Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 61 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
B+
B+
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is yet another worthy Ace Attorney successor. It’s ultimately not the series at its highest peak, but it’s hardly the nadir, and that it continues to feel this fresh in light of its flaws already has me hungry for the next turnabout. No objections here, Your Honor.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 14, 2016

Another exciting visual novel - but only if you can get over the series' longstanding irritations.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 9, 2016

Spirit of Justice also excels at everything Phoenix Wright has done so well over the years. The music is great, the character animations are superb, and the localization is very good, handled deftly as always by longtime Phoenix Wright editor Janet Hsu and her team of pun lovers.

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Shacknews
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 10, 2016

Mechanically the game is more than sound, it's awesome. Character-wise, however, you might want to make sure this isn't the Ace Attorney game you pick up first if you're looking to build relationships.

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Scored Reviews

Rice Digital
Oct 5, 2016

Spirit of Justice proves that Ace Attorney can still manage to be fresh, exciting, and most importantly tell a great story.

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Thumbsticks
Sep 27, 2016

At this stage, it feels incongruous to state whether or not this is the best Ace Attorney game. A lot of the aspects in the game are nothing new, but whilst there are elements that separate it from its predecessors, there is nothing that instantly makes it significantly better than the rest. In part, this is because the main series has been so continuously strong. Even though there has been an increase in the number of visual novel type games to come to the West, Ace Attorney is still one of the best, and Spirit of Justice does not detract from that. The fact that it holds its own against previous entries, as well as providing the most engaging overall narrative in the series makes it worth playing. What's more, it retains the humour and character (and not to forget great music) that makes the Ace Attorney series so exceptional. Now if there aren’t any objections, the verdict can now be given…

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 25, 2016

Although Spirit of Justice doesn’t utilize all of its mechanics to their full potential, it is filled with the strong storytelling and humor fans of the series expect. It is a must-play for any Ace Attorney fan.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Capcom could just keep making these with different time periods in new regions and I'd keep playing them. As long as it employs a good writing crew and delivers satisfying scenarios, I'm in. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, you made this aspiring lawyer's day.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is yet another fantastic game in the Ace Attorney series. The gameplay is better than ever, and the stakes have never been higher, all of which only helps to make one of the best stories in gaming even better. Play this game — you won’t regret it.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

With improved visuals, new mechanics, and a more intuitive design- Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice already has a lot going for it. Factor in a story filled with intrigue that’s as exciting to watch unfold as the best of what the series has to offer thus far and you’re left with an exceptional visual novel and a return to form for the series as a whole.

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Digital Spy
Sep 7, 2016

Whether you're coming back to Phoenix Wright once more or are coming at it afresh, you'll have no objections to Spirit of Justice.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice manages to reinvigorate a series in its sixth main entry by introducing several smart new features while also bringing back mechanics that had been cast aside.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 8, 2016

You saw this verdict coming; Phoenix Wright's latest adventure is every bit as brilliant as his earlier escapades, with phenomenal writing, satisfying gameplay, and tons of irresistibly clever courtroom drama. The high-altitude Himalayan setting is fresh and fun, and much more than just window dressing; the thrilling Divination Séances are a wonderful on-theme addition, the new characters are as memorable as any in the series, and Khura'in's customs makes for both enjoyable virtual tourism and a constant source of plot-twisting courtroom culture-shock. Whether you're a longtime fan or a first-time offender, no further deliberation is required — this is a court date you won't want to miss.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 8, 2016

Spirit of Justice’s new setting and characters really are enough to make the game feel fresh, even if most of the gameplay is what we’ve seen before. It’ll be interesting to see where Capcom takes the series, along with Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice, considering the resolution of everything in the game.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

In short, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is as amazing as any other title in the series. Great for newcomers (who should still highly consider picking up the Ace Attorney Trilogy beforehand) and fans of the series alike, Spirit is consistently a pleasure and deserves a spot in your 3DS library.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 6, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice shines as few games do. It has beautiful stories, amazing characters, and twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you're a fan of Ace Attorney, this is a game you must play.

