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  1. Jordan Haygood

    Kay Faraday

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

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  2. There isn't too much we know about Capcom's 2014 line-up other than the already announced Deep Down for PS4, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and Breath of Fire 6 for mobile, but a recent end-of-year interview on 4Gamer (via Dualshockers) may shed some more light on the Japanese company's plans for the new year. Interestingly enough, Deep Down producer Kazunori Sugiura mentioned how there were games that Capcom did plan on releasing in 2013, but didn't make it, so you'll see these titles announced in 2014. He also adds that they'll "surprise the readers [of the article] a lot." You can also expect to see a revival of another classic Capcom IP according to Kenji Kataoka, producer on Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, and he expects an announcement to be made when it's a bit warmer. Shu Takumi, director of the first three Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney titles, mentioned that his new project will be announced next year. And speaking of that series - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Director Takeshi Yamazaki mentioned that they are already working on the next installment in the series. Hopefully this is just a taste of what Capcom is planning for the new year; might they actually announce a new Mega Man game? We'll have to wait and see, but perhaps we might not have to wait long - January is just around the corner in a few days, after all. What other games would you like to see Capcom announce in 2014?
  3. Developer: Capcom Publisher: Capcom Platforms: 3DS ( eShop) Release Date: October 24, 2013 ESRB: M for Mature The Ace Attorney series is very much an odd one. Focusing on a defense attorney that gets thrown into increasingly bizarre and dramatic cases, the games center on balancing humor with insane plot twists and unusual characters. Since the release of the DS original (itself a remake of the original GBA game), the series has gained quite a cult following, eager to see Phoenix and the crew in the courtroom again. Capcom has finally granted that wish after two spin-off games with Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, with the original spike-haired protagonist returning to the legal field after being disbarred for seven years. Will this new entry bring new fans to the side of justice? Probably not, but those that were already yearning for more objections and turnabouts will not leave disappointed. Dual Destinies picks up about a year after the fourth title in the series, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. The titular protagonist, Phoenix Wright, has gotten his attorney's badge back and is ready to return to the courtroom with previous protagonist Apollo Justice and new attorney Athena Cykes in tow. Together, the three of them hope to dispell 'the dark age of the law' that has been hanging over the legal system for the past seven years. This plot thread, along with Athena's and new prosecutor Simon Blackquill's backstories, are the core of Dual Destinies' story. Sometimes it feels a bit stretched; the characters are not afraid to bring up the fact that it's the dark age of the law at every moment, and sometimes it interferes with the overall writing, making a normally remarkably written script feel just a bit off. Also, having three protagonists and a swath of returning characters makes it feel like there wasn't enough camera time for them all, with some reappearances feeling all too brief and forced. These hiccups in a series so entirely focused on the plot might make it look as though Dual Destinies is not the return to form that fans wanted from Capcom, but these bits are minor to the great overall plot and the new characters within it. The new Detective Fulbright (sorry, no Gumshoe here!) and Blackquill are very interesting, and of course the new batch of defendants and witnesses are up to the standard quirky par. Odd quirks aside, the whole of the game comes together well, especially during the last couple intense cases. As for the gameplay, for the most part it remains similar to previous Ace Attorney entries. The game is split into two distinct sections: Investigating and the courtroom battles. When you're investigating, you question witnesses for new information as well as scour the scenes for new evidence. It's also far more straightforward than previous entries of the series: You can only examine certain areas instead of everywhere, and a Notes section helps you figure out what you need to do next. Phoenix's Magatama and Apollo's bracelet also come into play during these sections, using their unique abilities to expose lies and secrets and find out the truth from witnesses. When Dual Destinies goes into the courtroom, you cross-examine testimony and present evidence to back up your claims. These sections are more text heavy than the investigation segments, so sometimes it may feel like it can drag as the lawyers slowly try to explain their new revelation to a relatively slow-minded judge, but overall the objections and table slamming help keep the tension and your interest high. The courtroom is also where Athena gets to shine with her Mood Matrix. Various times throughout the game, you'll be tasked in studying a witness's emotions during their testimony to find unusual (or lack of) emotions that may suggest they are hiding something. From there you can question about the unusual emotion, or present evidence to put the witness's mind at ease. This new addition is very nice, but unfortunately doesn't feel like it reaches its full potential. Since each session into the Mood Matrix is relatively different, you have to rely more on trial and error than any actual strategy in order to find the right answer. For fans worried about the series' transition into 3D, worry not, as Dual Destinies looks great. Besides a couple stiff animations from a couple returning characters, everyone makes the transition from pixels smoothly, and