This game is an instant classic. The gameplay is very unique, it plays out like a good detective novel. Okay, more like a cliched detective novel with painfully funny names, like Detective D!ck Gumshoe, or Larry Butz.
If you don't like reading, then, well, you're dumb, and probably trip over your own IQ. You'll probably pass this game up, just like life is passing you by, you dumb fool. Turn off the TV and read a book, and feel yourself getting smarter with each page.
On the other hand, if you enjoy critical thinking exercises, detective novels, or are even just a little bit interested in being a lawyer or detective or crime scene investigator, you'll get a kick out of this game. You really have to pay attention to witness testimonies and the evidence presented. I got a kick out of this game.
Rent this game. The only reason why I say rent instead of buy is the lack of replay value, but then again, I don't think GF will let you buy this game until they have more of the 2nd run (the first run games are hard to find now, but Capcom was wise enough to make some more to meet the demand for this unique game.).
If you took Law and Order, mated it with Carmen Sandiego, mixed in a little Perry Mason, and put it all into a veg-a-matic on high, you'd get this unusual gem of a game.
In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, you play the title character (Phoenix Wright). Your job is to listen to testimony and collect evidence in order to not only clear your client of whatever crime they're accused of, but to catch the real culprit in their own web of lies.
The unique features of the DS's touch screen are a great asset to you, allowing you to check every part of a crime scene for clues to the crime itself and the possible culprits. You can even inspect individual pieces of evidence at any time and present it to witnesses and the judge using either button presses or your own voice. Yes, you can use the microphone to really get into the action. It's not necessary but it sure is fun to say "Objection!" at your DS somewhere public just to see how people react.
The only downside to this game is that it requires you to think through each and every nuance of the proceedings. You have to catch contradictions in testimony, present evidence when needed, and make the right decisions to avoid losing your case. This is not a game for the casual player, as your grey matter will be seriously engaged in each and every case.
The only thing that could make this game better is more voice work. I know that being on the DS limits this, but I want to hear some real dialogue!
This game is the ultimate game for any fan of legal drama, original games, jurisprudence, adventure games, or mysteries. The only thing stopping this game from being a 10 is the lack of voice work. It's very hard to be a 10 with me. But regardless, this game is fantastic. Buy it now!