A thoughtful and personal exploration of games

Reading a Game/Playing a Book – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Recently I’ve been playing my DS a bit before bed. It’s substituted for reading a book at the same time. One of the best game series to do this with is the Ace Attorney series.

On the whole, the premise is kind of cheesy: you’re a rookie defense attorney who needs to come up with contradictions between testimony and evidence in order to get to the truth of the murder trials you’re involved in. Strangely, it always comes down to the wire with these cases as there’s almost zero tolerance for any mistakes, no matter how trivial. In fact, there’s a later case that gets our hero disbarred or whatever (dis-badged?) for using false evidence that he didn’t know was false at all. The minute it was discovered to be false, he was booted out and no one is the least bit apologetic or even attempts to help him out. It’s quite frustrating, but a lot of storylines are pretty contrived.

A majority of characters in the game have faulty testimony and they’re pretty irritating about it; forever getting mad just because I’m doing my job poking holes in their supposed perceptions. If it wasn’t for the cool music and the fact that it’s pretty satisfying tearing some of these people down, I’d be completely frustrated with this game.

All told, the stories are interesting and silly at the same time. There’s always a murder to be solved and everyone’s completely unhelpful. Well… not COMPLETELY, but I have to coerce most folks. The scriptwork is pretty hilarious most times and the puzzles keep you on your toes since the solutions are often not super-obvious.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been “reading” before bed. I finished the first game the other night and I’ve moved onto the second.

In other news, I’ve been playing a lot of Star Trek Online and I’ve really been enjoying playing with the new Andorian Escort. I should hit tier 4 with both reputation factions come this Wednesday. I’ve also been playing Diablo III with a couple of friends and we’re pushing in on Act IV of Normal difficulty (monster power 10 though). I need to record the last part of Republic Commando by Wednesday and I’ll be starting in on The Secret of Monkey Island once that’s almost done being posted.

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. “Mr. Wright. You are truly the most unpredictable defense attorney I’ve ever known. I can tell you’re grasping, yet I cannot deny the possibility of what you say.” – Judge


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