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*casts resurrection on the LJ*

Hi...sorry to take so long between entries again, but I got into my usual bad habits with the coming of school *blushes*. Anyway...

I was coming home from acting workshoppe tonight (yes, I took Powers up on their offer) and decided to pick up a copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which I then proceeded to start playing a little after one in the morning.

Views: I think I've finally found a game Jess would hate even more than my beloved RPGs. The closest comparison I can make is to that old Perry Mason PC-game series that you could ibuy around the late-80s...and for me, that's a compliment. You start out as a rookie attorney taking his first capital defence, with all the evidence and everything already available, and almost as though it were an RPG, you get walked through the courtroom procedure by your firm's senior partner (actually, considering the size of the firm, 'the only partner' is probably more accurate, and pretty much can't blow the case. There's only one witness, and it's almost impossible to screw up your cross-examination because the flaws in his testimony are big enough to drive trucks through...I was onto the second episode before Inu-Yasha came on. Unfortunately, in a game with only five cases, and little replayability (because once you've figured out how to deal with a case, you've figured out how to deal with a case!), that's not necessarily a good thing (at least it's only a thirty-dollar game!) On the other hand, the second episode becomes quite a bit harder...you have to actually gather pre-trial evidence, there's more than a single witness, and the flaws in their testimony become much harder to detect. It doesn't help that the event kicking off this second episode is likely to leave you a bit shaken. I managed to fail to acquit my client a couple of times before I could actually get past the first witness. Looking at the game from the standpoint of 2/5 completion, I'd say that it's likely to provide maybe about 20-24 hours worth of gameplay.

The game does have a few drawbacks, though they're small. First off, you can't move on to a new section of an episode without successfully doing everything you were supposed to in the current section. While it keeps you from going on un-prepared (no missing a crucial piece of evidence), it does keep the realism down somewhat. Allowing morons to proceed to the next stage without having done everything they needed to would be much more in keeping with the real world (that it's also evil to non-completists is something of a turn-on to this anal-retentive gamer :P ). Somewhat related to this, you have to go through the trial witness-by-witness, and impeach the testimony of each in turn. This can be really annoying the fifth time that you try to cross a witness and just can't seem to find the hole in their testimony...especially since your usual response at this point is to throw all the various pieces of evidence out, and you can only do that when you raise an objection (of which you have only a limited member of screwups available).

Still, it's a very unique game, a reasonable simulation of the courtroom experience (probably slightly closer to the Japanese one than ours; one biiiig issue is that you really do need to prove your clients innocent--not being proven guilty isn't nearly enough), and massively addictive (I only tore myself away because I didn't want to blow through thirty-plus bucks in one night, and even then, I only was able to bring myself to do so because I hit the end of an episode). It reminds me of why I wanted so badly to be an attorney, and here, I get to be one without having to prep the endless legal briefs that I'd never have a hope of generating. I hope there's a sequel; I wish, though, since there's a new twist added in each episode, that said sequel could only be purchased by those who've proven themselves to have completed the original game (as it is, any sequel would likely have to have a tutorial section at the beginning again!) Base recommendation: don't buy a DS for this if you don't already have one...do that for Nintendogs instead (or for Castlevania, or for Lunar, or for Metroid Prime Hunters since it's finally nearly upon us :P But...if you already have a DS...well, because DS games unfortunately are rarely available for rental, buying Phoenix Wright is something you really should do unless you only play platformers and other action titles.

Yeah, I know, I just took up nearly a page with a game review, and on a game that's been out for almost a month already. Expect more of the same whenever I buy a reasonably-recent game in future...I have that addictive personality that'll at least get me playing for a reasonable amount of time before I do anything else once I've bought a game...

In other Kat news, I'm gonna fail Women's History again. I swear, I'm just gonna stop taking that course...maybe I'll re-try it in like final semester senior year, if I've secured my grad requirements. Of course, first I'll have to be a student again, and Mother's rule is that won't happen until at least Spring Semester 2008 (I have to be in the workforce for at least two years after my most recent 'getting-kicked-out' experience). With luck (and the passage of Referenda C and D is the biggest part of that), there'll still be state schools in Colorado then. If not...well, admittedly, my parents can pay private-school birbe--errrr...I mean 'tuition'...but still, I might be better off trying to establish residency in another state...at least then, tuition would eventually go back down. Were it not for the minor issue that my living expenses would approach Daddy's (and he's setting up housekeeping in London before Christmas!), I'd lean towards California...after all, that's where my BF is. Oh, well, God/dess seems to ever provide...though I'd appreciate it if *** would hurry and provide a totally-female body...
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