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Gaming Age (Aug 25, 2014)
If you have any affinity for either character, you’ll really enjoy this crossover. And again, if you’ve never sampled a Phoenix Wright or Professor Layton title before, this is a pretty great way to get your feet wet with both the key characters and mechanics that make both series shine. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is certainly one of the best releases on the 3DS this year, and it shouldn’t be missed.
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Metro.co.uk (Mar 19, 2014)
Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright is a delight from beginning to end, with the visual style – as with everything else – a wholly satisfying compromise between the two franchises. No doubt the game will be overlooked as usual when it comes to this year’s awards season but if there’s a better story-based game released in 2014 then gaming is in for a heck of a year.
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videogamer.com (Mar 19, 2014)
It could have done with more franchise crossover moments, but Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is wonderful, warm and fantastic at making you feel clever. Cleverer than you actually are anyway.
90
Arguing about what could have been seems churlish when what is here is so entertaining. Its charms are only magnified by a pre-existing affection for either hero, although the self-contained nature of the yarn make it an ideal jumping off point for newcomers. For fans of both series, PLVPW:AA is a brilliant meeting of minds, each hero filling in gaps around the other. Want Layton pushed into darker territory? You got it. Fancy seeing Wright deal with a mystery beyond common murder? You can have that, too. Whichever dialogue box you favour, this is beeping brilliant.
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Cubed3 (May 26, 2014)
The culmination of this special coming together of the Ace Attorney series from Capcom and Level-5's Professor Layton world is a magical one indeed. Fusing together the fundamental elements of both titles for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney works seamlessly and the combination of characters working as partners in each other's usual settings is truly joyous to behold. What is more, having Shu Takumi back on-board is definitely telling as some sublime new courtroom techniques are introduced that most definitely need to remain for future Ace Attorney titles, whilst Akihiro Hino's traditional Professor Layton game engine is as smooth as ever. Hopefully this is the first of many crossovers between Messrs. Wright and Layton.
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Modojo (2014)
No objection to this amazing crossover.
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Gamers' Temple, The (Sep 30, 2014)
Overall, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is an enjoyable experience. I have a few critiques of the game (besides that the "vs." should probably have been an "&" or a "meets"), namely I would have liked to see even more puzzles and I wish their overall level of challenge was a bit higher. I enjoyed the experience nonetheless, and it's easy enough to recommend to the left-brained gaming crowd.
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NintendoWorldReport (Mar 18, 2014)
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is one beautifully crafted game and an extremely well put together crossover. The original story has many twists and it becomes more interesting as everything unfolds. The intriguing cast of characters, seamless transitions of the two gameplay styles and stunning presentation makes this all one adventure you don't want to miss. It will be somewhat easy for veterans and that is a slight irritation, but nothing that should stop you from having a fine time in Labyrinthia. If you have been searching for the next big Nintendo 3DS game, well, you have just found it. With roughly 25 hours of content and additional free stuff coming at a later date, you would be shamefully missing one of the best games to ever grace the system.
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Critical Hit (Mar 28, 2014)
Despite some puzzle solving during times when Phoenix Wright was exploring the town, the game generally switches back and forth between puzzle solving with Layton and/or Luke, and courtroom excitement with Wright. However, I sometimes felt that there wasn’t enough of one or the other – because the game literally switches back and forth between the two, you don’t get to carry on with more courtroom time if you feel like it, or take a puzzle-solving break between witnesses (as I’m sure Layton was doing).
85
Gaming Nexus (Aug 25, 2014)
You wouldn't think it, but the Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright series complement each other very well. This game is fanservice at its best: gameplay styles that work beautifully together, two iconic characters teaming up to use their deductive skills, and thankfully a lack of cameos and franchise clutter. While not as challenging or involved as the best games from either series, this is still a crossover fans of both Wright and Layton don't want to pass up.
85
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is an extremely satisfying pairing — if not actually a blend — of the puzzle solving and courtroom twists from the two series. The game’s high production values add charm and character to the experience. The compelling storyline and animation make up for dialogue that might linger a little too long and puzzles that might speed by a little too quickly. If you like both nonviolent handheld heroes, “Take That” copy of Layton vs. Wright, without hesitation.
