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  • Summary: Players star as a defense attorney, who must prove a seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. Phoenix faces the toughest prosecutor yet as the mysterious hard-boiled "Godot" tries to take him down at any cost. Players must collect evidence, surveyPlayers star as a defense attorney, who must prove a seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. Phoenix faces the toughest prosecutor yet as the mysterious hard-boiled "Godot" tries to take him down at any cost. Players must collect evidence, survey crime scenes, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. With the return of the popular "psyche-lock" interrogation tool from the previous title, "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All," players have to overcome even more intense courtroom standoffs in order to close the case. Maya Fey is a bright young girl that aids Phoenix in his trials; she harnesses her psychic powers which are useful in a pinch. Godot - the mysterious, hard-boiled prosecutor makes his appearance. Play as two lawyers - relive Mia's rookie days from the past and Phoenix's current cases in the present. Two distinct gameplay segments: Investigation phase - survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence that will be used in court; Court phase - present findings from the investigation to support your case, listen to testimonies and examine witnesses. "Psyche-Lock" system - break down tough witnesses with a series of correct questions or catch them on inconsistencies. Touch screen interface progresses players through the game. Microphone can be used to yell "Objection!" and "Hold it!" as you cross examine witnesses. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. The story is deep and well thought out, the script at times dark, at times humorous, but always entertaining.
  2. The story is phenomenal, the music is some of the best, and it leaves Phoenix Wright and friends off on a spectacular note.
  3. 85
    Why complain if “more of the same” is serving up consistent goodness?
  4. This is the last entry of the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. It includes all-new runabouts that are set in the past and present of the ace attorney. The story is very well-driven, and it links every character in the game with each other, leading to a great conclusion. Sure, it's not the best DS game at a technical level, but it offers everything that we want in a Phoenix Wright game: it's fun, big, interesting and charming.
  5. The premise may seem downright ridiculous and this is reinforced by the witty, pun-filled dialogue bursting with enough memorable and laugh-out-loud quotes to inflame one's haemorrhoids. The actual cases themselves can, however, be quite sombre and very touching at times – sure, you will laugh, but you may also shed a tear.
  6. games(TM)
    80
    Capcom’s writer-translators have crafted a cast of believable characters to root for, two utterly detestable villains, and a script so dramatic and humorous that you’ll wish every game had this much care poured into it. [Dec 2007, p.116]
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    Often you’ll present a piece of evidence on a hunch and find him explaining it far beyond your own understanding. The result is a distance from the story, and a reminder of the paucity of interactivity on offer. [Nov 2007, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. DannyP.
    Nov 22, 2007
    10
    I have never, in my 14 years of gaming, been so engrossed in a game like I have with this. I played during school, during work, during the I have never, in my 14 years of gaming, been so engrossed in a game like I have with this. I played during school, during work, during the night until 3 in the morning, nonstop. This game is a beautiful end to a perfect series. The stories are all tied together over the last few games, and it all culminates to the greatest final case ever. I highly doubt that I will ever find a game to fill the hole that will be left by this game. If you own a DS, you owe it to yourself to go out and buy this game (After playing the first two, of course). Expand
  2. Cynthia
    May 10, 2009
    10
    All three games were wonderful, but Trails and Tribulations is simply the best game in the series. The music was good, the cases were All three games were wonderful, but Trails and Tribulations is simply the best game in the series. The music was good, the cases were interesting, and the characters were like always entertaiming. I really enjoyed it! I almost cried at the end because it was the last game of Phoenix Wright. I really did. Almost. But...! You really have to play 1 & 2 first, or you don't get the whole story! It's a perfect end of the series, thanks, Capcom! Court is adjourned! Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2014
    10
    After watching Ace Attorney Justice for All on youtube I decided to get this game and it was great, fun story and very entertaining.After watching Ace Attorney Justice for All on youtube I decided to get this game and it was great, fun story and very entertaining. Definitely a must play. Expand
  4. Jul 3, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's truly an EPIC finale to the trilogy. The addition of one additional chapter is nice. I love the flashbacks and the part where you play as Edgeworth. They really make the game more interesting. Seeing as the last chapter features almost all of the Ace Attorney Alumni, it's been executed very well. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2014
    10
    Music especially was well done, All the cases had interesting twists. Case #5 makes this game. If you like Phoenix's other two games you willMusic especially was well done, All the cases had interesting twists. Case #5 makes this game. If you like Phoenix's other two games you will love this one for sure, as the story-lines tie up nicely in one case. I don't cry often but this game hit great areas with strong emotions all though-out this game. Must Buy. Expand
  6. ThomasP.
    Dec 3, 2007
    9
    Trials and Tribulations is so good you'll miss it when it's over.
  7. Komino
    Feb 25, 2009
    7
    As this is the 3rd game in the series most players will have a strong connection to the characters and the genre. The game is much of the As this is the 3rd game in the series most players will have a strong connection to the characters and the genre. The game is much of the same from the previous games but without hitting the highs of the first. A must for a fan but check out the first game for anyone who's yet to experience Phoenix Wright. Expand

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#5 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007