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I've just started Apollo Justice (thank you Erin for keeping Kyle from gnawing it open) and I must say I really prefer Phoenix as the Defense Attorney/ main character. Perhaps it's because my inner monologue and his a eerily similar at times, perhaps it's because Apollo is a little naïve and really, incredibly thick and perhaps it's because the writers decided to ::spoiler alert for the people who care and don't already have some knowledge of 4-1. Oh and spoilers for the first three games like woah:: decided to steal Phoenix's sense of fun with his badge. Hobo-Phoenix is a brilliant, manipulative bastard, who certainly likes toying with people and seems to have more of an idea of what the devil is going on, but he's lost that happy-go-lucky doormat, willing to push through anything no matter how insane (your honor I'm going to cross exam the parrot) to find the truth attitude that was so characteristic of him in the first three games.

I know we'll be getting back story as to how and why he lost his badge but I don't see him taking seven years to get to the bottom of it and fighting back. Because for him, the truth was always what came first no matter how much it sucked getting there, and how much pain it would cause to the people involved. (Look at the last case in the second game where he has to make the choice between the truth and convicting his client and Maya, granted you can pick either choice, and Franziska will still come save you at the end with the evidence Detective Scruffy collected but it's fairly obvious what choice goes best with the games' "finding the truth" theme. Not to mention the final case of 3-5 where he presses on until he proves Godot is the real murdered, even though his assistant was trying to protect the prosecutor.) I also can't see Phoenix forging evidence even to get to the truth, even after he lost his badge. It just doesn't fit with what we know of his character. Sure a lot can happen in seven years but . . . Phoenix Wright would have fought the wrongful charges of knowingly presenting forged evidence (since we already know from 1-5 that they don't care if you present forged evidence if it wasn't your fault and you thought it was real) he would have gotten his badge back (or not taken away at all) and then we wouldn't be in this particular mess seven years later. They'd better give some damn good reasons why he didn't do that.::End Spoilers::

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney just feels a lot more serious than the first three. Maybe it's the music which seems to be lacking in the happy upbeat racks (we wouldn't be seeing the Steel Samurai theme here) and focus on the more sombre, serious tracks. Theres less of a "oh crap I'm so completely screwed if I mess this up" feel to the piece of that plays when you're directed to point out contradictions in evidence and more of a relaxed "la de da we'll get there eventually" thing. Remember the 'Cornered' themes from the last three games, and how the music would take a definite upswing whenever you were getting close to breaking the witness the truth? Seems to be gone, at least in the first case. And the rest of the court suite music is all laid-back and doesn't seem to fit the series. Yeah, the games still have the trademark whacked-outedness what with Apollo's Chords of Steel, the rule that anyone Phoenix spends more than five minutes in a room with has to be completely nuts still holds true, and the Judge is still the Judge, but Apollo feels a lot more straight-laced than Phoenix ever was and a lot less capable of coping with insanity.

It's still fun, but I miss the old cast. I miss the old sound track. I hope the insanity increases, Apollo becomes less of a complete dork, and Phoenix finally has something go right for him. Because even if his life didn't suck on the same epic level that Edegeworth's did the man needs to go at least a decade without being charged with something he didn't do, have someone he cares about disappear, get accused of murder, die, or make him think they committed suicide. I swear the writers delight on fucking with the characters so much that you just want to scream, wait, let something good happen to them for a change, I thought Phoenix Wright supposedly had extraordinarily good luck!

Now, excuse me while I spend the next week with the DS propped up in front of my face, narrowly avoiding running into lampposts, walking past my house at night, complaining and generally enjoying the heck out of myself.


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May 2008


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