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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. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. DannyP.
    Nov 22, 2007
    10
    I have never, in my 14 years of gaming, been so engrossed in a game like I have with this. I played during school, during work, during the I have never, in my 14 years of gaming, been so engrossed in a game like I have with this. I played during school, during work, during the night until 3 in the morning, nonstop. This game is a beautiful end to a perfect series. The stories are all tied together over the last few games, and it all culminates to the greatest final case ever. I highly doubt that I will ever find a game to fill the hole that will be left by this game. If you own a DS, you owe it to yourself to go out and buy this game (After playing the first two, of course). 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. May 7, 2013
    10
    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 storyThe 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
  4. Jun 11, 2014
    10
    Out of the first three games, this one has the best story of all of them. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me proud that IOut of the first three games, this one has the best story of all of them. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me proud that I decided to play these games, and heck, games in general. Expand
  5. ChrisA.
    Dec 26, 2007
    10
    I have played all three Phoenix Wright games to the end, and I have to say that if this one is indeed the very last, it will be a sad time. A I have played all three Phoenix Wright games to the end, and I have to say that if this one is indeed the very last, it will be a sad time. A really great storyline that ties all three games together neatly, and it's just plain fun! Not many games have caught my attention so well like these have, and I'm not even fond of lawyer style games. Expand
  6. ThomasP.
    Dec 3, 2007
    9
    Trials and Tribulations is so good you'll miss it when it's over.
  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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