Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies: Turnabout Reclaimed (3DS): COMPLETED!

phoenixwrightorcaThis DLC, self-contained case was released for Phoenix Wright 5 (yes, I know that’s not the title, but look at this post’s title – huuuuge!!) last week, and, having just finished the main game I was eager for more and immediately downloaded it. £3.99 seemed like peanuts for more Phoenix. And it was.

I’ve just finished it, and it’s certainly one of the more… out there Phoenix trials. I mean, you just have to look at that picture there to realise that. I’m cross-examining a whale.

The case was pretty long too. After a few hours it seemed like I was on the final straight, but then a spoiler happened and I realised I was actually only halfway through. In total this case took about 7 hours, so no complaints on length. No complaints at all, in fact. It was glorious.

And new character Marlon Rimes is the best character ever. I mean, he’s a rapping pirate animal feeder. What’s not to love?

Things I’ve been playing recently

phoenixwrightdlcPhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS)

I completed it, sure. But then Capcom went and released a DLC case for it this week. So I had no choice but to buy it and play it. I’m not far in yet, as I’m still on the first day of investigation, but it’s awesome. And it has my new favourite character – Marlon Rimes. Who is a sort of pirate marine zookeeper rapper. Oh yes.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

I have to stop playing this soon. I don’t want to, but there are too many games. I’m mainly just chatting to animals and buying all the things in the shop each day now. Thing is, it’s Christmas in Animal Crossingland soon, and that’s going to be special, right?

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)

I managed a high score of 201, but I got much higher than that the other week and it isn’t listed any more for some reason. Rubbish!

Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS)

I’m finally past the Clock Factory Mansion levels, and even past the snowy mine levels after that (which for some reason was two missions shorter). I’m now onto what I suspect, according to the map and the fact I’ve only one piece of Dark Moon left, is the final mansion. Wooo!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS): COMPLETED!

That final case was all over the place. Not least when the real villain was revealed, and then that person was really revealed. Twists and turns everywhere, which pretty much nobody being quite what I expected.

And that’s it! More than 23 hours, making it the longest Phoenix Wright game by around 5 hours. Not bad considering this one is more streamlined than the others. But it’s not over yet! Capcom announced a DLC extra chapter this week, and that’s due in a couple of weeks time, so there’ll be more Wright very soon. He’s been gone too long. Tooooo long.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS)

pw5-1So, so good. The plots in these cases are just so well thought out. The way Apollo/Athena/Phoenix suddenly turn an inescapable “guilty” verdict into the exact opposite by reversing the way the murder could have been committed is always masterful.

The drama in the courtroom is tense, and the buildups to the end of each case are as adrenalin fuelled as much as any FPS boss battle. Not bad for an interactive story about lawyers…

This evening I finished up Case 4, which ended on a pretty massive bombshell. Well, not literally a bombshell (for once – one of the other cases ended with an actual bomb). I was expecting a twist, but the character who has now been fingered as the murderer is not who I was expecting.

Some fingerprints show the murderer to be

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but I was expecting 

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Hmm!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS)

It was touch and go for a while as to whether this game would even see light of day in the West. After all, the series is not as popular as it once was, and the two “interim spin-offs” starring Edgeworth were not well received. In fact, the second of these remained Japan-only.

Thankfully, a Capcom saw sense, and even though it’s an eShop exclusive, here it is.

Capcom have done a fantastic job of updating the visuals for the 3DS. Characters are now polygonal, but drawn as if they’re flat like before. Unlike in many 2D to 3D transfers, the sprites remain true up the originals, and all the redone animation manages to feel the same as before but smooth and slick too. The same goes for backgrounds – they’re the same, only better.

The game itself plays just like the older games. Point and click “investigation” (made easier now by making it more obvious where to go, which is a good decision) followed by a courtroom showdown. I’m on case 3 at the moment, and so far have played “as” Phoenix, Apollo, and new girl Athena. Some old characters have returned, but the cast so far is mostly new. They’re all great and well written too, with ridiculous quirks and dress sense.

In all, it’s another Phoenix Wright game. And is awesome.

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS): COMPLETED!

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. There was about an hour of game left, and it really did feel like the end of an epic story. I can’t really say much else, in case I spoil it for you, the reader of my diary.

I will say this though: I’m really excited for Apollo Justice – the next game in the series, and the start of what I hope will be an equally amazing trilogy.

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

It seems I was a bit wrong when I said there can’t be long left now. I played solidly for three hours tonight, and still there’s more!

This time, however, there really can’t be much left. I know who did it. Everyone has testified everything. All I have to do is prove who it was.

I have to say, I’ve been throughly gripped throughout the whole final case. It has been huge, yes, but well worth playing through. All the loose ends from the entire series are being tied up, and it truly feels, well, epic. Not bad for what is essentially a game of multiple choice!

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Ah! I’ve just realised – Iris didn’t fly over the bridge at all! When Larry saw it, he was upside-down, so she actually fell from it!

Of course, it doesn’t help that Iris couldn’t physically be in two places at once, nor that although I found that Dahlia is her twin, so it could happen, Dahlia is in fact dead. Oh.

