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!
posted by xbox360use (EAST GREENVILLE, PA) Apr 13, 2006
Member since Oct 2005
You must try this game, i highly addicted to it. i play from noon to 11pm at night. basically this is a text based game, you visit locations collecting evidence to use in court. i know your probly saying "a court/law game?" but trust me if you like mystery and suspence rent this game. there are 5 cases/stories/episodes and each case is very intreging. the graphics are japanese anime style which gives it a nice touch. stop reading this and rent it now!