I’d like to start by saying that I’ve never played any of the Phoenix Wright games for more than 10 minutes but I’ve always had an interest. I take my 3DS with me everywhere I go and I’m always looking for new games to play. In short, I’m Capcom’s target audience for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. With the series being so popular I can only assume I’m one a very few people out there who would play Phoenix Wright and haven’t yet. Lucky me.
If you’ve played the original trilogy, I doubt you’re really all that into the remake. Rather than try and make assumptions about the changes between the new 3DS version and the original games — of which I know nothing about — I’m going to delve straight into these old games I somehow just missed out on.
I have a rather juvenile sense of humour and Phoenix Wright fits in with that perfectly. The first trial got me straight away as a Mr. Larry Butz is accused of clobbering his missus – who appears to have had several sugar daddies — to death. I can assure you that murder and domestic abuse are not topics I find particularly hilarious, but Ace Attorney somehow manages to sweep the heavy subject matter under the rug, ploughing on with jokes that aren’t at the expense of victims involved.
The silliness continues with the first witness, a Mr Frank Sahwit. While his name implies he knows all there is to about the crime, you must use your noggin and find the holes in his story. By comparing what the all-knowing Mr Sahwit says and what your files and evidence say, you’ll notice there’s always a subtle difference between the truth and a witness’ testimony. This is either because they’re lying about the inconsistency in question or because they’re trying to cover another lie that will help to unravel the truth behind the case.
If you are yet to play a Phoenix Wright game and this sounds like fun, you fall into the target audience as I do. Keep in mind that a lot of the Ace Attorney titles have been re-released on mobile devices, so if you’re really keen you can check them out now. Personally I’ll be waiting for them all to be on my wonderful little 3DS later in the year.