Ace Attorney 5

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies review

The Wright Anything legal agency is suitably named in more ways than one. Not only does it offer a lop-sided grin of a pun on its founder and star attorney Phoenix Wright's name, it also bears testament to his legacy. Wright, together with his colleague Apollo Justice (a junior defense lawyer who, in this latest story, graduated to the profession a year ago) has won scores of cases, usually against devastating odds.

But the mark of their work isn't simple success. It is, more often than not, complex success: the sort that wheedles out the essential truth in a situation, rather than the mere verdict that was hoped for. Phoenix is in the business of justice, which is a little different to the business of mere conquest - it's usually harder won and comes at greater cost. In this, the seventh game in a series that has markedly dipped in worth in recent years, the Wright Anything agency earns its name for a third time by righting that downward trajectory in quality. Capcom presents an ingenious and captivating series of cases that thread together into a grand, smartly interlocking narrative - as fine as any previous high point.

Phoenix Wright offers a curious multicultural concoction of influences. The suits, hairstyles and courtroom terminology are all-American, full of Aaron Sorkin-esque "you-can't-handle-the-truth" theatrics, with accusations and bench-slamming counter-accusations flying between the lawyers in front of a usually bewildered witness and judge. The outlandish plotlines are unmistakeably Japanese in their esoteric grandeur. Dual Destines, for example, opens with the case of a schoolgirl accused of blowing up the very courtroom in which much of the series has taken place, before moving on to a murder case involving demon cosplayers in a remote Japanese village.

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Pirate-themed Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies DLC announced

Pirate-themed Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies DLC announced

UPDATE: Confirmed for European release.

UPDATE: Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies's whale defense DLC will launch in Europe, Capcom has announced.

The story episode - revealed yesterday for launch in Japan - will also arrive in the West. It will be available to download shortly after the game's digital release this autumn, Capcom said.

We'll also be getting the three DLC costumes, although there's no mention of the quiz DLC.

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Ace Attorney 5 will be an eShop-only offering

Now called Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.

Ace Attorney 5, the next game to star series stalwart Phoenix Wright, has been redubbed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies where it will be available as an eShop-only digital download when it comes to 3DS this autumn in Europe and North America.

Ace Attorney 5 trailer shows off fancy-pants graphics, emotion system

Capcom's new Ace Attorney 5 trailer demonstrates the return of hero Phoenix Wright in fine form, with an eye-pleasing look at the 3DS game's smart new graphical engine.

There are clues to the story, too, as the series' lawyer hero is brought back to the bench after a bomb attack on his beloved courtroom.

Ace Attorney 5's major new feature is its emotion system, where players can press witnesses and defendents for more information based on their facial expressions.

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Capcom announces Ace Attorney 5 in development

Capcom announces Ace Attorney 5 in development

First three Phoenix Wright games to get iOS bundle.

A fifth major title in the law-abiding Ace Attorney series is in development, creator Capcom has announced.

No platforms or release date were mentioned in Capcom's reveal, which came at an event marking the series' 10th anniversary.

The first three Ace Attorney games will get a re-release for iPhone 4 and iPad 2, plus later Android, in a special HD bundle, Capcom also revealed.

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