Video Game Challenge Progress Report 6 (Special Edition): Phoenix Wright – Spirit Of Justice

April has been a jam packed month between attending PAX East, planning out a birthday, and taking care of a personal family matter. Despite the balancing act I found myself in this month, I was determined to make time for Spirit of Justice. On the final day of the month, let’s find out if my persistence finally paid off.

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I’d be lying if I said playing Spirit of Justice continuously has been a cake walk. If it wasn’t for my somewhat crazy schedule and the unexpected personal matter that has occurred in the last few months, I may have had a real shot at diligently finishing a case by the end of each month. When life doesn’t go according to plan, you make adjustments wherever you can.

I’ve been stuck on the same case, Turnabout Time Traveler, for the last two months without really getting any closer to finishing it. After taking relatively great lengths to wrap this case up this month, I finally completed it. This doesn’t mean it brings me any closer to finishing Spirit of Justice. On the contrary, it’s the exact opposite.

With Turnabout Time Traveler being a DLC extra, it’s not really part of the main game or the overarching story that each Ace Attorney installment gradually builds up to until the final episode. That being said, it’s a DLC episode that’s well worth the purchase.

As I mentioned in my previous progress reports for the game, the DLC episode brings Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth back in the courtroom again and going up against each other. Just like old times. Playing through this case and seeing these two in their rightful places, it reminded me how much I did miss them sparring with each other over the innocence of the accused, using facts and evidence from a crime scene or a witness’s testimony.

Considering Wright and Edgeworth are much older and seasoned lawyers at this stage in the series, it does set a different but familiar tone for the episode. Knowing where these characters have been and what they went through, we aren’t seeing the same Phoenix Wright or Miles Edgeworth from the earlier games. If Wright seemed more unsure of himself as a lawyer in the first three games he certainly isn’t now. Or if Miles Edgeworth appeared to only care about finding the accused guilty no matter the cost, now he’s all about uncovering the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The case itself is kind of a culmination of all the development these two characters had since the core Ace Attorney trilogy. The case may not really stand out from all the other ones I’ve played, but it was a reunion episode to bring back most of the original characters of Ace Attorney together—minus Detective Gumshoe.

I’ll still be working my way through Spirit of Justice next month. This time I’ll be starting a brand new case for Episode 2 entitled, The Magical Turnabout. From what I can gather so far, this episode/Chapter 2 will feature Apollo Justice more prominently. Either way, I’m excited to see how Apollo’s case goes.

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