Hiccup wrote:Im putting my hand up here now and saying that I have absolutely no knowledge of this game other than whats been said here. I have played PW 1 and 2, and I THINK 3, but thats as far as my knowledge of this series goes. If you're still with me, lets have a go:
What made the game great (to me) was that moment in the courtroom where you finally pieced all the pieces together and proved that your guy was innocent and some random other guy was the real guilty party. Take away that, and you take away the real great thing about the game. However, with so many sequels now using the same concept, it's getting kinda old. They need a new take on things. Not more new characters who are defense attourneys.
To make this new game good, it needs a new concept, a new way of looking at it. It needs the same charm and the same basic characters, which makes Edgeworth the most logical choice. Here's the thing though - I don't think Edgeworth was the BEST choice. I'm gonna contradict myself here and say that actually, what would've worked better was a whole new character, a new prosecutor who was learning the ropes, in the same way Apollo was in his defense position. We know about most of Edgeworths story, he's overcome most of his issues and is generally on the mend. A new character provides a whole heap of new situations to overcome. But hey, maybe this game is the set up for that new situation. Either way, this part of my conversation is a waffle. Moving on...
I'm actually looking forward to this game and I probably will buy it. The previous (after PW2) haven't appealled to me too much, due to its repetitiveness. I want to see what they do to it to make it different, but still an important game in this series which could be dying a painful death due to Sequelitus.
PW3 was the one with Prosecutor Godot which, if you haven't played, I highly recommend.
A sound argument for the game's defence, but then if you're bringing in a new prosecutor wouldn't it then be more viable to then just completely change the setting of the game and name it something else like "Prosecution Proposition" and have it unrelated to the Ace Attorney franchise? I do think this game would kick up less of a stink of they didn't have it based on the franchise. As a stand-alone game it would of been more easier to swallow, but as part of a franchise you're made to feel so aware that they are doing this instead of working on a proper Ace Attorney game, which does feel a bit of a letdown.
And true, the set rigmarole of "Investigation > Court > Investigation > Court > Investigation > Court > Win > Cake" is getting a little stale, but then it's what really sets the Ace Attorney franchise apart from, say, the CSI games. Taking it away is like taking away the magical feeling you keep up an ongoing in-joke with a friend you've been doing for years; it's just too much fun to do without, no matter how old the set-piece gets. I think they went after the wrong element of Ace Attorney to redo. A game which involved less investigation time and a new court room system would of been a lot more fun.
I guess I'm just biased against it out of resistance. The PW games were such a shining gem in the DS library but is obviously dieing due to old age, and instead of embracing the child's attempt to follow on in the parents footsteps all I can do is miss the true creator's genius while calling the new work a mere shadow of the legend's glory.
Wow...That last paragraph ended up feeling more like I was calling out Chris Browne.