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Reviving thread to throw my two cents in.
Professor Yoshi wrote:
- I guess they tried to explain why that was, but yeah. AJ Phoenix is different from DD Phoenix.
This bothers me soo much. I was re-playing AJ and the case where Nick face off against young Klavier is just so awesome. No more "wh-whaaaaaa!!!" bullshit in his expression. He not only criticize Klavier for being too green (which he is) Nick also kept his cool and tries to figure out how the case went in his own head. He's just so cool in this game, and I can never forgive capcom for making him a stupid-ass rookie again in DD.
I'd argue calling him a "stupid ass rookie" is taking things way too far and ignoring much of his character in game, as well as simply projecting a ton of development that isn't there. When he's out of court, he very much maintains that mysterious mentor/laid back persona he had during Apollo Justice. That makes a good deal of sense; people mellow with age and Phoenix would certainly be no different, especially considering all he's gone through. This is most of the actual development from Apollo Justice, and I think DD carries it over quite well.
What DD doesn't carry over is the supremely confident "I've got it all figured out" Phoenix, which again, makes sense. Phoenix was putting on an act during Apollo Justice; a consistent charade to keep anyone from figuring out what he was thinking (mostly Kristoph). Now that he's out from underneath that burden, he can drop the act; he doesn't need to pretend like he's got everything figured out. When the pressure's on in court; he lets his more excitable self return to the surface, which I'm honestly fine with. Even with all that, I'd argue he acts far more self confident in court than he did in any of the trilogy games. He lobs plenty of jabs at Blackquill and Edgeworth, and generally has a much better grasp of what's going on.
As for the flashback case in AJ, here's the thing with that; as far as what was revealed in court goes, there weren't really any major surprises that were sprung on Phoenix (at least, in court) before Klavier's trap, so it's a bit of an unfair comparison. Even then, it still shows him sweating plenty. He figures things out on his own, yeah, but he pretty much does the same thing in DD as well. One of the biggest marks of "maturity" that I noticed in DD is that no one ever bails Phoenix out. Unlike previous games, where Larry or Mia will jump in at the last second to throw him a lifesaver, Phoenix always keeps himself afloat, and only really uses his other attorney's tools when it's convenient.
The only department that I really have a complaint in how DD handled Phoenix's persona is in his animations; I kind of wished they had taken the shocked animation out completely or replaced it with a less silly looking one. Someone who's been undefeated at poker for 7 years should probably be able to handle surprise better. Other than that, I can't really complain. DD Phoenix is the result of him maturing over the course of his disbarment while not having to pretend like he's got everything figured out, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to see more of that in the future.
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