Top of the crop: The Ace Attorney Series (Part 3, Final Part)
by, 17th July 2009 at 01:13 AM (388 Views)
REMEMBER, SPOILERS! Before I get down to business and tell my impressions of Apollo, I'd like to summarize all the elements that make this series so great. The plot is good and the cases are usually well-thought. There are many funny and memorable characters. Being in the courtroom just pwns. And the music is very good: These games have one of the best soundtracks on DS. Okay, let's talk about Apollo, now.
The first case, Turnabout Trump, is my overall favorite of the first cases. The crime scene is kinda interesting and this case also sheds light on what happened to Phoenix Wright. This case seems to be a bit darker than the other first cases (at least, in my opinion). Maybe it's because Apollo's mentor, Kristoph Gavin, is the true murderer. Speaking of Kristoph, he's one my favorite characters. He is truly the most evil of all the villains in the series. Payne doesn't have that big role in this case, as the latter half of the trial is more like Phoenix vs Gavin. The poor guy even comments on this :"Don't I get to prosecute anymore?" :)
Some of the things you had to point out felt a little complicated when I played the case for the first time, but maybe that's just me. On my second playthrough I didn't have any problems.
The second case is quite fine. Not the best case but it certainly has many memorable moments: The introduction of Klavier Gavin, return of Ema Skye and the brief cameo of the ever-creepy Dr. Hotti (AKA Dr. Hickfield). And the gansters were also quite interesting. And who couldn't laugh at Stickler and his curiosity? I still prefer the third case but this case is also good. Alita Tiala was quite wicked but so was the victim, Pal Meraktis. In the picture where he's strangling Tiala, he looks like a madman (that is one creepy picture)
The third case is great. I liked how we got to see more of Gavin's band (even though we only saw Gavin and Daryan from the band consisting of five members). The whole plot with the Borginian Cocoon was interesting. We also got the youngest defendant ever, Machi Tobaye, at the age of fourteen. I somehow had the feeling Daryan would be involved with the murder. And Gavin's just emo in this episode. So much, in fact, that this episode could be titled "Emo Gavin". He truly is a perfectionist with his band. The exploring phases in this episode seem to be bit on the short side, though. Still, the Courtroom Scenes are quite interesting. It's also good how Lamiroir had a bigger role later on.
The fourth episode, as with all the last episodes, is very good. With Phoenix's last trial in the middle of the case, this case is actually two different cases in one episode, a new record. It was good seeing Gumshoe again in Phoenix's last trial, although I hoped they would have had Maya there, too (maybe she'll return in the next game). The Mason system was interesting and it was good to see the Psyche Locks again but there was one thing I didn't like: some of it just didn't make sense. I'm not talking about the plot here, because it was clear. But I didn't understand how could have the option to present evidence you gathered from the future in the past. This was something you even had to do on few occasions to proceed (like presenting the picture of Thalassa to Smith). That inconsistency still didn't ruin the episode. There were more good moments, like the revelation of Apollo and Trucy being siblings (this really caught me by surprise), more Kristoph Gavin and finally, some Kristoph/Klavier moments. I had been waiting for seeing both of the brothers in the courtroom at the same time for the whole game. Kristoph's freakout in the end was also one of the top moments in the game (there has been tons of "Super Saiyan" jokes about Kristoph's freakout). The final courtroom phase wasn't that long but there had already been so much other stuff in the episode. On a final note, I gotta say that Brushel was definately hilarious. Still, perceiving him was an absolute nightmare: I must have spend at least an hour before I found his "habit".
I know some people don't like the fact Phoenix isn't the main character in this game but that's always the problem whenever some series introduces a new protagonist. I didn't mind that, though. The perceiving function was quite a nice addition (I like to call perceiving "The courtroom Psyche Locks"). I hope the next game also gives us the Magatama to use, like in the last case's Mason System. I also hope the familiar characters from the first three games (like Maya, Edgeworth, Pearl, Gumshoe, Franziska, Larry) return for the next game.
This concludes my detailed impressions on the Ace Attorney series. If I'll ever get the first game in my hands, I'll write an extra part concerning that game.
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