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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series) Review

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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.

These are essentially visual novel adventures where you collect evidence, talk to witnesses and make leaps of deduction to move the story forwards. Each case begins with an opening cinematic of a murder. Then you have the task of defending the prime suspect. The gameplay is divided into two sections, investigations and courtroom trials.

During the trial you cross-examine witnesses and use evidence to uncover the truth. You can go back and forth between the different statements in the testimony and press the witness for more details about a statement. The aim is to find an inconsistency, present evidence and establish innocence.

The games in the series are as follows:
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2001) first on Gameboy Advance then on Nintendo DS, PC, Wii and iOS.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All (2002) first on Gameboy Advance then on Nintendo DS, PC, Wii.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Trials and Tribulations (2004) first on Gameboy Advance then on PC, Nintendo DS, Wii.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (2007) on Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Dual Destinies (2013) on Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice (2016) on Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (2019) - All 14 episodes, spanning the first three games.

In addition to the main games are a number of "Investigations" spin-off titles:
  • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (2009) on Nintendo DS, Android, iOS.
  • Ace Attorney Investigations 2 (2011) on Nintendo DS, Android, iOS in 2017.
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2012) is a crossover between Ace Attorney and the Professor Layton series on Nintendo 3DS.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 12/12/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @CapcomUSA_

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. Time to complete the games varies depending on the narrative and speed of deduction of the player.

CostsCosts

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney usually costs £19.99 to £29.99.
 

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Xbox One £29.99
PS4 £26.99
Switch £29.99
2DS|3DS £24.99

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

2DS|3DS £19.99

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit Of Justice

2DS|3DS £24.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Free-to-start playing on iOS and Android with in-game purchases for the different games and cases.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence and mildly offensive language. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: The majority of violence featured in this game is implied through still images and narration, making it suitable at a PEGI 7 level. However, in some instances, the violence crosses into a 12 rating with depictions of non-realistic violence towards human characters. In one example, two shadowy figures stand on a boat; one pulls out a gun and shoots the other, who disappears before a splash is seen in the water. In another scene, a man is seen to fall backwards slowly frame by frame into a knife.

Mildly offensive language, such as ‘damn’, ‘dammit’ and ‘hell’, is reasonably frequent. Some crime sequences fall under PEGI’s fear category, meaning they might be upsetting to young children.
 
This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 11-14 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The cases involve finding and sifting evidence before interjecting in court. For those with the maturity for the content, younger players enjoy trying out this role and interjecting with proceedings on behalf of the innocent.


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