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Review - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)

Author: akiratheoniJanuary 14th, 2009

Yes this is a departure from previous posts. But I have been playing this Phoenix Wright game and while I know it came out a long time ago, I still want to review it, because well, the game is amazing.

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, you play as the spiky haired Phoenix Wright as he begins his new job as a defense attorney. You are to defend your clients who are wrongly accused of murder by poking and proding at the witness’ testimony and find inconsistencies and contradictions. Of course, evidence is everything; your accusations of the witness lying must be backed by solid evidence.

Of course, being a game, there are some absurd situations that would make a real attorney cringe. Stolen evidence is legal in this court, and cases are thrown out after three days. Not to mention an animal testifying in court, and an attorney telling the judge what to do. It’s things like this that make the game absolutely a blast to watch. It’s butchering the legal system, but in a good way.

But the trial isn’t the only part of the game. You are supposed to search buildings and environments and question people to try to prove your client’s innocence.

What I was amazed about this game was how the cases, on the surface, seemed to explain itself, yet what really happened in the case is, well, a lot deeper than that. Of course, a bit expected, but watching the story unfold throughout the trial was exciting, much like watching an action scene in a movie.

The music, too, was great. It always fit the mood perfectly and when things were getting rough and tense, the music was too; once you found a contradiction in the witness’ testimony, the music immediately stopped, giving it an even more movie-like feel.

Almost everything about this game sets it apart from other games; the genre of the game is by far uncommon and it doesn’t require the prettiest graphics to win you over. The anime-like characters and completely over-done reactions are a blast to watch.

If you get a chance to play this game, do it. You won’t regret it. I haven’t enjoyed a game like this since Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

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