Rated 10 out of 10 by Guiser Maybe I'm Biased, But...
First off, that 10/10 is only given because I believe this game deserves it for being just so dang charming and just one big fat great idea (and b/c GS's ratings tend to be inflated to begin with). Of course it isn't a masterpiece. The plot may not be as intricate and beautiful as it could've been, which is usually the case in pretty much any game....and to top that off, the gameplay can be TOO easy (mileage varies when it comes to the lovely variety of puzzles). I'm used to playing everything I play on the hardest mode possible, so it's annoying to not have that option. I hate being spoon-fed. Still, I repeat: the charm factor of this game pretty much eclipses everything else in my eyes. Yeah, I'm shallow: I really just don't like how drab, lifeless, games can be. I like it when there's some flamboyance to a game with a particular emphasis on character interactions, with a nice bit of humor and just a pinch of magic, while still touching on more mature themes (even if that last bit - besides death - isn't explored in this game very well...the first major death is given some serious shade by the characters; they should've cared more!). This game is pretty much that...the crossover was an incredible idea, even if the series' respective styles (puzzle and court cases) doesn't mesh well. Its (primarily) medieval setting works pretty well and is brought alive by the abundant animated cutscenes, and the silly characters within it Yes, they are pretty one-dimensional, stereotypical, and, yes, I would love for some more flexibility in their hearts and minds, but it's not too much of a problem considering that they're apart of a living storybook. They make contextual sense at least. Oh, and is it a beautifully illustrated world at that; the setting is well imagined and immersive. The character portraits are hit and miss (Phoenix's default face is a little lifeless, for example), but still are - sometimes amusingly - animated. Whenever the Inquisitor slams the table I always have a little fangasm, whereas Phoenix's despair is hilarious. I've little complaints about the appealing character designs, even if the contrast between the more cartoonish Layton style (seen often in the townsfolk), and the more proportionate Phoenix style (particularly in the villains) can be a little stark. Now, beyond my gripes and biases, is the gameplay itself fun? It's, as usual, subjective. The puzzles at least won't give you an aneurysm even if you hate them. They're just a little silly and rarely have anything to do with, well, anything, being often subjected to 'mini game' status more than an well-developed feature of the game...(unless there's a gameplay aspect that I - more than halfway through the game - haven't been introduced to). Now, the court cases are a different matter altogether because they demand attention and are quintessential to unraveling relevant mysteries. Nonetheless I am sure some players, particularly Ace Attorney Aficionados, will note how tried and dry the cases can be. Past games in the series at least have a variety of evidence and angles. In contrast, the cases in this game tend to deal with a precious few pieces of evidence, sapping away much of the intensity, intelligence, and ingenuity that ought to be apart of the cases. Even with investigations being included, they're very downplayed to the point where you'll only find a snippet or two of presentable evidence in them. One could take a blind shot without knowing/reading anything about the case and actually win. It makes me cringe, and it makes me wonder who this game is really intended for despite its 13+ rating. It targets people who probably are interested in having their brains tested, yet falls short of this in favor of being cozily casual. I just figure that it being a smarter game wouldn't necessarily be more marketable as this game is already irresistible to fans of the two series, and that it doesn't really matter too much because the cases are still very enjoyable. As long as you're into the court's antics, (sometimes) satisfying puzzles, characters, the otherwise enjoyable mysteries, and the sweet medieval/quirky vibes of this game, you'll find this game to be an gorgeous experience. The lack of difficulty will more likely go noticed by hardcore players, and may - on the other hand - be a boon to more casual players looking for a smooth ride. It is true that this game does play it safe. This also means that it's more accessible to non-fans of Phoenix and Layton, while it still provides a fair amount of silly fanservice to purists. Just don't expect something that will get you at the edge of your seat (or wits for that matter) all the time...this journey is one of patience.
Rated 0 out of 10 by ZekromWhite Objection!!!
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is finally being brought over to the United States after dedicated fans petitioned for it to be localized. From what I've seen, this game looks great. It seems to take the detective elements and puzzle solving of Professor Layton and the court battles of Phoenix Wright. I have a feeling that I will prefer the court cases, but that's just my opinion. Even after all the puzzle ideas that have been used in past Professor Layton games, Level 5 still manages to bring us a new sleuth of mysteries and riddles to solve. Another thumbs-up for this game goes to the voice acting. Although they are not the best in the world, it was very considerate of them to voice act some crucial scenes and cut scenes in the game. The only criticism I have is the downgraded models of Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey as they look very simplistic in order to balance the art styles of both. Regardless, I will probably get used to it as I progress through the game. In conclusion, I hope the gameplay systems blend well and that the story holds up to what it is hyped to be.
