Rank: Decisive Witness
Joined: Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:06 pm
I really don't like how they dealt with Phoenix in this game.
The biggest problem I have, that has been brought up before, is how similar he is to his greenhorn self in court. In 5-5, it's like they're beating you over the head with how many over the top "NOOOOOOOO!"s they can throw in. We have seen this kind of banter between Phoenix and Edgeworth before...I think it would have been much more interesting to see the seasoned Phoenix Wright who has went through a bunch of crap over the past eight years go up against his lifelong rival, than to have Phoenix pretty much retconned. I'll let the cat out of the bag and say that yeah, I prefer GS4!Phoenix to any other. I know his change is pretty controversial but I have always felt it made perfect sense for Phoenix to be like that. He's not the same Phoenix that we left at the end of 3-5. He lost his attorney's badge, became a father, became a "pianist"/unbeatable poker player, and possibly became an alcoholic ("grape juice"....yeah, sure). Not to mention he spent that time gathering evidence and getting everything set up for 4-4. But even so, with all his character changes, it's obvious that he's at heart, still Nick. His relentless quest for the truth to be brought to light, even if it just makes his bad reputation even worse, is a trait I feel has always been a part of him. He doesn't need to be sweating bullets and bluffing his way through trials for that part of him to return, because it never went away. Like others have said his abrupt change back to how he used to be doesn't flow at all. The fact that they just decided to retcon GS4!Phoenix as well as conveniently ignore so many things from GS4 really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
In investigations he still retained a small sense of mystery and definitely felt like a mentor. But once you get behind the defence's bench playing as him...ooh boy. It was hard for me to sit through, to be honest.
I also felt as though his relationship with Trucy in this game was insincere. I'm not implying that Phoenix himself
was being insincere, but that they were lazy with their father-daughter relationship and it felt written in a way that was just...superficial. As if they forgot that Phoenix was her father, and added it last minute. Although I hate how they used (or in fact, wasted) Trucy in this game and I feel like she a shell of her former self. It's like, "Yeah this is totally Trucy, she mentions her magic panties practically every time she shows up, see? Isn't she cute?"
It felt forced and something seemed missing from her. But that's off topic.
(Also...I hope that it's okay to post in this thread despite the last post being from early August. It's been a while since I've been here, as long as I revive a thread with something relevant it's okay, right?)
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