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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All review

AT A GLANCE
  • Still surprisingly addictive
  • More suspense and depth
  • Smarter than it looks
  • Too much corny pun humor
  • No DS-tailored trial this time
  • Franziska's whip gets tiresome

Defense attorneys in Phoenix Wright's world must be stressed to the point of insanity. Not only are their clients presumed guilty until proven innocent, but the only way to actually free them is to find the real culprits and force them to confess on the stand. What's more, the judge is a gullible idiot who allows key witnesses to constantly revise their testimony after being caught in lies. All things considered, it's a wonder these lawyers ever get paid.

Of course, it wouldn't be much of a game if the odds weren't stacked against you, and as Wright, you'll take certain defeat and turn it into victory time and time again. Four times, in fact, as that's how many new murder mysteries you'll get to solve in Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All.

Like 2005's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Justice for All is structured sort of like the Law & Order games, except that it's actually interesting. Not that it sounds that way from describing it; it's a text-driven adventure that's divided between arguing in a courtroom and investigating crime scenes. Your input is limited mostly to moving between rooms, picking dialogue options, poking at static images to find evidence and then using an inventory screen to present that evidence.

See? Boring. But for whatever reason, the game isn't. Maybe it's the constant sense of danger, the thrill of slowly piecing together a mystery or the weird blend of oddball charm and life-or-death brinksmanship. Whatever the case, Justice for All is way more fun and addictive than it has any right to be.

More Info

Release date: Jan 16 2007 - DS (US)
Mar 16 2007 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii, DS
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Capcom
Franchise: Ace Attorney
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
12+

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