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  • Summary: (Known in Japan as "Gyakuten Saiban") Not everyone is innocent until proven guilty! Players star as a defense attorney, who must prove his seemingly guilty client’s innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. The game presents twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay in a(Known in Japan as "Gyakuten Saiban") Not everyone is innocent until proven guilty! Players star as a defense attorney, who must prove his seemingly guilty client’s innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. The game presents twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay in a comical anime style. Players must collect evidence, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. [Capcom] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. Character reactions are exaggerated, heck, they’re waaaaay over-exaggerated, the main setting is a courtroom and it is - *gasp* - adventure. In fact, to label Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney as ‘kooky’ would be an understatement, but somehow it works.
  2. When a game has this much attention to detail, when the script fizzes along with such humour and throws in plot twist after plot twist during the courtroom battles, it's easy to forgive the linearity.
  3. Though the game is heavily text-driven and there's little replayability, it's a bright, rich, and lengthy adventure that could hardly have been improved upon otherwise.
  4. NGC Magazine UK
    82
    Wackier than Ally McBeal, but in a good way. Addictive and amusing lawyerly hi-jinks. [Apr 2006, p.38]
  5. 80
    Capitalizes on humanity's inherent love for a slightly aggravating puzzle that we secretly relish.
  6. This game is different, has a great style, and will give your brain a workout. If you like mystery novels or courtroom dramas, you gotta take this case.
  7. A great presentation and even better writing can’t compensate for the fact that the game practically plays itself. This is a good comic book, but a below average adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 78
  2. Negative: 4 out of 78
  1. Dec 30, 2012
    10
    The series of Phoenix Wright, even if with few additions and almost no upgrades, always shows new cases and new ways to think out of the boxThe series of Phoenix Wright, even if with few additions and almost no upgrades, always shows new cases and new ways to think out of the box for resolving the cases (not a lot, but still helps). Of course, the series ia also fun to play and great to follow, with a roster of unforgettable characters...and villains too. The game plays as a mix of an adventure game and...sort of quiz game...I think. I have no proper words but the point is that both parts mix very well and they are both fun to play, especially since the story (or stories) behind the game are well thought and will make you think of how to solve the cases. Honestly, my big complains is that out of 5 missions, 2 are rather short and very simple, almost kid-friendly (the first case is literally a tutorial case, while the second is almost impossible to lose). From case 3, the game ramps up in difficulty and become a lot more enjoyable, and the last 2 cases are probably THE single best cases of the entire series (Trial and Tribulation cases are close...but only these are remarkable at their best). Graphics are simple and clean (and oldish, since I heard it was from a Gameboy Advance game), but funcional, and...I really have nothing else to mention, because the flaws are almost non-existants. Maybe the game should have had more endings, and maybe the game should have been more open (you won't go forward until you trigger the right event, which is either the discover of an item, talking to a person, or showing items to a person). Except these, I have almost no complains at all, since it's also very long to play (I think it's gonna last you at least 10 hours, but there's no counter). One of the strongest adventure game on the DS, and possibly one of the best games of the console: must at least try once but if you love adventure game, it' s an instant purchase. Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2014
    10
    The Ace Attorney -series has one of the BEST stories in video game history, and it's just impossible to pick a favorite. The music in theThe Ace Attorney -series has one of the BEST stories in video game history, and it's just impossible to pick a favorite. The music in the series is so good, that if I made a list of my favorite video game songs, the Ace Attorney -series would dominate it. The game is so goddamn addicting once you get into it, which is weird for a visual novel. Pointing out lies in someone's statement can be satisfying in real life, but oh boy, nothing does it better than this game. This game literally made me laugh until it started to hurt, and made me cry for minutes. This is just phenomenal. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2021
    10
