Apollo Justice: S. Attorney Trilogy Review

April 17, 2024 by No Comments


Full disclosure: I’m a bit of a fan. Ace Attorney The series is born out of my love for drama that comes with crime shows. Growing up, I watched the COPS series before I got into the original Law & Order. My college dorm room often had Jack McCoy on TV in the evenings because who doesn’t want six hours of a show to watch over and over again? Simply put, I love a good crime show and consequently, I love mystery and crime games. gave Ace Attorney scratched that itch in a new way when it came out in 2005 for the Nintendo DS. I was instantly hooked, so it’s great to have the opportunity to review a love letter in part one of this series. I’m here to tell you if you’ve never caught one. Apollo Justice Games, is a great opportunity to dive into it.

Solid graphics with wild stories!

For those who have never played the game, the Ace Attorney series is described as “a visual novel adventure game” but, at its core, the game is part detective, part defense attorney, and 100% crazy. There are stories. The world itself isn’t too far from the real thing, except the law system is crazy. Being the second in this trilogy series, the opening episode tries to give you a bit of direction and lessons, but the system is simple: trials are no longer by jury. A single judge determines the defendant’s guilt and trials never last more than three days. Complicating the situation, most lawyers in this world are corrupt because such silly things as “disclosure” do not exist. This is what made the first trilogy so good.

The games are divided into cases and each case has a story. While playing through the games, we also get to experience the backstories of the main characters. As mentioned, not only are you participating in the defense of a person accused of a crime, but you also have to conduct an investigation. This includes finding evidence, interviewing witnesses, and trying to piece the puzzle together. After the investigation is complete, the game moves to the courtroom. Witnesses are called by the defense to try to build a picture that your defendant is guilty. It is up to you to cross-examine witnesses and present evidence that exposes inconsistencies. Correcting them means advancing the story and cracking the witnesses with usually hilarious responses. Failures mean a fine that is imposed by the judge. If you are sentenced too much, the trial ends and your client is found guilty.

Although the series suggests that it centers around a man known as Apollo Justice, this is not the case. Phoenix Wright, the original protagonist of the series, is almost as front and center throughout the series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it really throws things off for someone jumping into the series expecting to play as Apollo the whole time. We go through a progression where the first game is Apollo getting his experience before Phoenix returns to the bench in Dual Destiny. Again, it’s weird from a trilogy title, but that doesn’t make the games any less fun.

Visually, it looks the best of the games, even when the 3D portion looks a little off when we hit Dual Fate. It’s not a remake, so that’s forgivable, especially since the models still look great. Apollo, Phoenix, Klavier, Athena, menus, text, etc. all look fantastic without sacrificing anything. System settings are highly customizable for text speed, transparency, etc. Simply put, anyone can find a speed that works for them with a lot of trouble

Great characters, even if we don’t see enough of them all.

It is important for me to mention that what made the first trilogy memorable for me was the cast of characters. Phoenix Wright, Mia and Maya Fey, Detective Gumshoe, Edgeworth….the whole group is easy to enjoy from a fan perspective and in all three games, they make appearances as needed while the storylines flow quite well. are connected

Apollo Justice, unfortunately, does not behave the same way. He’s a great character and you immediately want to get behind him given his endearing nervousness and desire to do what’s right regardless of the task, but this trilogy doesn’t do him a great job. The game is specifically named for this, being the first in the series, giving it only four cases and one of them being a ridiculously short tutorial-style case that is extremely forgiving. Does it work to set you up in series? Sure, but you have to remember that this was once a standalone game and wasn’t bundled into a trilogy. It was three years after Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations debuted and fans of the series were itching for a new entry. It is disappointing to make it only four cases. Even so, it’s still fun and has a good supporting cast such as Phoenix’s adopted daughter, Trucy, and Clever Gavin, part prosecutor, part rock and roll star.

However, the series kicks the bonkers scale up to 11 when Dual Destinies comes around. No amount of words I can type can prepare you for some of the stories told in the other game (look, there’s a point that it involves killer whales, right?) and one in the series called Mod Matrix. The mechanic brings. It’s not just about trying to find inconsistencies in the testimony anymore, it’s a weird mini-game where you have to compare and contrast a character’s emotions with the circumstances. It uses a four-icon system and is able to determine which mode is off depending on how the game progresses. Also, one of the best characters in the series, Athena Sykes, makes her debut and is a lot of fun. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy Athena’s character and what she brings to the series. IIt’s important to reiterate though that the biggest problem is that when we hit Dual Destinies, there isn’t enough screen time for the characters and Apollo Justice gets a lot more of the spotlight with Phoenix than in the first game. Have to share. I’ve often wondered if it was by design or if the earlier Apollo Justice wasn’t well received and the need to bring back Phoenix was really necessary. Either way, I always enjoy when Athena is on screen because she brings so much to the series.

The third game gets to Apollo even if he has to share the spotlight again, but it falls a little flat for M.And overall as a Dual Fate I felt it was a much better game, although it falls on the craziness of the stories for me in the middle entry of the trilogy. Even with this Apollo makeup, I’ll shamelessly admit that I was glad to see Athena back in the final game. He is simply excellent and I would play a whole series with him at centre. The game also features Queen Garan, one of the strangest characters in the series. While I’d love to spoil it for you because she proves to be quite the antagonist, it’s best to experience her character. As much as I liked facing him, he’s not Miles Edgeworth.

Is this game worth getting in 2024?

Considering that the first game in the series was released in 2007, this is a complicated question to answer! So, let’s talk about it.

First off, if you’ve never touched the Ace Attorney series, I urge you to put the brakes on and play the Phoenix Wright Trilogy or else you won’t care if you read Phoenix, Apollo. And why should one care so much about it? The rest of this group. The role of Phoenix in the first game of this trilogy is completely different from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Or, if you want a condensed version, watch the Ace Attorney anime because it’s pretty accurate to the first trilogy and the characters are just as fun.

If you’ve only played the first trilogy, there’s no reason not to pick this up. Personally, I think this trilogy holds up well to the first three games in the franchise, despite the flaws I pointed out earlier. There are hours of fun and things get pretty tough.

If you’ve played all the Ace Attorney games out there, it depends on how you feel about the trilogy and whether you want a remastered edition. I remember playing these games on the DS and 3DS, the latter two games had more emphasis on 3D sprites. I think die-hard Ace Attorney fans can appreciate this, especially getting it on Steam and playing it on their PC screens instead of handhelds.

So, in short: it’s worth buying but make sure you’re familiar with the series before diving in.

Wrapping things up

It had been years since I’d touched an Ace Attorney game, so this was a wonderful piece of nostalgia that I didn’t know I needed and made me want to watch the anime and play the original games again. Given, so I believe it served its purpose. quite good. This genre is definitely not for everyone as it is not action packed. It’s telling you a complex and particularly wild collection of stories that just so happens to help shape you along the way. I once referred to them as a truly interactive Choose Your Own Adventure game, but they are much more than that. For the teenager in me who loved detective stories and wanted to know “who didn’t find out” before a case reached its climax, that itch was effectively scratched again. Are games perfect? Definitely not, but they are good, and they are worth experimenting with.

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