Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is one of those games or collection of games that is engaging, funny, clever and full of interesting characters. While it is worth checking out if you’ve never played the Phoenix Wright games before and you’re into visual novels or story-centric games, the lack of new content and upgrades outside of the visual ones may mean you might want to skip this one if you’ve played the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy before.
The gameplay of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy follows Phonix Wright as he investigates crime scenes, collects evidence, and cross-examines witnesses in order to defend his clients from being framed for murder and protect them from a guilty verdict. Each game has multiple cases which are called episodes and each episode has multiple days. Usually, the first day requires you to go around talking to witnesses and investigate the crime scene in order to gather clues and evidence. Day 2 is usually the first day in court and requires you to present the found evidence and cross-examine witnesses so you can prove your client’s innocence. Days 3 and 4 of the episodes follow the same pattern for the most part. It’s an interesting spin on the visual novel format and an entertaining one.
One downside about the gameplay though is that it is somewhat linear, meaning if you’ve already played the games you know exactly what evidence to present and when to present it, and if you haven’t played the games sometimes you’ll present evidence that may actually connect to the testimony being made in the game but get docked for it because it’s not the evidence that’s supposed to be presented at that time storywise.
Some of the gameplay elements especially in the later games have paranormal aspects to them which can sometimes include talking to the victims in order to find out new details and evidence about the murder, and while this is a cool aspect that keeps the games fresh, it doesn’t quite compare to the first Ace Attorney and doing things the old fashioned way.
The improved HD visuals of the Ace Attorney Trilogy greatly improves the gameplay experience, not only do the characters look nicer and sharper, but it is now easier to find evidence. In the DS versions, because the games were pixelated some of the smaller evidence was harder to see and locate, this problem is no more as everything is very clear and visible when examining a room. The trilogy features a lot of expressive and animated characters and while they already looked good in the DS versions of the games the crisp new visuals make the characters look that much better.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy has a memorable and good soundtrack with intense tunes at intense parts of the game and lighthearted tunes at lighthearted parts of the game. What is unfortunate though, is that these are the same tunes from the DS versions of the game. This might not be a big deal if you’ve never played the DS games but for those of us who have, it would’ve been nice to some sort of remastered or remixed tracks to go along with the updated graphics.
The story of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy follows rookie attorney Phoenix Wright and his journey to be the best attorney out there and defend the innocent from being framed for murder and while the story does focus on Phoenix and is about him, it is about the other characters you encounter just as much as it is about Phoenix. You learn just as much about the colorful sidekicks, witnesses, and prosecutors you encounter throughout the trilogy of games as you do about Phoenix. Some characters are not even on screen for a very long time but you learn so much about them in a short amount of time through their personalities, behaviors, and actions. Some games have difficulty fleshing out their characters and they have hours to do it, but never fully can, the Phoenix Wright: Trilogy though is able to do it with each new character that pops on the screen in a matter of minutes.
While there is an overarching story of each game in each game, each case in the games also has its own story. Whether you’re trying to defend a friend, stranger, or yourself from being framed for murder each case in the game has its own twist and turns. Some twists are out of
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy includes three games and is available for $29.99. That’s roughly $9.99 for each game and when it is broken down like that, this collection of games is a steal. It is unfortunate though that there isn’t a single new addition in this collection besides the updated graphics. No new cases, no new witnesses to cross-examine, no new evidence to find, no new anything and that is saddening., and also makes the collection hard to recommend if you played it before and are expecting something more than just a fresh coat of paint. If you haven’t played these games before then now is your chance to do so and for a very good price. Either way you’re still getting three great games and over a dozen cases to solve.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy includes three classic games in the Ace Attorney series for one great price. It has the same great detective, crime scene investigation gameplay from the DS games but updated with a new coat of paint. Unfortunately, that is where the updates end though, as the soundtrack is the exact same as it is in the DS. While the soundtrack is great though, it would’ve been nice to hear some of the tracks remastered or remixed. The cases and the interesting and entertaining characters you meet throughout the games make the trilogy a fun journey to experience. With that said though, if you’ve already experienced the journey the lack of any new content makes the trilogy hard to recommend to returning players unless they’re craving some Ace Attorney gameplay. If you haven’t experienced the trilogy though, it’s definitely worth checking out and playing for yourself.