Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All DS

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  • Summary: The second game in the popular court room battle series from Japan introduces four new cases featuring new characters, plot twists and gameplay features. Players resume the role of Phoenix Wright, a defence attorney who must prove his client’s innocence against the toughest of odds and mostThe second game in the popular court room battle series from Japan introduces four new cases featuring new characters, plot twists and gameplay features. Players resume the role of Phoenix Wright, a defence attorney who must prove his client’s innocence against the toughest of odds and most ruthless of adversaries. Players must exercise their legal prowess as they collect evidence, examine witnesses, analyse testimonies and seek the truth to ensure that justice prevails. New "Psyche-Lock" feature – some witnesses may be keeping the truth under tight lock and key, so in order to break them down, successfully open up their Psyche- Locks with a series of correct questions or catch them on their inconsistent testimony. New life bar represents Phoenix’s status in court – by presenting incorrect evidence or following misguided attempts to break Psyche Locks, Phoenix’s life bar will go down; the only way to regain this stat is to successfully open a witness’s Psyche-Lock. Colourful cast of characters include both new & familiar faces: Franziska von Karma – the new D.A. and daughter of former adversary, Manfred von Karma, is on the warpath to take Phoenix down and avenge her father by any means necessary; Maya Fey – having honed her psychic powers, she is now a mystic of the Kurain Channeling Technique and will continue to be a valuable ally for Phoenix in his trials; Pearl Fey – Maya’s cousin is an up and coming psychic herself and looks up to her as a role model. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. The humour from the original game returns in full flow, too. A lot of the dialogue is laugh out loud funny. [JPN Import]
  2. I hope that future Phoenix Wright titles are able to keep the character and plot development at the same level achieved in Phoenix Wright: Justice For All.
  3. While not as good as the original, Phoenix Wright and his comrades still manage to entertain and deliver with a fantastic script and engaging courtroom drama.
  4. This is the most joyfully daft fun imaginable, bursting with in-jokes and hilarious set-pieces. [JPN Import]
  5. Justice for All is a good, lengthy adventure with great character-driven storylines, but it fails to build upon the promising groundwork laid by the first game.
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    72
    Perfect for Phoenix fans who want more cases, but with only four stories you'll be left wanting. It still offers great gameplay, it just doesn't last very long. [Apr 2007, p.82]
  7. Characters encountered along the way are memorable and as charming as in the original. But the amount of text that must be plowed through makes it feel more like a modern rehash of the popular "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series than an adventure most will stick with for hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. JoshM.
    Jan 20, 2007
    10
    If I could bring myself to look at it objectively, I would give this game a lower score. However, the writing is just too freaking good If I could bring myself to look at it objectively, I would give this game a lower score. However, the writing is just too freaking good (though not Alexander O. Smith good), coupled with the awesome presentation, for it to get anything but a 10. Expand
  2. Stefan
    Jan 29, 2007
    9
    It's a must-play. The gamplay is identical to the previous one (minus a couple of things), but the cases are much more imaginative and gripping.
  3. Mar 6, 2016
    9
    Went into this game expecting it to be worse than the original, due to the reviews...came out of it thinking it's just as good.
    Great new
    Went into this game expecting it to be worse than the original, due to the reviews...came out of it thinking it's just as good.
    Great new characters, more 'lol' humor, relatively shorter cases with less fumbling around at the investigation parts, and the final case has got to be one of the best in the series.

    Only gripe is that the difficulty is a bit more harsh than the original, so I had a few game overs that took quite a few minutes to get back from since the text skipping is pretty slow. Not sure if it's new or my game is bugged on 3DS but my health bar didn't even replenish during court recess...

    Don't skip this one if you liked the first and is skeptical about playing the 2nd one from reading the reviews...it's worth the time. Plus, it makes the 3rd game even more enjoyable than it is.
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  4. BaljotB.
    Apr 12, 2007
    8
    An excellent game, with varied cases. Break out your logic, because you're definitely going to be needing it here. The game is hard, and An excellent game, with varied cases. Break out your logic, because you're definitely going to be needing it here. The game is hard, and at times incredibly frustrating, but hell, we need some difficulty from Nintendo game. Things that definitely need to be added in future PW games- the ability to load from the game, instead of having to shut it off and turn it back on. S'more customization options (sound, text speed, etc) would be nice. And in ANY text adventure game, you shouldn't have to read along with the text, but be able to just double-tap and have the full text displayed. I don't care if it's not immersive, it's just a pain in the ass to have to wait for the text to finish when you're 10 seconds ahead of it. Otherwise, a great game with hilarious writing, and somehow it managed to stay immune to the usual crappy translation from Japanese to English. If you can stand the slow pace in the investigation parts outside of court, than you'll love this game. Expand
  5. May 11, 2011
    7
    Not my favorite from the series but the mere fact that you need to play the cases to understand Trials and Tribulations (one of my favoriteNot my favorite from the series but the mere fact that you need to play the cases to understand Trials and Tribulations (one of my favorite games of all time) makes this easily worth the playthrough. If you're having a hard time getting through this one then take comfort in the fact that Trials and Tribulations will be amazing. Expand
  6. Apr 8, 2015
    7
    I am sad to say that after the first game, this game was quite a disappointment for me. The new prosecutor did not amuse me, the cases wereI am sad to say that after the first game, this game was quite a disappointment for me. The new prosecutor did not amuse me, the cases were not as interesting as in the first game (only the final one is good), the game is shorter overall and has only 4 cases this time and there is not case like in the first game that would actually make use of additional features of Nintendo DS.

    However, even though I find the game not as amusing as its predecessor, so as not to hate, this game actually offers some new game play elements as well, you will be able to present character profiles, Phoenix gets a magatama power that allows him to uncover hidden secrets of various people (my favorite Ace Attorney mechanic thus far) and the penalty system is refined (instead of a set number of penalties, each individual choice during the trial may have a different impact on the penalty received, meaning that more important choices are more punished if the right evidence is not chosen or a wrong decision is made).

    Don't misunderstand, this is still a great game and a must play because of the fact that it continues the story, however, as an Ace Attorney game, it is simply not that good.
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  7. LeeB.
    Jan 16, 2007
    4
    Slow pace - nothing new over the first game. Requires soem leaps of faith to solve some of the cases.

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