GAME: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
CASE: Turnabout Samurai
CONSOLES: GBA, DS, Wii, iOS, 3DS
I played the original Ace Attorney back on the DS, when I was Maya's age, and have come back now older than Phoenix. I remembered a whole series of cases depicting an epic rivalry between Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth. In reality, between the case wherein he is introduced and the finale, this is the only "normal" case the two take part in.
Due to that, and the slightly amusing, unrelated plot, this feels like the filler episode. Every game in the series has one, and from memory this is one of the best. The world of showbusiness, here represented by the filming of Power Rangers-esque kids show Steel Samurai, makes for an entertaining murder mystery.
It isn't perfect, of course. The middle day feels very much like it's just there to pad things out. Arbitrary feeling evidence pushes the case on to the conclusion you've already reached, and the investigation can involve going back and forth until you set off the next event for no obvious reason.
These complaints could be levelled a lot of times at the games; the linear writing means one has to think at exactly the same pace as Phoenix to proceed. For the most part, though, the excellent writing and music make up for it, dragging the player back in every time something breaks the immersion.
When this case does get into gear, it's no exception. The Steel Samurai's theme, which plays at various points, is a banger. The villain, a TV producer with ties to organised crime, is a great foil. And seeing the latter parts of the case, where Phoenix and a surprise ally work together for great justice, is a brilliant moment that feels much better than Mia's deus ex machina moment in the previous case.
At points while playing this case, I considered scoring it slightly lower, but the highs are enough to overcome the lows. That music, man. So, in danger of parodying myself, I have no choice but to give yet another of the same score!
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