85
While it?s not everything it could have been, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is still a funny, charming, dramatic, and emotional game, one that brings two very different franchises together into one fantastic gaming crossover.
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Destructoid (Aug 30, 2014)
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is two great tastes that taste great together, even if they don't congeal together until the finale. But wow, what a finale it is! The framerate issues are very unfortunate and the new Ace Attorney mechanics can make the game a bit repetitive, but with over 20 hours of well-written content, this is a game who will please fans of either series, and will delight anyone who is a fan of both series. This game is also a great entry point for either series, since it offers a glimpse into both without heavily favoring one or the other.
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Digital Chumps (Aug 29, 2014)
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a combination of two wholly unique franchises which takes place fairly smoothly primarily thanks to the already-fantastical nature of the story. Of course it’s ridiculous, but the story is actually quite fun, and it’s compelling and unpredictable enough to captivate those with a bit of patience and willingness to accept it for what it is. Best of all, the gameplay from both series is represented well, set against the backdrop of a truly great presentation. Whether you choose to label it a cash-in or a shameless celebration, it’s collaborative love from Level-5 and Capcom that you probably won’t want to miss.
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Cheat Code Central (Aug 26, 2014)
As a fan of both series, I can say with confidence that Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney pays equal tribute to both. If you're a fan of either, you'll find plenty of nods to your respective adventure alma mater. If you're a fan of both, you're in for a memorable experience with two praiseworthy protagonists embarking on a journey side by side. Some story elements and newly hatched characters are a bit flaccid, and there is a remedial quality to the puzzles, but they are small criticisms that are overshadowed by great artwork, remarkable music, and well-blended gameplay from both universes.
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GameSpot (Mar 18, 2014)
Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is a long game--at least as long as a Professor Layton game and a Phoenix Wright game combined--and relatively little of it is genuine crossover. But that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. What is here is big, it's often silly, and it's sometimes unwieldy, but it's rarely anything less than engaging thanks to some great execution on tried-and-tested ideas. It's Phoenix, however, in his element in this magical world, that well and truly steals the show.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 18, 2014)
The jury's verdict is in. And it's... Recommended.
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Nintendo Life (Mar 18, 2014)
Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney delivers an utterly charming, enjoyable experience to satisfy fans of both franchises; it's a crossover that, when experienced, seems entirely natural. The individual parts are pleasurable and entertaining, as always, though perhaps fall a little below the exceptional standards of their main-series contemporaries, and there's a lingering sense that more gameplay innovation to blend the two brands could have been explored. These are minor complaints in the grand scheme of a lengthy adventure, however, and the storytelling — combined with character development — has been delicately constructed; Level-5 and Capcom have done a commendable job. The end result is another 3DS title that exemplifies much of what sets Nintendo's portable hardware and supporting software apart; it provides heart-warming, accessible fun, and entertainment to last for many hours.
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Digital Spy (Mar 18, 2014)
When you aren't bogged down by text, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's crossover gameplay is perfectly complementary, providing an experience we wouldn't object to one day revisiting.
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Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 27, 2014)
With its winning mix of puzzles and courtroom craziness, it doesn't take a genius to see that picking this game up is a no-brainer.
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GamesRadar (Apr 14, 2014)
One criticism is that if the game is heavier in tone, it’s lighter in content. There are none of Layton’s oddball minigames, and the Prof’s previous daily-puzzle generosity is absent here. If the game is slightly shorter, it’s so densely packed that it feels greedy to gripe about it. It grabs every opportunity for in-jokes and banter, and the story is never afraid to twist in unexpected ways. When the level of fan service on display is so utterly devoted, you really can’t complain about the absence of bunny training sideshows. This pretty much sums up Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright. It’s crafted for the maximum enjoyment of fans from either series, but it’s also more than that - it’s a crazy, funny, engaging story that would stand alone even without the advantage of two loveable gaming heavyweights behind it.
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The Telegraph (Apr 05, 2014)
This collaboration between the DS’s most intelligent and sharply-dressed heroes is a delightful yarn.
