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  • Summary: Dual Destinies brings us the return of courtroom hero Phoenix Wright. Set 8 years after his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It's up to Phoenix Wright and his team at the WrightDual Destinies brings us the return of courtroom hero Phoenix Wright. Set 8 years after his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It's up to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney titles, as they defend the accused. Expand

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  1. Positive: 55 out of 63
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  1. Nov 11, 2013
    100
    A masterpiece that raises the bar for the series, employing all of its strengths and eliminating the vast majority of its weaknesses. This fifth mainline entry pays homage to its heritage while paving the way for the franchise going forward. Here’s hoping that the next turnabout doesn’t come with another six-year wait.
  2. Oct 25, 2013
    90
    Wonderfully witty as ever, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is another excellent entry into the Ace Attorney series.
  3. Oct 24, 2013
    88
    Any fan of the series should be considering buying this game, as long as they don't mind the lack of physical version or not being translated into any other language but English. There's little innovation here, but it's addictive, fun and satisfying.
  4. Oct 24, 2013
    80
    Phoenix Wright’s triumphant return to the courtroom has been matched by a game worth of such an event. Sure, it is more of the same, but with more variety, a new set of great characters and it looks really nice to boot.
  5. Nov 12, 2013
    80
    The narrative that runs through that world isn’t always focused as it could be, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a largely excellent visual novel adventure.
  6. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    Fans will be happy that Phoenix Wright was able to localize it – it really would have been a massive injustice if this game never saw the light of day outside of Japan, as Dual Destinies is up there with the best entries in the franchise.
  7. Oct 24, 2013
    60
    Dual Destinies is disappointing. In general it's more of the same Phoenix Wright we've come to know and love, but the stories and characters are horribly weak.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 52
  2. Negative: 3 out of 52
  1. Oct 24, 2013
    10
    I have always loved the Phoenix Wright games, witty humor with dialogue that makes you think so you can unravel and defend your client. II have always loved the Phoenix Wright games, witty humor with dialogue that makes you think so you can unravel and defend your client. I even enjoyed Apollo Justice, and Miles Edgeworth that were included in this wonderful series. I must say though, this game takes Phoenix Wright and moves the game in a superb direction. Yes, I know you have to download the game and that their is no physical copies but trust me, if you like Phoenix Wright then your going to want to download this game. I have only played thirty minutes into the game(plus the demo before the game was released on the eshop), and I can honestly say I love this game, for its graphics and the story line that I'm so intrigued to learn more about to figure out what this story and its five cases(plus an extra one you can download) are all about!!!!!! Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    Although the original trilogy were merely untouchable at this point; Dual Destinies still managed to blow me away with the amount of EXCELLENTAlthough the original trilogy were merely untouchable at this point; Dual Destinies still managed to blow me away with the amount of EXCELLENT story writing with each and every cast of characters that were introduced in this brand new game. What's genuinely surprising was that I actually grew to care for most of the new casts by the end of the game and really wouldn't mind about the fact that some of its series' popular "alumni" didn't make their returns as long as the story's captivating, all an'all I'M FINE with this new production and I can't wait for more, Capcpom! (Wait.... Objection!) Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2017
    10
    What can I say? I love this game. I have made sure to play all the games in order (AA, JFA, T&T, Investigations, Apollo Justice,What can I say? I love this game. I have made sure to play all the games in order (AA, JFA, T&T, Investigations, Apollo Justice, Investigations 2, and now this one.) Next I will be playing PW meets Layton which I'm sure will be good. I was hesitant about Apollo when he was introduced in his game, but by the end of the game, I loved him. Same story here with Athena. Ace Attorney series is one game that can introduce new characters without ruining everything. Simon Blackquill is chill af and Athena's powers are very cool. They even added a little checklist thing so you don't have to rely on a walkthrough if you get stuck (I try not to use it too much so it's not like handholding). Overall, great game, great story in this game, and I really enjoyed every episode (unlike some of the other games). I actually didn't expect the ending to this game (in the other games the end is kind of predictable). One of the best games in the series and I'm sure there's more to come. I only have PW meets PL and Spirit of Justice left to play, so hopefully they can come out with another game before I finish those! (a Switch Ace Attorney would be lit) Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2016
    8
    After reviewing the first 4 Ace Attorney game I see no reason to wait any longer for DD

    STORY: The story of DD begins 1 year after the
    After reviewing the first 4 Ace Attorney game I see no reason to wait any longer for DD

    STORY: The story of DD begins 1 year after the events of Apollo Justice. Phoenix gets his attorney's badge back, along with Apollo and new character Athena Cykes. Because of this the Wright Anything Agency finally goes back to lawyering and with this you'll have resolve 5 cases in order to stop what the game calls "The Dark Age Of The Law". Basicly a series of events that happend years ago made people distrust both Attorney's and Prosecutors and it's up to us to put an end to this.

