Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies - Post-E3 preview

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Nintendo 3DS game 'Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies' from Capcom.

It's approaching a decade since the first edition of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney came to North America on the Nintendo DS.  Since that time, the game's titular protagonist has garnered something of a cult following.  This autumn, a new courtroom melodrama starring gaming's favorite lawyer hits the 3DS and it looks to bring with it more than just a new viewing dimension.

While new cases, witnesses, and defendants are expected, a wholly new assistant for Wright might not be.  In Dual Destinies, this role is played by Athena Cykes.  She's an 18-year-old defense attorney who specializes in psychological analytics.  She comes equipped with Dual Destinies' courtroom gimmick, the Mood Matrix, which can tell when a statement presented during examination or cross-examination doesn't match the person's mood.  While there's more of this new feature than remains to be seen, it has the possibility of being one of the better innovations in an Ace Attorney game yet.

As mentioned before, this game is coming out for the 3DS and (as would be expected) it takes advantage of the platform's 3D presentation capabilities.  In fact, it seems to make great use of them in terms of quality and detail.  Even with a courtroom that nearly comes to life with the added dimension, the character models are what really look good - especially when reminiscing about the 2D characters of the DS games.

Of course, part of the charm of the Ace Attorney games these days isn't what's new, but what's familiar.  Thankfully, Wright isn't the only character returning in Dual Destinies.  As could be told from the hands-on demo, at least one (presumably more) of the opposing counsel makes his return.  Also, the heavily-bearded and still unnamed judge also returns to preside over Wright's courtroom battles yet again.

While there may be some doubt as to whether or not Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies can become the best game in the series to date, there's no doubt that Capcom will likely deliver a game that fans should well appreciate.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is expected out this fall.


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