In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations players star as a defense attorney, who must prove a seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. Phoenix will face the toughest prosecutor yet as the mysterious hard-boiled Godot will try to take him down at any cost. The complete story of Phoenix Wright comes together as truths are revealed in twisting storylines and intriguing gameplay. Players must collect evidence, survey crime scenes, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. With the return of the popular pysche-lock interrogation tool from the previous title, Phoenix Wright?: Ace Attorney? Justice for All, players will have to overcome even more intense courtroom standoffs in order to close the case.
Play from the first person perspective through five intriguing new cases. Play as two lawyers - relive Mia's rookie days from the past and Phoenix's current cases in the present.
Colorful cast of characters: Phoenix Wright - the game's main character who is an accomplished defense lawyer with a keen sense for discerning fact from fiction. Maya Fey - a bright young girl; Mia Fey - an ace attorney.
Two distinct gameplay segments: Investigation phase - survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence. Court phase - present findings from the investigation to support your case, listen to testimonies and examine witnesses.
Psyche-Lock system: Break down tough witnesses with a series of correct questions or catch them on inconsistencies.
Microphone can be used to yell "Objection!" and "Hold it!" as you cross examine witnesses.
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49 of 54 found the following review helpful:
From a Mom's perspectiveDec 16, 2007
By KDMask I am actually reviewing the whole Phoenix Wright series here. My son loves these games and I have to say they are the most involved and interesting games I've seen yet. He'll spend hours going over 'cases' and has even gone online to research law. It's sparked his interest in having a career in the criminal justice field as well. I can hear him saying "object" into the mic on the DS sometimes! I've taken a look at the game myself and really think the graphics are sharp and characters well developed. He'll also listen to just the music sometimes as well. If your child is interested in law, or if you want something more than the usual video game, this may be it. Very clever and I think it's a great mind-expander!
21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
I know the characters, I know their motivations, I miss them already!Nov 07, 2007
By Patrick J. Henry
"Royal Historian of Oz"
I just finished "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations." The biggest complaint I have so far is how much I miss the characters after 14 episodes!
The first game had 5 cases, including a bonus case made specifically for the DS. After searching many reviews and finding no answer, I feel inclined to tell you this game has no such feature either. However, it does have 5 well written and very suspenseful cases.
The story begins 5 years ago with Phoenix Wright on trial for murder, represented by his soon-to-be mentor Mia Fey. The trial takes a surprising turn and ends up throwing into motion all of the next few cases in the game.
The cases involve the mentioned case against Phoenix Wright as a college art student, a heinous villain known as MaskDeMasque who is terrorizing the city with thefts of precious treasures (done with excellent murder mystery style characters, including a hybrid Sherlock Holmes/Backstreet boy.) and a poisoning with a well loved accident prone policewoman.
You get nearly every character from the previous games here. Maya Fey, Mia's younger sister with the powers of a medium, Pearl Fey, a feisty 9 year old with romantic delusions about Phonix and Maya, Prosecutor Franciska Von Karma with her trademark whip, Wise Mia Fey in her ghost form and younger self, and all the other characters you know well.
I don't want to spoil anything, but if you played the previous two games and loved the characters this game be at the top of your list. Strapped for cash? Take Detective Gumshoe's advice, "Just buy freeze dried noodles and hang in there!" Buying freeze dried noodles would be a great way to save up to pick up this gem, and you'll have hours of time spent with characters you love. You won't want to leave them behind.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
i cant believe it's overApr 12, 2008
By S. Firth I was so sad to end this game. I made sure i dragged out the 5th case!
So, yes. What can i say? Obviously if you have the other 2 games then get this one too! i think they should definately be played in order otherwise you wont enjoy them as much. Getting to play Mia was amazing, even though her cases werent very long. Getting to play the other character (even though it's been revealed here who it is, i wont say) was even more amazing because that person is my favourite character. And new characters were very funny like the deluded detective 'Luke Atmey' (i liked the play on words with his name) and coffee obsessed Godot. although i wasnt sure of him at first. He wasnt so bad once i learned his story. The 5th and final case was absolutely amazing! It would be easy to get confused with that storyline but because it was so well written, any confusion was short lived and it all became very clear what was going on. And that's the key with the Phoenix Wright games, they are brilliantly written. I hope the Apollo Justice games are the same too. I will be playing that soon enough i'm sure!
