Does Justice for All stand up to it's predecessor, Ace Attorney?

User Rating: 7.8 | Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All DS
Phoenix Wright: Justice for All is the second entry in the Gyakuten Saiban / Phoenix Wright series. While it does add a few new twists to gameplay and storyline, it misses out on some of the things that made Ace Attorney so great. First off, since this is a straight up port of the GBA version, Justice for All lacks a bonus 5th case which made use of the DS functions more, like Ace Attorney did. So that means the touch screen and the microphone are mere options now, rather than being used more creatively. While some people might say this is better, I myself preferred some of the creativeness used in these two additional functions when playing Ace Attorney. Instead, we get Psyche Locks, which is basically like the courtroom session of the game, just outside court. This is pretty cool, but from time to time you know exactly what to answer with, but the game decides you're not using the right item, so it can be trial and error from time to time.

Graphically, it's on par with the original, which had nice graphics. No complains here. The sound, though, is generally the same sound with remixed / new music tracks. I preferred the music from Ace Attorney over this, to be honest. Not bad, though.

Overall, Justice for All is by all means a good game. It's just that it isn't as good as it's predecessor, Ace Attorney. I still recommend trying this game at least once (especially if you like text-heavy games), but if it came down to picking between Justice for All and Ace Attorney, I'd have to go with Ace Attorney on this one.