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Impulse Gamer (Apr 16, 2014)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a must have game for anyone who loves to exercise their brain and enjoy a good story too. It isn’t necessarily challenging, but it will get you to think, especially with the Wright segments. They sure gave me the feeling that I should quit writing and become a lawyer, because it’s just plain fun if not a little bit tiring! And I’m happy to have revisited the Layton games for one final time. All in all, this is a solid title that is worth an empty wallet.
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Game Revolution (Aug 25, 2014)
Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright make for a odd couple who complement each other surprisingly well, with the former bringing additional side puzzles and the latter bringing weight to the story. If that is'nt enough, the silly interactions between the main cast of characters are worth the price of admission. Though the ending wraps the story up a bit too neatly and the lasting value sharply drops off once you complete the game, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright points its fingers with the best of them.
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Shacknews (Aug 28, 2014)
If the gameplay owes itself more to Layton, the art style is definitely more Phoenix Wright. Most of the major characters have a distinct anime style, as opposed to Layton's more playful European cartoon flaire. It can be jarring seeing Layton or Luke side-by-side with almost anyone, because they don't match. Worse yet, this game preceded Dual Destinies in Japan, so the shaky 3D modeling in this game will look like a step back for those who have kept up with the Ace Attorney series. Reservations aside, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney comes out with a game that in many ways improves upon both formulas. It may be too bogged down in its own story and look slightly dated, but the pure puzzle mechanics still work both in and out of the courtroom, and are bolstered by the crossing of ideas. It's more than the sum of its parts, and as a result is a nice treat.
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USgamer (Aug 28, 2014)
What could've been a simple cash-grab is a great mash-up of two great franchises. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright does its best to bring both sides together in a brand-new setting. More importantly, the game feels like it stays true to the core of both series while also setting a new high bar in presentation. The game favors Wright more than Layton, but fans of both will find something fun here.
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Game Informer Magazine (Aug 29, 2014)
I can’t recall another case in which the core gameplay and tone of both franchises stays so true to both originals.
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GameTrailers (Sep 08, 2014)
Ultimately though, this is one meeting of the minds that's hardly objectionable. Whether you're a Layton and Phoenix expert or a newcomer, the game does an admirable job of demonstrating why each series is so beloved in the first place. The few rough edges do little to dull the wonder of Labrythina, making us hope that these erudite heroes will someday reunite.
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Nintendo-Online.de (Mar 19, 2014)
In Ordnung, wir geben es zu: Wir sind schuldig! Bis zur letzten Sekunde hat uns die Geschichte um Labyrinthia und ihrer Vergangenheit trotz ihrer Schwächen emotional gepackt und an den Bildschirm gefesselt. In zehn Kapitel, die in 70 Rätseln und vier Prozessen den Spieler testen, werden Fans beider Serien aber auch Neueinsteiger 25 Stunden lang bestens unterhalten. Fakt ist jedoch, und das wird die Verteidigung auch eingestehen müssen, dass der Titel nicht mehr wagt, als ein tolles Crossover-Spiel mit Gameplay-Elementen beider Franchises zu sein. Trotzdem bietet „Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney“ ein unvergessliches Abenteuer und ein einzigartiges Videospielerlebnis.
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Retroage (Dec 27, 2014)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney to tytuł skierowany raczej do fanów jak nie obu, to któreś z serii. Dla kompletnych nowicjuszy liczba przyswajalnych elementów może okazać się zbyt duża, mimo że początkowo gra wszystko tłumaczy. Nie mniej jest to jednak jedna z lepszych pozycji dostępnych na Nintendo 3DS, gdyż eksperyment studia Capcom oraz Level-5 okazuje się być udany. Tytuł jest warty sprawdzenia przez osoby lubiące zagadki lub symulatory prawnika.
