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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
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Console: Nintendo DS
Year: 2005
RFG ID #: U-087-S-00380-A
UPC: 013388320011
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
T (ESRB): Blood , Language , Suggestive Themes , Violence

Genre: Adventure
Sub-genre: Visual Novel
Players: 1
Controller: System Controls
Media Format: DS Card
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Collection Stats:

  • 339 of 7611 collectors (4.4%) have this game in their collection
  • 24 of 7611 collectors (0.3%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 1 of 7611 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

The following is from the back of the box, verbatim:

As a rokkie defense lawer, you'll take on five intriguing cases to reveal dramatic, stunning, and even comical court proceedings.

  • Survey crime scense, interview witnesses, gather evidence
  • Present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, listen to testimony
  • Voice recognition capabilities
  • First person perspective


Before I even begin this review I must say that Phoenix Wright is the best damn thing I have ever played, period, end of story, Amen. Anyone who knows my unrivaled fanboyism will know just how much that comment means. Well, damnit! I'm not lying and I can prove it!!!

Phoenix Wright is not a game. Get that out of your head right now. Phoenix Wright is an experience, and I'm not using this term lightly. Many people will say that Metal Gear Solid is an experience and not a game. After playing Phoenix Wright they would slap themselves silly for even attempting to acknowledge they have said this.

For the sake of me having to write this review, let us just say from here on out that it is a video game, because technically it is. The basic concept of the game is that you assume the role of rookie ace defense attorney Phoenix Wright and you guide him through a set of cases in which it would appear as though there is an insurmountable amount of evidence against your client. It is your job, as Phoenix Wright of course, to receive a verdict of "Not Guilty" from the judge by not only proving your client's innocence but by finding the true culprit.

Even though I have stated, and I quote, it would appear as though there is an insurmountable amount of evidence against your client, all of this is easier said than done. The actual game segments are broken up into two parts; the trial in which you will cross examine witnesses, raise objections, and bluff your way to victory while trying to thwart a ruthless prosecutor. You will proceed through this part of the game solely by your wits and brain power. Present the wrong piece of evidence at the wrong moment and the judge will knock a few points from your credibility. Make a false claim and there goes some more credibility until finally you lose the case. Essentially, you could literally stare at the screen for an hour before finally, click, it all makes sense and you advance a bit further in the trial.

The second part of the game would be the investigations in which you proceed to go around town gathering up as much information and evidence to unravel the clues to whom the real murder is and how exactly everything is connected to the case at hand. Of course, not everyone whom you talk with is willing to comply which throws in yet another bit of ingenuity in trying to figure out just how to make them proceed with informing you of certain events.

If you have not noticed already, the game is highly story driven. This is great considering each case is continuous, as in one case leads into the next, and the cases are some of the most well thought out things you will ever find in a videogame. There were be moments where you will be amazed at how any writer could come up with some of the quirky lines, comments, motives, plot twists, whatever that they come up with.

As if all this was not enough, Phoenix Wright has hands down the greatest and most likable (in some cases most hated) cast of characters you will ever come across, be it in a videogame, movie, book, whatever. Since the game is purely story driven it only makes sense that the characters would be immensely developed and well thought out. Each has their own personalities that you will grow to either love, hate, or whatever. With such a lengthy game you'll be seeing a lot of the characters over and over again.

Well there you have it, a review of Phoenix Wright that does no justice to the game whatsoever. It is impossible to put into words the awesomeness of Phoenix Wright. Go play it and find out for yourself.

I would have given this game a 100%, however I feel as though it is not truly a game in a traditional sense thus I cannot giving a 100%, but whatever the hell it is, it is amazing.

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Extra Media:

Health and Safety Precautions Booklet (C/NTR-USA)

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Nintendo DS J S Gyakuten Saiban - Yomigaeru Gyakuten [Best Price!] Capcom 2006 Adventure
Nintendo DS J S Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten Capcom 2005 Adventure
Nintendo DS J S Gyakuten Saiban: Yomigaeru Gyakuten [Limited Edition] Capcom 2005 Adventure
Nintendo DS A S Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Capcom 2007 Adventure
Nintendo DS AT, BE, FR, LU, NL, CH, GB S Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Capcom 2005 Adventure
Nintendo DS AT, DE, IT, ES, CH S Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Nintendo 2005 Adventure
Game Trivia:

  • E3 2005 Editor's Choice Winner
  • Considered a cult classic by many
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