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  • Summary: Defense attorney Phoenix Wright and archeologist Hershel Layton collaborate to solve puzzles in a medieval city.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    100
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is certainly one of the best releases on the 3DS this year, and it shouldn’t be missed.
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    90
    A nearly-perfect crossover between two of the most beloved series of the last decade... no objection!
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    85
    While not as challenging or involved as the best games from either series, this is still a crossover fans of both Wright and Layton don't want to pass up.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    The game is extremely generous with its hidden hint coins, with hundreds of the things hidden in every background. You'd have to be a full-on Kardashian to use them all.
  5. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    In light of the fact that both series got strong new entries over the last year, this unlikely meeting of heroes is quite impressive. The pace regularly changes enjoyably between these two distinct kinds of gaming. That they never really mesh is probably the games biggest singular issue. But, as we surely can all agree, there's way worse problems to have.
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    75
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney may not live up to the hype we’ve given it after all these years, but it’s still a great game that celebrates both franchises well.
  7. Jan 2, 2013
    40
    Impossible not to be disappointed after so long a wait. But when one witnesses the result, on will probably think that this cross-over wasn't meant to be. I love spaghetti, and I love chocolate spread, but with a little thinking, I wouldn't mix the two. Maybe that's how they should have contemplated this wedding between Layton and Wright. Even the brilliant production values, 3D transition and exquisite music are not enough to make us forget about the dull situations one has to repeat over and over again. It's the poorest of the Phoenix Wrights and the most laughable Layton.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is game made for fans of both franchises in the gaming world. I will say that yes, whichProfessor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is game made for fans of both franchises in the gaming world. I will say that yes, which franchise you like better will make you enjoy the aspect of the game that involves which character you like better, but it doesn't take away from the game at all. Even if you haven't ever played a Professor Layton, or Phoenix wright game, you will love this game if you enjoy puzzles, and contradictions. Even more, it will make you want to go buy the games for these two brilliant characters which is a great way to get into their games. I'm about 13 hours in, and I have enjoyed ever moment, a game to pick up if you own a 3DS!!! Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2015
    10
    They did a fantastic job merging these two game series together! The story is complex, characters are memorable, and some of the puzzles areThey did a fantastic job merging these two game series together! The story is complex, characters are memorable, and some of the puzzles are real head-scratchers. Would definitely recommend to both fans of either series or newcomers! Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2015
    10
    A truly fantastic crossover. However, its biggest flaw is that it is aimed at fans of both PL and AA, and people who have only played one ofA truly fantastic crossover. However, its biggest flaw is that it is aimed at fans of both PL and AA, and people who have only played one of the game series may be frustrated at some points. But, once you learn the ropes of the game, said "biggest flaw" becomes insignificant, and the game will become an experience you will not soon forget. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2017
    9
    Un increible crossover (no se si lo he escrito bien) que junta dos de mis sagas favoritas. Me ha gustado mucho como han echo que controlesUn increible crossover (no se si lo he escrito bien) que junta dos de mis sagas favoritas. Me ha gustado mucho como han echo que controles cada personaje. Lospuzzles magníficos, como siempre y los casos en el juicio excelentes también Expand
  5. May 12, 2018
    8
    For the most part, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a great combination of the two series. I can't speak for ProfessorFor the most part, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a great combination of the two series. I can't speak for Professor Layton (since I've not played one of those games before this), but the Ace Attorney-style trials are still there, albeit not as engaging.

    Rather than in London or Los Angeles, this game predominantly takes place in the medieval-inspired Labyrinthia, where the inhabitants believe in witches and magic, and hold "witch trials", with anyone found guilty of witchcraft immediately executed. However, although the conversations between characters like Maya and Luke are handled well, the setting prevents many characters interacting with characters from the other series (there's no Professor Layton/Larry Butz interaction here). Also, the new characters vary widely in quality. On one hand, there's pretty developed characters like Barnham, while there are other less memorable ones, like a man called "Tuggit", whose beard tugging seems to be his only unique quality.

    There are some fairly challenging puzzles in the game, and the witch trials can get a bit fantastical with all the "spells" and whatnot. It's clear that they put a lot of effort into the game, and I appreciate that. Overall, a good visual novel and puzzle game.
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  6. Mar 26, 2015
    7
    As someone who has never played a Professor Layton game I found his segment boring, but the trials are the same as the ones that we have grownAs someone who has never played a Professor Layton game I found his segment boring, but the trials are the same as the ones that we have grown to love from the Ace Attorney series, also the voice acting (for Pheonix and Maya at least) sucked and the difficulty of the puzzles were incredibly inconsistent, but overall it's a good game Expand
  7. Aug 15, 2015
    6
    A huge disappointment compared to other Ace Attorney games, but a good enough game on its own. I found it enjoyable, but I expected so muchA huge disappointment compared to other Ace Attorney games, but a good enough game on its own. I found it enjoyable, but I expected so much more and the ending was pretty crap. Expand

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