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Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth review

Great
AT A GLANCE
  • Lovely new character sprites
  • Filled with terrific character personalities
  • Upholds the writing smarts
  • More of a cartoon than a game
  • Needs more menace
  • Doesn't do a whole lot new

Owner of the finest pink suit in all gamedom, Miles Edgeworth has developed a cult following as the “hold it!” to Phoenix Wright’s “objection!”. Ace Attorney Investigations turns the tables, letting us see how the other half – the prosecution – lives.

In a radical move for the series, courtroom tussles are gone, but any fervent Wright-head can spot the constituent parts. Cases still revolve around investigation, cross examination and lots of dramatic pointing. Being out and about benefits the flow – without a judge overlooking proceedings, cases can unfold more naturally, with snappier testimonies punctuated with more sleuthing. We do miss the judge’s bumbling old man routine, though.

Thanks to a new third-person view of the scene you even get to see the legs of characters previously only known as torsos. And decked out in pink trousers, what a pair of legs Edgeworth has. And what a cast they are joined by; the great and the good of the Wright-verse popping in for cameos. But while the nostalgia gland goes into overdrive, we’re not sure if the new story holds up. Edgeworth’s female assistant is well written, but his philosophy-spouting rival hardly gives Edgeworth the grief he gave to Wright back in the day.

Where Wright’s outings balanced comedy and surprising brutality (you are, after all, sentencing criminals to death) Edgeworth’s case lacks the same subtle viciousness. In particular, the finale is missing a monstrous opponent. Yes, the jolly fan service is never soiled by unpleasantness, but for a prosecutor famed for his bite, Edgeworth can sometimes lack teeth.

Feb 16, 2010

More Info

Release date: Feb 16 2010 - DS (US)
Feb 19 2010 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom
Franchise: Ace Attorney
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Mild Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
12+

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7 comments

  • Zepaw - March 19, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    This is easily my favorite game series and this was a great addition to the game. This one was probably the worst, but only because the others were so damn good. What I loved the most about this game is it proved the game has potential to change and still be great. They don't have to make 50 sequels with the same Investigate, Courtroom, Repeat formula. This is the only one in the series so far I would say you don't have to have played the older games first. With 1-4(including Apollo Justice) They build upon each other. You will mostly miss self-referential humor, not big story points. I still recommend playing the whole series anyway! ;)
  • Metroidhunter32 - February 16, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    I lack a DS, but I plan on getting the pack of these for the wii and if those are good then when I get a DS I might get this. ReCaptcha knows I'm a metroid fan. "Smothers Ing" Yes I did allot of that in MP2
  • Corsair89 - February 16, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    Playing it now. I love it so far.
  • ventanger - February 16, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    Oh geez, you couldn't avoid adding on the sexually suggestive screen grab... eh... neither would I. Edgeworth is a jerk but at least he gives his assistants fair warning.
  • OnyxOblivion - February 16, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    Glad it turned out well. @WAY2DOPE, did you play the rest of the series? This isn't the second game, you know. reCPATCHA by writing The Ace Attornet games are well written, aren't they?
  • QWERTYCommander - February 16, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    This looks nice.
  • WAY2DOPE - February 16, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    I liked the first one, might try this

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