    The characters introduced in this game are not the best, but also not the worst either. Athena is a likable character that in my opinion rivals the likes of Maya for best companion I've had, her interactions and colorful personality make her a welcome edition. The game definitely focuses on Athena the majority of the time, which can bother some players, but I really wanted to learn Athena's, very dark, backstory, so focusing on her wasn't really an issue for me. Apollo this time around is more experienced and more bad*** than ever and we got to see more of his childhood, but that's about it for him. New rival prosecutor, Simon Blackquill, does a great job of being the guy who constantly interrupts you and throws your theories to the ground, heck he literally attacks you in court with a freaking Katana and yells "SILENCE!" when he wants you to shut up. His backstory may not be all that interesting, but he's still a great character. There's also a new detective, Bobby Fulbright, who is just amazing every time you see him, he's a champion of JUSTICE! And never fails to put a smile on my face with his wacky interactions...however he does have a problem in the end of the game that ruined the character for me. Other than that the secondary, characters like Trucy or pretty much anyone else have little purpose, but to keep the story going and their wacky personalities make the investigation segments more entertaining. Really my only big problem with the characters is Phoenix himself, since now he doesn't act like the mature Phoenix from last time, but rather he now he seems to have forgot everything that he has learned and acts like the Phoenix from the first game...WHAT?! This completely annihilates his character arc from the previus 4 games and while I'm still glad he's back, I feel that giving Phoenix his old characterisation was a mistake.

    PRESENTATION: Do you remember the sprites from the previus games? Well throw those out of the window because now we have 3D my friend! Yes every character and background are now in the 3D realm...and it looks pretty good. Do you remember how in my PW vs PL review that I prefer the model of Phoenix in that game to the one over here? While I still have that same opinion, this Phoenix and every other character has something that PW vs PL lacked...EXPRESSIONS! Every character is expressive and well animates which is one of the things I enjoyed the most in the other games and DD does a great job. The old animations have been converted flawlessly and new ones look just as good. And you won't guess this part, but the soundtrack is AMAZING! and this time they used real instruments for the songs and it sounds goooooooood. Now there's even some really well made artwork that looks very smooth. My only complaint here would be the voice acting for the anime style cutscenes. While the animation is self is fine, the voice acting can be sometimes at the levels of Symphony of the night and I'm really not exaggerating, but since these scenes are few and far between they aren't a big issue.

    GAMEPLAY: You want me to explain the mechanics? Go see my other Ace Attorney reviews, because I don't like repeating myself...you did? Good, now let's see the new stuff. First of all the investigation segments have seen a pretty good improvement, now you can go to any place at any time, making navigation more streamlined than before. When you examine scenes the game will let you know what you have examined making the process a lot faster, plus since most of the background are now 3D you can rotate and look the crime scenes from different angles...and yes I said CRIME SCENES, because unfortunately DD doesn't let you examine anything that that it doesn't have relevance to the plot, which is big mistake in my opinion, because examining other places led to more wacky and funny interactions that are now completely missing. The new gameplay element is Athena's Widget, which lets her hear people's emotions when they're testifying, if you see a contradictory emotion you point it out. It works well, but I feel like it was used way too much in places were presenting evidence would've done the job perfectly fine.

    In the end DD is a great game, however I believe only fans of the franchise should try it out...But if you're a newcomer then you should start with square one.

