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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Captivating legal adventure full of sly humor.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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Fans have waited years for a new game in this franchise, and this one comes through big-time. The series is known not only for its winning main character but for its engrossing, surprise-filled storylines and wacky humor. Though occasionally Phoenix takes a backseat to other well-known characters, the latter are here in abundance.

Of course, jokey weirdness isn't the only thing this installment has in common with others in the series; it also shares its predecessors' subtle commentary on social customs. The strengths and weaknesses of our Western legal system are clearly defined as Phoenix tries a case in an Eastern country with vastly different beliefs. Never has our favorite defense lawyer had so much on the line as his own freedom -- and perhaps even his life -- become the price of defeat. With that in mind, each unlikely win is supremely satisfying. Serious as the stakes might be, though, the mood remains light thanks to some deft writing, attractive 3D models (which are nicely enhanced when you turn on 3D), and hilarious animations. Spirit of Justice combines new problems with familiar mechanics. While it doesn't go out of its way to devise new kinds of gameplay, it expertly draws upon its existing bag of tricks to create the kind of game you just can't put down.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release date: September 8, 2016
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures, Friendship
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Violence
  • Last updated: September 13, 2016

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