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USgamer
Sep 8, 2016

While Ace Attorney has had its ups and downs since the original trilogy came to a close, Spirit of Justice amounts to the fresh start Phoenix Wright needed to break away from his past. A great setting, fantastic mysteries, memorable characters, and a consistent, thoughtful theme make this a must-play for anyone interested in Ace Attorney's anime-infused take on Law & Order.

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Areajugones
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice expands further the Ace Attorney world, with new mechanics, a better investigation system and a lot of old acquaintances that most of the fans missed in the last games.

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Hey Poor Player
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 18, 2016

If you’re a fan of the series and haven’t picked this game up yet, I can’t fathom why. It’s easily one of the strongest entries and while there may be some pandering to nostalgia, it feels like its continuing Dual Destinies’ work to get the series back on track.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 9, 2016

Bringing together the key players from recent Ace Attorney outings, whilst developing some of the newer characters to flesh out their stories for future entries, is a very difficult balancing act, yet with Spirit of Justice Capcom expertly navigates any pitfalls to deliver the most in-depth, enthralling episode of Phoenix Wright's adventures so far. It might, for better or worse, feel like Apollo Justice 2 to some, but the way the story unfolds over the five cases is magnificent and leaves players - new and old, alike - hungry for much more.

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IGN Italy
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

Spirit of Justice has every quality and every flaw of the Ace Attorney series. On the western edge of far East you'll find a great story, amazing characters and that sense of humor we all learned to love. But you'll also find a linear game with very few changes. A solid visual novel overall.

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Everyeye.it
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

The new episode of this peculiar series continues on the winning path undertaken with Dual Destinies. The undoubted charisma of the characters helps to support a strong and well-written script, and the process that accompanies the resolution of cases in consistent ance with very few holes in logical steps.

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Digital Chumps
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice has an even balance of good writing, new gameplay design and fantastic presentation. Bringing back familiar faces to push the story and containing a healthy dose of difficulty, which is what most fans of the series adore, only helps its overall case. Definitely a worthy addition to the Phoenix Wright family.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

With a captivating overarching storyline that has both new and familiar characters, Spirit of Justice keeps you on the edge of your seat

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice is a satisfying and appropriately crazy end to the second trilogy of Ace Attorney games. It retains a few of the persistent annoyances I have with the series, but the story is just as insane as ever and the cases are tough, lengthy and fittingly absurd turnabouts.

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EGM
8.5 / 10.0
Emma Schaefer

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

The Wright Anything Agency is back in action, and this time, it’s an entire country that needs help. With some fresh spins on the investigation formula, abominable name puns, and an increasingly convoluted series of wacky murders, Spirit of Justice is a strong entry in the Ace Attorney series—though perhaps not the best game for a first-time sleuth.

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Paste Magazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Eric Van Allen is a Texas-based writer. You can follow his e-sports and games rumblings @seamoosi on Twitter.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
Dec 5, 2018

If you want more Ace Attorney, Spirit of Justice will keep you entertained for hours on end!

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COGconnected
84 / 100
84 / 100
Sep 8, 2016

Spirit of Justice stands as a return to classic Phoenix Wright, giving fans more of what they love.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 8, 2016

Spirit of Justice strikes right to the core of what makes Ace Attorney games great: bold, dramatic narrative, a ridiculous sense of humour, and outstanding writing. The first truly superb AA game in years.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 12, 2016

The latest episode in gaming’s most endearing soap opera has some minor script problems, but it’s still a joy to catch up with old friends and new enemies.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 8, 2016

The latest courtroom adventure for the Wright Anything Agency may be its best yet, with a wide range of crime-solving tools and characters that create room for elaborate drama and meaningful moments.

