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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. 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: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. SergioC.
    Jan 9, 2007
    9
    Not as good as the original. I hear number three is the best.
  3. 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.
  4. AndrewC.
    Feb 13, 2007
    8
    The only problem with this amazing game is that it's little different from the original. Also, there's no fifth case that takes The only problem with this amazing game is that it's little different from the original. Also, there's no fifth case that takes full advantage of the DS capabilities, which is disappointing. Otherwise, this is some new great court action! Do it. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Dec 31, 2012
    7
    Definitely not the best of the series, due to the biggest difficulty leap from the very beginning and, sometimes, the hard logic behind theDefinitely not the best of the series, due to the biggest difficulty leap from the very beginning and, sometimes, the hard logic behind the clues. However, it's still a great adventure game at its finest, with still solid and remarkable characters and a good length. Only small addition is the psychic locks, which you'll literally see through the heart of people, in order to discover if they are or not the criminal...which can spoiler a bit, but still works great and, in the end, you'll still have to do the hard work: find out HOW the murder was done. But again, it's the difficulty that makes this game very hard for beginners (this was my first game of the series so...), but probably less harder for "veterans" of the first game. Also the game has only 4 cases, with the first one functioning as both a tutorial (which is still hard for beginners) and as a proper case. Afterall that, it's still a good game to buy and also pretty vital in order to understand the events of the sequel (and the previous too. At least a few details). Worth a buy if you're wanting to follow the series, or else you might be discouraged to even continue. Expand
  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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