Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS)


A couple of days ago, I got Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Play-Asia. The game was released a year ago in Japan and Europe got it this March. The game I bought is the Japanese version called Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten. Strange since I don’t speak or read Japanese. The beauty part is that you can choose between Japanese or English text. More puplisher should do that, thanks Capcom.

You play as Phoenix Wright who recently became an attorney. So you pretty fresh in the game. This is basicly a text adventure with manga graphics. Simple, but very effectfull. It brings back memories from the point-’n-click games on the PC.

The game have 5 cases. The first one is fearly short and simpel, but it shows how the game work. On the second and the following cases, there is much more to do. First you have a crimescene where you collect evidence. The evidence leads to some people or other places to see. The game is very linear, so you only go to court when all the evidences is collected. When in court, you will defend you client innocents. You can present the evidence for the witnesses to get the hole truth. And if you good, you win.

This is actually the fourth game in the Gyakuten Saiban series. The first three was released on Game Boy Advance, but only in Japan. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is the first to be released in the West. On October 26th, the second game on DS is released in Japan and it’s called Gyakuten Saiban 2. The game will be released in the US and Europe next year under the name Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All. You can allready pre-order the Japanese version from Play-Asia at only $29.99 and it have English text. I’ve preorder and can’t wait. In the meantime, I will finish the first game.

(You can also get the game at Lik-Sang.com).