Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Reader Review
No one's life must be as strange and bizarre as Phoenix Wright's. He's faced annoying CEO's, talking puppets, deadly assassins and has been encountered with his chief's ghost more than once. All of this as a defense attorney. While it's obviously disappointing that real court isn't as great as the fictional court here, maybe it's a good thing that not all your clients are real (you'll see what I mean when you play the game...so annoying). I am, of course, talking about the Phoenix Wright series. This is the game where you play as the successful attorney Phoenix Wright who objections his way through a few cases each game. If you've never played an Ace Attorney game, this wouldn't be the best place to start due to the references to past games but it's not a disaster if you do choose to begin the saga here.
The story of the game is hard to say without spoiling so I'll put this as simply as I can. There's a mysterious girl, there's a coffee addicted prosecutor, theres a LOT of backstory and there's another judge with a curious beard. Most gamers play these games for the story so I'm not going any further but let's just say if you enjoy a deep, unpredictable story then you have a treat in store for you. Five cases await you and each one is worth a play. Even the 'tutorial' case in this installment is addicting and actually is part of the story arc. Overall the story of Phoenix Wright: T&T is first class stuff.
The gameplay here is nothing too new. Nothing is added here but that's not too bad in my opinion. If it ain't broke don't fix it is the case for this game. If you didn't like the gameplay though or were hoping for a change then you'll be disappointed. You still investigate scenes, you still break open Psyche-Locks and you still 'Objection!' your way to a 'Not Guilty' verdict. The gameplay is great and unique still but it's becoming ever so slightly stale. Personally I think the story is so engrossing in each case that you wont be too bothered by the lack of any major changes or mix ups to the gameplay.
This wouldn't be a Capcom game if there weren't any signs of clear laziness after all. Another flaw is that like the gameplay, locations are constantly reused (couldn't there be another courtroom style or defendant lobby? The same painting hangs up in every lobby!). Even more strange is the fact that a murder suspect in Justice for All is, you guessed it, a murder suspect AGAIN. It's like Capcom ran out of defendant ideas and decided to use the same character again to save money.
Phoenix Wright: T&T could be considered a lazy cash in from the past two games with reused locations, characters and gameplay. However it could still be considered one of the best stories in gaming of all time. Phoenix Wright is still going strong and this is still a highly enjoyable romp in the Ace Attorney universe. If you enjoyed the past two games then this is still a must buy. Avoid this if you didn't like the other Ace Attorney games. Simples.