Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Case 2 COMPLETE! I still get the feeling something is missing though. Like, not much was made of the broach. But anyway.

I’m finding that PW3 is somewhat more difficult than it’s predecessors, but not because the cases are more complicated, more because the obvious conclusions I come to don’t manifest as evidence I can present. It’s difficult to describe without spoilers, but I knew there was a contradiction regarding the blackmail letter. However, I couldn’t present that, as I had to present something else (which didn’t make as much sense).

Anyway, the game is still fantastic. It is missing some great characters though. Godot is good with his coffee fetish, but where’s the Sal Manela? Where the Moe the Clown?

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

So I’m defending DeLite again now, this time for the murder of the CEO of the security company he used to work for. The investigation was slow going as I’d missed showing one person one piece of evidence, so was stuck for a while, but now I’m up and flying again.

I did have to barge into another courtroom (complete with Payne as prosecutor and a different, but surprisingly similar, judge) to stop them sending Atmey down for theft, as he’d been accused of murder.

Yes, all very confusing!

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Well, I was right. I think. Certainly, Atmey was found to actually be Mask deMasque, but I’m not actually all that convinced any more. But, that was the end of the trial and Ron DeLite was found to be Not Guilty.

However, that wasn’t the end of the chapter, as Ron has now been accused of murder! A murder which occurred at exactly the same time as the robbery he didn’t commit.

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

OK, so there’s a twist already. Basically, Mask deMasque has been “caught”, but it’s not actually him. It’s someone who thinks he’s Mask deMasque. Which means that Ace Detective Luke Atmey is still my main suspect – not least because, after searching his “office”, I find he’s trying to become famous for, well, anything. I’m betting he created this character Mask deMasque so he could then “capture” him, making him famous. Or something.

Apparently one of the treasures stolen by deMasque was the “Jewel of Emanon”. Emanon being “No name” backwards. Hmm…

Also, there’s been a lot of flashbacks and plot filling relating to Maya, Maya’s mother, Pearl, and the Kurain Village in general. I expect some sort of tie-in (aside from the stolen urn) at some point. Perhaps with Misty Fey (Maya’s mum) returning? We’ll see!

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Hurrah! Case 1 WON! I’m surprised, actually, that nothing more was made of the umbrella that Doug was holding, as it was very much like Dollie’s… anyway.

So Case 2 then. So far, I’m convinced the Ace Detective bloke (“Luke Atmey” – ha!) is actually the same person as Mask deMasque. The urn (Mystic Ami’s urn, from Phoenix Wright 2) has been nicked, and Adrian Andrews is back too. Not a murder then? Well, yet…

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

This isn’t really a suitable game to play in short bursts. It certainly isn’t how I played the previous two in the series, anyway, but for some reason I’ve only been grabbing 30 minutes here and there. It’ll make the game last longer, for sure, but it’s also making remembering facts so as to find contradictions somewhat harder. Maybe I need a notebook?

Wait! Make the next game have a built-in notebook like in Hotel Dusk! Genius!

Anyway, I’ve got Dollie (not Dottie as previously reported) on the run now, having tied her to a previous murder. Can’t be long before I’ve “won” this case then, yes?

Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Yes, it is going very slow. Partly because I’m not playing for long each sitting, and partly just because that’s how the game is.

Still great so far though! Phoenix has been dropped in it a bit by his girlfriend Dottie, who was supposed to be defending him but ended up making it worse. Mind you, I’m with Mia in that she was clearly pretending to cover for him, and now she’s lying.

Mia doesn’t like her either, as she isn’t too keen on the way all the men in the courtroom are fawning over her…


Phoenix Wright 3: Trials and Tribulations (DS)

Hurrah! It’s Phoenix Wright!

Playing this was very odd. Firstly because it’s exactly like the others in the series -the same art, sound and even characters. Secondly, because the first case is set before the first game, with me as Mia Fey (who is killed at the start of the first game) defending a young Phoenix. It feels very strange, to say the least.

I’ve not played much yet, though, just enough to get through the first two testimonies. I kept failing on the second one, because I forgot to re-press on one statement and choose the other of two options open to me. Tch, eh?

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS): COMPLETED!

Surprise last minute witness! I won’t say who, but it is most bizarre.

The last hour of play twisted the plot all over the place. One minute I was defending my client, the next accusing him, then back again. Then Edgeworth was on the same side as me, we swapped sides, swapped back, and then von Karma joined in! Confused? You will be!

And then I had a choice of two routes to take – declare my client guilty or not-guilty. I suspect one gives the “good” ending, and the other the “bad” one. I chose correctly for the best, and then I won! Hurrah!

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

And now there’s some more investigationing. I’ve been everywhere again, found some interesting evidence which makes my client look somewhat guilty, been to where Maya is (but didn’t see her!) and have broken some psyche-locks on Engard. Yeah, that means my client had a secret. A nasty one at that.

I won’t spoil it for my readers by mentioning it, though. That would be evil…

I now have to break Adrian’s psyche-lock too, and I assume I have all the evidence needed since the game has forced me back to where she is ready to have a crack at it!

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

Finally, I’ve finished off the first day’s trial. It seemed to go on and on forever, and just when I was about to get the Not Guilty verdict, it all went horribly wrong and I didn’t. The trial is going to be extended by another day (which is bad for Maya – for reasons I won’t spoil), and Edgeworth is at his most strange at the moment.

It’s all still good though!

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

Good grief. This trial really does go on forever! Having cross-examined Gumshoe for quite some time, hours seemed to go by with questioning Wendy Oldbag. There haven’t really been any twists so far, and I was quite pleased with some of my deductions – especially those to do with the next witness after Oldbag. It’s all getting quite interesting now too…

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

Finally, I’m into the trial on Case 4. It took ages talking to people to get the evidence needed to move on, and it all got a bit odd when Edgeworth returned. Phoenix seems to hate him, but I can’t recall why from the end of the first game – especially since Edgeworth essentially handed the final case from that over to Phoenix. Perhaps my memory isn’t all it once was…

Much of this trial looks like it’ll rotate around some stuff that happened to the lovely Adrian Andrews, the defendant’s manager, a couple of years ago. And yes, she is lovely, as you can see from the picture…

Anyway. I’ve just heard Gumshoe’s testimony, and am now about to start on the cross-examination.

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

Blimey. It’s taking a while to get anywhere with this one. I’ve spent quite a while talking to the accused, examining the crime scene, talking with some witnesses, and all sorts, and I’ve still not even started the trial yet.

And three people have psyche-locks on them. Two of them have FOUR locks. This case is going to take forever, isn’t it? And why is Adrian Andrews a woman?

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All (DS)

After this weekend’s dual diversions of Elite Beat Agents and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, it was back to the serious matter of acquitting people of murder.

I’ve made a start on Case 4, the last one in the game. So far, I’ve been at a fancy awards ceremony, someone has died, Maya has been kidnapped, and lots of people from the previous game have reappeared. I haven’t even started investigating the murder yet, and I’ve been playing for about half an hour. I suspect this case is going to go on a bit longer than the others…