WARNING. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PROFESSOR LAYTON VS ACE ATTORNEY, AS WELL AS SOME OF THE PROFESSOR LAYTON AND ACE ATTORNEY GAMES. DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
……………………..ho……………………ly………………………balls………………….When this game was first announced, I was hyped. Like. REALLY hyped. I can’t even describe how unbelievably excited I was for this game. Now was this game really worth the hype, or nah? I will tell you right now. Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is DEFINITELY worth all of the hype it had, and MUCH MUCH MORE! I! LOOOOOOOOVED! THIS GAME! I love both series and this was just a match made in heaven. It’s like if Mario and Sonic had a crossover that wasn’t sports related. This is done RIGHT! It’s MIND BLOWING! It’s literally the greatest thing to see the two of them together. It works together PERFECTLY! So let’s break everything down and explain what makes this game so perfect.
First off, a lot of people were asking when they should play this game. Where does it fall in the Layton and Wright timeline. Well it’s supposed to be a spinoff, though there’s some places where it could be placed. I think it goes without saying that you should AT LEAST play a Professor Layton and a Phoenix Wright game before playing this. You’ll just have a much greater appreciation for the crossover when you fall in love with their respective franchises. When this game was first announced, I had never played a Phoenix Wright game yet. I was on either the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Layton game, I believe. I picked up Phoenix Wright specifically so I can enjoy this crossover. Even though it took MANY years for it to come out in the US after is was announced, I wound up playing and finishing every Layton and Phoenix Wright game in that time and my excitement for this game grew more and more with every passing day.
So anyway. Back on topic. The Layton and Phoenix games are all connected. You play them in order. Though, the last 3 Layton games released are actually all prequels to the first 3 Layton games released. Phoenix Wright is much more simple with its timeline, since each game is a sequel. Confused yet? Don’t worry. It gets worse. So from what I can tell, Layton X Wright takes place after Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box and before Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. As for the Phoenix side of the timeline, it takes place some time after case 2 of Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations, but before case 5 of Trials and Tribulations. Ya, it takes place in-between one game, from what I can tell.
Reasons for thinking this. In Layton X Wright, Inspector Chelmey and Constable Barton make an appearance in the beginning of the game. If you played Curious Village, you know that the Chelmey in that game was just Don Paolo in disguise. And Layton never met the real Chelmey until Diabolical Box. And since the Layton games are all one big story each, as opposed to the Ace Attorney games, which have several stories per game, while still in a consistent timeline, Layton X Wright can’t take place in-between one Layton game since there’s no breaking point in them, like there is in Phoenix Wright games.
As for the Phoenix timeline, they make a lot of references to Godot in Layton X Wright. Godot being the prosecutor in the 3rd Ace Attorney game, Trials and Tribulations. However, it can’t take place after T&T because Maya leaves Phoenix to take over the Fey Manor. So it’s gotta take place sometime after the 2nd case in T&T, where Phoenix and Maya first meet Godot, but before Case 5 in T&T, where Maya leaves Phoenix in the end. Now that explanation actually would be simple and make sense… if it weren’t for one little factor… RIGHT at the end of Layton X Wright, when they go their separate ways, we see Phoenix in court against Edgeworth. Edgeworth was out of the country in the 3rd Phoenix Wright game and didn’t return and meet up with Phoenix until case 5 of T&T, the same case that Maya leaves. So that one little cameo at the end of the game makes this whole timeline placement completely inaccurate. Another minor thing is that Phoenix quotes a famous line of Godot’s that he only says at the end of case 5. So that supports this taking place after T&T even more, but that still makes no sense because Maya’s supposed to be gone after T&T! ARGH! IT’S SO CONFUSING! So ya. I don’t really know where to put it and it’s all because of that.
