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Gaming Age (Oct 29, 2013)
Needless to say, I really enjoyed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. It’s a shame that Capcom didn’t see fit to support this game with a retail release, but maybe there’s still some hope for that. It’s understandable that not everyone has full confidence in Nintendo’s current digital platform model, but hopefully that’s not enough to deter you from experiencing one of the best entries in the Ace Attorney series.
Nintendojo (Nov 11, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a masterpiece that raises the bar for the series, employing all of its strengths and eliminating the vast majority of its weaknesses. This fifth mainline entry pays homage to its heritage while paving the way for the franchise going forward. Here’s hoping that the next turnabout doesn’t come with another six-year wait.
Destructoid (Oct 24, 2013)
However, even though it's not a new, gritty, ultra-violent courtroom drama, Dual Destinies delivers exactly what I wanted from a new Ace Attorney game. Interesting new cases, great new characters, lots of twists and surprises, and what is ultimately an excellent work of interactive fiction. Topped off with beautiful 3D animations, an unsurprisingly excellent soundtrack, and some great anime sequences that highlight major moments in each case, Dual Destinies is not to be missed.
Critical Hit (Nov 19, 2013)
If you're never played any of the Ace Attorney games, this would be a perfect starting point. It's exactly what you'd want an Ace Attorney game. Simply put, it's a masterpiece.
RPGFan (Nov 06, 2013)
Regardless, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies proves that the series was not just borne of a happy accident, and that Phoenix and his ensemble cast of interesting and intelligently-written characters are a good match for a new generation of gaming. One can only hope that Dual Destinies garners enough sales to spur localizations of future titles, including those we've missed out on. With games like Layton vs Ace Attorney making the jump across the Pacific next year, one can certainly remain hopeful for a bright future for the series.
90 (Oct 24, 2013)
The best Ace Attorney so far, with a wonderfully entertaining series of mysteries that showcase the series’ oddball characters to their very best – and make some subtle but welcome improvements to the gameplay.
The Escapist (Oct 23, 2013)
Phoenix Wright fans will have no objections, but Dual Destinies is worth trying even if you're never set foot in the courtroom before.
God is a Geek (Oct 24, 2013)
Dual Destinies is more of the Ace Attorney you know and love. With five full cases (plus an extra DLC case to purchase and download), each lasting tons of hours, there’s a full game here for a relatively cheap price. The new additions keep things fresh for the series and there’s never a moment of boredom. Capcom did a great thing in bringing this game over as an eShop only download; support that decision and buy this game right now. Your 3DS will have no objections!
Nintendo Life (Oct 25, 2013)
Wonderfully witty as ever, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is another excellent entry into the Ace Attorney series. Bursting with humour and new extravagant personalities, Phoenix Wright fans will find much to enjoy, thanks largely to the excellent skills of the localisation and script-writing team at Capcom. The few minor gameplay additions do somewhat polish the investigation and courtroom experience, but — as with any visual novel — it's the story, character developments and gob-smacking plot twists that you really play for, and this one will keep you screaming 'OBJECTION' until the gavel drops.
Gamestyle (Oct 30, 2013)
Dual Destinies encapsulates everything we love about the series. For the price of £20 this is an absolute bargain.
Cubed3 (Oct 31, 2013)
Simply sublime work from Capcom! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies takes the best elements from the previous four main entries, as well as a pinch of excellence from the Ace Attorney Investigations spin-off, and amalgamates everything into one extremely special package, complete with fresh ideas that alleviate any minor issues people may have had with the series in the past. It is onwards and upwards for Ace Attorney, with certainly no objections to be found anywhere, especially at the cut price of £19.99 on Nintendo 3DS eShop!
90 (Oct 30, 2013)
Mit „Dual Destinies“ besinnt sich Capcom auf die Stärken der „Ace Attorney“-Spiele zurück. Auch der fünfte Ableger weiß durch packende Fälle, sympathische Charaktere und spaßigen Ermittler-Einlagen zu überzeugen. Verpackt in einer einwandfreien technischen Präsentation können wir sagen, dass „Dual Destinies“ wohl den bislang besten Teil der „Ace Attorney“-Reihe darstellt. Wer nichts gegen textlastige Spiele hat, sollte unbedingt zugreifen – da stört auch das bisschen Englisch nicht.
