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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: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Pekka
    Sep 7, 2007
    10
    The best of the series. All 5 cases were interesting (unlike the cases in last two games), and plenty of more surprises in storyline. The best of the series. All 5 cases were interesting (unlike the cases in last two games), and plenty of more surprises in storyline. Excellent experience, I say! 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. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    AA:PW was great, AA:JFA was quite inferior but still good.

    AA:TAT is just as superior to AA:PW as AA:JFA was inferior to it. A glorious
    AA:PW was great, AA:JFA was quite inferior but still good.

    AA:TAT is just as superior to AA:PW as AA:JFA was inferior to it. A glorious story with possibly the least wrong plot devices I've ever seen, immense plot twists and surprises, emotional characters of all kinds, a gameplay easily as good as the first one if not even better, and just about every single last thing you would've expected from an Ace Attorney game.

    Sure the replayability is still pretty much null, and although there has been a bit of progress from the past AA games in terms of diverse pathways to use(sometimes you can use different items for the same question and it does lead to a tiny bit of a different response from the prosecutor or judge), you still go through the same story. And in this story just like the last one, Maya is a Damsel in Distress and I just don't see her as the type of character to fit that role. But these minor quibbles don't even harm Trials and Tribulations, as this game constantly amazes with every plot twist and every story thread coming together to create this intricate and beautiful tapestry of drama, fun, sadness, comedy, and thinking that does its mix just about perfectly. I'd give it 95/100 but I can't so it'll be 10.

    By far the one that gave me the most feelings and memories of the whole series, with a complexity that still stuns me with how every plot twist worked, was surprising, and just gave another layer of depth to everything...
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  4. Jul 3, 2018
    10
    Logra igualar al Justice for All, con una increíble historia, con gran banda sonora, y en especial... el desarrollo de los personajes.
  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. Jul 8, 2016
    9
    Finally, i've completed the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. It was a fun ride and now i'm going to jump to Apollo once i finish this, but forFinally, i've completed the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. It was a fun ride and now i'm going to jump to Apollo once i finish this, but for now i can safely say, without a doubt in my mind, that Trials and Tribulations, for what i've played so far, is the BEST Ace Attorney game that there is.

    STORY: Trials and Tribulations does something pretty creative and it actually has both an overarching plot and mini-stories through the cases. BUT! ,unlike that crossover with Layton, the game understand that having both of them at the same time is not a good idea at all, so instead of that, the overarching plot gets mentioned here and there thought out the game (specially in case 1 & 4), but it doesn't distract from the mini-stories of each case, now THAT'S how you do it. The game presents 5 different cases which go from great to great great to genius to LEGENDARY!. Honestly while i prefer case 4 from Justice for All over many of these cases, i would be lying if i said that this game is now incredibly consistent with it's case quality and to be honest even though i feel Justice for All is underrated, i do feel like the consistency there was good, but not the level of these game.

    Now in terms of the characters introduced i have to say that Godot is awesome, he competes with Edgeworth in terms of which one is my favorite. His motives, backstory, attitude and dialog is incredible and fleshed out, not to mention that his character design looks super cool and the fact that he's a coffee addict...and that he throws it at Phoenix for a number of occasions is just the icing on the cake. Aside from him we also get returning Maya Fey and Pearl, which are just as good as before, the characters of every case are once again wacky and great to interact with...for the most part. Oh and i almost forgot to mention that this game introduced one of the most evil villains i've seen in awhile, i won't say who it is, but you will immediately know as soon as you complete case 1.

    PRESENTATION: Trials and Tribulations is apparently 3.3 times bigger than the original Ace Attorney, but the graphics are still the same. Aside from the new sprites, animations, backgrounds and voice clips it's pretty much the same. There is one new sprite for Phoenix that i won't spoil, but those who have finished the game know what i'm talking about. We actually get to play as Mia Fey in this game and her sprite work is very well made. Overall there's really nothing new here in terms of the graphics, but the music is another story. Once again we have some kick-*** tunes that fit the moments very well. Caught, Telling the Truth 2004 and Pleeeeease Listen! are among my favorites, but then we have Godot's theme: The Fragrance of Black Coffee...which is just pure magic and of course the amazing, downright EPIC! return of... Cornered!, which in this game actually got a pretty good remix and it plays just at the right moment of the game to make the scene so...LEGENDARY!

    GAMEPLAY: Trials and Tribulation in this department is no different from Justice for All, so i won't spend any time on going into the game mechanics all over again. All you have to know is that the formula is back and it still good. Go see my Justice for All review if you want more detail.

    Well then this one was a short one, but you can only comment so much about something that's just like previus thing with minimum differences for so long without getting redundant. But anyway Trials and Tribulations is a game that definitely focuses on the story, the part that is the most important one in a visual novel and it does an amazing job. Now i can definitely call this my favorite in the trilogy and the best Ace Attorney game i played so far. Please give it chance if you have the opportunity, it will be worth it.

    I'll give it a 9/10.
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  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