In short, as for when you should play this game, play Curious Village and Diabolical Box first, so that you won’t get spoiled about the Chelmey thing in those games. And play at least the first Phoenix Wright game. While it does reference the 3rd game, it has nothing spoilery in it that would ruin later Phoenix Wright games for you. But overall, it’s a spinoff, so play it whenever. Wow. I spent FIVE stinkin paragraphs discussing just when you should play this game. We got a LONG way to go! XP
Ok. Now for the actual review. It’s set perfectly. Imagine the Phoenix Wright games, but instead of the normal investigation portions, those parts are laid out like the Professor Layton games. So it’s the best of both worlds! The graphics take after Miracle Mask and Azran Legacy, the 5th and 6th Layton games. This was Phoenix Wright’s first step into 3D and it looks great! I’d say it’s even up to par with Dual Destinies, the first full on Phoenix Wright game in 3D which was made after this one. The anime cutscenes are just as beautiful as they’ve always been in Layton games. And the two different art styles don’t really conflict with each other and just flow real nicely together. Even with the drastic differences like Ace Attorney characters having nails, while Layton characters don’t. Or how Layton characters look a lot more cartoony, while Ace Attorney characters are always on the more realistic side. It’s cool seeing characters in the game that look like they’re from both worlds. The main characters introduced in this game look like Ace Attorney characters. While the minor characters in this game look like Layton characters.
Something VERY cool is that the beeping sounds that happen when a character’s text goes by actually differs depending on who’s speaking. When Layton characters speak, the beeping is from the Layton games. But when an Ace Attorney character speaks, you hear the beeping from the Layton games. I would’ve been fine with it being all Layton beeping in the investigation portions and all Ace Attorney beeping during the courtroom portions. But this is MUCH cooler and I love it a lot! Only one problem. I said that there are characters that just look like they’re from one franchise and not a mixture of both. So I’d expect someone who looks like a Layton character to have the Layton beeping when they’re talking. But that’s not the case. Layton, Luke, Chelmey, and Barton are the only characters to have the Layton beeping when they talk. Every other character has the Ace Attorney beeping, meaning that Luke and Layton are the only Layton characters in Labyrinthia, even though it takes place in London. I wish they could’ve mixed it up a bit, but it’s a very minor nit pick.
Honestly, my only complaints in this game are minor nit picks that don’t ruin the overall experience of the game. But at the same time, I have a LOT of minor nit picks. As much as I love this game to death, I’ll still acknowledge it’s flaws. First off, the controls are a BIT worse during the Layton portions than they are in Miracle Mask and Azran Legacy. It used the control schemes from those games since they’re all on the 3DS. When scrolling your cursor around, it can get a LITTLE bit stiff in some areas. It’s not terrible, but it’s definitely noticeable sometimes. Another thing is that this game seemed REALLY easy, puzzle and courtroom wise. I’m not sure if I like that or not. Puzzle wise, I’m kind of ok with, since there’s still some challenge in them. But not nearly as much as the other Layton games. There are even some hint coin hints that outright give you the answer. And as far as I’m aware, that’s NEVER happened in a Layton game. You can also use hint coins during the courtroom sessions. Now here, they seem WAY overpowered! One hint coin will not only tell you which part of the testimony to object to, but it’ll also take away half of your evidence, giving you less to choose from and making it easier for you to figure out which piece to object with. I’m sort of ok with that, and I did use it often, but for only one hint coin, that’s REALLY generous!
My biggest complaint gameplay wise is in the Ace Attorney section. If you’ve played the games, you know that saving the game is something you do a lot. You’ll save right before presenting something so that if you mess up, you can just reset. However in this game, the saving is weird. You’re probably thinking how can it possibly be weird. So let’s say there’s a cross examination. I press the pieces of the testimony and one of the pieces ends up giving me a new piece of evidence or another part of the testimony being added or something. So after that happens, I save the game and turn it off for whatever reason. When i turn the game back on, the game will have set me back to right when the cross examination began. So that means I have to press all the pieces of the testimony again, get the new piece of testimony or evidence that I already got, and then I’m back to where I was.