AusGamers (Nov 06, 2013)
Dual Destinies is a comfortable sequel. Yet another episode where satisfaction comes not from some new gameplay innovation but the bordering-on-laborious logic hills that must be traversed. The verbose characters and clue interactions provide several hours of likeable humour per case. This is the perfect game for sitting in your favourite chair with a hot drink and a soft chuckle just hovering, perhaps even spilling into a quiet giggle.
Capcom's lawyer sim continues to carve its idiosyncratic niche with sharp storytelling and impressively polished production values.
NZGamer (Nov 06, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is a perfect addition to the franchise, despite having some of its mechanics removed. I did find the game a little easier than previous installments, but I’m not sure if it has been dumbed down or I’ve just become accustomed to the thought processes you need to be successful with this series. The fresh look and new faces, matched with the familiar game style, make it a must-buy for fans of the original trilogy.
Cheat Code Central (Oct 25, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is an interesting juxtaposition between what's been presented in the past and what advancements have been made. On one side, we have the same basic principles that have given the series its success: five lengthy cases filled with odd characters, odd behaviors, a grim series of events, and a simple mixture of investigative work and courtroom battles. And yet we have gorgeous new animations, new features for discovering the truth in court, and 3D environments to ply your forensic skills, none of which seem like forced additions. It's nice to see our legal hero dust off his suit and return to the courtroom, and hopefully we'll have more cases to win sooner rather than later.
Anime News Network (Nov 13, 2015)
And why shouldn't we walk it again? For all of its gadgetry and missteps, Dual Destinies remains a Phoenix Wright game done well. It's unlike anything else in its blend of cartoon melodrama and high-stakes legal squabbling, and that makes it a standout in a field where memorable characters are rare discoveries. Phoenix Wright's old system still works. Here's the proof.
Games TM (Nov 07, 2013)
An eShop-only release, Dual Destinies is the kind of game we fear falling down the cracks and being used as a justification not to release such nice delights over here in future - yet this is absolutely Capcom at its best: clearly governed by the distinctive minds of its creators, addictively structured and not developed by a Western team (DmC, the exception). A bit of time between entries has been beneficial for Phoenix, too - we were ready for another dose of high-end entertaining legal nonsense, as we expect you will be.
GameSpot (Oct 24, 2013)
Phoenix Wright's return to the courtroom brings with it an impressive blend of comedic sensibilities and philosophical examinations that make you question how any judicial system can determine guilt when the relationships people have with the truth are so complicated.
GamesRadar (Oct 24, 2013)
Dual Destinies proves that vanquishing foes with truth and justice can be just as exciting as using a gun or a sword, and that even the most unusual subject matter can lead to fun, compelling entertainment. And don’t be concerned about the M-rating (there’s very little, ahem, objectionable content) or think that this is any less of an experience just because it’s an eShop exclusive; in fact, it’s arguably the biggest Ace Attorney game yet. Phoenix Wright is known for uncovering facts and exposing secrets, but there’s no mystery here: Dual Destinies is an excellent title that’s well worth your attention.
Joystiq (Oct 24, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is aggressively oddball, but it's also sharply written and cleverly constructed. It trades the typical staid approach to murder mysteries and puts a pair of magic panties on its head (yes, there are magic panties), spinning a clever mystery that will please your crime-solving brain.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 24, 2013)
Just because Capcom is scared to lose money on physical copies doesn’t mean you should let Phoenix Wright’s return pass you by.
Digital Spy (Oct 24, 2013)
Top-notch writing, great characters and the ever-present thrills of the courtroom - this is unmistakably an Ace Attorney game.
NowGamer (Oct 23, 2013)
Phoenix Wright’s triumphant return to the courtroom has been matched by a game worth of such an event. Sure, it is more of the same, but with more variety, a new set of great characters and it looks really nice to boot. Recommended.
80 (UK) (Oct 24, 2013)
Viewed abstractly, Dual Destinies is a straightforward sequence of locked narrative corridors. Your task is simply to find the right clue with which to unlock each subsequent door. There is almost no capacity for player expression: each puzzle has a solitary solution and the only way to excel at the game is to find these as quickly as possible. And yet the smart writing and interlocking narratives elevate the straightforward play, drawing you in with a crime novelist's techniques, then challenging and delighting you with those of a crossword-writer. Few will object to such a potent concoction.
Polygon (Oct 24, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies treads familiar territory, but laying out a complex case and discovering the truth is still exciting. A handful of new elements make it a rewarding addition to the Ace Attorney franchise, but they aren't the real draw of the series. I'm here for Phoenix and friends. Unpacking the twist-heavy storyline is its own reward.
