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Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:19 am by small image

Compared to my friend Rune (whom you will find here), I’m not really that much of a gamer. I do not possess the finger dexterity (for some games) or the patience to actually finish a single game. However, I do dabble on some games from time to time – ones that do not require as much exploring as Final Fantasy or as much button/stylus-mashing as The World Ends With You. And, one of the games that was lucky enough for me to actually finish was the Ace Attorney series.

Well, for starters, the Ace Attorney series was released by CAPCOM way back in 2001 for the GBA and was re-released 2005 for the DS and stars Phoenix Wright as your main character. What makes this game particularly unique is the fact that Phoenix is a defense attorney. Ladies and gentlemen, you have an attorney game in your midst where you actually defend a client and hold a trial in court. Phoenix also gets to do some investigating on the side as he searches for evidence to strengthen his case.

Gameplay: Control-wise, Phoenix Wright is very user-friendly and straightforward – what you see is what you get. No complicated combos whatsoever, as this is not a fighting game. In court, your main weapons are Press and Present which allows you to question your witness and present evidence, respectively. Outside of court, you have Examine, Move, Talk and Present. The Examine option allows you to…well, examine your surroundings for evidence. Those are the only controls you’ll ever have to remember in the game. You can also use the DS mic to manually shout ‘Objection!’ on your opponent’s face. However, as I am using an emulator, I unfortunately do not have this privilege.

Perhaps the only drawback that I can say about this game is the fact that you can’t actually move, move like you would in an RPG. There’s just an option that says move and you are magically transported into that place. But I don’t really see that as a problem – it saves me the effort of walking and stuff. Apart from that, there’s nothing more I can complain about since the cases themselves are very engaging. There’s also a whole bunch of characters that’d really get you entertained and you’d certainly come to love. The graphics are a bit static since you don’t really need to move much but they do have a comic-y feel which makes things more bearable.

If you’ve wanted to become a lawyer for quite some time now but are too busy to actually take up a degree (LOL), then I suggest you give this game a try. Sniffing out evidence and contradictions can take some getting used to but once you’ve got everything down pat, you’ll be having one hell of a ride shouting ‘Objection!’ Fair warning, though. This game is a bit wordy. So if games that require a lot of reading aren’t your thing, steer clear.