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- New action game component that allows for exploration of crime scenes using either D-Pad inputs of the DS/DSi stylus to uncover clues.
- Crime-solving adventure for Nintendo DS and DSi starring Miles Edgeworth, the popular rival of attorney Phoenix Wright.
- Gameplay moves out of the courtroom and onto the crime scene and features several unique cases to solve with over 15 hours of gameplay.
- New technique, such as "Logic" mode assists you in uncovering the crime.
- Unique dialog trees and interrogation techniques let you question witnesses to discover the truth.
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Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth takes the Ace Attorney series from the courtroom to the crime scene, leaving the legal battle behind while bringing the action to various crime scenes. This time around, the player takes on the role of famed prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, a memorable rival of charismatic legal eagle Phoenix Wright. Edgeworth actively investigates crime scenes in order to pursue the truth behind each case. By solving the challenging puzzles presented him, Edgeworth will work with the police to bring criminals to justice. Users will be able to directly control the character avatar’s movement on the scene with the arrow key or touch screen and investigate the crime scenes freely. If, during the course of an investigation, users find contradictions, they will be able to obtain new information by presenting decisive evidence. In some cases, users will identify clues and conduct examinations of material witnesses. On these occasions, users will have to uncover the truth behind the crimes using collected information, the evidence, and logic.
Top Customer Reviews
-Different perspective than the defense attorney (focus on the scene)
-Focus on Miles Edgeworth (I am an Edgeworth fan :D) and other characters (Gumshoe)
-Limited gameplay (scene of the crime minus the courtroom scene, which was a huge factor in the original Pheonix Wright series)
-Kinda forced "original dynamic" (rebuttals and analysis in the courtroom) into the crime scene
-Decreased level of difficulty, which shortens gameplay time (and you can't really replay the game which is a real bummer)
I gave four stars because I think this is a great play for anyone who's played the AA series (and is a fan), and I'm biased because of Edgeworth (I was so sad when he wasn't as prominant in AA 2 an 3 compared to the first one......). However, I am disappointed because this game had so much more potential, and failed to accomplish everything it could have achieved.
As a former pre-law student who interned as an investigator intern at an actual criminal defense law firm, I can say that the game accurately reflects the skills and abilities (logic and deduction) required for a real investigator. However, I think Capcom could have done better than try to reuse what tactics were used in the Pheonix Wright series. Yes, prosecutors spend a lot of time on the scene but Miles Edgeworth shined in the courtroom, and like other reviewers said, it would have been nice to show that prosecutors, too, can win in the courtroom. It would have been more interesting if there were diverse outcomes possible throughout the game, extending gameplay, and in my opinion, okay for Capcom to push up the price a bit more.
Compared to a lot of the TV shows regarding criminal justice, the AA series show a better description of the current law system, including the "dark age of the law" depicted in the Dual Destinies series. However, I wish Capcom was more "neutral" in the sense that it didn't try to only show defense attorneys as the main character. Like Pheonix Wright and Miles Edgeworth shows, it takes both the defense and the prosecution to reveal the truth behind a case.
Of course, being a prosecutor makes the traditional courtroom formula a problem. The series so far has focused around a defender seeking to find a wrongfully accused client innocent. Since Edgeworth prosecutes criminals, it makes no sense for the turnabout to occur in the courtroom. As a result, the court scenes have been cut, although the fourth case does have a clever callback to the attorney duels of previous games. On the bright side, the game hasn't lost the over-the-top drama or the cross-examination duels; they've just moved out of the courtroom and into the investigation. Miles will have to break through lies and false evidence to prove the wrongfully accused innocent and find the true culprit behind each crime.
Despite the change in format, the game is definitely an Ace Attorney game, with all the melodrama and humor that entails. The cast of characters features old standbys like Detective Gumshoe, Larry Butz, and Franziska von Karma, but also has clever new characters such as Kay Faraday, an aspiring great thief who makes an unlikely assistant to Edgeworth, and Agent Lang, an interpol agent who hates prosecutors (not unlike how the original characterization of Edgeworth hated defense attorneys). The real highlight, though, not surprisingly, is Edgeworth. He really makes the game different. While Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice are both bumbling, good-natured defense attorneys who bluff their way to success, Edgeworth is smug, clever, and driven by logic. The game mechanics reflect this, introducing a new logic system that allows you to piece together a crime scene through gathering facts as well as evidence, and the dialogue accurately reflects Edgeworth's personality, rather than making him another Phoenix Wright knockoff.
For fans of the series, the game is worth it for the chance to play Edgeworth alone. For newcomers, be prepared for a game that can best be described as CSI meets Abbott and Costello. That's a compliment - the weirdness, humor, and sheer fun of this game makes it well worth a play through.
If you like the other Phoenix Wright games, you'll like this one. It's a good addition to the series.