Title: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Console: Nintendo DS, Virtual Console
How we got the game: We bought it on the Virtual Console.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was a series that we totally bought on a whim. A few years ago, we had a bit of extra money on our Wii’s Virtual Console account and bought Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, the third installment (not that we knew it at the time) of the original Ace Attorney series. We were utterly hooked with the entire series and eagerly sought out the rest of the games.
To be honest though, the cases of the third game was what hooked us in the beginning. If you’ve played the series then you know the last case was mind-blowing. It was the one with Dahlia… Yeah, her.
The cases were so in depth, challenging at times, and interactive to play. Who doesn’t want that in a mystery game?
Dear Lord, that woman scared the crap out of us by the end of the game! It was fantastic! Besides the intricate cases, the characters themselves were my favorite part of the game. Apparently the director of the game, Shu Takumi, created the characters after the stories and episodes of the game, developing the characters and dialogue as he went along. The majority of my stories start with characters, not the story itself, so that was a really interesting tidbit to me.
And we finished the game late at night too… Have the lights on, people!
I absolutely love each and every character! They’re all special and unique in their own way. Even though some of them are considered “rivals” they’re all still one, big happy family.
The characters definitely make the game, even the characters that are only there for one episode or story. Each one leaves a mark, and generally leaves you laughing. Besides the characters, the exploration itself was tons of fun. Going from place to place, clicking on whatever you thought might have something to do with the case, gathering clues and connecting the dots on your own to solve the cases.
It’s fun to feel as though you’re a real detective! Even though you’re playing a defense attorney. The game doesn’t exactly follow real life laws and such either. There are supernatural elements to the game and with some of the characters being goofy and having odd personalities, it definitely makes the mystery game much more cozy.
Yes, I love the fantasy element the game has. A defense attorney and spirit medium definitely aren’t the type of duo that you hear about every day! Even the antagonists and rivals are fun — we definitely fangirled over Miles Edgeworth plenty of times. The only real con to the game, I feel, is that there isn’t that same suspenseful feeling after you beat it the first time. We revisit the game for the characters, the setting, the writing, but already knowing the outcome of the mysteries puts a damper on its replay value.
Yes, that’s true. Though it can still be enjoyable to play because even though we know the answer, we don’t necessarily remember how to get there. It’s still fun to go back to for something light-hearted, interactive, and witty!