Anyway, most of today’s play (at least two hours!) was spent on investigating some more around the scene – this time as the now-recovered Phoenix. As expected, this case is typing up everything together. And I mean everything. Misty Fey, Morgan Fey, Iris, Dahlia, Mia, Maya, Edgeworth, Franziska von Karma, Larry…

So now I’m back in court, and am cross-examining Iris. Can’t be long left now…

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Well. That was bizarre. Edgeworth was clearly somewhat confused the whole way through the first day’s trial, but I’ve managed to finish it with things just even more complicated now than they were previously.

Most confusing was the picture that Larry (“Laurice”? Pff) drew – It appears Iris can fly. Er, yes.

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

I was right – I didn’t win. There’s a bit of a plot hole left now too, as Dahlia’s poison from the first case was around a year beforehand, and she’s killed three times now. Hmm. Anyway, Case Closed!

And then, Case 5? So much for everyone saying there were only four. Tch.

And it’s a big wrap-up case too. I can see it – there’s more about Misty Fey. Dahlia isn’t dead (even though she’s been banged up on death row) and seems to be in a “channeling dojo” where Phoenix, Maya and Pearl have gone. Larry is back again, there’s another murder, and the dojo is next door to the bridge from the previous case. Dahn dahn daaaaaahn!

And! Maya and Pearl are missing, and Phoenix is in hospital! So who is representing the defendant? Miles Edgeworth. No, really. That’s who I am at the moment. And! Franchesca von Karma is prosecuting – at Edgeworth’s request?!

WHAT

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Well, this case certainly seems a lot shorter than I was expecting for a final case, which is a shame. Of course, there’s still a chance for a twist at the end, but I’m not sure how there can be one.

I’ve exposed the girl’s true identity (which was blatantly obvious, but only to the player as the cases in this game are played out of order), and I know she did it, but the thing is – I know that I can’t win this case. In a previous case, Mia says she didn’t win her first case (which is this one), and the prosecutor is Edgeworth (in his first case too), and in the first Phoenix Wright game Phoenix was the first person ever to “defeat” Edgeworth. So I must lose. Anyway, Fawles has taken the stand now, so we’ll see…

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Case Closed!

I was right with who was the killer, and the reasons why. I was half expecting Violetta to come in at the last minute as a witness though, but that didn’t happen. Surely she’s got to turn up again later in the game? All that story about her and her mafia family surely needs to be explored further?

Now I’m on to Case 4, which, if the conversations on ugvm and rllmuk are to be believed, is the final case. And… I’m Mia again. Not only that, but it’s her first case, and her mentor in it is not entirely unlike Godot. Hmm.

So far, we’ve established that a guy who was sent down for murder five years ago (11 years ago really, if you’re on “current Phoenix time”, as this case is 6 years ago in the game…) escaped, and the police woman who testified against him was murdered – in the same place as the previous murder. I can see some holes already (from the bridge where the murder took place to where the police picked up the defendant takes 30 minutes to drive, yet that would have left no time for the actual murder, if it happened when it appears to have done), but I can’t see how to present the evidence in a relevant matter.

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Dug up some more evidence, and un-Psylocked Basil at Blue Screens, Inc. Seems Glen was a gambler (which was obvious anyway). Found a CD with the MC Bomber virus on it too, which now means I know for certain both who killed Glen, and why.

Off into the next day of the trial, then, and I’m already about to prove the real killer guilty. If only I can figure out what bit of testimony to press him on, as the judge has decided that he’ll penalise me if I press unnecessarily. Pff.

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

So the trial consisted of Gumshoe (who wasn’t really much use), and then Kudo (the old bloke who likes pigeons). There wasn’t anything too difficult to put together, which is good considering at the start of the trial every possible chink in the evidence was patched over by Godot.

There was some confusion over the ear Glen had a radio in, and the hand he used to drink his coffee, neither of which seem that important at the moment (although they’re very odd, nonetheless).

After the first day of the trial, I’ve spent a while back at the restaurant, and have gone to Blue Screens, Inc – the programming company Glen worked for. His boss, Ms Basil, is amazing. The dialogue there was great too, with Ghost in the Shell and “This is Sparta!” references. Also, I think I know now why the real killer killed Glen…

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Forget what I said yesterday about there being no real “characters” in Phoenix Wright 3. Case 3 has already thrown up not one, but TWO amazing people.

First off is Jean Armstrong, camp chef extraordinaire. The way he… minces is quite something. Secondly, is Kudo, who feeds pigeons. Well, throws seeds at pigeons, anyway. He’s a regular at Armstrong’s restaurant, although he only goes there for the, uh, attractions.

Namely, the attractions of waitress Maggey Byrde (she of previous games, and the accused in this case).

Of course, Kudo is a grumpy old sod so won’t speak to me. Or Maya, even when she’s dressed up in “revealing” waitress attire. He longs for something with a bit more “plumage”. Much like his pigeons, I suppose. The solution? Well, Maya channels Mia of course, since Mia is rather more impressively endowed. Genius.

Anyway, the first day of the trial is about to start. Incidently, I suspect the victim’s name is going to cause a twist (literally) in the case somewhere – it’s Glen Elg. Which also happens to be a palindrome…