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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: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Dec 31, 2012
    10
    The biggest of the series in both cases and story twists, Trials and Tribulations is a masterpiece in adventure gaming and story telling...ifThe biggest of the series in both cases and story twists, Trials and Tribulations is a masterpiece in adventure gaming and story telling...if you have followed the previous two. The game is almost untouched and, except for few music tracks, it's still the same game with just new amazing cases and amazing characters (your opponent, Godot, it's probably one of the best opponents of the series, probably even better than Edgeworth). Again, what makes this game greater than the previous is the character roster and the stories of the cases, all well written and all with amazing twists that will really impress the player until they reach the ending credits...with the requirements of having played both of the previous games at least once. If you take this game for the first time, you might be confused of some events and some characters that come back from previous games. If you didn't, well you'll still get a very solid adventure game with really nothing wrong, but since the series is heavily tied and the stories have links, it's best played if you have the previous games. The only reason to not buy this game, if it's you really hate adventure games or, of course, never liked it in the first place (I don't like Super Mario games. It's tastes afterall!). Must buy if you want to finish this "trilogy". If you don't have the others...try it then and discover the series yourself. Will be worth the time. 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. Mar 13, 2014
    10
    What everybody said below is true. This game is FAN TASTIC!
    So many moments that will bewilder you, touch you, make you smile and enroll you!
    What everybody said below is true. This game is FAN TASTIC!
    So many moments that will bewilder you, touch you, make you smile and enroll you!
    Trials and tribulations is perhaps the greatest game I've ever played in the series.
    It's the 3rd in the series so playing the previous games REALLY adds to this one. Just like any saga, but Phoenix Wright is just something more. I highly recommend this series as one of my quickly to be, personal favourites.
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  4. Mar 13, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. el mejor juego de la saga y de los mejores de capcom todo es perfecto la música el controlar a mia la introduccion degodot y la perra de dalia y ver a phoenix joven.
    Los casos perfectos y personajes muy buejos
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  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. Apr 8, 2015
    9
    Having played AA, JfA, TT, AJ, AAI and now playing DD, I have to say that this game, Trials and Tribulations, is so far the best game in theHaving played AA, JfA, TT, AJ, AAI and now playing DD, I have to say that this game, Trials and Tribulations, is so far the best game in the whole series.

    There are 5 cases like in the first game that are, however, surprisingly consistently interesting, familiar characters return, this game presents one of the best villains in the whole series, the new prosecutor is pretty good and the final case is a blast.

    An ideal conclusion to the original trilogy and the best overall Ace Attorney game.
    I might change my mind after I finish DD (even though that seems highly unlikely, as so far I find that game a lot worse), PLVSAA or AAI2, but so far, I have enjoyed this game the most.
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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