PS4 Review: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Will I find any objections of a PS4 port?

I was first introduced to the Phoenix Wright series ironically through an internet parody called “Phoenix Wrong” which took the courtroom scenes and changed the situations with hilarious and random outcomes, I was so intrigued that I picked up the original games and played them all the way through, as well as more recently playing the Layton cross-over…which I loved as well. I was happy to hear not only was the trilogy coming to PS4, but it was getting the remake treatment. Now that the court is in session, how fares this remake?

The digital-only collection contains Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All and finally, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. It would have been nice to see the two Investigations spin-offs, as well as Apollo Justice and the later Phoenix Wright titles but maybe we’ll get them at a later date.

If you haven’t played the original games, you play as the lawyer Phoenix Wright as he begins his first trial. You essentially question witnesses, gather evidence from crime scenes to use against them and prove your clients innocent. But it’s not as simple as that, you’ll be dueling against the prosecution who can throw surprise witnesses and evidence at you, with the judge seeming to side with them unless you can prove them wrong.

There are tons of hilarious moments throughout the court cases, the reactions of every witness are priceless when you question them and catch them out on a lie. They go berserk, flip out and some even faint. The stories themselves are well thought out and getting to the bottom of the cases is fun and interesting. Dialogue is clever, witty and funny throughout the 3 games as Phoenix Wright continues to defend his clients, and his reputation.

The Verdict

The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy has improved visuals and trophy support making it a great collection for both newcomers and veterans to the courtroom. Case dismissed!

Score: 9.0