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Game Revolution
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is the first game in a long time that I just could not put down. No matter how tired I was, I was determined to get through just the next witness testimony before bed. And then that turned into the next one. And then I refused to sleep before this particular trial was over. Suffice to say, SoJ does the Phoenix Wright series justice (see what I did there?), and it's sure to be one of the most popular puzzle games this year. Just please don't think this is how a day in court goes. SoJ does many things well, but accurately depicting the legal system is by far not one of them, not that it means to.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 8, 2016

In many ways Spirit of Justice can be likened to one of Capcom’s other recent flagships, Monster Hunter: Generations. Both hail from fantastic game series though neither are particularly ground-breaking. Instead, they’ve simply uprooted their tried and tested formulas, plonking them in a slightly different setting with new bells and whistles attached. Where other franchises are demonised for failing to constantly evolve, Ace Attorney is one that benefits from remaining untouched, propped up by lovable characters and some superb writing.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 8, 2016

Like with the rest of this continually growing franchise, this game likely isn’t going to change anybody’s mind that didn’t like past entries, but there is no question that fans of the series will absolutely adore Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.

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Game Rant
Sep 9, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is sure to please fans with its engaging story and sharp humor, but the gameplay formula is starting to show its age.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 8, 2016

“Spirit of Justice” continues to do what the “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney” series does best, which is serve up kooky cases with a bunch of kooky characters with some drama sprinkled in between. The game continues to be linear to a fault and it sometimes tries too hard to misdirect its audience. A likable cast of characters combined with funny and poignant storytelling that leverages those characters’ relationships, however, leaves me no objections in recommending this to series fans and newcomers alike.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 8, 2016

It all comes together wonderfully, however, asking you to use your wit and hard proof to win a case as opposed to just winging it and hoping for the best. That just won't work. For all the bells and whistles Phoenix Wright has, its courtroom battles – when done right – are excellent, and Spirit Of Justice gets them spot on.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2016

This isn’t the pinnacle of the Ace Attorney series like fans wanted, but it’s a perfectly enjoyable entry nonetheless.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 11, 2016

It can be too predictable at some points and its longer lifespan feels unnecessary at some moments but the overall result is still on par with the high standards that the series has left its players used to.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 7, 2016

The atmosphere, music and overall writing of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice are spot on.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice has some flaws in its testimony, but it’s ultimately a winning entry in the prolific series, and a welcome return to form. No objections here.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

Spirit of Justice is recommended to just about everybody.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 17, 2016

Capcom has the Ace Attorney foundations firmly mastered at this point, meaning fans know what to expect from a new entry in the series.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

All in all, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is a solid addition to the  franchise. At times, it feels like it's more of the same and just spinning its wheels, but even at that point, it's charming and fun to play. The cases are strong, the characters are funny, and the visuals are delightful. It doesn't reinvent the wheel or drastically change up the series, but it doesn't need to. The title provides enough satisfying payoff for long-term subplots that it carries itself through the weaker moments. Fans should have a lot of fun, but newcomers may want to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and Dual Destinies first.

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Saudi Gamer
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sep 8, 2016

The game starts out slowly, and there's a lot to read, and not all of it is interesting, but it keeps what makes the series’ what it is, from great characters and music, a story that starts out weird and just goes crazier from there, and a unique gameplay system of using clues to uncover contradictions and ultimately the truth. As the 6th main entry it doesn't add a lot to the series, and some of what it does add isn't always a success, but if you're a fan of the series then this is an overall great entry, especially its final case, which is also its longest and most bonker, and a must play.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

It’s ostensibly that game but with a new, better story, a new gimmicky mechanic, and some fan service to boot. The game is finally starting to show its age fifteen years and ten games later, but the fact that it has taken this long is nothing short of a miracle. And make no mistake: a solid Phoenix Wright game with a strong story is still a game that demands one’s attention.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice does everything you’d expect from a sequel, and whilst some issues from the past linger you’ll be too engrossed to be bothered. A great instalment for series fans and newcomers alike.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Sep 18, 2016

From prisoner prosecutors to astronaut defendants, the Ace Attorney series has built a reputation on turning legal proceedings into over-the-top battles for the truth. You’d think after five games, three spinoffs (two of which we’re unlikely to see in the West) and one crossover, every possible plotline would be played out, but the writers behind Ace Attorney just keep coming up with new scenarios, new gimmicks and new memorable characters. In fact, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice proves the franchise still has a lot of life in it yet, and ranks among its best entries.

