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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All review

Tricky witnesses, evil prosecutors and explosive legal drama make a strong case for this courtroom comeback

Justice for All picks up about a year after the original Ace Attorney, and Wright has a couple new tricks up his sleeve. The first is a health bar, which takes varying amounts of damage when you screw up in court. Second, you'll be able to present character profiles as evidence during questioning and cross-examination. Third, you can see through lies.

After reuniting with his psychic teenage sidekick, Maya Fey (and her seven-year-old cousin, Pearl), he's handed an item that enables him to see big red "Psyche-Locks" when people try to hide something during questioning. If you can find the right evidence to smash down your target's defenses, you'll eventually break the locks and get them to confess whatever they're hiding.

Justice for All picks up about a year after the original Ace Attorney, and Wright has a couple new tricks up his sleeve. The first is a health bar, which takes varying amounts of damage when you screw up in court. Second, you'll be able to present character profiles as evidence during questioning and cross-examination. Third, you can see through lies.

After reuniting with his psychic teenage sidekick, Maya Fey (and her seven-year-old cousin, Pearl), he's handed an item that enables him to see big red "Psyche-Locks" when people try to hide something during questioning. If you can find the right evidence to smash down your target's defenses, you'll eventually break the locks and get them to confess whatever they're hiding.

Sadly, you can't use that power in the courtroom, and showing the wrong evidence will damage your health. Nevertheless, it's a cool, tense little addition that adds a new dimension of weirdness to the gameplay.

Sadly, you can't use that power in the courtroom, and showing the wrong evidence will damage your health. Nevertheless, it's a cool, tense little addition that adds a new dimension of weirdness to the gameplay.

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GenreStrategy
Description

Phoenix's second collection of four cases of off-the-wall courtroom drama is coming to WiiWare soon.

Franchise nameAce Attorney
UK franchise nameAce Attorney
PlatformWii, DS
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date16 January 2007 (US), 16 March 2007 (UK)

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