Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All

aka: Gyakuten Saiban 2, Gyakuten Saiban II
Moby ID: 24748

Nintendo DS version

Another Mediocre Adventure Game

The Good
The sound was good, meaning it wasn't distracting or annoying. It's an original idea for a game, and the only one I can think of that allows you to take on the role of a lawyer, although you also seem to take on the role of a private investigator collecting evidence to help your client. I liked the first episode as well because it was short, easy, fun, and fairly easy to come up with the "what's the developer thinking here?" answers. Multiple after story endings offer some interesting replay, but not much.

The Bad
Just another adventure game wrapped up in an original setting, but it failed to distance itself enough. It failed I think because of the many instances where you're left with trying to figure out what the developer was thinking when they picked the one item that would let you pass the present obstacle of the story. Yes, one and only one answer to each and every scenario. A hypothetical example would be, "oh the developer wanted me to show the profile of this person, not the picture of them I have in evidence." and this can be very frustrating. This leads to the failing of many other games in this genre when you need to just try everything. This is especially true while gathering evidence.

The Bottom Line
It's a point-and-click adventure game basically, including environments to explore for items that are useful later on. It has an overlaying story of lawyers, courts, and prosecutors, but this fails to hide the game in an immersive way. Pick it up for $20 or less if you like adventure games; otherwise, I'm not sure if it's worth $10. There are better games out there.

by ZenicReverie (2133) on April 7th, 2007

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