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- Legends meet to solve the world's most puzzling crimes
- Point out witnesses' lies in group cross-examinations!
- Uncover the secrets of an unmapped city!
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Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Join forces with expert investigator Professor Layton and ace attorney Phoenix Wright in this unbelievable crossover adventure! Find out what new twists they bring to the courtroom as they solve puzzles and debunk witnesses’ lies. Cross-examine multiple witnesses at the same time to uncover the mysteries of the magical city of Labyrinthia.
In a medieval town where the people live in fear of witchcraft and those who wield it, Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright, along with their assistants Luke and Maya, join forces to face a perilous journey filled with harrowing mysteries that cannot be solved with mere logic.
Investigate the city of Labyrinthia and gather information from its townspeople by solving puzzles, then prove your client’s innocence in court. In new group cross-examinations, you’ll pit one witness’ testimony against another’s to get the story straight, then literally rewrite history alongside the greatest puzzle-solving duo Labyrinthia has ever known.
- Two of gaming’s top sleuths rewrite the fate of a mysterious city!
- Solve puzzles that take more than logic to deduce!
- Investigate a city filled with knights, bards, and witches!
- Pit one witness’ testimony against another’s to put them in the hot spot!
- Take control of the ultimate forensic duo!
Lady: Everyone is a suspect in this mystery filled game!
Team: Unlock secrets and solve puzzles that will take you down a shocking twists and turns!
Testimony: Sway the jury with challenging testimonies!
Two of gaming's biggest sleuths team up to solve the most puzzling mystery they have ever encountered. For the first time ever, the mind-bending puzzles of the Professor Layton series meet the courtroom drama of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
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The game starts off with a degree of over-the-top ridiculousness that matches some of the very best moments from Wright's previous adventures (I should probably note that I'm a long-time Ace Attorney player; this game has definitely piqued my interest in the Layton franchise though), and gets you acquainted with our protagonists in short order. The plot gives them plenty of room to grow and be interesting people, but still leaves you ample opportunity to explore the delicious world that is Labyrinthia.
The mishmash between Ace Attorney and Layton gameplay elements can seem a bit weird here and there, and as another reviewer pointed out hint coins can make courtroom sequences a little too straightforward. That said, sometimes I found it helpful to get out of Ace Attorney's classic problem of moon-shot logical leaps (which are slightly more forgivable when we consider the world these trials take place in). Still, do not think that you've seen it all because you've played Ace Attorney before-- the mob cross-examinations are an intriguing idea and are often genuinely more fun in comparison to Phoenix's single-witness one-on-ones in the main games.
There's not a whole lot more I can say besides that-- the game is beautiful, the soundtrack sublime, and the plot, while not hole-free weaves a story rich enough to hold your interest. Absolutely a buy!
Wait… witches?! O_o
…ok sure why not. It’s not like a fantasy setting can really make Phoenix Wright’s adventures much stranger. 😉
The prologues set up things well, with related events separately running afoul of Professor Hershel Layton and Phoenix Wright. These segments serve to establish the gist of each character’s gameplay elements as well as the central characters.
In an interesting choice the art style from each separate game is kept for its characters. The mix is a little weird at first, but I got used to it quickly and it was probably a better approach than trying to force one set of iconic characters into the other world’s style. Also, the backgrounds tie it all together pretty well.
Similar to the mixing of art styles is the mix of going back and forth between the disparate gameplay mechanics. I found it jarring at first and a bit forced as during the first half of the game it was basically switching each chapter. But it ended up melding together much more naturally and seamlessly by the end.
While I’ve played and enjoyed both series, I’m traditionally more of a fan of the Phoenix Wright games. Yet here the Professor Layton elements were perhaps just a touch better, likely due to fitting the story more naturally. The trials were a bit contrived, and some of the constructions and limitations implemented to extend them (and thus the gameplay) were ridiculous.
However they were still enjoyable, and the new mechanics introduced (group testimony and related elements) were fun and well done. Also, the “railroading” feeling and unreasonable burden of proof being foisted on the defense fit the themes and historical events obviously being alluded to.
On the opposite side the puzzle elements were pretty much classic Layton. Sometimes appropriate and interwoven into the narrative well, sometimes shoehorned in, yet nearly all reasonably fun and varied in difficulty.
Once everything starts to come together, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright uses a couple of strong, nuanced characters to anchor the plot amidst a silly supporting cast that keeps the tone from getting too dark. Parts were overly melodramatic, but that’s par for the course with both these series and it never derailed the tension.
Things just kept escalating and provided an excellent story with compelling mysteries, strong foreshadowing that simultaneously avoided spoiling things, and some phenomenally clever twists and red herrings. The story’s climax was fantastic, and overall I left Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright extremely satisfied with the journey I’d been taken on.
Highly recommended to fans of either series, just make sure to stick past the somewhat uneven start.
-5 stars. Great, great story, good 3D graphics, and great Phoenix Wright style courtroom action. There are some more mature themes presented (capital punishment), so I would recommend that the players be Teen or older.
Less courtroom cases than standard Phoenix Wright games but each one is fantastically done.
The puzzles seemed overly easily and could at times impede the story flow, but most of them seemed skippable if desired. Less puzzle frequency than a standard Layton game.
Game seems streamlined for the story, no heavy investigation scenes, and you can use hint coins to help decide what to do next (they are fairly plentiful, and helpful in some court cases, as it can be hard to determine what to do at times).
If you like Phoenix Wright or story games, definitely consider buying this one. The game doesn't offer a ton of replay value, but the main story will take awhile to get through. [ I savored it and played a couple hours each night, which I'm finding is a really good way to enjoy that kind of game.] And again, A+ storytelling. Great voice acting as well (first time Phoenix has had a large section of voice acting).