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A more-than-worthy continuation
posted by Jeremymia (GAINESVILLE, FL) Feb 26, 2008
Member since Oct 2006
26 out of 27 gamers (96%) found this review helpful
Now that I've said that, let me discuss this game. As a huge fan of Phoenix Wright, I was worried that phoenix wright would be completely ignored while some other attorney I don't care about takes the stage.
As it turns out, I kind of wished there was a little more Apollo Justice and a little less Phoenix. At times, this felt like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Guest Starring Apollo Justice.
What's different about this game, other than the obviously inferior naming direction (the character naming in this new installment is truly, truly horrific, but it can be forgiven)?
The graphics and sound have been updated quite a bit. And remember the interesting DS interactions in case 5 of the first game? Those are back, this time throughout the game. They actually do make the game a bit more fun.
This game some bizarre design choices. For example, Apollo Justice is introduced as a novice attorney, but he has his stuff down. It could be argued that he even makes his cases better than Phoenix is capable. And I'm not kidding when I say that you will be presenting panties in court ... several times.
Is this game better, or worse, than previous elements from the series? I'm going to say this is actually better, for several reasons. The plot feels a lot more tightly constructed. The investigations are more fun and shorter compared to the court segments. For once, case 3 doesn't suck (and is arguably the best or second base case in the game.) The prosecuting attorney is... incredibly likable. He's an Edgeworth in court who's not quite so overly dramatic outside of it. Okay, he is a rockstar and also a prosecutor. Go with it. It works. Overall, things just feel more SATISFYING.
This game is for everyone who likes to play detective and loves a good plot.
I hope we see more Apollo in the near future!
Reading is Fundamental!
posted by jbroadway (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Mar 5, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
It's a perfect rental cause you can always send it back.
Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice: A LTTP Mini Review
posted by Blmyers (LAFAYETTE, LA) Apr 26, 2008
Member since Oct 2006
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
The game goes through big ups and big downs. One moment you may be having a great time with it, then the next you are cursing at your DS because something just isn’t adding up.
Playing through the cases are fun and the characters are great. The dialog and interactions with the characters are genuinely hilarious and will having you laughing out loud on several occasions. The cases get great when you get on a roll and are hitting the witnesses from front to back with evidence to prove them wrong. The music picks up and you really feel like you are doing great. The outside the courtroom investigations get a little stale, and after a while you just want to jump back in the courtroom. It wouldn’t be so bad if finding evidence wasn’t so tedious that I had to go look online for help. The one redeeming quality though is the CSI stuff you get to do while outside the courtroom. It incorporates some of the DS controls for taking fingerprints, foot molds, and spraying for poison.
While playing the third case you might get disheartened and want to put it down, but if you push on play through the fourth case, it will pick up tremendously again. The fourth case is fantastic and answers all the questions posed during the game, and you walk away from the game actually caring for some of those crazy cooks. When the game is good, it is really, really good. If you can overcome some of the issues with the game, you will have a great time.
WE HAVE JUSTICE!!!
posted by Stovall (CHESTER, PA) Mar 2, 2008
Member since Apr 2006
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
posted by Breatulu (NEW YORK, NY) Feb 16, 2012
Member since Dec 2011
posted by bozo1025 (BONITA SPRINGS, FL) Nov 10, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
Music 9/10 best conered theme ever
Gameplay 6/10 same exact thing from 2001 in japan
Graphics 8/10 it's a ds game what do you expect
Lasting appeal 3/10 not worth while
Rent and if you like it Buy
Too many interruptions in the gameplay/story.
posted by tiloho (OSHKOSH, WI) Aug 10, 2011
Member since Jun 2005
posted by gamedov (LOS ANGELES, CA) Feb 15, 2011
Member since Feb 2011
posted by last1ninja (CONCORD, MI) Aug 5, 2010
Member since May 2010
Justice, the new superhero, defending defendants.
posted by Drache (OMAHA, NE) Sep 12, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
Curiouser and curiouser, says the player trying to figure out all of the details. Very entertaining story and characters, and the only reason this wasn't a complete 10 was because a few facts here and there were a little too obvious. Otherwise, intriguing and prone to prevent proper sleep.
