In the full Phoenix Wright games, you are tasked with finding clues and evidence to help you in the court hearings. This is not the case since you are given everything you need in the court sections. I actually enjoyed this because it allowed me to just concentrate on what was happening instead of wondering if I missed a piece of evidence that could make things less frustrating. The court has a new gameplay element with having multiple witnesses on the stand at once. What this allows is when you press one witness and further their testimony, another witness will notice a contradiction and make an audible sound to notify you. Granted this is not difficult and in certain instances, makes things easier, it’s a lot of fun to build a better picture for what happened.
It takes a good long while for the 2 pairs to meet but when they do, the serious nature of the Layton games and the quirky comedy of the Phoenix games mixes surprisingly well. Luke and Maya get along very well and it’s quite interesting when you take the characters and separate them. Phoenix and Luke together are funny when Luke basically calls out Phoenix for being stupid but in an unintentional way. While Layton and Maya are together their dynamic is different, Layton is more of a teacher. They interact very well together and supplement each other in surprisingly complex ways.
This leads me to the writing for each line of dialog. This game is part visual novel in that 95% of it requires you reading it. There are moments of voice acting spaced out in critical moments throughout the game. I would have liked more but the moments where you get voices are a pleasant surprise. Especially since this is first time I’ve heard Phoenix speak more words than “OBJECTION!” or “HOLD IT!”. There are also fully animated moments that are so much fun to watch but also incredibly short. It leads me to believe that there could be a fully imagined anime in either series. Upon further research, the studio Bones are the ones responsible for the animated sequences. People may know their work from such titles as Wolf's Rain, Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist : Original and Brotherhood, and Space Dandy.
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