The game takes place in an urban city set in 2016 and later; for the Japanese versions, this city is somewhere in Japan, while the English localization places the games in Los Angeles, California.
The fictional future justice system is such that when a person is accused of a crime, they are immediately given a bench trial presided by a judge, a prosecuting attorney from the state, and a defense attorney that must completely prove the accused innocent of the crime. Trials last 3 days at most, due to the large number of cases that the courts must deal with; if the accused cannot be found innocent after this time, their case is consigned to a higher court. The majority of the work during a trial is on the shoulders of the defense attorney who must cross-examine the witnesses brought forth by the prosecution to find contradictions in testimony to clear their client.
The playable character is Phoenix Wright. He is a rookie lawyer fresh out of law school in the first game, taking a position at Fey & Co. Law Offices run by Mia Fey, a defense attorney that helped to acquit Wright of murder several years prior to the events of the first game. When Mia is murdered, Wright takes over the offices with the assistance of Maya Fey, Mia’s younger sister, and renames the office “Wright & Co. Law Offices”. The Fey family have the ability to channel spirits, which sometimes allows Maya to channel Mia’s spirit for Wright to help in court. Wright develops a rivalry with prosecuting attorney Miles Edgeworth as they oppose each other in court…
Is a mixture of visual novel and adventure that works really well. First we collect evidence on various places as we examine murder and witnesses. Once that’s compete (there’s no way to miss items, I think) we go the main part of the game: the court.
There we present evidence, fight against witnesses with items we found, and discover slowly who really is the villain and how they did it, and why.
Ace Attorney is deep down a story about humans and how they fuck up, and all with a healthy dose of mirth that when things get tight save the situation.
All the cases weren’t heavy, but the last one is double the size of the previous ones, and also much more intense.
Phoenix Wright is a good MC, he’s just finished passing his bar exam when he gets involved in having to fight easily manipulated judges by the prosecutor, fight said prosecutor, and having a ridiculous low time to piece together a case (3 days).
Where the game shines is really the characters, specially Maya, Mia, Edgeworth, Gumshoe, et al. I found myself attached to them, quirks and all, and wanting to play more but at the same time feeling so satisfied I didn’t want to poke it and just bask in the warm feeling of a job well done.
I found myself sweating alongside Phoenix because I didn’t know who the culprits were, and I had to piece it slowly as the prosecutors threw new witnesses and items we hadn’t seen before. It was a sweat well spent.
I’m in love with Shu Takumi (creator of the this and Ghost Trick) because of how likable and human the cast felt, and how the cases were always logical and made sense after presenting evidences (there was maybe two times where evidence didn’t make sense to present on specific lines but, I’ll let it slide xD).
Happy gaming everyone! ～(^з^)-☆
Have you heard about this game before? Have you played it? If so, I’d love to know what you think of it!