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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, 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. 90
    Invested Phoenix fans get five well-written, twist-filled cases to end a trilogy that unquestionably deserves a seat right next to titans like Maniac Mansion and the Space Quest series. Just make sure you play the first two Ace Attorneys first -- this is one courtroom you shouldn't enter unprepared.
  3. Phoenix Wright lays down the law for the third time in two years, and the outcome is no different from before: we've got another excellent DS graphic-text adventure on our hands. [Dec 2007, p.85]
  4. 80
    [Trials and Tribulations] much like the titles that preceded it, is fueled by a quirky and colorful cast that you'll remember long after the experience is over.
  5. A classic case of it "if it isn't broke, don't fix it", Trials and Tribulations carries on the series' high quality and is a fitting end to the trilogy, but it won't convert anyone waiting for the series to break out of its somewhat rigid menu-driven process of elimination.
  6. 80
    It'd be interesting to see what would happen if Capcom took this same mechanic and setup and actually created courtroom dramas that weren't goofy and crazy. Nevertheless, one has to appreciate Phoenix Wright just for the fairly unique niche it holds in the videogame space.
  7. 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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  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
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  1. May 7, 2013
    The original Phoenix Wright trilogy is amazing. this game is by far the best in the trilogy, Hell it's the best in the whole series. The story is amazing. The characters are all memorable and hilarious. And while the soundtrack is weak compared to the first 2 games soundtracks it is still a really good soundtrack. And the writing is amazingly done. Just like the first 2 games it won't appeal to everyone but for the people who want a amazing story i would really recommend it. Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2012
    The 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
  3. May 11, 2011
    Best of the trilogy. It's got fun, awesome cases and the end is a seriously intense rollercoaster. If you liked the first games be prepared to be blown away by this one! Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2013
    The best of the trilogy, and it's worth playing through them just for this.
    It pains me when I realize there won't be another Ace Attorney
    game as good as this one. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2014
    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...
  6. Feb 17, 2014
    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 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
  7. Mar 14, 2012
    "Trials and Tribulations" is the best of the Phoenix Wright trilogy. You play as the titular "ace attorney" Phoenix Wright who, with help from his psychic friends, unearths the secrets of the cases and clients he defends in court. The riveting drama is creative and unforgettable, much more so than the prior games. There are two types of gameplay: investigation & court. Investigation is the weakest of the two, often confusing and drab. But after gathering all the necessary evidence, you are thrown into a thrilling battle royale of wits and logic. Presenting evidence and cross examining witnesses is always fun, and the reward is never short of exceptional. If you're a fan of story driven games, and don't find some of the more dull moments in investigation, this game is for you. Expand

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