HOLD IT! We“re not quite done with previews from E3 yet. Next up is the latest installation in the Ace Attorney series.
In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Duel Destinies, famed lawyer Phoenix Wright returns after being unfairly disbarred and he“s better than ever. It“s also the first entry in the series to appear on the 3DS – a sort of fresh start for Phoenix and those who are going to be playing the game. Being a passionate fan of Ace Attorney games, I eagerly tried out the demo that Capcom had out in their courthouse-themed area.
The demo is centered on a courthouse explosion case. Phoenix and his new assistant, Athena Cykes, defend a girl that is accused of causing the explosion (she is also a friend of Athena“s). Even though Phoenix has years of practice under his belt, this is his first trial in a very long time – he“s obviously very flustered! Athena offers a tutorial if you happen to be a newbie or need some refreshing (it“s been a long time for us Ace Attorney fans, too!). I declined, however, and jumped right into the trial.
Starting off, you“re introduced to the basic Ace Attorney mechanics: listening to the witness“s testimony, pressing for more information if necessary, finding contradictions, and presenting evidence. Not much has changed in this instance. After a while, Athena introduces you to the new system called the â€œMood Matrix.â€ With this, you“re able to pinpoint contradictory emotions that a witness is feeling while they present their testimony. Once you do that, you can press the witness for even more details regarding the contradictory emotion. On top of the Mood Matrix system, the â€œPysche-Lockâ€ system and â€œPerceive Systemâ€ will also make a return (though they are not present in this demo).
The localization is as good as ever. It still has top-notch writing and humor. I even found myself giggling a couple of times. I“m also really looking forward to the rest of the plot in Duel Destinies.
One thing that might have annoyed some was the change from 2D to 3D graphics. It“s evident in trailers and screenshots that it really tries to mimic the old style, but how well does it look in person? Well, let me tell you – it is super sleek and gorgeous. With the 3D turned on, it“s even better. The 3DS“s capabilities also offer even more depth to investigating and environments, such as the courtroom.
The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Duel Destinies demo was very fun. I wish I could have played the whole game right then and there! Alas, we all have to wait a little while longer. But I feel that the wait will be very much worth it.