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4Players.de (Mar 19, 2014)
Obwohl die beiden Konzepte nur leicht miteinander verschmelzen, war die Kooperation von Professor Layton und Phoenix Wright eine gute Idee. Nach einem mit Knobeln und Erforschen verbrachten Stündchen waren die bizarren Gerichtsverhandlungen mit ihrem herrlich albernen Humor eine willkommene Abwechslung. Auch Labyrinthias eigentümliches Rechtssystem bringt frischen Wind ins Konzept. Die Geschichte um die finsteren Hexen macht neugierig, verliert auf Dauer aber an Spannung. Das liegt unter anderem daran, dass mich die mittelalterliche Stadt und ihre Bewohner nicht so sehr fasziniert haben wie die Szenarien älterer Layton-Abenteuer. Die Rätselqualität ist ebenfalls ein wenig gesunken: Viele Aufgaben motivieren nach wie vor, doch der Fokus hat sich zu sehr in Richtung eintöniger Schiebepuzzles und Labyrinth-Abschnitte verschoben. Trotzdem bietet das Spiel unterm Strich ein unterhaltsames, humorvolles und äußerst umfangreiches Gerichts- und Knobel-Abenteuer.
78
IGN (Mar 21, 2014)
This unique crossover is a powerful draw for fans of either series, but it doesn’t make the most of its potential. It sacrifices some of both series’ challenge, and the alternate-universe story feels like a missed opportunity where there could have been more meaningful interaction between the worlds of Wright and Layton. The witty dialogue writing, however, is as charming and enjoyable as ever.
75
Nintendojo (Sep 09, 2014)
If you have a knack for visual novels, puzzles, and contradictions, then Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was made for you! Fans of both series will feel right at home, as the game is faithful to each character’s style of gameplay. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney may not live up to the hype we’ve given it after all these years, but it’s still a great game that celebrates both franchises well.
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GamingTrend (Sep 19, 2014)
While the gameplay in Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney consists of each series’ respective experiences, neither feels like the full experience fans would expect from each of the series on their own. The Layton-style puzzles are dumbed down to the point of being overly simple and even boring at times, while the Ace Attorney courtroom battles are shorter and more straight-forward than fans will be used to. Even more disappointing is that these two styles never truly crossover, but rather are separated by different chapters where you play one or the other. I don’t know how a hybrid of the two styles would look, but it feels like a missed opportunity to create an entirely new experience using the best of each game.
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ActionTrip (Sep 29, 2014)
Chances are, if you’ve never picked up a Professor Layton or a Phoenix Wright game, you’ll have little to no interest in this crossover. But for those who have only played one, you’ll find plenty of joy in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. There’s definitely enough fan service for both sets of fans, and it’s a great sampling of each to show players what the other franchise is like. Despite my grievances with the abomination of court procedure in Phoenix Wright, I have my interest piqued for future games. I especially hope that another cross-over comes down the line, as these two finger-pointers make mystery-solving magic together.
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Geeks Under Grace (Jan 02, 2018)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a witty and enjoyable game that offers fan service while introducing fans to a new franchise.
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Edge (Mar 18, 2014)
Though the necessities of catering to two different audiences mean that it perhaps never quite reaches the heights of either of the pair’s best individual outings, as the credits roll, you’ll likely experience a hollow feeling, the emptiness that only the best stories leave behind. In the end, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright is a collaboration that rarely feels like a compromise; few, we imagine, would object to a rematch.
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God is a Geek (Mar 18, 2014)
Fittingly, the combination of the two series is a logical one. You use puzzles to find evidence to support a case, and it all makes sense, which is vital for this kind of crossover. Similarly, creating a new setting blends the world together better than making only one of them a fish out of water. But while the crossover may make sense, neither the Layton or the Wright sections are perfect. It’s all a bit too “entry level” on both counts. This would be forgivable if the story was engaging enough to drive things, but it tends to devolve into a slog from one puzzle to the next, with the occasional trial in-between to brighten it up. It’s worth a go if you’re a fan of either series, and you won’t be disappointed by the story – just be prepared to invest plenty of time to see it through.
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Games TM (2014)
it’s too wordy for its own good, and the clash of styles is sometimes jarring and somewhat nonsensical, but this blend of two classics maintains enough quality from each to be well worth investigating. a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging crossover.
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Joystiq (2014)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright drags on too long, but even towards the end it's enjoyable at its basest of levels. It's an entirely safe crossover that doesn't merge two gameplay styles as deeply as it could, and it's a shame to miss on that potential. However, the ultimate result is two series' with enjoyable characters and a penchant for madness coming together, and a crossover that doesn't take risks with tried-and-tested play. It also has Layton and Wright performing synchronized pointing, and it's almost worth the objections just for that.
