Two weeks ago, we let you know about amazing Ace Attorney sales, and the existence of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice demo that would be releasing on August 25th. Well, that's today. I've played the demo. What are my impressions?
...Positive, of course. It's Ace Attorney after all. It has to be good. ...Well, that's not actually true (Turnabout Big Top, anyone?), but the folks at CAPCOM curated this cut-up version of the first trial of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice for our playing pleasure. It's free on the Nintendo eShop, is 890 blocks big (not much), and has 30 uses! Not that you'll need all 30, since the game comes out in two weeks from now anyway.
The demo takes place in the Kingdom of Khura ’in, a magical place of excessive apostrophes and lovably bad puns. In the Khura’inese legal system, defence attorneys don't really exist because they will execute defence attorneys alongside their guilty clients, bringing a whole new meaning to loser pays litigation. Here's the instruction manual for the game on the role of defence:
|The Khura’inese society treats lawyers like America should be treating politicians such as Crooked Hillary.|
You have to defend your guide, Ahlbi Ur'gaid (my gosh, I STILL have to keep checking to see how these names are spelled), in court. She apparently is a thief and a murderer. And a boy, but I'll always dispute that. Ahlbi is also allegedly only nine years old.
ANYWAY. Ahlbi hates you because you're a lawyer, and lawyers are shunned by society, as the above screenshot explains. This is in spite of you being there to defend her.
|Actually, Gaspen Payne, Phoenix Wright has been loathed by some of his previous clients before.|
That said, I guess you weren't around to know that.
As Phoenix Wright, you get to cross-examine Ahlbi Ur'gaid, and then you get to encounter the new Divination Séances. Instead of being called a Water Mirror, it's actually called the Pool of Souls. Much cooler. To the point I decided to screenshot it.
|Rayfa Padma Khura’in proceeds to have an extended dancing cutscene that is better than Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE's.|
It's unknown if Rayfa needs to get every dance move done precisely in order for the Divination Séance to work.
The Divination Séances mechanic is more-or-less the most complicated cross-examination tactic in the whole Ace Attorney series, edging out mob cross-examinations in the excellent Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It's not so complicated that it's overwhelming, but unlike things such as the Mood Matrix from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies, you actually get penalised for being wrong. You have to find the contradiction between the information from the Pool of Souls (basically supernatural video recording), Rayfa's Insights (captions), and the five senses the victim would be feeling. Since everyone involved (the victim's memory and Rayfa's insights) is telling the truth, it's different than pointing out a lying witness's deceit with the Court Record.
|Boy's Voice is the contradictory sensation, because Ahlbi Ur'gaid is a GIRL.|
...I got a penalty from the Judge for selecting that, though.
To be honest, the demo might be too hard for newcomers to the series. Fortunately, Phoenix can Consult with...himself, when you get enough penalties. I did that in the final (for the demo) contradictory sensation I had to point out. Phoenix Wright did not outright tell me the answer (which would be strange for him to do, in terms of canon — since he's the one getting the answers wrong to begin with, not me, since I'm not a character!), but he did subtly give me (himself) a good hint. Very good.
“Good” is how I'd explain my whole experience. The graphics are pretty much the same as Dual Destinies. The limited amount of music I've heard is, I think, not as good as Dual Destinies. But they are clearly going for the whole foreign Asian country theme with the soundtrack. It's not really what I'm into, but I'll get into it.
The demo ended abruptly, as if CAPCOM wanted it on the first thing resembling a cliffhanger that they possibly could.
If you want more goodness from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice, check out this PROLOGUE to the demo (and the game) right here, uploaded by CAPCOM and Nintendo!
...I like it a lot. Good dub and animation! The full game is coming out... September 8! ...On the Nintendo eShop only. It'll be rated T, at least.
Follow Ludwig on Miiverse at NNID PrinceOfKoopas to check out his journey playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Spirit of Justice! Y'know, once it comes out. Ludwig had to take screenshots of the demo from a camera, because the demo doesn't have its own Miiverse community. Compare this to the demo of Pocket Card Jockey, which can post to Miiverse because the demo is directly from the first part of the game with nothing altered, and you can even transfer progress.
Ludwig can personally confirm the beginning of the game starts differently than the demo, since the game is now out!
If you were wondering if Ludwig ever did get into Spirit of Justice's music, he claims he has in this article.
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