Apollo Justice

I’ve been pretty swamped with work, moving and LARP in the last couple of weeks, so have an old post I never actually posted, lightly edited.

Originally written sometime in 2016 as far as I can tell.

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: February 19, 2008
Platforms: DS, iOS, Android, 3DS
Price: Varies, at launch was $40 I believe; can be found for $20.
Genre: Visual Novel, Adventure
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline Only
Games as a Service Plan: None
Downloadable Content /Season Pass: None
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: None
Length: ~20 hours.
Metacritic Score: 78
Control Options: DS touchscreen, buttons

As I write this, I am watching the end credits for Apollo Justice.

*Pats self on back for finishing game.*

Going into the game, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I thoroughly enjoyed the prior three entries, but how would the new protagonists hold up? I wasn’t sure.

Trucy won my heart. She is adorable, endearing, capable, and I just want to hug her and watch her magic shows. Maya and Pearl are also both dear to my heart, but having Trucy be a companion, like Pearl, that the protagonist had no romantic tension with, certainly helped to make her a stronger character.(Something that is in Donna from Doctor Who’s favor as well.)

(That’s not to say I didn’t love the Feys. Just saying that I like Trucy Wright as well.)

Klavier was the biggest surprise for me. As a longtime player, Edgeworth holds a special place in my heart. Francesca is also wonderful, but Godot never really struck the chord that Edgeworth did, nor did Manfred.

But while Edgeworth is motivated by perfection and victory, Klavier’s laid back search for truth reminded me of two of my favorite cases in Ace Attorney–that against Damon Gant in the bonus case of Phoenix Wright, and that glorious single day where you play as Edgeworth in Trials and Tribulations.

That idea of the defense and prosecution teaming up to find the truth, not simply to get the verdict they want, appeals to me.

Apollo…I found Apollo, not to be less than Phoenix, but not to be Phoenix. That isn’t something he can help of course, and I certainly didn’t dislike the poor guy. But, I am looking forward to once again being Mr. Wright in Ace Attorney 5.

Anyway, as I watch all of these photos go by, with little quips from the characters, I realize that, storyline wise, I am quite satisfied with the game. It kept me hooked, made me invested despite my doubts, and, in the end, I found it was certainly worth playing.

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