Deputy of Self-Esteem
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:36 pm
Honestly, I'm curious how they'll do once we hit AA5. Both the Court and Investigation phases are showing their age thanks to AAI and Layton Vs Ace Attorney.
Court phase has always been limited to Judge, Defense, Aid, Prosecution, and Witness. Only on the rarest of occasions, do we see two people behind the witness stand, and in GS1-5, with Lana and Gant both trying to hold the same spot at the same time, but not, it became jarring.
With AAI, while, no, there is no court phase, but having as many as four people in an argument on screen, and none, aside from Edgeworth were locked into one of the four, it was very liberating the sort of conversations one could have. Plus, depending on the setting, such as the finale, in a single scene you have 10 or so swapping in and out of the conversation. 10 people!
Layton Vs solves the problem of a stagnant court cast via the Mob system. But, they can't take the mob system back into the main series for lack of anarchy.
Then there's investigation. Investigation for the most part is boring. For the most part, it has to be. All the big reveals must be in the game's staple, court phase. There's a few ways they've tried to fix that, Psyche-locks, Ema's Investigative tools, Mayson System.
I enjoy cracking Psyche-locks, but their automatic triggering when someone lies, it becomes a lie detector. For all intents, a cheating mechanism. If the system or a replacement was triggered by submitting evidence that makes the target uneasy, thus giving a tell, it might've worked better.
Ema's investigative tools are a mixed bag. When she's your aid in 1-5, you're allowed to investigate every nook and cranny for blood and finger prints. When she's the detective, she hold's the case's one mini game. To me, it points out the problems with Maya and Trucy as aids. They don't really bring much to the table in terms of solving the case. A bit less so a problem with Trucy since she is mostly on top of things. But a problem none the less.
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