DarkZero (Oct 27, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a title that sticks firmly with the formula that the series has been using since it first began. If you have no interest in getting absorbed in a story that requires reading, then you won’t enjoy the game. For others, don’t let the idea of reading put you off, because Dual Destinies will likely win you over with its peculiar cast, the quality story, fantastic soundtrack, amusing puns, and charming 3D graphics that captures the series’ best artwork. Fans will be happy that Phoenix Wright was able to localize it – it really would have been a massive injustice if this game never saw the light of day outside of Japan, as Dual Destinies is up there with the best entries in the franchise.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies is a success. Yes, it feels like more of the same, but for a series that has yet to put out a bad title, that shouldn’t be viewed negatively. The writing and dialogue is extremely intelligent and razor-sharp. Moreover, the characters are infinitely entertaining, giving players one of the franchise’s strongest casts to date. Sure, the gameplay itself isn’t overtly challenging, and at times the developers hold your hand too much to make certain you succeed in the courtroom, but in doing this, the game never feels nerve-racking or frustrating. It allows us to sit back, do some investigating and simply enjoy the tale being told. Dual Destinies pays homage to the installments before it, giving longtime fans something to look forward to, yet is also possibly the best entry point for newcomers to the series. Appeasing both audiences is not easy, but Capcom has done it here — that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.
Worth Playing (Oct 29, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is definitely an Ace Attorney game. The mechanics are almost unchanged, but the writing is as fun, witty and clever as ever. It isn't quite up to par with the best of the series, but it's still an incredibly fun experience. The new graphical style really makes the visuals pop, and the new characters really fit the story. If you liked the previous games or were turned off by Apollo Justice, you'll enjoy Ace Attorney. It may not redefine the formula, but it brings it back on track and polishes it. If you're a newcomer to the series, it's a great place to start, especially since digital distribution makes it so easy to pick up a copy.
80 (Nov 01, 2013)
Dual Destinies won’t convince sceptics, as it’s still more visual novel than game and about as linear as it gets. But after a couple of disappointing spin-offs, it’s the closest the series has come to the greatness of the original trilogy.
USgamer (Nov 01, 2013)
Fans of the Ace Attorney franchise may find themselves with an easier experience than what they bargained for. However, that shouldn't be reason to pass on Dual Destinies. The latest installment in the franchise remains wonderfully written, happily off-the-wall and even more attractive now that it has shed its 2D carapace and embraced the wonders of modern technology.
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2013)
If you’re looking for some hot courtroom action, clinically insane characters, wild crime scenarios, and a lot of worthwhile reading, then Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is probably the niche game for you. Although it straddles the definition of “game” very loosely, it is an overall satisfying and sometimes exhilarating experience worth playing. Just don’t friend these guys on Facebook unless you have a death wish.
Darkstation (Nov 12, 2013)
The narrative that runs through that world isn't always focused as it could be, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a largely excellent visual novel adventure. If you're a patient and detail-oriented player, it's tough to imagine many more games that absorb you into their world further. but it's tough to argue with yet another excellent - and markedly improved - entry in Capcom's juridical saga.
Adventure Gamers (Mar 12, 2014)
One of the best of the games in the series, Dual Destinies takes a while to build back up from its explosive beginning, but it’s more of the same fun characters, stories, and gameplay fans have come to expect.
Gaming since 198x (Mar 20, 2014)
Uniquement dématérialisé, uniquement disponible en japonais et en anglais, ce nouvel épisode de Phoenix Wright semblait bien mal parti et même Capcom semblait ne pas trop y croire. Il s'agit pourtant d'un titre de qualité, bien écrit et passionnant malgré quelques faiblesses, doté d'un DLC à la durée de vie plus qu'honorable. Même si Shu Takumi a récemment déclaré que la série n'aurait pas dû continuer, je ne peux qu'en redemander.
