Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All

released on Oct 22, 2002
by Capcom

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All

released on Oct 22, 2002
by Capcom

The second game in the popular court room battle series from Japan introduces four new cases featuring new characters, plot twists and gameplay features. Players resume the role of Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney who must prove his client's innocence against the toughest of odds and most ruthless of adversaries. Players must exercise their legal prowess as they collect evidence, examine witnesses, analyses testimonies and seek the truth to ensure that justice prevails.

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Super unfortunate that, despite the last case being fantastic, all the other cases were kind of ok to poor. People were right about big top turnabout. It's the worse case I've played by far. If it wasn't for the final case, this probably would have been a 5/10.

Not as good as the first game but still pretty good IMO. Some cases were pretty good and surprisingly I don’t hate case 3, but I felt like overall most of them were kinda weaker at least when compared to the first game.

2-2 and 2-4 are absolutely amazing cases, the new mechanics are cool, and i like the new main characters a lot, and that's about it. 2-3 was pretty bad, 2-1 was forgettable, and considering that's half the game, i'd consider this the worst out of the mainline series. still not a bad game, tho. however bad turnabout big top may be, nothing will ever compare to 6-4 i fucking hate 6-4

This is a tough one to rate because the good thing's in this game, are super super good while a lot of it, is just kinda meh.

Case 1 and 3 are both meh to me. Yeah that's right, I dont think Case 3 is bad. I didn't care for the first half at all but I thought the 2nd half was decent. And the first case is a typical first case, besides the fact that Pheonix has amnesia which I really didn't care for at all.

Case 2 I thought was good overall and that was mostly for the 2nd half. The 1st half was alright but the 2nd half was actually really well done I felt.

Case 4 though, is what brought this to a 7 possibly a 7.5. It was so so good, in my top 3 cases between both games now, probably my 2nd favorite after 1-4. It had a very solid trial and especially in the 2nd half, some really awesome character moments.

The last thing I want to talk about is the OST. At first, I did not care for the newly added trial themes, mostly because I loved the 1st one so much. While I still think the 1st game has a much better OST, the new songs for the most part really grew on me. Some of them are awesome while some of them I just don't care for really. Either way, I'd still say it was a solid OST all around.

In the end, I did end up really enjoying the game though that was mostly because of Trial 4 tbh, it gets a 7.5 out of me. The 1st game though, still a lot better overall

This review contains spoilers

Yikes what a rollercoaster of a game, it kinda sucks and is in some cases the best AA game up to date, it feels like one of the many games i’ve played that takes a step forward and then a step backwards, I normally didn't talk about development history but this game had a significantly smaller development time than the other games in the trilogy with only a few months to write the story and it shows, so i’m gonna do a review of each Turnabout since it’s the best way to get my thoughts across in a rational way.

Before the there’s some universal issues across the board, first of all the soundtrack is okay but sorta forgettable there are some stand out themes like Matt Engarde’s and Adrian Andrews theme but it’s sorta overall kinda bad comparing to the first game and even Trials and Tribulations, second I don't like Von Karma’s gimmick, she’s a cool character but her gimmick gets old very quickly and isn’t really funny after that and finally it may have been due to ROTA and Translation but the way Phoenix’s talks about Edgeworth is so melodramatic and poorly written, I don't mind him being out of the story but the way it’s done in the trilogy kinda sucks I’ll get more into that in T&T, well without further ado let’s review each turnabout.

The Lost Turnabout

A boring start imo, I don't like most of the new characters in this game as they try to make them way more comedic and it doesn't work, but more in that later, but first it’s sorta shooting yourself in the foot with a tutorial segment like this given how every single game in the franchise does have some interesting ways of doing it, mainly with PW, T&T, AJ and DD have you play as a rookie attorney with the help of a mentor figure (Haven't played SOJ yet so I don't know how it’s handled there). So I sorta understand why it’s like this, but amnesia? That’s not a good way to reintroduce the mechanics imo, a cool idea would be to play the case of when Edgeworth was a kid defending Phoenix in his school, which would also tie into the main themes of the game, sure they may had to make a ton of new assets which couldn't be feasible for the time this game had but maybe imagine them as adults (?) idk i’m just brainstorming. Anyway, the case's biggest issue is it’s too handholdy, even compared to the first case of the first game and I feel each new character introduced here wasn’t good, Richard is so annoying and I get that was the idea but make him endearing like Frank Sawhit and Maggey only has one joke and that she has bad luck, I don't like it and it gets older very quickly. Overall a terrible beginning for this game.

Reunion, and Turnabout

A huge step-up from the last case, we get introduced to one of the better characters of the game, Pearl, we also get introduced to Psyche Locks (Or Psycho-Locks as I and Edgeworth like to call them) and learning about Maya’s Heritage is really interesting, however, before long it plunges into mediocrity in terms of characters, Morgan Fey while having a cool motive doesn't really leave much of an impression on me all around, Von Kormas aforementioned whipping, Grey Turner is interesting as the victim we meet I guess but doesn't really have much in terms of personality, Miney despite having a cool twist again doesn't leave much to me due to not really talking to her that much. And Director Hotti is probably my least AA character lol. But putting those aside I still really enjoyed the case it’s fun and the twists while predictable is still very good.

Turnabout Big Top

Fuck this case, every new character is either boring or horrible with the exception of maybe Acro but even that is somewhat ruined by something I'll get into this Turnabout. Moe is unfunny and rude but we're supposed to sympathise with him, Regina Berry doesn't have a personality despite her sheltered nature and everyone wants to date her for some reason? Even know she's a minor lmao. Ben & Trilo aren't as endearing this game thinks they are, they’re just kinda there and aren't written as the great dynamic duo that they're written as and Max, Max is such a bad character, being selfish, withholding information that could help with the case, trying to justify it with a redneck persona is the cherry on top of this crapcake of a character. The main 2 issues that plagues this turnabout is the insane amount of padding, Max being a catalyst for this especially with his psyche locks, and the way the murder is carried out of awful, it’s just plain stupid. Overall, a terrible case

Farewell, My Turnabout

A Masterpiece of a turnabout and my favourite case in the series, the case has some pretty high stakes, we see a lot of old and new characters, The new characters are actually really good because they aren't here to tell jokes or be “quirky” but instead are well-written characters, Matt Engarde being a great highlight to me as a stellar twist villain, using psyche-locks in an amazing & thrilling way and Edgeworth returning with his more colder personality is great and I overall have no major complaints about this turnabout.


Overall, this game was a roll-coaster of emotions, lot of good, a lot of bad but it can only go up from here. Though I’ll definitely revisit this game for the 2 cases only.