This review is adapted from a liveblog I posted on other social media. So its more a stream of consciousness than anything particularly coherent. Enjoy.
I played Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice for the first time this year (2023). I slept on it for the normal reasons. Finding Yamazaki’s writing usually less compelling, not enjoying Duel Destinies that much, and finding the Khura’in kingdom premise to be a silly retcon. But I’ve played it now. And it was pretty good. The second strongest Yamazaki game (I Am A Ace Attorney Investigations 2 fan) and actually a pretty good time, even if I thought it ran out of steam by the end. Lets get into it.
I also didn’t avoid spoilers for the game before playing it. I knew things like broad strokes of Apollo’s New Backstory before playing. I’ve also beaten every other Ace Attorney game, including the spinoffs. This article is written assuming you already have a handle on the series, I’ve been writing like it already so.
6-1 The Foreign Turnabout
the name puns in this game are going to fucking kill me
Pees’lubn Andistan’dhin is a great episode villian though. his character gimmick of turning from a hippie music guy into a death metal guy is seriously fun
I guess id technically rank it a mid-tier opening case, but that sounds dismissive. But I’m just saying its no 3-5, it doesn’t reach the highest heights of the series. mid-tier (positive).
6-2 The Magical Turnabout
I would not cancel Trucy Wright, even if she committed a murder. She deserves a little murder, as a treat.
The case seems very reverent of Troupe Gramarye, when the entirety of Apollo Justice was about outlining why they were dogshit lol. At least Roger Retinz is a suitability huge piece of shit, deserving of the Gramarye name. Taking down Retinz was fun. But overall, the case is mid. Mid by ace attorney terms, so it’s fun, but I think its more fun to say “Trucy gets cancelled”.
The games politics show their age kind of here. I think their age is shown even more later in the game.
I loved cross examining the magic trick.
6-3 The Rite of Turnabout
This was my favourite case in the game. I loved this shit.
Like many people, I was very disappointed in Maya’s redesign. She has a more mature face and proportions, but generally dresses and acts the same as she did as a teenager. Ema, a good aged design, is even in the same case. Its like the game is accidentally comparing what a good aged-up design and a bad one look like. Whoops.
The case seems to talk like Maya and Ema already know each other. Which is fine, I don’t recall them meeting before, but I can read between the lines. I guess I will take this piece of promotional artwork as canon and their first meeting, which is awesome i love this one.
Maya’s into a new Steel Samurai bootleg called the Plumbed Punisher, which is so funny to me. Its like somebody who likes The Simpsons getting really into The Samsonadzes. Its so good I love it.
I’m so glad Phoenix has adopted Rayfa, the two are so good together.
Maya channeling Tahrust Inmee (these name puns are going to kill me) is one of the case setpieces of all time. Its legendary. Its so fucking funny. Tahrust first enjoys having hair, then takes his (Maya’s) shirt off and contorts his body into pretzel poses while talking. Its so good.
It honestly touches on issues PW hasn’t touched on since DL-6, and I think its interesting. Ace Attorney 1 asks the question of “even if the woo police used was real, would it even be good”? A story even more about dead men telling lies to protect their loved ones is something that hasn’t been dealt with since Gregory Edgeworth, and its great to see it be given on-screen focus. Its one of the most tragic cases in the series, all while the goofy-ass Tahrust Inmee channeling is still happening.
You’d think I’d have an opinion on the new prosecutor, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, by now. But I don’t. He fills his narrative role and is ok to bounce off. But meh.
6-4 Stories tellimng
There’s narrative momentum after 6-3 which should have been capitalised on. I usually like the breather cases in the Ace Attorney series a lot, but this is a bad place to give the player a breather case.
fuckin YEARS after this game’s release, Geiru Toneido became a meme for being a sexy clown. I want it to be known her boobs have a boing sound effect.
people who’ve played this game know the real hot girl in the case is Ms Kisegawa.
i kinda liked Simon Blackquill here (I did not like him in Duel Destinies). but christ dude stop treating Athena like a child, fuck you
I hate the defendant, Bucky Whet. I’m sick of watching him almost vomit. I think he deserves the death penalty.
6-5 Turnabout Revolution
God we can’t just have nice things. Its hard to explain, but I found every big idea here fell flat. It was a bit bland, a bit flavourless, meant to have a huge impact but I felt nothing. Can’t explain it.
Wow, this certainly is a game about politics from ≤2016 (Paul Atishon)
Dhurke was raising so many death flags from the word go, but I guess you raise a lot of death flags if you’re already dead.
I can’t believe we’re figuring out who the real villain is Ga’ran because she’s wearing a top with low cleavage. she would have gotten away with it if she kept her tits covered, smh smh.
I used a guide for the perceive sections. I don’t give a fuck, I hate perceive.
I thought I’d have more new things to say about Datz Are’bal and especially about Nahyuta Sahdmadhi now, but I don’t. A lot happened with Nahyuta Sahdmadhi’s character but I don’t care.
rayfa was so bbrave.
Why is Maya even here. She didn’t have to be. nO REALLY. Bringing Maya back as a character was a big decision. and it made an argument for itself being worth it in 6-3! But then, Maya was instantly left with nothing to do! What was the point!!
wow! it was lucky of Jove Justice to die within a meter of a mirror.
I thought I’d have stronger opinions about the retcons, but. i dont. games not new. it feels like a done deal, not a fresh outrage to get mad about. But I can’t bring myself to feel more emotional than “yeah, that happened”.
Wow, this certainly is a game about politics from ≤2016 (Khura’in Revolution)
Turnabout Time Traveller
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