Howie plays Turnabout Time Traveler

Last Thursday (29 September 2016), the latest DLC instalment for Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice was released, priced at £5.39 / $5.99 / €5.99. The DLC this time does not contain a 3DS theme, but a full episode consisting of a two-day trial. I was quite excited at the mention of time travel, especially with Phoenix’s mention of not being a time lord in the main game.

The episode is a well put together with quite a number of twists and turns. The only thing which really bugged me was the length of some of the animations, especially when you’re trying to make sure you present  every piece of evidence during the investigation stages… yes Sorin Sprocket, you know I’m talking about you!!! Don’t get me wrong, the animation and 3D modelling is really well done, but the animations could have been slightly shorter, especially since you can’t skip them!

The episode has enough twists and turns along the way, with the usual people perverting the course of justice to keep the player entertained. I must have got at least 6 hours’ worth of gameplay on that episode alone. If you just wanted to get one DLC for Spirit of Justice, I would definitely go for this one over any of the Asinine Attorney ones.

I have to say though, for twists and turns, it still does not beat episode 5 of the main Spirit of Justice game!

Howie plays Asinine Attorney

As mentioned in my last post after I finished Spirit of Justice, there were two Asinine Attorney DLCs which were released on 15 September 2016 and 22 September 2016. The first DLC to be released was Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney, and the second was Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney. Both DLCs contain non-canon short “trials” which are pretty much just for fun, with a weird sense of humour. Both DLCs cost £3.59 and include a panoramic pixel art theme for the 3DS. I wasn’t too keen on the cases in that I do tend to prefer more serious trials, but it still gives you the chance to trawl through your evidence and present them. Would recommend just for completeness’ sake, although by no means necessary to follow the story-line of the Ace Attorney series.

The Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney 3DS theme features a panoramic pixel scene of Khura’in, featuring various characters seen in Spirit of Justice.

Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney 3DS theme
Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney 3DS theme.

The Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney 3DS theme features a panoramic pixel scene from Trucy’s magic show, Trucy in Gramarye-Land, at the Penrose Threatre (episode 2 of Spirit of Justice).

Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney 3DS theme
Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney 3DS theme.

Howie finishes Ace Attorney 6: Spirit of Justice

So I have finally finished Ace Attorney 6: Spirit of Justice! Well, I say finish – I mean finished all the content available to date. There are 3 DLCs lined up for the game.

  • Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney
  • Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney
  • Turnabout Time Traveler

I couldn’t find anything about release dates in the UK, but if they’re the same as America, Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney has already been released, with Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney being due on 22 September 2016, and Turnabout Time Traveller due to be released on 29 September 2016.

There was a costume pack which was free, but I believe the free offer of the costumes expired on 14 September 2016. The costumes you can get for Phoenix Wright is the Furio Tigre outfit, for Apollo is his school uniform, and for Athena the Très Bien Café maid uniform.

I actually thought that this one was the best Ace Attorney game to date, with 3 of the 5 main story cases actually being quite emotional ones (yep, I legit teared up!), with the usual weird twists and turns along the way. I also really like the way how trials are no longer randomly adjourned and broken down for “further investigation”, which makes the story flow a lot better. There are still the usual “OMG that will never happen in a real Court” moment, but the game is definitely the best so far. Just a shame I finished it so quickly.

As I mentioned in my previous post on the game, the game is full of puns, and for me it was a game within a game to spot the puns.

SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU WANT TO WORK OUT THE PUNS YOURSELF, READ NO FURTHER!

I’ve listed a few of the ones I’ve spotted below. If there are more I’ve missed, put them in the comments!

  • Tehm’pul Temple – Temple Temple
  • Ahlbi Ur’gaid – I’ll be your guide
  • Shah’do – Shadow
  • Paht Rohl – Patrol
  • Pees’lubn Andistan’dhin – Peace, love, and understanding
  • Inga Karkhuul Haw’kohd Dis’nahm Bi’ahni Lawga Ormo Pohmpus Da’nit Ar’edi Iz Khura’in III – Inga Karkhuul “How Could This Name Be Any Longer Or More Pompous Than It Already Is?” Khura’in III
  • Bonny and Betty de Famme – Defame
  • Manov Mistree – Man of mystery
  • Mr Reus – Mysterious
  • Roger Retinz – The character is also known as the “Ratings Rajah”. In Japanese, you’d say the surname first (Rajah Ratings), hence “Roger Retinz”.
  • Tarhust Inmee – Trust in me
  • Beh’leeb Inmee – Believe in me
  • Rheel Neh’mu – Real name
  • Puhray Zeh’lot – Pure zealot / Prays a lot (suggested by Namasu)
  • Datz Are’bal – That’s a rebel
  • Taifu Toneido – Typhoon tornado
  • Geiru Toneido – Gale tornado
  • Uendo Toneido – Wind tornado
  • Bucky Whet – Buck wheat (ingredient used to make soba noodles)
  • Paul Atishon – Politician
  • Archie Buff – As in archaeology buff
  • Armie Buff – Army buff

Howie plays Ace Attorney 6: Spirit of Justice

Hap’piraki! Greetings from the country of Khura’in, which is partly where Ace Attorney 6: Spirit of Justice is set. The latest game in the popular Ace Attorney series was released worldwide 2 days ago on 8 September 2016, although Japan has had the game since 9 June 2016. I have completed two cases so far, and I am truly hooked to it. One great feature I have noticed with this game compared to the other Ace Attorney games is that you can have the ability to skip past tutorial sections if you’re familiar with the mechanics of the previous games! No more sitting through explanations of what I already know, thank you Mr Apollo Justice and that damned bracelet!

The first case in this game also seems to throw you right in the thick of it, and I am actually finding this game a lot more challenging than the others, but not so challenging that it’s becoming impossible: just a very enjoyable challenge.

Attention to detail is very much required, as with the other games, but something about this title seems different, as if the evidence you need to find is now more subtle and therefore familiarity with the Court Record is more important than ever.

The game brings back familiar characters such as, inter alia, the titular Phoenix Wright (“O foolish foreign lawyer!”), his office assistants Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes (plus Widget!!!), and also Trucy Wright, the magical girl! Although the best thing in my opinion are the names of the new characters: a tour guide called Ahlbi Ur’gaid, a guard called Paht Rohl, a hippy monk called Pees’lubn Ahndistan’dhin, magician names like Manov Mistree and Mr Reus to name but some!!! It’s a brilliant game within a game to try and spot and work out the puns, as well as other cultural references, for example, Phoenix mentions “time lord” in the first case!!! *cue sounds of the TARDIS*

Why can't I be both a lawyer, and a time lord?
Why can’t I be both a lawyer, and a time lord?

If you love a good mental challenge in a game, I’d really recommend going through the whole Ace Attorney series! See you in Court!