Phoenix Wright: Justice For All – Mid-game thoughts

If you’ve not been paying attention, Phoenix Wright: Justice for All was released recently in Japan, but as it came with both the Japanese and the English translations (switchable at the menu), I would have been stupid to pass up getting this as soon as possible.

The game definitely does not disappoint for fans of the first. The translation is likely the same one that will be used when the game is released in the States come about January, as it includes the same localization approach that the first title had (that is, the game is set somewhere in the United States). The characters are just as interesting, strange, or eccentric as well. I think the cases are a lot more interesting and well-thought out from the start – the twists in the various cases (I’m in the middle of the last case) are pretty good, though if you’re paying attention, they are obvious from about halfway through each case.

The use of the Psyche-Lock which is necessary to get key evidence from certain people is pretty good – it’s like trying to present evidence in court, but you can back off if you don’t think you can break them. Additonally, the health meter, which you get penalized with for wrong steps, is also good – some steps aren’t as bad if mistaken, while a few points you can lose the whole trial if you’re wrong, even if you have full health. Of course, right now I’m stuck at one point where I can lose the whole trial if I’m wrong, and the answer is no where obvious and you’re not give a chance to double check your court records past a certain point. But that’s part of the fun.

Trust me, if you liked the first, it’s almost worth it to get the import – Play Asia had it for cheap on first day release. While the NA release is just around the corner, I just couldn’t wait that long.

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