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When you think of what you want to play as, a defense attorney isn't what usually comes up. People are either playing as some beefy space marine, a gangster, or some fantasy adventurer. With Ace Attorney, Capcom proved that playing as an attorney can be a lot of fun. Especially when you get to point your finger.
I didn't really know what to think of Phoenix Wright at first. He had spikey hair and wore a suit. People liked Ace Attorney, so I decided to get a game. I went to a pawn shop to buy Trials and Tribulations, but somehow, SOMEHOW, I ended up with Justice for All (which wasn't cheap when I saw it for new). Coolest adventure game I've ever played (way beyond Pajama Sam). Sure, I got stuck a lot, but once I figured it out by trial and error or by checking online, the answer usually made sense. Last Thursday, I got the first game in the mail, and got to experience the story from the beginning.
The story is separated into five cases. Playing and completing each one unlocks the next case. The first one serves as a tutorial, and is pretty short (sadly). The rest can be pretty long.
Gameplay is separated into two phases: investigation and trial (except for the first case, which is only trial). While in investigation, you explore areas like a point-and-click adventure game. By talking to people, you can learn about important information. You can also present them pieces of evidence, which will either get a response or a response essentially meaning they have no clue what it is. You investigate until you get everything you need. Then comes the trial phase. You objective is to prove your client innocent of their crimes, and to do that, you'll need to point out the contradictions in witness's testimonies by presenting evidence that contradicts the testimony. Simple? Nope. It's not always easy to figure out which statement is the lie, so you'll have to press them for more information until they slip up.
There are two things that make this game shine: the story and the characters. I always was on the edge of my seat for the trials. I may have thought one thing, but it turns out it's another! The person I thought was the murderer, is really this person. It's amazing! The writing is superb, and the characters make it better. Some of them are serious, but others can be pretty comical. Larry Butz is an example of one of Ace Attorney's many comical characters. I mean, look at this guy!
The music is just as great as the story and characters. I was happy to hear my favorite ones in the courtroom kick in when I pointed out contradictions. I felt pumped! It's awesome! You should listen to it!
My one and only complaint: I wish there was more cases! I can't get enough of them! They're great! Can't Capcom give 10-20 cases in a game? :(
I think it deserves it. Can't make me think otherwise.
Overall: I enjoyed the game very much. I can't play to play Trials and Tribulations and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
Recommendation: If you have a DS (or even a 3DS), and are looking for a great game, I recommend picking this up. I strongly recommend it. It's the best adventure game I've seen on the DS, plus it would be a great start before the fifth Ace Attorney releases. The original would also be a great start as well, since it's a bit easier than what I played for Justice for All. Price wise: I bought it around $20. I would have bought it for $50 if necessary, and I wouldn't have regret it.
For my final words: If something smells, it's usually the Butz.