What’s Ace Attorney you ask? Oh, only one of the best games in existence.
Okay, that’s completely subjective, but Ace Attorney is my favourite gaming franchise along with Pokémon, so to me it is one of the best games in existence. So what is Ace Attorney all about?
Ace Attorney is at first about one lawyer, named Phoenix Wright, who has to declare his clients not guilty of course. Now, you might think that sounds a bit boring, but it’s not! To declare his client innocent, Phoenix has to do a lot of detective work, interact with a lot of quirky characters and of course battle
his enemies the prosecutors in court.
As of now there are five main games, two spin off games (of which only the first one has an official English release) and a crossover game with Professor Layton, with a sixth one on the way at the end of the year. The main games and the crossover are in visual novel style (except for Layton’s puzzles of course).
So why should you play it?
Because I say so
Well, I’m glad you asked (what do you mean you didn’t ask):
- It has a fantastic plot, especially the original trilogy. It all comes together in the third game brilliantly
- Amazing characters
- Seriously they’re so funny and relatable, or just plain weird and creepy, but most of them are very well developed and complex. And they must be protected at all costs (with the emphasis on most of them. All the murders and Sal Manella can just go to hell)
- It’s incredibly silly
- Yet really serious at times
- Also heartbreaking
- And tense, because murder
- But all in all it’s mostly light and silly (though it can get dark real quick. And when it does get dark it gets pretty dark. BUT IT’S STILL REALLY GOOD)
- THE STUPIDEST YET MOST BRILLIANT PUNS: Witness name: Mr. Sawhit and so many more that you might not even notice the first time around
- Great jokes
- Intense, exciting murder cases (though some are less exciting, they are all at least worth playing once!)
- It’s seriously funny as hell
- Seriously so many great running gags
- The relationships between the characters are heartwarming
- It’s just fun okay
- Please just give it a try
Now let me introduce you to some characters
This is our original protagonist, Phoenix Wright who is basically a big dork and it’s a miracle he’s still alive. Seriously someone protect him
This is Maya Fey, the Burger Queen and Phoenix’ assistent in the original games and the crossover (AND ALSO IN ACE ATTORNEY SIX OUR QUEEN IS BACK)
This is Miles Edgeworth, the main prosecutor in the first game and fan of ruffles. Also big dork. Actually they’re all dorks. The entire game is full with dorks (and creepy murderers)
This is Apollo Justice and he is fine. He is the main protagonist of the fourth game, a main character in the fifth one and once again the protagonist along with Phoenix in the sixth one. He’s a smol child who needs to be protected at all costs.
This is Athena Cykes, main character in the fifth game and while she will be in the sixth, it’s not known how big her role is. She’s adorable, loud, ready to fight 24/7 and precious.
And there are so many more! I wish I could introduce you to all of them, but ehm. Yeah. I can’t. So here are some of the main characters. I haven’t even introduced you guys to Franziska-I’m-Better-Than-All-You-Fools-Van-Karma, the judge who has no idea what’s going on 24/7 and has never heard of a digital camera even though it’s 2016 (yes the first game takes place this year! How cool is that? You can play the game in current time), Godot, Detective Gumshoe, Klavier Gavin, Emma Skye and so many more. Most of them are very lovable (except the creepy murders) and you will become very attached to them.
Putting my love for Ace Attorney into words and explaining to you guys why you should play it is harder than I thought. I just love these games so much. I discovered them during a hard time and they were my escape, the characters were my friends, so of course while they are amazing, that also plays a big part in my love for them.
While I do love them a lot, of course there are flaws! But all in all the games are really fun to play. If you love a good plot; detective games; complex, loveable, funny characters and a good murder, these games are for you.
If you don’t have a DS/3DS, don’t worry! You can play them on your phone (not sure if it’s only iOS or also android). I really recommend you to play them all, if you’re wondering about the order:
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
At this point you can play the Investigations series, but it’s not necessary for the latter games. You can also play the Professor Layton crossover at this point, but again it’s not necessary to play it before 4 and 5
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
There is also another spin off game, that takes place in the past which looks amazing, but alas; no English release has been announced yet.
Anyway, I hope you guys will give these games a chance! I’ve played them so many times now I’ve lost count. Even though by the second time you’ll already know who did it, you probably don’t remember all the details on how to win the case, it’s still fun and you might catch some things you didn’t the first time (like stupid yet brilliant puns)
Have you played Ace Attorney? Or have I convinced you to give it a try? What is your favourite game/game franchise? Why? Let me know in the comments!