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Itís no secret that Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice is considered the black sheep of the Ace Attorney series, so I was more than a little hesitant about trying it out. However what sold me on playing the game was when I discovered that Ema Skye plays a big role, and since sheís one of my favourite Ace Attorney characters, Iíd give it a shot just to see more of her. Iíve played the first two cases now, so Iím ready to shell out some thoughts on the game. Is it as bad as people say? Letís take a look.
Now admittedly Apollo Justice doesnít start out very well since it starts with the typical Ace Attorney first case against Winston Payne in a courtroom only case. Now donít get me wrong, I love Winston Payne, but letís be honest, all of the other prosecutors are way more interesting than him. Thatís not the only issue with these first cases though. There are other annoying things about them, but Apollo Justice suffers the same problem the original Phoenix Wright did. Since youíre a rookie, you arenít confident, and your helper does most of the work for you. It didnít help the case very much that it was a bit overly confusing for the first case. Though as I mentioned in my Layton blog, Iím not very good at following stories, so maybe itís just my vastly inferior brain talking there.
Iím not exactly a fan of Apolloís in-court sprites, since he looks pretty dumb in a few of them, especially when he presses his finger against his forehead and closes his eyes, straining to think as if heís trying to take a crap. Granted this is extremely nitpicky, so letís move on.
Spoiler alert, Phoenix Wright appears in this game, and I gotta say that heís a billion times cooler than he ever was in his games. Sure he looks like a hobo, but heís still a total badass. I was a bit disappointed that he hogged all of the spotlight in the first case and Apollo didnít do shit, but I guess it was needed to satisfy the fanboys whoíd be pissed off if Phoenix didnít appear in court at all. Still, I couldnít help but feel we were still playing Phoenixís game for a little while.
However things got much better once the second case rolled along, and it was back to the standard Ace Attorney formula of me starting a case, and not turning the game off until 4:00 AM because I wanted to see what happened next.
In the second case weíre introduced to Phoenixís daughter named Trucy, and she will be our female sidekick for this game. To get straight to the point, Trucy is a million times more enjoyable than Maya, and while I may get some flack for that, I stand by my claim. Trucy is cuter, smarter, funnier, more useful, and has a better theme song than Maya. In court she actually does stuff, and she can actually be way smarter than Apollo at times. Also her funny dialogue isnít as forced as Maya, so she isnít funny for being dumb, sheís funny for being young and naÔve. And of course while not to sound like a creeper or anything, sheís just way more adorable than Maya ever was. Iíve heard people call out on Capcom and say ďSheís just jailbait! Capcom is gross!Ē, but I donít think thatís fair at all. Yeah, she may be a bit blatant in showing off her charm, but thatís just part of her personality. Itís not like sheís intentionally showing off or anything, thatís just how she is. I think the people who cry out on that sort of thing are thinking too hard about it. There are a lot of girls who are like that, especially at that age, so just because sheís a young, perky female sidekick doesnít automatically make her fanservice or anything. Besides, these kinds of characters are important in the Ace Attorney games, so if she wasnít like this, the game would be a lot less enjoyable.
Fan-service? Maybe to some, but she doesn't mean it to be.
I really like the ďperceiveĒ feature of the game. In the older Ace Attorneys I would indeed look at the characterís movements to try and figure out when to object, and it worked with mixed results. In this game, they actually put that to use as a key part of the gameplay. You use the perceive feature to zoom in on the witness, and their testimony will slow down. Youíre kind of in a weird trance where you can see the witnessís every movement, and during parts of the witnessís testimony, the witness will do a nervous twitch. When you find it, you highlight it and point it out. That twitch is when you know the witness is hiding something, and when you point out to them that theyíre doing it, they get all defensive and give you further info. Itís a really cool feature that is actually pretty fun to use.
The second case didnít have any particularly awesome characters, though Little Plum and that Stickler guy were pretty fun. What the case lacked in great characters it made up for with a good story. A lot of Ace Attorney cases, to be honest, just arenít written very well. Sure theyíre interesting what with the fun characters and plot twists, but a lot of times the basic premise of the case just isnít that interesting, no matter how likable the characters are. This case was actually pretty interesting, and had a pretty cool plot twist about where the murderer was at the time of the shooting. It was a much more simple story than a lot of Ace Attorney cases, and while I know Ace Attorney is famous for its plot twists, sometimes a story is just better when itís kept simple.
If thereís one big complaint I have at this point, itís that the prosecutor for this game is completely boring. I fully admit that no Ace Attorney ďvillainĒ will ever top Godot, but this guy is just flat out boring. Maybe heíll get more interesting later on, but for now, he really makes the court room a lot more dull than other Ace Attorney games.
The other complaint I have is something I havenít encountered, but I know about. Apparently thereís a good ending and a bad ending, and Iíve been trying to figure out without spoiling anything if thereís a lot I have to do in the final case to get the good ending. Some of my friends say thereís a handful of things you need to do, while others say that all you have to do is choose the right verdict at the end of the trial. If anyone can tell me if the later is true or not, Iíd greatly appreciate it. Just donít spoil anything regarding the plot. If thereís other stuff I have to do, Iíll just use a spoiler free walkthrough for that case.
So those are my quickly thrown together scatterbrained thoughts on the game. I might post another blog when I finish the game, but for now, these are my views. So far Iím liking Apollo Justice, and Iím starting to think the only reason it gets hatred is that it doesnít star Phoenix Wright. It was the hatred from the fanboys who played the series from the beginning, and didnít like the new characters. Iíll admit the prosecutor stinks, and Apollo is a bit of a wuss, but Trucy is such a fun and lovable character that she alone makes the game worth checking out. Besides, I think there are enough cameos from the old games to satisfy the fans, so I really donít see the problem. But please, if there are genuine problems with the plot or characters later on, refrain from talking about them here, because I despise spoilers with a fiery passion.