Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice Game Review

Title: Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice
Company: Nintendo, Capcom
Console: 
Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: 
June 9, 2016
How we got the game: 
We bought it.

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Ever since we discovered Trials and Tribulations on the Wii’s Virtual Console years ago, we’ve been hooked on the Ace Attorney series. The visual novel’s point-and-click exploration combined with the “who dun it” logic puzzles really tested our brains and emotions. The amazing writing and wonderful characters kept us invested throughout the entire game.

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So, naturally, when Spirit of Justice was announced, I went crazy. I believe it was early in the morning when I heard the news and I woke Kris up just to tell her. Still, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the game!

gameplay

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Like the majority of the Ace Attorney series, Spirit Of Justice split its time between investigation sequences and the trial in court. Investigations involved talking to people to gather information about the crime, usually a murder, and clicking on the scene to gather clues. Court would have us cross-examine witnesses, pointing out contradictions and presenting evidence to sway the judge to our side.

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Even though this is the same, each game has its own twists to it and Spirit of Justice was no different. We have Apollo’s bracelet, Athena’s widget for therapy sessions, and spirit channeling was brought back. Not to mention, we’re in a new setting so the laws are different putting us in more danger than ever.

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Yes, the main cast have their special abilities to help discern the truth from all the witnesses that commit perjury. They were all used throughout the game, and Spirit of Justice also introduced Insights. With the new setting, Khura’in, Insights were used to decipher Divination Seances, where a new character was able to show the victim’s final moments. It was quite an interesting addition!

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It really was interesting because you’d think that’d be it. The final moments is just that. But with a little thinking and exploring the victim’s five senses, not everything adds up and there’s more to the death than meets the eye. It really was a fun and clever additon!

graphics-music

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We’re always impressed with the soundtracks of the Ace Attorney games — the music always has the correct tempo and sound to really amp up the scene, especially during the trial sequences when we’re confronting a suspect.

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With the new Khura’in setting, the music for the new characters and news places was awesome. It really set the tone (and danger levels in some cases). Kris and I take turns reading as different characters and there were times I would just pause to take in the music.

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You can’t not listen to the music! We would love to someday get our hands on the soundtrack! The graphics are well done too, with the sprites, their animations, and the anime cutscenes. I honestly wouldn’t have minded a few additional cutscenes!

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I wish there were more cutscenes. Plus, at the end of each case in the original trilogy, there was a group photo of the gang that was always adorable. I wish they added some of that in as well.

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Oh, yes, I missed those illustrations! Especially if you consider how much of an impact family made on the final case… Imagine how adorable a group photo would have been!
story

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Where do I begin about the story? As usual, the final case ties all the previous cases together. Except for the fourth case this game… We still haven’t figured out how that ties in other than reintroducing Prosecutor Blackquill. Anyway, we take a trip to Khura’in where Phoenix finds himself in trouble (of course) as does Maya (who is back–yay!). But while they brought back old and new characters alike, we learn a lot more about Apollo’s background, which was awesome.

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Yes, the fourth case was a bit odd… Enjoyable, of course, with Athena and Blackquill, but still odd as it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the cases. It was as if the developers of the game added that case in at the last moment because they forgot to give Athena a trial to star in. There wasn’t even an investigation part! Phoenix, of course, is busy in Khura’in, where he learns that lawyers are all but extinct due to a law called the Defense Culpability Act — basically, a defendant’s lawyer was to suffer the same fate as the accused. If the defendant was found guilty and put to death, so would the lawyer for “abetting a criminal.” There was a group called the Defiant Dragons bent on leading a revolution against the regime in order to right the legal system, and as Apollo and Phoenix, we joined right in!

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For the final case, we swapped back and forth between playing as Apollo and Phoenix. In the end, they teamed up for the trial part which was great. I don’t think we’ve had a case where the two of them teamed up together before. Overall, the story of the game was so in-depth and, in my opinion, the most shocking and revealing for the characters. It was really well done! My biggest worry is that there won’t be another game…. There were a lot of references to all the previous games and they brought back a lot of older characters. It was actually a good ending for the series as a whole, but I hope that’s not the case. There was a final scene at the end of the credits that made me believe there will in fact be another game, so I hope that’s the case.

replay-value

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While we love the characters and stories, we do sometimes find it a little difficult to return to the games. The investigations and trials aren’t linear at all and can really take a lot of brain power to figure out, but once you know the story and the outcome, it’s not as exciting the first time around.

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I will still play these games over again when I have the time, but I agree. It’s just not the same when you already know the culprit. I mean, the last case is usually a doozy with many twists and surprises. But it won’t be as “fun” and “shocking” since we already know the answer.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice gets…
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5 out of 5 lives.

