Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies review

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  • BladedFalcon - October 28, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    Just finished the game. I'd say this is definitely the right score! Although the reasons as to why kinda differ from the ones mentioned here for me. To me, the new 3D Models work just fine for the NEW characters, but returning characters kinda feel far less expressive than with their 2D sprite counterparts, specially Trucy and Edgeworth, for some reason. And they certainly didn't take advantage of them being 3D that much anyway, since the shots and angles used are always the same. The other flaw I'd have is that while the story is certainly good overall, i feel some of the twists, settings and characters have been seen before in the series already, specially with the second and the last case. Oh, and the ending was solid... but kinda fizzled out compared to the intensity of the finals cases of the first 3 ace attorney games. Though at least it doesn't insult your intelligence like the Apollo Justice's last case did. Overall, I'd say this is the 3rd best game in the series, with the first game and trials and tribulations still being better though.
  • shawksta - October 24, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    I noticed Chris's icon is Apollo's "WAT" face when you leave your mouse on the article for a second Great review you brilliant bastard
  • winner2 - October 24, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    Hm, maybe I'll jump into the series with this
  • Big_Bad_Bob - October 24, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Nice read, thanks!
  • kIngdOn95 - October 24, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    Why is this game rated M??? I thought all Ace Attorney games were kid friendly?
  • shawksta - October 24, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    They never were kid friendly, they were all Rated Teen and has its share of blood. So either it got rougher or the ESRB got more sensitive to be Rated M
  • Chris Hoffman - October 24, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    The M rating seems to be due to the depiction of blood. You don't see any violence or anyone actually bleeding, but there is blood. I've played a lot of games with a lot worse that only got a T rating. I'm sure the ESRB is just following an established guideline, but the M seems way off base to me. Putting this in the same category as something like GTAV is insane. If I had a 12-year-old kid, I'd have no problems with them playing this game.
  • Hobogonigal - October 24, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Haha, only PG here in Australia :)
  • Shinn - October 24, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    I was going to pick this up, but it's 50 USD for New Zealand. That's a little too heavy on the regional price gouge for my tastes. Hopefully it goes on sale at some point.
  • Swedish_Chef - October 24, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    I wish I could play this but I can't because I'm too busy with work right now and when I do finally get time I don't want to risk buying it since Nintendo doesn't have a unified account system. ... ;_;
  • Hobogonigal - October 24, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    Completely forgot that this was being released today! Yipee! Absolutely love the series and the fact that they have somewhat streamlined the investigation sections is actually a positive for me, found it kind of annoying having to run about with little clue what to do, and then finding out I should have tapped a partly visible book case or something. Going to try and download it right now :D
  • BladedFalcon - October 24, 2013 5:29 a.m.

    *Grins* This review makes me so happy! :3 Not just because of the score, or the fact that it's good. But because it sounds exactly what the fans of what makes Phoenix Wright awesome were asking for. Frankly, the only thing that it needed to succeed in my mind is to have good characters and story, the fact that it does and better than expected, is fantastic. Everything else is utterly secondary in this series. I mean, it's nice that it has sweet 3D graphics, but again, graphics have never been the reason i've loved the games. And even the cons listed here feel unimportant: The questionable logic has, for better or worse, ALWAYS been a part of the series, in every single entry. The features that have been removed were utterly superficial at best anyway, so who cares? And the typos are a legit problem... but eh, as long as you can still understand what it's being said, it might even add extra chuckles to what is already intended to be a comic game for a good chunk of it. So yeah.... I?m very under the heavy spell of pokemon Y right now, but I still can't wait to give this game a spin :D
  • BladedFalcon - October 24, 2013 5:40 a.m.

    ...Yet it's not available for me to buy in the E-shop just yet, apparently >_>; I'm confused, wasn't it supposed to be available today? has anyone else been able to buy it yet? or is this just a problem with Mexico? ._. (Which would be WEIRD, because every game I've bought in the E-shop so far has been available in Mexico at the same time it has been anywhere else.)
  • Hobogonigal - October 24, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    Don't know if you're still having problems but it is available for me in Australia. Maybe it is a Mexico thing or it could be available to buy after a certain local time? All I know is that it is downloading on my 3DS right now! (sorry haha)
  • BladedFalcon - October 24, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    No worries! got it now as well ^^
  • Vonter - October 24, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    You're mexican too? *Checks 3DS* Yeah it isn't on sale on mine either. Maybe it'll be tomorrow.
  • BladedFalcon - October 24, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Nope! checked again, it's available for us now as well ^^ already downloaded it (: And yessir! Tarascan pride represent!
  • shawksta - October 24, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Agree entirely, i expected a regular average review with an average score since Ace Attorney is a "More of the same" type of series but this review "And others for that matter" say that its gotten the magic that certain past games were missing and i cant wait. I was hoping for a midnight release yesterday but it wasnt available till today in the morning, but i havent added credits :P
  • Cyberninja - October 24, 2013 5:18 a.m.

    Well I set my free $30 aside for this a long time ago so I am ready.
  • Swedish_Chef - October 24, 2013 1:04 a.m.

    INB4 shawkska

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Release date: Oct 24 2013 - 3DS (US)
Available Platforms: 3DS
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom
Franchise: Ace Attorney
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence