Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
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...
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.