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Though it’s engrossing in its own right, and it provides a hearty serving of gameplay, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney feels full of wasted potential. Concept art shows a vision of the game in which the heroes visit each other’s worlds, changing art style in the process, and I feel as though that might have been a better approach for this crossover. Normally I’d be in favor of telling a more cohesive story, but what we have here is a little bland, and both series have already flagrantly abandoned canon. Something goofy and fan-servicey might have worked better. With that said the game we have does work, it’s just not up to par with any entry in either of the series that spawned it (let’s just pretend Justice for All doesn’t exist).
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As a play experience, the particular elements of the Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright visual novel franchises get along together as well as Layton and Wright do within the game’s story, with Layton’s archaeologist/gentleman detective investigation skills (and game mechanics) acting as the perfect complement to the comparatively more action-driven Ace Attorney trial scenes.
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Financial Post (Sep 03, 2014)
The title of crossover puzzler Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney refers to little within the story, in which Level-5’s good doctor of dilemmas and Capcom’s lightning quick litigator become allies and fast friends rather than opposing forces. It perhaps has more to do with the type of play each series represents, and maybe even the players themselves, some of whom likely hold greater allegiance to one style than the other. The game is, in other words, a chance for players to decisively determine which franchise appeals to them more.
60
Digitally Downloaded (Apr 08, 2014)
It's not that the game fails to offer something compelling; I sit there and take any individual piece of what went on in Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright, and I liked it. It's just that the attempt to mesh two very different kinds of games together without any real attempt to adjust how either plays simply doesn't work as well as it should on paper. So, again; fried chicken is awesome. Choc mint gelato is delicious. Combining the two is not the great experience that does justice to either flavour.
60
For a series to continue to be relevant from iteration to iteration its gameplay must evolve. Perhaps the fact Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is already two years old is explanation as to why we don’t see that here. Despite being a long time coming for North American fans, the real value here is more about getting two gameplay experiences for the price of one. That’s just enough to keep this one from being an average experience.
60
Professeur Layton et Phoenix Wright partagent leur sens de l'investigation et sans doute de nombreux joueurs. Amateurs des deux séries, nous attendions avec impatience ce cross-over improbable entre les licences de Level-5 et Capcom. Mais il y a une petite déception à la clef, même si Professeur Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney n'est pas mauvais. En effet, avec le mot versus dans le titre Professeur Layton vs Phoenix Wright : Ace Attorney, on attendait une solide confrontation entre les deux héros. En fait, les interactions entre les deux personnages ne seront que très ponctuelles. En fait, on a plutôt l'impression de jouer à tour de rôle à un jeu de chaque type avec les casse-têtes du Professeur Layton (70 énigmes) et les procès à la Ace Attorney.
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Gameblog.fr (Dec 28, 2012)
Impossible de ne pas être déçu après plusieurs années d'attente. Mais à l'aune du résultat, on se dit qu'il ne valait mieux pas les inviter. J'adore les spaghettis. J'adore aussi le Nutella. Mais avec un peu de bon sens, on évite de faire des mélanges contre-nature. C'est précisément le résultat de Layton VS Ace Attorney, une idée géniale et visiblement trop forte pour réunir ces deux entités dans le même espace. Le grand bond en avant technique ne peut rien contre des situations ennuyeuses et répétitives, parfois soutenues par une idéologie consternante. Où comment le pitch idéal est devenu en une seule et même cartouche le plus risible des Layton et, on a du mal à le croire, le plus mauvais des Phoenix Wright. La sentence est irrévocable.
 
Diehard GameFan (Sep 03, 2014)
While it isn’t the smoothest of mixtures, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright utilizes the very best of both franchises to create an exhilarating adventure. It has the puzzles, the courtroom drama, and the wacky characters we’ve grown to love. The presentation and story are downright fantastic to boot. It’s been a long wait for North America to get this game, and the wait has most certainly been worth it. This is one of the best 3DS games so far this year.