Very impressive for a portable system, since the graphics can only do so much in comparison to consoles, not to mentioned fitting it all on such a small game card! The game sometimes switches from 'frame-by-frame' animation to scenes entirely in something akin to CG, both of which flow smoothly. The back round, which the character often examines', is usually pretty entertaining to look at too.
The game does a good job of walking the player through the controls, but I can't help but feel that it's sometimes unnecessarily confusing. Feel free to think I'm being nit picky about trivial details and pretend I gave this section a 10.
While I enjoyed the sound and back round music, the span between a song starting and when it had to loop back to the beginning made it kind of dull after the first...oh...ten times? That, and at one point in the game the investigation calls for listening to a certain song...over...and over...and over. It was pretty, sure, but I still wanted to stab myself in the ear by the end of it.
Hey, don't get me wrong, this game is certainly a good pick for players that enjoy a serious challenge! But at some points, there were such trivial things that, if missed, the player could explore EVERY gosh darn possibility until they happened to stumble upon what trivial thing triggered the next event in the story. But maybe I'm just lazy.
OVERALL SCORE: 9
Same as Phoenix Wright with some fresh elements
posted by drawers (ROME, NY) Jul 22, 2009
Member since Nov 2008
The last case has a little "What the heck is going on?" moment when the whole game interface changes for some reason and then returns back to normal when you are done.
Overall this was a pretty fun game and I would love to see more in the series. I hope they keep adding stuff like the perception ability and the magatama to keep the game from just clicking to continue.
capcom has done it again
posted by wiifan2009 (GRAND RAPIDS, MI) Apr 24, 2009
Member since Apr 2006
No Objections Here ;)
posted by C8LINC (BELLINGHAM, WA) Mar 9, 2009
Member since Sep 2008
Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice
posted by xXxTimxXx (AUBREY, TX) Nov 13, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
Fun, Intriguing, and it makes me question everything I hear. (Like if there's a contradiction to someone' s statement.)
9/10. Definitely try it out.
It's kind of like a "Choose Your Own Adventure"
posted by Verbalkint (BENSALEM, PA) Nov 11, 2008
Member since Oct 2008
This was my first time playing through one of Capcom's "Ace Attorney" games. As such, I found the initial learning curve to be rather steep. Your essentially thrown into the game expecting to know how to play. No tutorial, no back story, nothing.
There is a lot of reading involved in this game. Because of that and the fact I have an incredibly short attention span, I felt this game was only good in short bursts. Anymore then 30 minutes of playing and I would become bored. Also, the game doesn't think like you do. Just because you notice something in a piece of evidence that contradicts witness testimony doesn't mean that's the particular piece of evidence the game is looking for.
All of the above doesn't necessarily mean this is a bad game. When it works, it works well. Eventually you get the hang of things and the experience can be quite rewarding. The cases themselves are well thought out and, at times, funny.
Overall, this game isn't that bad but I'd recommend playing some of the earlier games in the series first. While others may enjoy this game, I found it to not really be my cup of tea.
Can law be fun? Thanks to this game, yes, it can!
posted by Axlthehntr (SPRINGFIELD, MO) Oct 7, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
You really wouldn't think a game putting players in the wrole of the defence attourney could be fun at all but many will be pleasently surprised by this game. First off the only real turnoff would be if you don't like games with a lot of text to read, other than that there is little that one could find wrong with this game. Even though it is very heavy in text with no Voice over, that is far overshadowed by the excelent writing. As Apollo you will not only defend your clients but even do some detective work to back up your cases and find evidence. What really makes this game great is that not only do all of the cases have many twists and turns that will keep players guessing all the way through, but the writters have a huge sence of humor thrown into the diologue throughout, so while the game has a largely serious tone, there is plenty of comic relief thrown in. Older gamers will also appreciate that this game WILL make you think. The cases are not easy and you will have to look over each piece of evidence for the smallest details to find the truth and prevail. While it sounds tedious when you're actually playing it is very fun and truly a winning formula.
Wheather you dream of being a lawyer in the future, or just want a game that requires thinking or heck, even if your a fan of shows like law and order or csi you will most likely love this game. I'd even recomend this game to fully grown adults! Don't let the anime art style turn you away, it is an excelent simulation of law enforcing action!
Phoenix Wright's A Tale of Two Gavins
posted by Axelerate (LAWRENCEVILLE, GA) Sep 24, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
....Oh, that guy! Well, this is most definitely not his game. Phoenix Wright steals the spotlight from the first moment he steps on screen, and looks insanely awesome doing it. Is this a bad thing? Yes and no.
Yes, it's bad, because this is "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney". Apollo is seriously under-developed to the point of being little more than a double-spiked pawn for Phoenix. However, he has great potential and people willing to look past his weaknesses will find a decent person, some assembly required.
It's not a bad thing because we love Phoenix. The new characters rely on him way too much though. Although I love Phoenix, puppet-master is not a role he's suited for. Give these characters some space!
And the Gavins! Never have there been a better pair of brothers. Klavier (the one on the left on the cover) is our prosecutor and Kristoph (on the right) is Apollo's trusted mentor. Never underestimate the power of a Gavin, as they are quite possibly the most wonderful and wonderfully ANNOYING characters in the game. They are also very cool. The girl on the cover, by the way, is Phoenix's daughter Trucy. Scream now.
This may sound like I'm complaining a lot. And I am. Only six characters return from the previous THREE GAMES. That's including the Judge and Payne! The major characters from the last three we've given our hearts to? Only referenced or simply ignored.
Yet...This still is a good game. The cases are fun, even if they're scientifically impossible, and plot-twists abound...somewhat. But the game itself rises above the sum of its parts and manages to be a worthy addition to the Ace Attorney series.
For those of you who hate Apollo, Klavier, the new attitude Phoenix is sporting, or just want to see characters you actually know, wait with the rest of the fandom for Edgeworth's game.
For those of us willing to give the new guy a chance and want to defend the defenseless yet again, pick up this game.
Apollo Justice Is Demanding Justice!!!!!
posted by stevoman16 (HAGERSTOWN, MD) Sep 17, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
This game has amazing graphics for it being on a handhold system.
This game has amazing music that you would want to hear over and over again.
The gameplay is great with cases to solve and using the touch screen to look over evidence.
The game as a great cast of characters that are funny to see and to meet.
This game has 5 thrilling cases to solve and have you on the edge of you seat through out the whole game.
This game includes a new gameplay mechanic that lets you see closely on the witness and see any clues or facts that their hiding.
I think that this game could have been a little longer cause you could beat it in a day.
This game should make some of the clues a little bit easier cause some of the cases can be really challenging.
I wish that they had some voice acting and sound effect of the text scrolling across the screen can be annoying sometimes.
So there is my quick review of Apollo Justice for the Nintendo DS.
Please rent this game if you are into court cases and love to see drama a lot. Buy this game if you are a die hard Phoenix Wright fan.
Thank you for reading my review.
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posted by dude123 (ELK RIVER, MN) Sep 2, 2008
Member since Dec 2006
A fine addition to the Wright lineage
posted by dasilodavi (WATERTOWN, MA) Aug 15, 2008
Member since Jan 2006
The game opens with a new protagonist, Apollo Justice, a new defense attorney with the same neurotic nervousness Wright started with. Along the way he picks up a plucky female sidekick almost identical to Maya Fey, only she's a magician, not a spirit medium (big difference :p). Without spoiling the story, you also meet a few folks from games past, giving the story a fantastic connection to prior titles.
