don't know what to do you can also PRESS each testimony to see the witness's reaction and present evidence there and/or get new testimonies. But the game is not only played in the courtroom. As the game moves on, you have to do more and more investigations to get new evidence. During investigations, you must talk to people and examine places and object. You have to read well what each character tells you so that you can continue the investigation. Also, you must examine very well each place in order to acquire new evidence. If you don't do that, you simply won't advance until you do it.
You mostly use the touch screen, but sometimes might need to blow things ;) Like I said, it is very simple, but works perfectly for the game.
Score: 8/10

Music: Well, each place has its own unique tune. The music in the game does help with the mood, especially when you discover something incredible ;)
Sound Effects: They're ok. They're not getting a prize or something, but at least they help with the mood ^_^
Score: 6/10

Well, since this is a 2D game, I don't expect Uncharted-like graphics.
The game's images are great. You can distinguish things perfectly, and the few animations are well done.
I like that the game has this anime-like graphics, where every character has anime reactions :D
Score: 10/10

Replay Value
I guess that this is the game's weakest aspect, because it doesn't have multiplayer, nor hidden objects, etc. Once you finish the game, the only thing that you can do is play any case that you want.
Because of that, I've decided not to include a score for this aspect.

Final Score: 8.5/10

I hope you liked the review and that you play the game if you haven't played it. Until next time! :D

All images belong to Capcom