79 (Oct 24, 2013)
Dual Destinies bietet den typischen Ace-Attorney-Mix aus Zeugenbefragung, Tatortuntersuchung und Gerichtsverhandlung inklusive psychologischer Kniffe wie man es seit Jahren kennt. Neben Staranwalt Phoenix Wright, der gedankliche Blockaden löst, und Juniorpartner Apollo Justice, der ein Gespür für Lügen hat, sorgt einzig Neuzugang Athena Cykes mit ihren Gefühlsanalysen für frischen Wind im Anime-Gerichtssaal. Dafür fahren die neuen Fälle wieder angenehm exotische Charaktere und Tatorte auf, auch wenn es sich dabei einmal mehr ausschließlich um Mordfälle handelt. Der trotz aller Wendungen und Überraschungen strikt lineare Spielverlauf sowie die oft sehr aufdringlichen Hilfestellungen dürften hingegen nicht jedem schmecken. (...) Unterm Strich wird man von den ebenso spannenden wie abgedrehten Abenteuern der Wright-Anything-Kanzlei über Tage hinweg gut unterhalten.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 31, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies offers around 25 hours of brand-new Ace Attorney content, and most of that content is in-line with the greatness of previous entries while offering a creative take never before seen. However, for all of the nice things I can say about the creative storytelling and the excellent presentation, the tremendously easier difficulty cripples the game by eliminating any gameplay-based tension the series has ever provided. It’s still better than Justice for All and Apollo Justice, but this difficulty adjustment (among other things) keeps Dual Destinies from even touching the legendary experiences that are the first and third games in this impressive franchise.
GamingTrend (Nov 04, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies doesn’t do much to innovate the series, but does a great job at bringing a classic experience to the 3DS. With nearly 30 hours of puzzling cases and witty dialogue, Phoenix Wright offers an impressive mobile experience to fans that have no doubt been longing for a new title. Despite the occasional tediousness of tapping the a-button, players will enjoy their time with Dual Destinies, which manages to create an experience that leaves little room for “OBJECTION!”
Digital Chumps (Oct 30, 2013)
As my first Phoenix Wright game, I got the impression that Dual Destinies and the series as a whole is enamored with a cavalcade of quirky characters theatrically engaged with marching contention. In that measure Dual Destinies is a success, and while I yearned for an ounce of consequence or more creative approach interaction, I couldn't deny it's whimsical appeal. If you’re in my shoes and have never played a Phoenix Wright game before, Dual Destinies isn’t a bad place to start.
Retro Gamer (Dec 05, 2013)
The art design benefits from the use of 3D, while new gameplay mechanics like the ability to spot when speeches don't match a character's mood add to the core mechanics. It's all rounded off by entertaining characters and enjoyable twists and turns.
IGN (Oct 24, 2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies won’t change minds about the series, but fans will be thrilled by its docket of goofy twists.
Still, the story, characters, and courtroom drama are strong enough to draw in newcomers and satisfy lapsed fans.
Edge (Oct 24, 2013)
More importantly, there are still plenty of twists and terrible puns (a bomb disposal expert is called Ted Tonate, his victim Candice Arme). There’s falsified evidence, eleventh-hour interjections too, plus unlikely cameos, a bird in the courtroom and a chaotic final case that piles surprise upon surprise. Dual Destinies is an Ace Attorney game, all right, and that’s perhaps the best result anyone could have hoped for.
Shacknews (Oct 24, 2013)
While Dual Destinies may initially appear like a fresh take on the series, it ultimately doesn't take a lot of chances. Still, Capcom continues to do what it does best: creating a compelling courtroom drama with fun, campy, off-the-wall characters. It may be more of the same, but for fans, that's really all they need.
Pocket Gamer UK (Oct 24, 2013)
Dual Destinies is disappointing. In general it's more of the same Phoenix Wright we've come to know and love, but the stories and characters are horribly weak
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 30, 2013)
Na lang wachten schalt er eindelijk "OBJECTION!" door de speakers van de 3DS. In Dual Destinies maakt Phoenix Wright zijn grote rentree in de rechtszaal met een geweldig advocatenavontuur. Zoals steeds moet je vanop de advocatenbank je cliënt verdedigen door waarheid van leugen te onderscheiden in de vele getuigenissen die de revue passeren. Dat doe je onder meer door verklaringen te toetsen aan bewijsmateriaal of door met het empathisch vermogen van je assistente tegenstrijdige gevoelens bij de getuigen te ontdekken en om te spitten. Daar komt heel wat statische tekst bij kijken, maar omdat elke zaak is onderverdeeld in kleine secties zit de vaart er sowieso in. Voor het eerst maken de personages en de rechtszaal gebruik van 3D graphics, wat meer dynamiek in de beeldvoering toelaat. Wie niet maalt om wat leeswerk, zit met dit humoristisch gerechtsdrama alvast gebeiteld.

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