Why Ace Attorney is One of the Best Video Game Series of All Time

The Ace Attorney Series, or the Phoenix Wright games, are made by Capcom and for the longest time, they were an exclusive Nintendo DS game until a little while ago when it made its way to iOS and Android. The main premise of these games is that you, the player, are a defense attorney and the client, that is almost always innocent, is indicted on false charges and you need to clear his name.

Normally you would have a couple of weeks to prepare your case but in these games, there are only three days to go to court and investigate.

Boring concept to be honest, but here is why Capcom made it perfect. The story play is engaging and is not the typical “here is the villain and you win by a weird move” game, but it takes hours of gameplay in most of the “cases” or levels.

The Trilogy, which consists of Phoenix Wright: “Ace Attorney”, “Justice for All” and “Trials and Tribulations”, were made in the early 2000s, and ever since then it grew in popularity. Ace Attorney has not only been successful with selling games, but also with the critics. Metacritic has almost all of them rated 80% or higher except for Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney* which got a 78%, Justice for All with a 76%, and Apollo Justice with a 78%.

I personally played all of the games including every spin-off game except for the two Dai Gyakuten Saiban games. Gyakuten Saiban is the original Japanese name which translates into Ace Attorney. In fact, the “Objection” phrase is so prevalent in Japanese culture that it has appeared in anime like “No Game No Life” and many others. Aside from the “Objection”, this series has had a movie, manga (Japanese comic book), and also an anime.

Gameplay aside, these games have one of the best soundtracks that I have listened to. In fact, here is a sample of the core song of the original which came in 2001. Not only is that song good on the original soundtrack, but the entire OST is good.

Also aside from the gameplay, the dialogue is pretty funny as well. In addition to that, the names of the characters are also quite interesting. For example, Dick Gumshoe is a detective and Ben and Trill Oquist are a Ventriloquist duo.

I recommend for any one starting this series, to start with Ace Attorney then Justice for All, and so on until it reaches Spirit of Justice, the last game of the series. Furthermore, you do not need to have a Nintendo 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, the New Nintendo 3DS, at all to play this. It is available in the app stores for Apple and Google at the cost of $17 for all games in the Trilogy (Ace Attorney, Justice for All, Trials and Tribulations). It then drops to $15 for Dual Destinies and just $1 for Apollo Justice. The only game not to be on iOS or Android is the newest one, Spirit of Justice.


*=spin-off game

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