Rated 9 out of 10 by pmw1985 A fine game indeed.
This is a great game for fans of Layton or Wright or both. I read where a lot of reviewers did not like how there weren't many 'crossover' moments in gameplay, but I felt like it was abundant. You have Layton in the court helping Phoenix, you have Maya helping Luke solve puzzles and ample screen time with all main characters interacting with each other. I think it is one of the best crossovers that I have played in quite awhile. The sound is great turned all the way up in the settings, but there were more than several times where the framerate goes way down when three or more characters are sharing the screen. That would be my only complaint. It features a 25-30 hour main game, plus free DLC with mini episodes after you beat it so this is great for the price alone. Great game, go get it!
Rated 0 out of 10 by Bafitis Hold It!!!
So Kewl to see these titled merged... I love both series and have every copy of each one, including the Ace Attorney Download, kind of upset that it didn't come out in a Physical Cartridge... Hoping they will release Investigations 2 in North America as well, even if it's just a download, I'd really like to play it...
It's a shame this will be Layton's last appearance in games, according to the developers anyway, I guess he could always come back later, hopefully he does... Anyway, already got the pre-order bought and paid for, just waiting for the end of August now...
They only allow to you Recommend 3 games, but I have to say that the entire Series of Layton and the entire Series of Ace Attorney are all worth getting, as well as 999 and its sequel...
Rated 8 out of 10 by MadFireGamer Nice Puzzle Game
There are many fun puzzles, very nice and illustrated cutscenes. The cutscenes are very movie like. A two in one and it is very well done!
Rated 0 out of 10 by TouchFan Objection!
Happy to see there will be a physical release of this game. I really love both of the Phoenix and Professor Layton games (and movies for Layton). I can't wait to see what the plot will be, and how many puzzles there will be to solve.
Rated 9 out of 10 by MMT31 Epic Game, but just not Perfect
I'll start out by starting that Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is the first game I've ever played of either series so please note that I'll not be able to comment on the series' traditions or how this game compares to other games in either series.
Anyway I enjoyed the challenge the game presented at nearly ever turn making me having to stay alert while playing. Sure some of the puzzles were easy to me, but others I really had to look at to solve. The court game play was something else though. Being able to be over the top and serious at the same time is something I've have never seen till now. The only thing I disliked about court gameplay was how flashy it was. It seemed like everything was to become extravagant, but the overuse of the flash screen cuts and music in certain areas took away from the energy in the room per say; just like putting too much into a box, it may not all fit together without ruining something. At times the music would almost blend with witnesses "observe me" cries if not for the fact the witnesses would again be over the top and be like "HUH!?". Granted that also helps new players get into the gameplay easier.
Overall the story was absolutely fantastic and the way it was put together might have been predictable in certain spots and cliché, but the story as a whole will take you for so many twists that just work well that only those who know these series well will only have a chance of guessing the end before not being about to play it. This story will easily go into anyone's Top 5 stories for all games; that's how good it is.
Graphics and sound were excellent for being on a handheld system it showed me that whoever was in charge of these areas did a great job at not just forcing the story and dialogue to tell the story or carry it for that matter. Granted my only issue with sound was that some of the court music interfered with my ability to play the court scenes, but overall only a minor issue.
Playing this game I had two issues: I mostly play RPGs or sport/ racing games and most of the time those types of games will have a good re play value, but it seemed as PL vs. PW put everything out there to where a person could nearly complete the game in the first play through with hardly any after the story extras. Everything was put into the main story, but that's not a bad thing either. I'm just used to having to take several cracks at a game to get everything out of it. Not a big deal, but I'll be having a hard time re playing this game especially compared to other games that had great stories like PL vs PW where RPGs that have great stories I'd re play at least twice in a row if not more.
My only other issue with this game and the one that caused PL vs PW to be a 9 instead of a 10 in my opinion is how slow or how dragged out the game would get in spots. The dialogue gets bogged down in idle chit-chatter or in excess talking and it gets like listening to the person who always is talking, sooner or later you tend to tune them out. It's destructive to the flow of the game which is why it's a problem in my eyes. Though this is really the only bad thing about the game.
Overall this is a great game that the fans of either series will love and is a great introduction for new players to either series so if you're on the fence about buying it I'd recommend you get Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright.