The fifth U.S. release of the Ace Attorney line has you in the pilot seat of long-time Phoenix Wright rival Miles Edgeworth. For those into the series, you'll like this one. Read on for details why.
First off, the game is easier. Much easier. The aimless location-bouncing, countless questions to suspects, and frustrating explorations of a crime scene are gone, or rather, streamlined. You're (usually) placed in one location at a time, with one or two suspects at a time, and the game helps you along quite a bit. It still has a challenge, but not a frustrating grind.
The evidence gathering is a bit odd; instead of everything going immediately into your notebook, you occasionally collect factoids that get filed away in Edgeworth's mind, under Logic. When you get two common threads to piece together, you're given something the appropriate evidence piece, or at least you move forward in the story.
The game is designed to make you feel like you're always in control. You're Miles freakin' Edgeworth, and nothing catches you off guard. The game is fun, and does a good job making it feel different from the previous iterations, giving it that Edgeworth polish.
In short, it's something fans of the series will like, and newcomers won't appreciate as much.
This was my first time playing any of the Ace Attourney games and, I have to say, I was pretty impressed! The game was easy to learn but difficult to master. I really like games that challenge your brain in new ways and solving murders is a quite a new way! For fans of detective games this is a good pick. However, the game did have its downsides. Gameplay-wise, some rebuttals are pretty hard to refute, and I was left scratching my head and refering to a game guide on more than one occasion. The game also falls short on the cases you need to solve. Murder mysteries are fun and all, but after a few cases, you kind of want something new. Content-wise the game is pretty good, except for a few innapropriate (never nessesary)curse words towards the end of the game, and a very innapropriately dressed flight attendant on the TURNABOUT AIRLINES mission. Nuisances aside, the game is very fun and I enjoyed it very much. I look forward to the next installment in the Ace Attourney Series!