Apollo soon learns he has the power to "perceive" people's nervous tics, a tool he uses in the courtroom as a neat addition the the game mechanics. A series of investigative tricks make for a much more interesting game.
I won't say anything about the story, but let me assure you, it's engrossing, a worthy sequel to the series.
Bottom line: this game is good, great story, even better than the first three, and totally worth playing if you enjoyed the other 3.
posted by Believer (LAS VEGAS, NV) Jul 20, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
Now, there are some now additions to the Ace Attorney game play. For one, you can check any piece of evidence, by using scroll wheels on the side to examine the 3D image of it. There are some instances where your character can examine evidence forensically. Some are more interactive than others. For fingerprints, you lay the powder out, blow it away, and compare to records. Taking footprints is pretty similar. But, the most pathetic forensic activity is spraying a poison reactant. Just tap the screen. Opposed to Phoenix Wright's Magatama, Apollo Justice has a bracelet, that tells him when someone is lying (There's a scientific explanation in the game). So you can 'perceive' when someone is lying by looking all over them and watching for a nervous habit. I found this was a fun twist into the court areas of the game.
Now, there are a lot of new characters. The only character from any of the other games is Phoenix Wright. That's right, no Detective Gumshoe, no Von Karma, none of that. But the new characters are more than enough to make up for it. And for all you die hard Phoenix Wright fans, there's a part in the game where you investigate as him and even use his Magatama.
Although this game is extremely lacking in action, the amazing storyline is more than enough to keep you interested.
Formula is getting stale
posted by ButtonMash (WATERLOO, IA) Jun 30, 2008
Member since Jun 2005
Then we get Apollo Justice, an antagonist that isn't as likable as Mr. Wright and even more outrageous situations like the rock star prosecutor. Toss in the fact that rehashed mechanics of "forensics" were still there and you get the final straw for me.
While the perception mechanic was new and different, it wasn't enough to save this series from itself. Was a fun series at first, but it never evolved and eventually grew stagnant. Stopped this one by the time I reached the third case.
posted by Jumpman (COTTAGE GROVE, OR) Jun 23, 2008
Member since Jul 2006
An Absolute Delight!
posted by airwalkrr (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Jun 20, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
The player is placed in the shoes of green attorney Apollo Justice, a fresh attorney who just received his license to practice. His first case is defending none other than the legendary ex-attorney Phoenix Wright, who is accused of murder no less! Over the course of four trials, which are punctuated by extended periods of tracking down clues and interviewing witnesses, more is revealed about each of the characters, including your rival and often prosecutor who figures very prominently in the whole plot. Dark secrets are revealed by watching for cues from witnesses who conceal the truth and looking for flaws in logic that contradict evidence. Apollo Justice carries a bracelet that helps him discern the veracity of testimony by helping the player focus in closely on the witnesses' nervous twitches.
I should also mention that the musical score to this game, while a bit repetitive by the end, does a great job of conveying the mood be it in the court room or sleuthing for clues before a trial. There is nothing like an impressive orchestration to set the mood and this game does it beautifully.
This game is for anyone who enjoys mysteries and figuring out logic puzzles. Replayability is virtually nonexistant, but it is nevertheless gripping from start to finish. Like a good book, I couldn't put it down! I certainly look forward to going back and playing its predecessors.
Easier but still fun
posted by Delirium (SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI) Jun 19, 2008
Member since Jan 2007
I almost passed this game up because it quit using the Phoenix Wright protagonist and started with Apollo Justice: Rookie Lawyer, once again.
Without revealing anything, I have to say the conclusion of the game made it all worth to go through the cases to reach the finish. I would definitely recommend this game to any Phoenix Wright fans. If you haven't played the first games yet, I would do so because you're liable to get lost or you just won't have that exciting feeling when you meet the characters of the past game once again!