Excerpt: Rarely do visual-adventure games receive much hype and attention in this day and age, but don’t tell that to Capcom and its incredibly popular Ace Attorney series. After originally releasing and porting the first three entries of the series on the GBA and re-releasing them on DS a few years later, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the franchise’s fourth title, has launched exclusively for DS.
Best in text-driven, courtroom drama series on DS.
Common Sense Media
5 July 2008
Summary: Parents need to know that like the earlier games in this series, this game will expose players to mature topics like murder (by shooting and poisoning), crime scenes, and the odd blood-stain in photographs. Nothing is overly graphic thanks to a cartoonish and tasteful art style. The game is text-driven and requires above average reading and comprehension skills to fully appreciate the game.
Excerpt: Though its technical Japanese title is simply "Gyakuten Saiban 4," the American name of the game makes obvious this point: the "Phoenix Wright" trilogy is over, and a new defense lawyer is at the bench. His name? Apollo Justice. The witness will give his testimony The story opens with Apollo taking his first case. The client? Ex-lawyer, Phoenix Wright.
Conclusion: As an aside, my list of favorite Ace Attorney games is 1 – 3 – 4 – 2, with a real nail bitter between 1 and 3. This isn’t to say that Apollo Justice is not enjoyable, rather that Phoenix Wright 1 and Trials and Tribulations are some of the best games I’ve ever played, and it would be hard for any game to surpass them. Seasoned AA fans: what’s your list?
Excerpt: The trouble with so-called “cult” videogames is that once they have given gamers that cherished piece of quirky originality, they begin to milk the formula for all its worth, knowing the loyalty of their fan base will repel any message board attacks. As the first non-GBA port of the Ace Attorney series, complete with a new title character, gameplay innovations and redrawn environments, has Apollo Justice managed to defeat the Capcom formula of flogging a dead horse?
Excerpt: Game: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Genre: Courtroom Simulation Platform: Nintendo DS The Phoenix Wright series, love it or hate it, was a big hit both in the United States and in Japan. I know that not everyone could get on board with the bizarre Japanese lawyer series, but the games were generally well-received and got good reviews.
Summary: The fourth title in the Ace Attorney series, but the first developed specifically for NDS, features all new characters, including new defense attorney Apollo Justice. This new chapter will drop players into the shoes of Apollo Justice, where they'll make use of his uncanny ability to uncover witnesses’ lies by studying their body language.
Conclusion: Overall, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is a worthy successor to the Phoenix Wright series. Featuring the great writing, music and characters the series is known for you will have trouble putting it down. It’s like reading a good book; you’ll be hooked, and you’ll love every minute of it. Overlooking the few (and unimportant) flaws, you won’t be disappointed.
Excerpt: I'm not sure why Capcom thought retiring Phoenix Wright's character was a good idea, but they seem to have replaced the objection belting attorney with a near carbon copy called Apollo Justice. Apollo is very much like the Phoenix character from the first title, but with a dash of Mia thrown in. He's a fledgling attorney that's just getting his start in the world of trial law.
Conclusion: That's basically it. This may not be a lot of information, but the hundreds of thousands of Phoenix Wright supporters very well know what to expect from these games. While it's going to take some time to fully accept a new defense attorney persona, there's no doubting that Capcom is set to deliver the next great step in the series.