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For the Love of Ace Attorney

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If you follow our Twitter, you may have realized that we’re currently in the middle of playing Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice. We’ve been playing these games for years when we first found Trials and Tribulations on the Wii Virtual Console. It took us a while to realize that Trials and Tribulations had been the third game of the original trilogy! However, that’s just one reason as to why we love these games — while we obviously like to play them in chronological order, the series is great in allowing players to dive into any of the games and still understand them enough to enjoy them.

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Sure, we had been confused at some references, but we were able to play the game like normal anyway. We’re always excited to hear when a new Ace Attorney game comes out because as much as we love them, it’s hard to replay them. We already know the answers, who killed who, and so on. There’s no more “A-Ha!” moment or element of surprise when you’re playing them again as opposed to the second time. Regardless, I could play them forever if I could.

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Yes, I suppose the replay value isn’t as high as it could be due to us knowing the answers after the first playthrough. The stories and characters are amazing, and we replay the games for them as well as the music. Holy sugar, the music in these games is phenomenal! Every piece of music is perfect, and the way the scores match up to the scenes is amazing!

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I hum to the music all the time! I even found the soundtracks on Amazon, but… well, the prices aren’t as low as I would like. So they’re on my wishlist until I’m able to grow a money tree in my backyard. Aside from the music, I think one of my favorite aspects of the game is the characters. Each and every one has an important role to fulfill and even if they’re “enemies,” they’re still friends. They all try to help each other out and get to the truth.

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I adore how everyone is one big happy family! Obviously, like real families, they get annoyed with one another, but they all try to do their best for one another and for themselves. Playing with these characters as they struggle to hold onto their beliefs, like believing in their clients, is a fantastic lesson to all — even when everything around you looks bleak, just keep going, keep doing your best and everything else will be okay.

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Yes, the overall message of the games is awesome as well. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned, great music to dance to, wonderful characters you wish you knew in real life, and also great stories. I mean, minus the dead bodies, of course.

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Twiddling Our Thumbs

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While everyone else is playing Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch, Rachel and I have been holding off on our self-pity by focusing on some other games that we need to catch up on. Myself, I’ve been tackling some of the older Fire Emblem games, marveling at the differences in mechanics that Blazing Sword and Shadow Dragon have compared to Awakening and Fates.

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While Kris has been plugging away on her Fire Emblem games, I’ve been working on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker while thinking about picking up Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon again. We’ve also been playing the latest Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney game, Spirit of Justice.

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There’s also a game available on Steam called, “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.” Has anyone out there ever played it? Basically, it’s a team game where you’re all trying to defuse a bomb. One person has the bomb while the other person has a manual on how to defuse the bomb. Neither can look at the other’s screen while describing the settings of the bomb and the manual’s instructions on how to stop the bomb from exploding. It definitely seems like the kind of high-stakes, panic-in-the-streets game that will be fun for Rachel and me to try!

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Aside from the Nintendo Switch and its games, that’s a game I really want. I’ve been looking for games I can buy that doesn’t require a brand new console… Of course, I’m still saving my money for the Switch.

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Yes, I’m sure once we get the Switch, all our time and energy will be focused on that console. It’s not a bad thing, of course, but there are plenty of other games that we’re spending time with.

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The Wii U and 3DS have been probably our favorites so far and we’ve just started branching out more on Steam. So, in the meantime, we’re twiddling our thumbs while playing some other great games.

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Eagerly Awaiting September

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I had a completely different post planned for today, but then I went onto the Internet and found some exciting news…

 

If you’re as big a fan of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series by Capcom, then you’ll be excited for this one.

The other day there was news of the release date for the latest game, Ace Attorney 6, in Japan. I was sad when they didn’t mention North America because we already had two other Ace Attorney games that were not released outside of Japan: Gyakuten Kenji 2 (the sequel to Miles Edgeworth: Investigations) and Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodo Ryunosuke no Boken (a prequel to the Ace Attorney series).

I did not want them to hog the game in Japan.

But my prayers were answered the other day when My Nintendo News created the post about the release date of the game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.

The game will come to North America and Europe in September 2016. It will be digital only, meaning it will only be sold on the Nintendo 3DS’s eshop. There are mixed reviews about not having a physical copy, but I don’t mind it at all. As long as I get the game, I’m happy.

While I loved Apollo Justice and Dual Destinies, the games certainly weren’t the same as the original trilogy. I missed having Phoenix as the main lawyer. No, I am not complaining, I love every single character this series has thrown at me–good or bad. However, I am excited that Spirit of Justice will feature Phoenix as the main lawyer again.

Not only that, but Maya will be coming back alongside Detective Gumshoe and Miles Edgeworth. Apollo Justice will be there with (I think) Athena and Prosecutor Blackquill. I just hope that Pearl, Larry, and Trucy makes an appearance.

Here’s the trailer for the game:

Are you excited for this new game just as much as I am?