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PostSubject: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:22 am

Metachronos overall score = 8.0 / 10

Positive
- New forensic investigation abilities add much-needed variety
- Improved visual presentation
- Last case is quite interesting and provides a good payoff

Negative
- Flaws such as slow pacing and linear, trial-and-error gameplay are still here
- Forensic investigation tools are underused
- New characters aren't as charming and interesting as the old ones

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney focuses surprisingly enough on...Apollo Justice, an attorney with more than a passing resemblance to the series' previous star, Phoenix Wright. Apollo is young, has spiked hair, lacks confidence in court, and even has a young, quirky girl for a sidekick. In addition to Apollo, there are many new characters, some who are interesting, but few of whom are as endearing as the characters from the Phoenix Wright games. The good news for anyone suffering from nostalgia is that quite a few familiar faces make appearances throughout the game. The judge, Winston Payne, and a few other more notable people make their presence felt here. Returning characters are a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they're a nice way of tying the two story arcs together, but on the other hand, they serve to show how the new cast isn't quite as endearing as the old one.



There are four turnabouts (cases), all of which find you defending a client accused of murder. The first three cases are solid but aren't anything special. It's the last case that steals the show. It's interesting, it has a number of genuinely intriguing twists and turns, and it weaves a number of past cases together into one really compelling finale. The writing is as witty as ever (if not a bit more long-winded), and you'll notice various pop-culture references to U2, Harry Potter, Bon Jovi, and more. For the most part it's business as usual with regard to gameplay. You'll spend your time out of court investigating crime scenes, collecting evidence, and interviewing witnesses. The in-court proceedings are almost completely unchanged. You'll cross-examine witnesses and present evidence and profiles to support your position in hopes of getting the judge to hand down a "not guilty" verdict. There are a few nice-looking full-motion video sequences, character sprites are larger and more detailed, and the courtroom, lobby, and detention center have finally been redrawn. None of these improvements drastically enhance the way the game plays, but when you're genuinely excited that there's a new piece of artwork in the defendant's lobby, you know it was time for a change. Apollo Justice's music isn't quite as catchy as the music in previous games (admittedly the bar has been set pretty high), but it's still enjoyable and fits each character well. If you've played and loved all of the previous Ace Attorney games, you'll be able to once again look past the series' inherent flaws and will love what Apollo Justice has to offer. If you're someone who feels that the franchise is in need of an overhaul, you'll likely be disappointed at how little things have changed. Problems and all, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is a good game that's worth playing.





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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:41 am

looks pretty good for da ds

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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:09 am

indeed

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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:17 am

ninja!

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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:00 pm

this game dosen't feature ninjas

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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:01 pm

so? it features super evil chickens right?

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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:03 pm

i don't know

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PostSubject: Re: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney ( DS )   Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:22 pm

nooooooooooooo!

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