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Monday, April 13, 2020

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy—A Year Old, Achievement Playrates, and 50% off on Xbox One

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's a trilogy... play all of the games.

I don't like to call attention to anniversaries since they lend themselves to pointless filler articles. That written, CAPCOM decided to honour the April 9, 2019 one-year anniversary of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy by putting it at 50% off on... just the Xbox One. The sale, deemed the “CAPCOM Spring Savings”, ends in mere hours, but if you miss it, it's worth buying at full price. It's three games (that were originally MSRP'd at $30 each) in one $30 compilation (temporarily $15). Trilogy. Three games.

I'm putting emphasis on that part because, thanks to game achievements being used as a data collection tool on the Xbox One, we can see how many people have gone through each part of the game. Note all of these statistics only represent Xbox One owners of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. Also note that people can start Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Justice For All and/or Phoenix Wright: Trials & Tribulations in any order, but the episodes within those have to be done sequentially:
  1. 85.37% of people who own Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy have started playing it. I assume the rest have bought it (perhaps on sale) and never touched it. Touch it!
  2. 78.95% of gamers have cleared Episode 1 (The First Turnabout) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. This only takes about half an hour of game time to do.
  3. 25.23% of gamers have cleared Episode 5 (Rise from the Ashes) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which is the final episode. 
  4. 25.84% of gamers have cleared Episode 1 (The Lost Turnabout) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All. It's also pretty quick.
  5. 14.68% of gamers have cleared Episode 4 (Farewell, My Turnabout) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All. It's considered the best case in the several opinions. It's the last episode of that game.
  6. 15.11% of gamers have cleared Episode 1 (Turnabout Memories) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations. It's lengthier—and better—than the other games’ Episode 1s.
  7. 9.58% of gamers have cleared Episode 5 (Bridge to the Turnabout) of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations. This is the last episode of the whole trilogy.
  8. 9.05% of gamers have cleared every episode contained in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy.
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy Xbox One achievement lawyer only cries once it's all over completion
I guarantee the 89.95% of gamers who haven't unlocked this will enjoy themselves if they do unlock it.
(And cry when it's all over.)

Come on, you're in quarantine now. What else are you doing? Play through the games. You already bought them. (And if you haven't, buy them now. On any platform, quite frankly.)

There's a larger discussion about how many gamers actually ever finish the games they're playing (and across other games, it is a small percentage) and the implications on that for game design and discussing spoilers in fan communities. I won't have that discussion here, since I just wanted to advertise the sale.

Maybe it would be interesting to come back in a year and see if these stats have budged at all. It might also be interesting to see how much they vary across the different platforms (with the hypothesis that the Switch version would have the best play rates), but not all platforms supply this kind of data.

The most recent time Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was 50% off was on the Switch, in March. It's never been that low on Xbox One before.
Sometimes CAPCOM also puts their other games on sale on the Switch, too, including other Ace Attorney games. Also in March 2020.
The Switch also gets a whole CAPCOM Spring Sale a week after this.


  1. I'd theorize that Rise From the Ashes is kind of turning people off from continuing with the trilogy at all. I mean, that case is a huge pain to finish all the way through, it's one of the worse cases I've experienced myself imo. Maybe we should tell people that the rest of the Trilogy is way better.

    Yeah, hey you guys reading this! Don't get put off by Rise From the Ashes, the cases in the other two games are way better!

    1. wtf no Rise from the Ashes is great and unfairly maligned. <.<

    2. There ARE ways in which it is great. But it is a huge pain to finish all the way through. It's super long and has more confusing bits than basically any other case I've played.

    3. I don't see length as a valid complaint unless the case is presenting you filler for the sake of padding, which I wouldn't say this does.


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