Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
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  1. Jan 2, 2013
    40
    Impossible not to be disappointed after so long a wait. But when one witnesses the result, on will probably think that this cross-over wasn't meant to be. I love spaghetti, and I love chocolate spread, but with a little thinking, I wouldn't mix the two. Maybe that's how they should have contemplated this wedding between Layton and Wright. Even the brilliant production values, 3D transition and exquisite music are not enough to make us forget about the dull situations one has to repeat over and over again. It's the poorest of the Phoenix Wrights and the most laughable Layton.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 26, 2016
    6
    As a fan of the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton games this not only is a big disappointment, but it also is....well...let's just move on.As a fan of the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton games this not only is a big disappointment, but it also is....well...let's just move on.

    STORY: The story begins with a girl named Espella who is escaping from a bunch of black-flying-red-eye-creatures in car controlled by (insert the name of the guy i don't remember), eventually they end up in a car accident and the man tells Espella to look for Professor Layton, meanwhile Phoenix and Maya are visiting London...because of Attorney reasons. Eventually Espella finds Professor Layton and tells him all what happend + the fact that the black-flying-red-eye-creatures were actually witches, of course the Professor doubts about her testimony until his apprentice Luke let's one of the Witches get in the room and capture Espella, then they find her and send her into a boat and the Professor and Luke get trapped in a book, a crime occurs, Phoenix defends Espella, "Not Guilty", Phoenix and Maya get trapped in the book as well...oh god.

    I don't know how to explain it, but this story feels...bland, at no point does the story actually gets entreteining and on top of the main story, since this is also an Ace Attorney game, we also get uninteresting, boring, cliche and distracting mini-stories that are nowhere near as great as the normal Ace Attorney games. My biggest gripe with the type of way that they delivered the story is with the combining of the main stories of Professor Layton and the mini-stories of Ace Attorney, they tried their best to make it work, but this combination doesn't work at all and is one of the reasons mini-stories are MINI-STORIES!!!, you can't have this type of important stories on their own right with a main story because they distract from the point of the game, you can technically say that that's not true since side-quest do exist, but the difference there is that those are optional and don't distract from the main story, but here they just distract and i would of prefered the game having a main story and using the courtroom segments to reinforce that plot instead of creating an unimportant one.

    On top of that we have the characters, now i didn't mentioned the characters in my Ace Attorney review because many of them while important in their mini-stories, they really weren't important in the game as a whole, but i did mentioned that all of them were excellent in terms of design, personality, backstories and even names (this holds true for Professor Layton as well), but here is the complete opposite, aside from the main 4 we only get 3 remotely interesting characters, Espella, Sir Zacharias Barnham (the prosecutor or Inquisitor) and the High Inquisitor, every other character is bland, generic and not memorable overall, i mean ,do you remember Kira? i'm sure i don't, there is certainly no Ben & Trilo or Luke Atmey here.

    PRESENTATION: In this game they decided to go for a 3D look and it's actually pretty good, they translated every animation and added some new one's to the characters and many of the models look very nice and i actually prefer the model of Phoenix in this game over the one in Dual Destinies, but that's just me. The music is very nice, tho i feel like it doesn't live up to both series, but it's still a good soundtrack overall, the backgrounds are also very well done and another thing that is great is the cutscenes, which are done in a clean anime style that looks very nice. But not everything is perfect, the animations can get stiff at times, the framerate also stutters when there's too many characters on screen and the expressions...uuugh...ok the expressions of the characters were one of the things that i most enjoyed in the Ace Attorney games, but here every character when they get contradicted just put a "surprise" face and jumps back a little bit, that is soooooooo lame and boring, they ****** up something that i really enjoyed and that's just...uggh. The presentation is overall not as strong as the standards of either series, but i still consider it a decent presentation.

    GAMEPLAY: The gameplay is a mix between the courtroom segments of Ace Attorney and the Puzzles of Layton. In the Layton part you explore the overworld finding puzzles to resolve in different ways, you also find evidence and coins that you use to get clues in the puzzles or the courtrooms, which resolves the problem of getting stucked and in the courtroom parts you find contradictions in witnesses testimonies and use the evidence to point out the contradictions and press them to get more information, you might notice that i'm using plural sentences and that's because the biggest addition to the courtrooms is that you can interrogate multiple witnesses at once, but this only means that they will contradict themselves anyway so i don't see the point.

    Overall this is the weakest game of both series and a decent presentation doesn't save it from mediocrity, this is game i will never touch again. i'll give it a 6/10.
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  2. Jul 13, 2015
    10
    A truly fantastic crossover. However, its biggest flaw is that it is aimed at fans of both PL and AA, and people who have only played one ofA truly fantastic crossover. However, its biggest flaw is that it is aimed at fans of both PL and AA, and people who have only played one of the game series may be frustrated at some points. But, once you learn the ropes of the game, said "biggest flaw" becomes insignificant, and the game will become an experience you will not soon forget. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2015
    10
    I'm a fan of the Phoenix Wright series, so I picked this game up thinking it would be a cool game to play after I was finished playing PhoenixI'm a fan of the Phoenix Wright series, so I picked this game up thinking it would be a cool game to play after I was finished playing Phoenix Wright 3 on the 3DS. Playing the game immediately after playing a Phoenix Wright game made it pretty obvious that this game is short in some of the key Ace Attorney elements. My main complaint would be that every investigation sequence featuring Phoenix is very short and seems pretty shoe horned in.
    To be honest, this doesn't really detract that much from the game at all. It is still plenty long even without a whole lot of collecting clues and interrogating people. The two series worked really well together, and the court sequences are an exciting way to advance the story, even if a lot of the contradictions you find are similar to those in the Larry Butz "The Thinker" case.
    I agree that this game seems like more of a Professor Layton game with Ace Attorney elements, but who cares it is still an awesome game. Great music, cool characters, awesome story this game has it all! I am playing the Miracle Mask now, thanks to this game.
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