    Esse jogo é um must play para qualquer bom apreciador do gênero visual novel. Pra mim  é  um dos melhores do seu gênero. A história é foda,Esse jogo é um must play para qualquer bom apreciador do gênero visual novel. Pra mim  é  um dos melhores do seu gênero. A história é foda, 10/10, bem contada, diálogos muito bem elaborados, engraçada, criativa, original em muitos pontos, repleta de plot twists. A história  se divide em varios  capítulos, cada capítulo apresenta um homicídio e um réu a ser defendido pelo advogado Phoenix Wright, protagonista da história. O ambiente do tribunal, do julgamento, é  muito bem representado de forma irônica nesse jogo. O humor do jogo é 10/10. O humor do jogo se materializa nas diversas personalidades representadas por personagens. Possui muitos personagens icônicos. O jogo tem uma pegada retrô, um visual 2D ótimo e uma trilha sonora memorável. As músicas  se encaixam perfeitamente nas situações. Alguns momentos de mudança abrupta da história são de arrepiar os pêlos. O jogo se passa nos tempos atuais, segundo o próprio jogo, no ano de 2016, e possui um universo de ficção para alguns e realidade para outros. Aqui espíritos existem  e podem ser contactados por meio dos métodos mediúnicos. Apesar de não acreditar no espiritismo, gostei muito dessa pegada do game. Deixa o jogo mais interessante. O gameplay do jogo sempre busca fazer com que o jogador pense e interaja com a história. Quase sempre o jogador está  tomando  decisões  no jogo. A boa intuição do jogador faz com que ele avance mais rapidamente na história. Existem raras situações nesse jogo em que a solução do jogador não bate com a solução do jogo, e o jogador se perde e acaba travando por uns 15 minutos. Nesses casos, geralmente o jogador está pensando corretamente, porém não soube executar os comandos na ordem que o jogo esperava. Aqui ocorre um erro de comunicação entre jogador e máquina. Um exemplo clássico é quando o jogador quer apresentar uma evidência  do crime ao juiz antes de chegar o momento ideal para isso. Em suma, esse jogo pra mim é 10/10. Porém  todavia nao é  um jogo que eu recomendaria a todos, visual novel é  um gênero  que não se encaixa em todos os gostos. Considero esta a melhor versão, pois pude jogar no conforto do meu sofá, utilizando apenas a stylus. Outra vantagem desta versão  é  que o jogo original foi desenhado em baixa resolução, então no DS ele mantém  qualidade  gráfica. Existe uma tradução pt-br do jogo. Não recomendo de forma alguma. A tradução muda demais o jogo. Mudam os nomes dos personagens, o texto as vezes muda, e até algumas sprites e sons são trocados. O jogo parece outro. Expand
  4. May 8, 2018
    9
    The first DS game I played, and it's really great.
    The story is not too sophisticated, yet exciting. Characters are a bit too cliched, but
    The first DS game I played, and it's really great.
    The story is not too sophisticated, yet exciting. Characters are a bit too cliched, but you easily begin to love (or hate) them as the story progresses. Not all of the cases are great from start to finish, but I never even thought about dropping the game.
    If you're not looking for a dead serious detective (or courtroom simulator) but want a thrilling story with a bunch of twists, enjoyable characters and pleasant visuals, that's the game for you.
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  5. Apr 3, 2022
    9
    Clásico imprescindible. Uno de los villanos más icónicos, el mítico caso del Samurái de Acero, la rivalidad entre Phoenix y Miles. El inicioClásico imprescindible. Uno de los villanos más icónicos, el mítico caso del Samurái de Acero, la rivalidad entre Phoenix y Miles. El inicio de una de las mejores novelas visuales que puedas echarte encima. Expand
  6. May 16, 2022
    8
    The original, and the most overrated. The game is good, but the first three cases aren't great compared to what the series has offered since.The original, and the most overrated. The game is good, but the first three cases aren't great compared to what the series has offered since. But Rise from the Ashes is a masterpiece. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2011
    0
    Pheonix Wrong is a terrible addition to the crime genre. In fact, it's a crime of the game developers to have even made this game. It startsPheonix Wrong is a terrible addition to the crime genre. In fact, it's a crime of the game developers to have even made this game. It starts by showing you who did the crime. What's the point in letting us investigate if you have already showed who did it? It's pointless! Not to mention how bad the actual gameplay itself is. All you do is say "Objection!" and a cutscene plays. Do that about eight times and you've pretty much completed the game. If I was in the office while this game was being made, I would have "Objected!" to this game's development being pushed forward. Expand

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#3 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
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#5 Most Shared DS Game of 2005