Okay, it’s been a while since we did one of these games; here’s my Phoenix Wrights: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations review.
Murder murder murder (change the fucking record!) as always? This is actually the first (and only) game where one of the cases isn’t… all… about murder – as one case has trial about theft
Favourite character from this game: I like Luke Atmey because he’s kooky and Glen Elg because he’s a nerd. NERDS.
Okay, so the long-awaited Trials and Tribulations (T+T) is here! I explaining in my review of Apollo Justice that this is the 3rd game in the series, yet the 4th to be released in Europe due to localisation issues. This was never explicitly said, but it’s the only reason I can think of why it would take so long. Obligatory Waiting for Godot pun here.
Anyway, this is Phoenix’s 3rd and final game as Ace Attorney. And it’s weirder than all the other ones. It is the game with the most continuous plot (that is 3 out of five cases are connected) and therefore the most compelling storyline.
What new features are there?
This game is third in the series, but since JFA, they haven’t added any new features. Okay, so there are bits where you do not control Phoenix (which is pretty awesome) and bits where someone other than Maya or Pearl follow Phoenix around (which is not awesome because it’s Franny – recall my dislike for her?)
So, because this was released in Europe after Apollo Justice, it felt like a step backwards. Because as with all the main Ace Attorney game, it was originally released on the DS.
Still, this game is as good as the rest in spite of it’s lack in new features. The plot is good, even if it’s full of psycho-medium weirdness (which I don’t really appreciate). There’s even a case the involves cradle-snatching YAY (20 year old man was seduced by a 14 year old girl… normal…). And another case that involves a detective shoved in a car boot. This team is really creative.
But as with all of these games, it’s emotional, there are some weird characters and lots of puns. And lots of god damn metaphors to do with coffee thanks to a certain prosecutor. Basically, if you liked the first two games, you’ll like this one. There are good funnies and emotional bits as well as good old logic puzzles. Best of luck!