Review by megaman4everexe

"This game is bad. Objection!"

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for all is the sequel to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, This is the second installment of the ace attorney games, and the third game known as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations has been released. There is a fourth Ace Attorney game that stars a new defense attorney; the new protagonist is Apollo Justice. Another Ace Attorney game has been announced, but the game switches roles. The game will have Miles Edgeworth, and player will act the role of prosecutor.

Story: 9/10

Phoenix Wright is known for his spiked black hair, and his sharp blue suit. In this game, you are Phoenix Wright; a semi-famous defense attorney that is know for make outrageous claims without evidence. Your job is to investigate the scene of the crime, find evidence, and prove that your client is innocent. Each case is a different chapter, in this game there are 4 chapters.
The story changes with each case. At the beginning of each case, you are shown a sample of the case in the form of a cut scene. It shows the victim, and the usually the person you're defending.

Game play: 9/10

The unique gameplay is interactive as well as humorous. At the beginning of each case you start with a “cut scene” that shows crime. Soon, after that you'll start investigating; you have to find clues and talk to witnesses. The only exception to this is the first case in which you start in the courtroom, which is true for all the first cases in the Phoenix Wright games.

After investigating, you'll have to go to the court room and defend your witness. The press button is on the left side of the screen, you can use it to get more information about the witness' statement. The court record button is on the top right of the screen, here you can look through the evidence and then compare the evidence with the witness' statement, if there is an contradiction then push the present evidence button (on the right side of the screen) and you'll see an “cut scene” with Phoenix yelling “Objection!”

New features in this game include the life bar and Psyche-lock. The life bar replaces the old exclamation point system. This life bar can be a double-edged sword. The life bar is helpful at times. For instance, you only lose a small amount if you mistakingly present the wrong evidence. However, there are special instances that completely obliterate the life bar. These special events have the player present critical evidence, and over half the life bar is a risk if the wrong evidence is presented.

The psyche-lock is a new feature introduced in this game. It is introduced in the second case; if someone is lying you will see the psyche-lock feature, the character will have lock or locks around them. You simply present the Magatama jewel, and the psyche-lock feature will go on. In the feature you will simply present evidence to prove they are lying, if you are successful then the psyche-lock will be released and your life bar will be regenerated to the full amount. If you are not successful, then stop and start looking for more clues.

Graphics: 8/10

This game is an port from the GBA after all so the graphics aren't amazing as Metroid Prime Hunters, but they are still good enough. The animations are great and the backgrounds are alright. There could be some improvements in this game. The background is just a picture. They could improve the background by adding some animations. For instance, the court room could have some animations of the “audience” in the background.

Difficulty: Depends/10

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney Justice for all could be hard but it could be really easy. It really depends on each person. If you haven't played a Phoenix Wright game then it could be hard. However, the gameplay will get easier as you slowly learn to use your “lawyer skills.” After playing a while, you should be able to find the contradictions fairly easy. If all else fails, you can simply re-read the testimony, and look over the court record for evidence that contradicts the witness testimony. Playing the first game is not entirely necessary, but new players should play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The first game would give the new players some background on the game mechanics, and would also give the play some extra knowledge on the storyline.

Replay value: 0/10

This is the only thing I hate about the Ace Attorney games. There is absolutely no replay value. You can play it again but it will be exactly the same.

Overall: 9/10

The replay value may not be good but it is worth the money. The good qualities over weights the bad qualities. The gameplay, graphics, and story make up for the lack of replay value. If you're up for the challenge, then go to a store and pick up Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for all today!


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/23/07, Updated 08/07/08

Game Release: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All (US, 01/16/07)


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