Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy


The Ace Attorney Arrives On Modern Platforms

For years later and I never thought that I would dive in into the good ol’ Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy once again, but this time around, I played the PC version. Not the only PC version that was available years ago, but a remaster of the 3DS remaster released four years ago, this time around offering improved artwork all around. This would be my fourth time playing the series, following the DS, WiiWare and 3DS releases. However, due to these new platforms not being dual-screen like the 3DS, the game went back to a single screen, which I was already used to from the WiiWare version although the interfaces are totally different.

The trilogy will include all of the cases from the 3DS version, including the “Rise from the Ashes” case which was introduced in the Nintendo DS release of the first game. When you boot up the game, you will have the option to switch between the three titles freely. Newcomers to the series should play it from the beginning, naturally. However, even as a veteran of the series, I decided to play it from the beginning just to witness all of the improved artwork.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (PC [reviewed], PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
Developer: Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Released: February 14th, 2019
MSRP: $29.99

The trilogy starts with Phoenix Wright’s first case ever in which he has to defend his old childhood friend Larry Butz, a woman-crazed and eccentric man who was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Your job as his defense attorney is to prove his innocence with the testimonies and evidence in your court case. Each case afterward follows a similar pattern of clearing your client’s name of murder through investigation and court trials.

Like a lot of these detective case solving games, you will be using deductions skills to solve each case to reach the right verdict, so it’s important to pay attention to every detail and study the evidence. Each case has its set of peculiar characters with interesting backstories which engrosses your attention as the story progresses—you will witness an immense amount of character establishment and development, making most of them quite endearing.

Some of the microphone features such as the ability to screen objection as well as blowing dusts features are missing from the game and are limited to a button. Naturally, touchscreen features are missing from this new remaster as well. Instead you will be using a cursor. However, these aren’t really deal breakers.

 During the court section, you must read a witness’s testimony given during court using the bottom screen and try to match it with the contradicting evidence simultaneously, then hit the “Objection!” button to present said evidence and move the trail along. Additionally, the game still lets you scream using the system’s mic when you need to press the witness or present an “Objection!”

While no exactly like the 3DS version due to lack of touchscreen, in the special “Rise from the Ashes” case, instead of using the stylus, you’ll be using your keyboard and mouse or the controller of your choice  to search for wiped out bloodstains  and fingerprints using Luminol Testing Fluid and Fingerprinting Set respectively. This case also gives you the option of rotate objects in 360 degrees view, which becomes crucial at multiple points of the case.

When you’re not in court screaming “Objection!” mindlessly, you will venture in first-person view and examine crime scenes to collect evidence, as well as speak to witnesses and and other key characters for more information on the case and on the crime. All the evidence you collect will be saved in the Court Record and used in the aforementioned trial section.

The Ace Attorney Trilogy has received an intense amount of improvements, especially in the graphics department, but that’s to be expected as it was hand redrawn by the artists themselves. Throughout the game, you can really notice how much detail has gone to every portion, including the character sprites and backgrounds.

Compared to the older Gameboy and DS versions and later on the 3DS version, if you pay attention to the the character sprites, you realize how much more detailed it is and how much more vivid it looks compared to its 3DS counterpart. You can tell it was redrawn instead of stretched out from the 3DS version. Additionally, this version kept the sound effects and background music that have been decompressed and remastered for the 3DS version. This series still has one of my favorite soundtracks ever.

This collection also has the full Japanese version of all three games. As someone who took intermediate Japanese classes, it was a great way for me to learn idioms, slang, legal terms, and natural-sounding Japanese as a whole. It was a good way to study and improve my Japanese while enjoying a great game. 

I was already pleased with the quality of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on 3DS, and this version takes it a step further. From a gameplay perspective, it feels a bit of a downgrade as it feels to me like I’m playing a legal emulator of the game—coming from someone who loves playing the game on the DS and 3DS. However, that aside, the remastered visuals, the sound effects and soundtrack are all great. If you never bothered with the series, you absolutely have no excuse.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy reviewed by Christian Chiok



Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures



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