it feels almost like Phoenix and the gang belong in 3D. The investigation portions also benefit significantly from the transition to the third dimension, with crime scenes being viewed in 360 degrees and offering new ways to examine. In addition, the actual 3D effect is nicely done, with characters popping out and the overall effect being subtle but effective. Can someone new to the Ace Attorney series jump into this entry without playing the previous games? Technically, yes, as the game does a decent job of re-introducing old characters and small upgrades to the formula makes everything flow a bit better. However, most of important bits about the protagonists (such as why Phoenix was disbarred for seven years, or why Apollo is around in the first place) are mainly left unexplained, and it would be far better to play the four main titles first (Ace Attorney: Investigations is a spin-off title that isn't required, but recommended). All in all, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies may not be the best entry to the series, but it still holds up to the series' high quality. After waiting years for Phoenix's true return to the courtroom, fans will come away from Dual Destinies satisfied. Pros: + Cases overall remain high quality, with quirky characters and dramatic twists + Athena's Mood Matrix is an interesting addition to the courtroom Cons: - Writing can sometimes feel like it's preaching with 'the dark age of the law' - Phoenix's and Apollo's respective powers feel tacked on instead of properly implemented Overall Score: 7.5 (out of 10) Good Dual Destinies will not win any new members to the cult of shouting objections and slamming tables, but fans will get another great set of courtroom dramas to enjoy.
  4. 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 “Mood Matrix.†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 “Pysche-Lock†system and “Perceive System†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.
  5. We knew already that the newest Ace Attorney title on 3DS would be making its way to North America, but now we have an official confirmation! The fifth Ace Attorney game, titled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Duel Destinies, will release sometime this fall for both North America and Europe. Unfortunately, this will be a digital-only release. Sorry, physical game collectors. Sven on Capcom-Unity tells us the reason for this: "Historically it“s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. ... we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy [Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Duel Destinies] for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop." There's nothing yet on what the price point will be, but Sven promises that details will emerge in the not-so-distant future. In the mean time, enjoy an English version of the launch trailer! What are your thoughts on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Duel Destinies being a digital-only release?
  6. http://operationrain...tock-at-amazon/ So, great news for Ace Attorney fans that need to round out their collection... apparently most of the Ace Attorney games were re-printed, and are now available on Amazon for $19.99 a piece! Check out the games below. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (only 20 copies left as of this writing!) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Ace Attorney Investigations You may notice Phoenix Wright: Justice for All isn't on the list... on Amazon it's still $40, so maybe it didn't get reprinted. Snatch them up, folks!
  7. Ever since it was revealed that Ace Attorney Investigations 2 would not be localized for release in the West, things had been looking for the worse with the Ace Attorney series in general, but last September's news of Ace Attorney 5 being planned for release in the US seemed to mark an improvement in Capcom's reception to releasing more entries in the West. Recently, one fan even asked on Capcom Unity's forums if we might see an Ace Attorney Collection for 3DS if Ace Attorney 5 does well in sales in North America. It seems that the fan had been reading Capcom VP Christian Svensson's mind because he had the same idea and has been proposing the concept to the Capcom overlords for a few years now. However, he laments that he hasn't heard anything definitive on the matter just yet. Now that we know Capcom USA is willing to bring over an Ace Attorney Collection if they're given the green light, it's only a matter of time until we find out more about this. If Ace Attorney 5 does well, it seems all but guaranteed to happen, but the final say seems out of Svensson's hands for now. Source: Capcom Unity Would you want an Ace Attorney Collection on 3DS?
  8. Yet another trailer from Capcom as part of this year's Tokyo Game Show! This time, it's for the Level-5 developed 3DS game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. If you're not in the know, the game is obviously a crossover between Level-5's Professor Layton franchise and Capcom's Ace Attorney franchise that takes place in a parallel universe. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will feature elements from both series – Layton“s puzzles and Ace Attorney“s courtroom and cross-examination gameplay. This particular trailer exhibits an in-depth look at the combination of those two gameplay styles. Take a look below! For those wondering, this mash-up is not being solely done by Level-5. Shu Takumi, the series director for the Ace Attorney series, will be contributing as well by creating Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney's scenario designs. As for the animated cutscenes for the game, they are being done by Bones, the studio behind animes such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, and Wolf's Rain. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will release in Japan on November 29th. As of right now, there has not been a North American release officially announced. What do you think of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney so far?
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