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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
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  1. The story is deep and well thought out, the script at times dark, at times humorous, but always entertaining.
  2. The story is phenomenal, the music is some of the best, and it leaves Phoenix Wright and friends off on a spectacular note.
  3. 85
    Why complain if “more of the same” is serving up consistent goodness?
  4. This is the last entry of the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. It includes all-new runabouts that are set in the past and present of the ace attorney. The story is very well-driven, and it links every character in the game with each other, leading to a great conclusion. Sure, it's not the best DS game at a technical level, but it offers everything that we want in a Phoenix Wright game: it's fun, big, interesting and charming.
  5. The premise may seem downright ridiculous and this is reinforced by the witty, pun-filled dialogue bursting with enough memorable and laugh-out-loud quotes to inflame one's haemorrhoids. The actual cases themselves can, however, be quite sombre and very touching at times – sure, you will laugh, but you may also shed a tear.
  6. games(TM)
    80
    Capcom’s writer-translators have crafted a cast of believable characters to root for, two utterly detestable villains, and a script so dramatic and humorous that you’ll wish every game had this much care poured into it. [Dec 2007, p.116]
  7. Edge Magazine
    60
    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: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    The best Ace Attorney game to date. None of the trials had me bored, besides Turnabout beginnings, which was a backstory, so it gets a pass.The best Ace Attorney game to date. None of the trials had me bored, besides Turnabout beginnings, which was a backstory, so it gets a pass. Other than that i fully enjoyed all other trials. Bridge to the Turnabout and Recipe for Turnabout were masterpieces. Aside from that you can play as people other than Phoenix, which is enjoyable. The main antagonist, Godot, is the first in the series who wasn't irritating, yet was very interesting. 10/10, an essential for any DS owner. Buy it now, or I'll see you in court, criminal scum! Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2018
    10
    This is my favorite ace attorney game thus far. Besides Edgeworth (who's in a tier of his own due to his continuous representation throughoutThis is my favorite ace attorney game thus far. Besides Edgeworth (who's in a tier of his own due to his continuous representation throughout the series), Godot is my favorite nemesis. This also has an amazing story (with lots of seamless callbacks/extensions to parts of the previous two games), great characters, and in my opinion some of the best cases in the series. This is an S tier Ace Attorney game. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2014
    10
    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 willMusic 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
  6. Apr 12, 2018
    9
    Originally planned as the last installment of the series by Shu Takumi. This allowed Trials and Tribulations to tie up every loose threadOriginally planned as the last installment of the series by Shu Takumi. This allowed Trials and Tribulations to tie up every loose thread presented in previous games, all culminating in a fantastic finale case that I appreciate more with time. Even the standalone cases are extremely well-written, with appealing humor and cross-examinations that gradually ramp up in difficulty. Dialogue for every character is well written to emphasize their personality, and each case has enough small changes to the general formula to keep the player engaged. The last case, especially, has a lot of twists and turns, but never trips up, allowing them to build on the strength of the writing. The soundtrack features a lot of reused tracks though, and Mia's cases feel a little too short, especially considering her inner thoughts are some of the funniest lines of the game, but this was likely to accommodate for the final case. Also, this game features more dialogue than previous games, due to tying plot threads together and introducing many new ones, but this means less interactive sections, too, which is a little unfortunate. Overall, though, a fantastic way to end the first part of the series. Expand
  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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