Rank: Decisive Witness
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:27 pm
I think the only case from the original trilogy I didn't like was The Lost Turnabout
, mostly due to the police over-looking too much and Richard Wellington, who I consider one of me least favorite characters, but despite that I still enjoyed several things, like the subtle symbolism of Phoenix trying to figure out who he was, to build up to the final case.Turnabout Serenade
however was a god-awful case with little-to-nothing that I liked about it. The police were absolute dingbats to think Machi of all people was the killer, thinking he fired a powerful .45 caliber revolver twice without injuring himself, then moving a 6ft+ body up a ladder, all because of he was following the lyrics of a song.
The motivations of various characters made no sense either, like why was Machi and Daryan so desperate for money that they'd participate in a smuggling operation when they're members of a world-famous rock band? And the victim was equally dumb, having multiple chances to identify the killer with his dying messages, but instead leaving vague obscure clues for no reason other then to give us some mysteries to solve.
Klavier was also bad in this case, he had multiple chances to show a different side to his character, like finding out his best friend was a murderer. He could had acted appropriately and felt hurt and betrayed, but instead only gets mad because he missed a note on the song.
One of the most truly bad moments in the case was when the judge made Apollo explain a magic trick for him, and would still penalize him if he got anything wrong, and no one wanted to just explain the trick because "a magician never gives away their secrets", despite a person's life being on the line. Turnabout Succession
... I just... wow.... I simply could not think of a way to describe this case. It was just a complete mess, and horribly done way to wrap up the story. There was so many things wrong with this case, so many insane plot holes that the whole thing felt forced together.
Any hope to see the characters evolve past what they were introduced as was ignored. Apollo came out of the game just as he was entered, having no personal reactions or feelings about what happened. Any hope of seeing a new side to Trucy was ignored and she just remained her bubbly cute self, even when Shadi Smith's true indenity was revealed, no breakdown or anything. Speaking of breakdowns, Klavier didn't even react negatively to finding out he had inadvertently hurt so many innocent people, and only seemed to care that it wasn't fair to HIM that his brother was going to cheat. Kristoph's ultimate motivation for his crimes was easily the most petty and laughable I've seen from a major villain in this series. Zak's character was a mess, coming off as a negligent asshole who cared more about poker games then his daughter's wellbeing.
The two cases the chapter tries to clumsily put together are filled to the brim with plot holes, one of the worst being why Zak needed a defense attorney for his trial in the first place when he was planning to flee no matter what verdict was to be given. The MASON system was a ridiculously lazy and confusing way to try and put everything together, not to mention the questionable idea of how Phoenix was able to assemble the whole thing despite the fact his reputation was shot down.
Speaking of Phoenix, do I even need to go into how much I hated what they did to him in this game? You can go on about how much "cooler and mature" he is now, but the deconstruction of his character made me angry. He loses his badge because he was being a ridiculously out-of-character egotist and making a mistake that he would had never made otherwise. Even worse, it happened a mere two months after 3-5, where Mia said he had become a lawyer on par with her. It makes it seem like she was wrong about him.
Oh, and let's not forget the final trial day, which is easily the most anti-climatic part of the game. Apollo does virtually nothing but parrot what Phoenix found out in the investigation, present two pieces of evidence, does one perceive that has nothing to do with the trial (something even Kristoph calls him out on), and you end up with the final choice you made be literally "Do you want to win the game: Yes or No?", all done so the writers could shove in the "superior jurist system" propaganda that they were mandated to put into the game. Unfortunately, the jurist system in this game was shown to be easily led by force-feeding them a controversial video simulation, one of said jurists being the widow of a man that was killed by the witness, and said witness insulting the jurists. Yeah, I'm sure that wouldn't affect their decision or anything.
Whew, that was a long rant. I know there's probably a few things I forgot to mention. Maybe I'll bring them up when people eventually reply to this post trying to defend this case.
So in the end, I guess as bad as Serenade was, I think Successor was easily the worst in the series, not just for the crime itself, but rather the entire execution of the chapter and the use of the characters involved.