Review: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

Published May 12, 2016 by Amanda B. Greene

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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies continues the story by introducing new characters and having more cases to solve. I think it still holds up to the previous games and improved in some areas. The character development is great, except for how the spotlight kept going back and forth between Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes; to have Athena come to the agency when Apollo is still relatively new wasn’t the best idea, but it all works in the end. Let’s get going with the review!

** Review **

** 8.75/10 **

Story

Overall, I think the story and plot line was about as good as the previous titles. The cutscenes were much appreciated since there wasn’t much of that before; I wish there was more of them. The drama was more out there, especially with the more expressive Athena Cykes, which mostly worked well. There was also more character animations, which is also a great improvement to better tell what people were thinking and what was going on.

The new prosecutor for this game was alright at first and then likeable later on, but the main problem is how unrealistic he is. Even in the “dark age of law”, I doubt that the court would have a criminal still in jail serve in court unless there was a lack of prosecutors around. However, he is a cool addition to the cast.

It’s great how Dual Destinies continued having old characters return as well as building up good background stories for new ones in each case.

Gameplay

Dual Destinies plays similarly to the previous Ace Attorney games in how you read for clues to figure out what exactly happened and who is the culprit in each situation. There is a demo of this game on the Nintendo eShop that quickly shows you what Phoenix Wright is all about.

Music

 The music and sound effects are good or great as usual for the franchise. There is nothing to worry about here for everything sounds right and follows similar lines as before like how there is a noise whenever you click on certain things.

Final Note

I recommend Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies just as I did with the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy. You can get both on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS. Sometimes, there’ll be sale discounts that have gone up to 30% in the past, so you may want to wait. The sixth game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice, is coming out soon in September. 😀

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