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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 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. While the game design has its issues and the localization bloopers are regretful, I still found myself glued to the DS—on my second play through.
  3. The few tweaks to the mechanics provide a better experience, complete with the tricky puzzles and amusing dialog that make the original so notable. [JPN Import]
  4. This is the most joyfully daft fun imaginable, bursting with in-jokes and hilarious set-pieces. [JPN Import]
  5. While by no means an accurate simulation of legal process, there's no denying the soapy dramatics, rich and endearing characters, and delightful wordplay puzzles make this a winner.
  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. You can’t forgive the absurd health meter, the retarded save system, the completely rehashed gameplay, or the misleading “clues”, but you’ll never forget the charming characters, witty dialog, and bizarre sexual conundrums.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. JoshM.
    Jan 20, 2007
    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
    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. Jun 11, 2014
    Even though many say that this game is the worst in the series, it still has that great soundtrack, captivating story, and that good old satisfying "OBJECTION!" This is a must for someone who's ready to play the whole series, and in the end, a solid entry in the crime genre. Expand
  4. AndrewC.
    Feb 13, 2007
    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. BaljotB.
    Apr 12, 2007
    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
  6. May 11, 2011
    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 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
  7. LeeB.
    Jan 16, 2007
    Slow pace - nothing new over the first game. Requires soem leaps of faith to solve some of the cases.

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