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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is the 5th in a series of excellent courtroom-drama games where players have to use logic to solve the crime scenarios. This particular title takes players out from the courtroom into crime scene investigations. Like the earlier titles, players will be exposed to mature themes such as murder, theft and other criminal activities. Although there are depictions of dead bodies and blood, the anime style graphics do not render it realistic. Also, the player does not commit any violence nor actually view it. They only see snapshots of crime scenes.
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What's it about?
ACE ATTORNEY INVESTIGATIONS: MILES EDGEWORTH, is a DS game about prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, the nemesis of an earlier game protagonist, Phoenix Wright. Miles is thrown into a crime scene investigation when a police detective is found murdered in his office. He gathers and examines evidence, then defends and cross-examines another Prosecutor who shows up on the scene, claiming to be the dead detective's partner and accuses Miles' own partner of the crime. In a series of five different episode that Miles stumbles into, the player is required to investigate the crime scene, examine the evidence, piece the information together, and cross examine witnesses to solve several scenarios within each episode.
Is it any good?
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is a text-heavy, menu-driven game. Most of the action is conveyed through dialog. Players examine evidence by looking at the crime scene carefully and pin-pointing areas to examine. Pieces of gathered information can then be connected, witnesses pressed for further information, and evidence presented to contradict or disprove suspicions and accusations. In this manner, players feel very connected to the solving of the crimes.
To win, players must use good reading comprehension, logic, and deductive skills in order to solve each piece of the puzzle in an investigation. Nuances in conversations can be easily missed and unfortunately, there are no hints available in game. Progression is linear and players cannot move on until they have successfully rebutted each accusation by presenting evidence to point out the flaw in the opponent's logic. Like most games though, if you get stuck, cheats and hints can usually be found on gamer blogs and forums.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dramatic depiction of criminal investigations on TV, in the movies, and in video games like this one. How realistic are they? How much of it is overly exaggerated for the dramatic value?
Families can also talk about stereotypes in media. What is a stereotype? Why are they employed in some stories?
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