Excerpt: The Ace Attorney games have always been exclusive to the Nintendo DS in North America, but they were essentially ports of the Japanese games, which were originally released on the GameBoy Advance. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney marks the first time a game in the Ace Attorney series has been built from the ground up for the Nintendo DS, and it includes many features (several of which were first introduced in the bonus case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) that take...
Pros: New forensic investigation abilities add much-needed variety, Improved visual presentation, Last case is quite interesting and provides a good payoff
Cons: Flaws such as slow pacing and linear, trial-and-error gameplay are still here, Forensic investigation tools are underused, New characters aren't as charming and interesting as the old ones
Summary: Ye Flask has been added to the court record.
Pros: Forensic tools are fun and get good mileage out of the DS’ hardware, Great plot and writing, When your parents tell you that you should read a book instead, you can honestly say that you already are!
Cons: Large amount of reading may turn off some gamers, Poorly-worded courtroom questions, Robotic menu navigation
Excerpt: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is the first game in the series developed specifically for the DS (previous games were developed for the GBA then ported to the DS). The move to a more powerful system brings along with it a brighter, cleaner presentation. Characters are larger than in previous games and a little more animated. While the game still sticks mostly to stills, there are a few simple animated sequences that up the overall presentation.
Excerpt: The first case he faces right off the bat involves Phoenix Wright himself. I think it is safe to say without giving too many spoilers away that Wright is not totally gone from the game, but he is no longer the protagonist of the story. In fact, when the game starts it is seven years since Wright left his law practice behind, the reasons for which are explained within the game as you go along.
Pros: The characters, The story, The DS-centric gameplay sections, Being able to yell “OBJECTION!” and “HOLD IT!” through the microphone, The examination of a scene and evidence sub-games, A relatively long game for what is essentially an adventure/courtroom game
Cons: A lot of reading, Sometimes the ability to pick times to present things are not easy to pick up on