Now, never before have i had to use 'walkthrough help' with these games, but on the 5th case, i did a tiny bit. but once i used it, i realised that i should of worked out what evidence needed presenting, so i was peeved at myself! So, at last, the game ended, and i got a bit choked to be honest. I have so enjoyed been in Phoenix's world, meeting Maya and Pearl and Mia and detective Gumshoe (a fab character) and Miles Edgeworth and the one who has been there causing trouble at some point in every game Larry Butz! He creases me up all the time. I shall definately miss all of them, and will enjoy re-playing the games forever! I just hope i can rely on Apollo Justice to bring some more characters i will love. Bye Phoenix and the gang. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment i had in your world. :)
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
More of the same (and thats a GREAT thing).Jan 13, 2008
By Alex Nennig
If you've never played a Phoenix Wright game before, I suggest you start with the first one if possible, and works forward to this. I say that because the story is kind of a wrap up to the series, and its more enjoyable if you know what all happened in the previous two games.
For those not in the know, you play a defense attorney in murder cases and you spend half the "game" investigating, and the other half in the courtroom defending.
I say "game" cause its more of a choose your own adventure book/point and click adventure game hybrid and you spend most of your time reading than doing anything else.
If that sounds incredibly boring to you, well... it very well might be. But I urge one and all to give it a chance anyway because what could be the dullest sounding thing in the world is saved by some of the best writing in video game history.
Simply put, this games script is pheonomenal.
The characters and situations are all interesting, charming, and incredibly funny. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this game whether it be the Canadian Judge who isn't sure how he feels about ANYTHING, or the extremely effeminate but incredibly big and muscular French Chef who constantly refers to himself as a woman, or the always hilarious Larry Butz. So many great parts with Larry, I can't even begin to describe all of them (wait till you see his "art"). You also get references to Midi-Chlorians (Star Wars), celebrity tabloid couples, and that stupid "Milkshake" song.
Don't get me wrong, the game is NOT at all loaded with pop culture references, but there's just enough hidden in there that every one of them takes you by surprise and makes you burst out laughing.
I don't know who's responsible for the script, whether the Japanese original has all this or if it was just the work of an INCREDIBLE localization team, but I can say without hesitation that this particular game is by a HUGE margin the funniest one of the three. And those other two games were riots.
All of it makes for one heck of a great read.
If you're looking for a game with action, there's always Contra 4. If you're looking for something thats nice to relax to and will make you laugh out loud, Phoenix Wright is your man.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
A magnificent finishDec 04, 2007
By Charlie Brooks Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations is the third game in the Ace Attorney series. As it is the final game to be ported from the original Gameboy Advance games, not to mention the fact that the next game will feature a new lawyer as the ace attorney, this game serves as a closing point of the original trilogy. Here you will meet all the familiar faces of the series, including Maya and Pearl, Detective Gumshoe, and Miles Edgeworth. You'll also meet some new faces, most significantly the mysterious new prosecutor, Godot. An added bonus is that two of the five cases allow you to play Mia in her rookie attorney days. Additionally, you'll get a chance to play a third attorney late in the game (although I won't ruin the surprise and say who it is).
This game plays like the other two; you'll need to question witnesses, break through their lies, and then find the truth on the stand to clear your client of guilt. While the second game introduced the innovation of the psyche lock - a feature that is available again here - Trials and Tribulations focuses mostly on story innovations, specifically the chance to play as Mia in a shifting narrative. The cases are more heavily connected than before, to the point where you'll be finding clues for the final case in the opening scenes.
As with the other games of the series, the defining feature of Trials and Tribulations is its unique style of storytelling and presentation. Over the top characters and situations abound, and Phoenix will find himself constantly over his head as you yell "Objection!" into the microphone out of blind faith alone. As it advances, though, Trials and Tribulations gets a touch more serious than previous installments. Almost all of the loose ends from previous games come together here, as we get a final send-off to the original group of games that became a cult phenomenon. There's still a tutorial for new players, but those who are familiar with the series will get the most mileage here. As a stand alone game, Trials and Tribulations is excellent. As a wrap-up to the series, it is an epic finale to one of the best video game franchises ever. The only problem is bidding farewell to the characters that likely won't make the jump over to the Apollo Justice line of games. Fortunately, by the time you've finished playing through this third game, your memory of the first one might just be fuzzy enough to make it worth going back to the beginning...