    With that said i'll give Dual Destinies an 8/10
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  5. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    I was able to get the game on sale, and I consider it to have been worth the price I paid for it ($17). I don't think it would have been worthI was able to get the game on sale, and I consider it to have been worth the price I paid for it ($17). I don't think it would have been worth $30 because of its limited replay value. With that said, I felt like this release is a solid entry in the series. The characters and writing are consistent with prior games. The only downside is that the cases themselves aren't as convoluted and complex as the previous series. This is both a good thing and a bad thing: the bad is that they're less shocking, but the good news is that instead of having 3 days of trials and investigations, the chapters are cut down to 2- this means that you spend more of your time in court, doing what you actually enjoy doing, instead of investigating (which I consider to be less interesting). Additionally, the game has removed a lot of the tedium involved in the games. The indicator shows you what parts of crime scenes are interesting and should be investigated, instead of you trying to guess where each clue could possibly be. Also, the game notifies you once you've found all relevant pieces of information. This keeps you from spending a lot of time backtracking to make sure you've found everything. People have been discussing the fact that when you fail in the case and present the wrong evidence, there really is no punishment. I see this as a positive because it keeps you from going back and retreading parts of the trial that you've already been through- why should we be punished so harshly for not knowing what the game wants from us?

    To me, the most significant downside in this version is the music. I love the original Phoenix Wright music, but having not played all the games in the series, I don't know whether the same themes are consistent throughout the series. I do know that the music (especially when you object or find key contradictions) just doesn't match up to what's present in previous games- I don't get that same thrill of energy that I used to. Overall though, the game is consistent with prior games- if you didn't like previous ones, you won't like this one. If you loved the previous games, then you already know what you're getting into.
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  6. Aug 25, 2016
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Even after Shu Takumi didn't want any involvement with the Ace Attorney series, Dual Destinies is still a great game. But I am sad to report that the new voices and character models aren't very good. Phoenix sounds just like he lost his voice, Apollo sounds like his voice instantly got deeper, Edgeworth just sounds ridiculous. The models for Phoenix and Edgeworth just completely killed the characters. Phoenix has that extra hair, and Edgeworth has glasses. Not to mention none of the voices and models go together very well. The addition of Athena Cykes got me scratching my head at first, with me being all like "Hey, hey, you can't just go adding characters like that!" But when I kept going, she started to become a really lovable character. One thing I truly love is the addition of the FMV 3D anime cutscenes, although there are leftover bits from the Japanese version of the game. Unfortunately, with all this 3D going around, the game just lost it's buttery-smooth framerate, but I can't deduct points for that since nearly all Nintendo 3DS games suffer from the same problem.

    Even if the graphics and the sounds aren't very good, the gameplay is still the same, but they removed the ability to present profiles during a cross-examination. This ability only appears at certain moments in the game. The character abilities have also been slightly toned down. Apollo's bracelet appears only during investigations and during a trial only once for the whole game. Phoenix's magatama to break psyche-locks appear only a few times and even then there is no penalty for getting something wrong. Trials are untouched from the last games, except for the presenting profiles thing.

    It's a good game, but there are some quirks that may be a deal-breaker for you.
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  7. Aug 10, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. sometimes you just have to be honest with yourself, and your soul. this is no masterpiece of a game. it's also not a zero, i give it that because this having a higher score than Apollo Justice is ludicrous, even though it's also not great. ultimately, the largest contrivance i actually have is my vehement hatred of the lack of identity of the phantom. i could write an entire essay about how important the final reveal is, but suffice it to say, the fact that the largest, most important reveal in the whole game is literally noone, and the fact that that leads to no real reveal about the internal motive of the character, what caused this injustice, that for no reason caused a great period of injustice with the legal system that already existed without him for no specific reason, which was on its own slightly irritating, but now has compounded with the specified corruption of the system, which is insane to imagine, because Manfred von Karma, Damon Gant, and Sebastian Debeste were all corrupt higher-ups in the system before, implying that because only now the dark age of the law has begun apropos of some random guy with NO IDENTITY, that somehow previously there was nothing wrong with the system used that needed to be fixed. it's clearly some irritating copout because the system showcased in the first games was too accurate to Japanese courts in some specific way such that criticizing them would be wrong, except for that last part i'm talking out of my ass. This corporate legitimizing and illegitimate holding of the rights for the characters, taking their stories and sculpting canon to be so irritating, contradictory, and boring, this is the soul, this is capitalism, this is what this game deserves. exactly its emotional output, which is exactly that of the phantom, all of which to say the game is trash and you should throw it there Expand

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