Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... they are in some of the previous games. Trucy's innocence is quite outstanding too. She's adorable, cheerful and cute. She's also got a... more
Ace Attorney Live At The Apollo Theatre
Apollo Justice Ace Attorney (DS)
Member Name: Chloboshoka
Apollo Justice Ace Attorney (DS)
Advantages: It's a good game.
Disadvantages: You'll never see knickers the same way again.
... Nah not really but the title looked good to me so I'll use it. The original Ace Attorney trilogy had a quirky charm and a colourful cast of characters that made gamers find the world of law more compelling. With a sequel set 10 years after the trilogy, along with a fresh cast of characters is going to be a challenge regardless of how Capcom go though with it. Fans are attached to those characters and having Phoenix Wright step down from his role as main character was a harsh blow for many of them.
Our new character is new lawyer, Apollo Justice. His objective is exactly the same as Phoenix's was: collect evidence, present, press and object to eventually lead to your client's innocence as well as reveal who the real killer is. Along the way there are a lot of riddles here and there, but the iconic puns aren't as obvious as they are in some of the previous games.
Trucy's innocence is quite outstanding too. She's adorable, cheerful and cute. She's also got a great back story to back her up. I really like how she's Phoenix's daughter. Even though she's adopted, she looks a lot like him.
I think the brand new cast was a bit of a blow for everybody. I personally didn't mind it that much because I did a lot of research on the game before I bought it. I embraced it a lot more because I knew it would be the right sort of game for me.
As far as the game mechanics are concerned, there is not much change. Some new features included in the games such as perceiving nervous habits, but I think it could have been a lot more developed. The graphics have a less pixelated nature. I've always liked the anime style graphics the series as a whole have had because it shows that it's proud of it's Japanese routes. The colours have more stronger contrast compared to the last three games and it sets the example for the future games.
I personally think that Apollo Justice deserves a lot more love. I think he has a really interesting personality. We don't really get to know about him that much in the games. His past is a bit of a mystery. I assume they're going to reveal more about his past in the future games but for the time being it's pretty much left to the fan's imagination. And I can tell you know that the Ace Attorney fan-base have a big imagination.
Some of Apollo's animations are classic and I really like how he's designed because his hairstyle is awesome. It looks like he's got an antennae on his head. A lot of people seem to love the last case the most out of all of them because you get to see one of the villains in his true evil form. Case 4 links the past to the future and attempts to mask the plot holes. I think it did a good job on it and it also added more mystery to it. I like Case 2 the most though. I liked the Kitaki family and I think they're some of the best side characters the game has ever had. They're like gangster's with a heart and it's really deceiving.
Usually Ace Attorney games have a habit of revealing the killer before we've even begun the case. They haven't done it this time so I think this game has the most rewarding first case. It's very exciting and there's a lot more characters involved.
I think that Capcom went really experimental on Apollo Justice. I think this game was a little bit of a sandbox but I'm really impressed with a lot of things about this game. I think it stays true to the Ace Attorney traditions with the colourful characters and amusing side quests.
I think if you're a big fan of the Ace Attorney games, I say you should give it a try, but you've probally already played it.
Summary: Liked it just as much as some of the other games.