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pressakey.com
Oct 5, 2016

Obwohl ich mich nicht als Ace-Attorney-Experte bezeichnen würde, kann ich der Reihe schon einige positive Seiten abgewinnen. Bislang habe ich als großer Fan der Professor-Layton-Serie lediglich das Crossover von Capcom und Level 5 aus dem Jahr 2014 gespielt und dieses auch sehr genossen. Allerdings sollte sich jeder angehende Star-Anwalt auch über die Eigentümlichkeiten bewusst sein, die zur DNA eines jeden Phoenix Wright zwingend dazugehören. Die Inszenierung der Gerichtsprozesse kommt in ihrer Anmutung schon sehr japanisch daher. Der Schlagabtausch zwischen Richter, Staatsanwalt und Verteidigung erinnert in seiner Hektik an die Aufgeregtheit eines Duracell-Hasen. Unentwegt schmettern die Protagonisten "Einspruch, Euer Ehren!". Und wenn mal eine der handelnden Personen in die Defensive gerät, fließen die Schweißperlen in einer völlig überzeichneten Ästhetik an der Stirn herab. Auch die Texte, obwohl mit viel Witz und Liebe zum Detail ins Englische übersetzt, arten zum Teil in nicht enden wollende Klickwüsten aus. Auch der klackernde Sound der Buchstaben kann nach einiger Zeit schon ein bisschen nerven. Dafür kann man die Serie nur lieben oder hassen. Einen Mittelweg gibt es wahrscheinlich nicht. Von daher können alle Fans der Serie bedenkenlos zugreifen, während Skeptiker auch diesmal einen großen Bogen darum machen.

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Marooners' Rock
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

I never thought I would enjoy being a lawyer, but Spirit of Justice definitely has me imagining that strange fantasy.

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Arcade Sushi
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice has some bumps along the road, but there's a twisting and thrilling story worth the occasional struggle.

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GBAtemp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2016

While the overall writing and story is a little weak here, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is still a fun game, featuring characters you all know and love. Sadly, it's starting to prove that living up to the quality of the first three games is a hard feat to pull off.

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Polygon
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

Spirit of Justice's confident story outweighs its clumsy moments

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

While I would never object to more Ace Attorney, there’s evidence enough to suggest that changes to the mechanics are in order.

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The Escapist
Sep 8, 2016

Hardcore fans of the series will still enjoy it despite its flaws. Newcomers may want to check out the original Phoenix Wright trilogy on DS, where the series is at its strongest.

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IBTimes UK
Sep 21, 2016

Spirit of Justice is yet another enjoyable entry in a cherished franchise, which doubles-down on the delightfully zany aspects of the series to great effect. The back-and-forth courtroom disputes suffer from a weak presence on the opposing bench and several decade-old mechanical flaws, but none of its sins are egregious enough to quash the divine character work and enchanting anime style.An imperfect, but nonetheless victorious, return for Capcom's distinguished defence attorney.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 8, 2016

Fans know exactly what they're getting from Phoenix Wright, and Spirit of Justice doesn't disappoint.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 14, 2016

Gorgeous, but let down by a lack of confidence

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Digitally Downloaded
Oct 4, 2016

I hope the next Ace Attorney game has more structure in its overarching narrative and the developers actually have the cases flow naturally from one to the next. Even with its flaws, Spirit of Justice is good fun, through, and another quality example of a narrative from the ever-growing stable of visual novels we are now getting translated into English.

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IGN
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

There’s enough snappy dialogue and silliness in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice to satisfy long-term series fans, and the conventional courtroom sequences still feel rewarding when you get on a roll and a witness starts to unravel. But the heavy-handed mysticism of its bloated middle act and the general lack of innovation makes for a less than essential entry in the Phoenix Wright saga on the whole.

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