I have played all games in the series up to this one, and I have to say while this is still an entertaining game is does not feature a lot of innovation in game play. Except one very short minigame the gameplay is only the usual talk/examine/present mechanics.
The story offers a few nice twists but I felt that the conclusions were starting to get very sketchy towards the end.
If you have played and enjoyed the other Phoenix Wright games, you will enjoy this one as it offers a lot of background on Mia and Maya, if you have not, play them in order ! This game references a lot of old cases you will enjoy it more if you know the context
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My previous review on Justice for All sums up my feelings on the Ace Attorney series: it's deep, fun, funny, touching, and beautiful to look at with quirky characters and great artwork. Anybody that passes the opportunity to play this should get a 'GUILTY' verdict.
But like previous Ace Attorney games, this one still isn't quite at the perfection level. Once more, I found myself having to use FAQs to find out how to move on from time to time. I think the biggest problem with the series regarding its difficulty curve is the inventory system. It still just gets packed with items and profiles that you don't know what to do with them. It's also hard when the game requires you to find a certain set of items before moving on. You just don't know if you have everything or haven't shown everything to the right people. There should be some form of indication letting you know if you're missing anything.
Speaking of, it ticks me off when I'm wandering around, figuring out what to do, only to find out that I missed a conversation with somebody. It made me pick up this habit where I go up to someone and just go through every item and profile I have until they spill their guts. It's more painful when you find out that you don't need to talk to that person, especially in the final chapters where you have three pages' worth of items. There should be some kind of prompt to let you know which person you still need to chat with.
Other than that, I have nothing but praise for this one. The stories are still brilliantly crafted and usually wrap up with a heartwarming ending. The skits between characters are funny to boot, and as cases unravel, it gives off that same rewarding feeling that games should be giving you.
Granted, the twists in the stories are always so bizarre that you either buy it or you don't. Me, I always buy it. The quirky style of the series just makes the world you're in feel believable, making you forget that this is a game where you play as nothing but a lawyer.