Last Week’s Gaming

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations Edition

Last week, there wasn’t much gaming variety for me. That said, I got to complete another game and add another Platinum for the collection! Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy is now ticked off the list.

So today, I am going to talk about Phoenix Wright in a little more detail. Still not quite a review, but I will talk more about the trilogy as a whole rather than just the cases I played last week.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Played on – PlayStation 5

Well, the last story arc in the trilogy, Trials and Tribulations, took me on a ride. I had seen where the story was mainly heading, and I feel like I have worked out the Phoenix Wright formula.

And still. There were enough moments that made me doubt myself. Sometimes there were red herrings, and other times I predicted what was happening but needed to take the journey in-game.

And it was worth it.

Like many things, the pieces might not look perfect but can still bring joy

In the late 2000s, Trials and Tribulations was the Phoenix Wright game that friends tried to get me into the series with. Now, I can fully understand why. That said, I am glad that I didn’t start with Trials and Tribulations, and I played all of the Phoenix Wright games in order.

Learning and watching the series progress, I made very few wrong choices when it counts against you. I also had a lot of practice working out which evidence I should present when, and more importantly, why.

Sometimes the answer is obvious, other times not so much

It sounds strange putting it that way. Presenting evidence is just picking the item until you find the one that works. If you get stuck, this method works.

But once you learn the logic, you can anticipate and quickly overcome supposed obstacles. Without giving specifics, it’s a little hard to explain and not spoil some puzzles.

As an example, there are times you might present a picture. The story starts talking about possible scenarios, and more evidence is required. The natural urge is to find what else needs to be presented with the picture. 

But sometimes, presenting the same piece of evidence is the correct answer. If you haven’t learned the beats with the previous games, this logic can be incredibly frustrating. 

Alright – opinions are subjective. Let me explain

With everything going on, I lucked out that Phoenix Wright was the perfectly paced game. I played it at precisely the right time for me. Being overly tired and mentally drained, I needed a slower-paced, low physical dexterity game.

I started playing Phoenix Wright on the Switch, and in a lot of ways, I should have continued to play on it. Except for loading, the PlayStation does nothing better than the Switch in terms of game performance.

The Switch has the ‘pick up, put down’ gameplay with the handheld form factor. The Ace Attorney series began on the Game Boy Advance, and the Switch would be the perfect way to play.

Hey, that’s mean! I only mean you don’t NEED to play it on the couch

Do I regret playing on PlayStation 5 instead? Nope. I have a Platinum for my efforts! But I probably would have gotten through the trilogy a lot quicker on Switch. 

Instead of waiting a week for a night, I could spend a couple of hours on PlayStation, I could have played 30 minutes on the Switch every night. And that’s if I wasn’t feeling up to it!

You can see the percentage earned drop for each episode

Looking at the trophy rate for finishing cases, you can see where many people drop off playing Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy. If you are interested in playing the game, I have one piece of advice that you need to consider.

Don’t play the trilogy back to back. 

That simple. Even I needed a ‘palette cleanse’ of Terminator: Resistance between Justice for All and Trials and Tribulations. If I hadn’t taken that break, I don’t think I would have finished the trilogy either.

But if you take your time, Phoenix Wright is an excellent time with decent anime-style storylines, enjoyable characters and a story that pulls you in. If you prioritise story over action, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy is a great title for you to consider.

Is it a deep involved story? No. But this portriat ended up meaning more to me than I thought it would.

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD
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