Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

81%

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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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games™ Team

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7 / 10
Nov 14, 2016

Gorgeous, but let down by a lack of confidence

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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