The series of legal games and one of the most famous titles of interactive novels, Ace Attorney, returns again, but this time it will be in a different era, and it contains many exciting elements that will certainly attract many of you to return to the series. Perhaps the most important of these is the return of original director Shu Takumi after he missed the numbered series in recent years. As for the second element, the game took its place in the Victorian era in Britain with the presence of the famous detective, the owner of international stories that astonished many, of course, I am talking about Sherlock Holmes!
So who will be the hero of the game here since it is in the distant past? Well, there is a link with the modern story of the series, as the protagonist of the game here is one of the ancestors of our hero in the present, Phoenix Wright. But don’t let that discourage you, the game is full of exciting characters that you will fall in love with, from the main characters to the secondary characters, and the character designers have been very creative in drawing and presenting them, from the face and features to the beautiful costumes that mimic that time.
The game follows the usual series system in terms of dividing it into two different playing styles, the first starts before the case, and includes the investigation period, in which you get to know the main accused and start collecting evidence that you will use in court to defend him. In the investigation stage, the game takes the path of the modern parts of the series, as the investigation will mostly consist of talks to introduce the important characters in the case, and on limited occasions you will be able to show evidence of one of the characters to obtain additional conversations. Now it is time to talk about the most important addition to the investigation phase, which is the conclusions of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. For some reason, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes will try to make some conclusions to explain some complex situations, but despite his legendary abilities, he will make some mistakes, here comes the hero of the game Naruhodo to correct the evening. In a nutshell, you have to make a counter-proposal to Sherlock Holmes, by finding different evidence in the conclusion scene, and then presenting it to him.
The other stage is the pleading in the courtroom, and this is the core of the game and its most interesting element. In terms of playing style here, it will be the same as before, as the main idea is to provide evidence that proves the contradiction of a witness’s statement during his testimony. And sometimes you just have to click on them for more details if you don’t see a contradiction in the initial statements. But this time the game borrows one of the ideas of Professor Lytton and Aish Aturni’s collaborative part, specifically the idea of having more than one witness at the same time, and the idea of having a jury, and we’ll talk about the idea of each one and how effective it is.
These two ideas try to offer more variety in the gameplay. The presence of more than one witness has only one benefit, sometimes you will find that during the speaking of one of the witnesses, another witness will be surprised or give a suspicious reaction, here you have to go to him and ask for his comment on this matter, in terms of playing style I find it a limited addition and really The game will alert you to the presence of the strange reaction, there is really no skill required to solve this part of the game. The other idea is the jury I find it a better addition to the game despite its limited use on the ground. And here the jury will give their opinion on the case, and if this opinion is against you, you have to convince them otherwise. This happens by finding two jurors whose opinions contradict each other.
The game in general is easy compared to the parts of the original series, but there will be moments when you find an interesting challenge, specifically the feature of examining the evidence, because sometimes you will need to find subtle details in some of the evidence that will guide you to a solution at some point during the trial.
Certainly, and perhaps more than any other example, in this type of game the story has a lot more weight than usual. And here I will deliver the wonderful news, the game offers a wonderful and very interesting story. Perhaps the beginning will be slow in the first part, which will play the role of building the story and characters and preparing for what is to come. As the second part will be exciting events from the beginning until the last moment in it. And what complements the splendor of this story is the presence of music clips that are, in my opinion, the best since the first trilogy.
Fans of interactive novels and fans of the series will find a lot of fun here, in this package that will give you two games with dozens of hours of continuous gameplay and great excitement.
The game was reviewed on the Nintendo Switch via code provided by the publisher.