In the normal Ace Attorney games, you save the game at a part, and it leaves you at that EXACT same part. No questions asked. But with this one, it always ends up resetting you back a few steps. Sometimes, I’ll object with an evidence, go through a big ole’ monologue about the contradiction, save the game RIGHT before they start their next testimony, and when I turn the game on again, I’ll be back to the previous testimony before I presented evidence. Literally all you have to do to get back to where you were is press A a bunch of times, so it’s not SURE terrible for this game specifically, but it still makes no sense as to why it does that and it shouldn’t happen. It always saves you spot on in the Layton portions, so why not the Phoenix ones? I don’t get it.
There’s actually a new gameplay feature in the courtroom portions. You actually cross examine multiple witnesses at once. This makes each character seem a lot less important, since a lot of these characters you’re meeting for the first time during the testimony, where as in the normal Phoenix Wright games, you get to know them during the investigation portions first. I’m sort of not ok with that, but at the same time, there’s plenty of awesome characters in this game that it focuses more on. So I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Along with cross examining multiple people at once, when talking to one witness, you might see another witness act suspicious during another person’s part of the testimony. You then switch your focus to them and have the two people contradict one another. It’s made very obvious who’s being suspicious, so it’s not a challenge like Apollo’s bracelet or Athena’s mood sensor, but it’s not bothersome at all and very easy to get used to.
So gameplay wise, again. It’s the best of both worlds. You get Layton investigations, and puzzle solving, which is the entirety of the Layton games. And you also get courtroom sessions, which are the best part of the Ace Attorney games. They go together PERFECTLY! And seeing Phoenix solve puzzles and hearing Layton go “OBJECTION!” is the most amazing thing in the world! I fan boyed SO many times in this game. Again. I love this game A LOT. Graphics are good, gameplay is good, now the music. It’s Layton style, so you know it’s gonna be good. In the first trial of the game, you got classic Ace Attorney music, but being played with Layton instruments. It. Sounded. SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! One problem. It ONLY plays for that first trial. The other trials have entirely brand new music playing for them. And the music is good and all, but after giving us that MASTERY that was Phoenix music in Layton style, I just REALLY wished it was used more throughout the game. But still, music is awesome. Just like every Layton game.
Now for the characters. Aside from Layton, Luke, Phoenix, and Maya, the main characters are entirely new. There’s Espella, who’s the main focus throughout the game. There’s a new prosecutor, Barnham (not Barn Ham. It’s pronounced barn um). I was honestly REALLY worried about this character, but I actually REALLY liked him. They did a LOT of work on his character and made him a top notch personality. He’s a likable and a good rival. I’d say I even like him better than some of the prosecutors in the main Phoenix Wright games. There’s the High Inquisitor, or Chief of Police, Lady DarkLaw. She’s kinda bland/mysterious at first. But she only gets better and better later on. And then there’s the Storyteller. He’s got two major plot twists. The first one is super predictable. The 2nd one is WAY outta seems like a bit too much. The 2nd one was more of a Layton plot twist, since it’s so huge and unexpected. But it’s revealed during a courtroom session, so it just seems like too much.
As for voice acting, some characters could use a bit better delivery (LOOKIN AT YOU, JUDGE! YOU, TOO KIRA!). But overall, not bad. Layton’s voice actor is the same as it’s always been. No complaints there. Luke’s voice actor changed for whatever reason. I have no idea why, but this one is a lot more high pitched than the normal one. You get used to it after a while, but I have no clue why it changed. This is Maya’s first voice actor and they did a pretty darn good job, I must say. If I had to critique it, I think it could’ve been a bit more excitable and cheerful. I say SuriOokami, my voice actor for Maya in my Phoenix Wright Let’s Play did a better job, honestly. As for Phoenix… his changed… again. As you know, Phoenix’s voice actor changed after Apollo Justice for whatever reason. (He’s got voiced by Allegro from Code of Princess! :P) I was really against it at first. It just didn’t sound right. I eventually accepted it and was expecting him to return in Layton X Wright… but he didn’t. Phoenix’s voice changed AGAIN and THIS guy is in my opinion the WORST voice Phoenix has ever had. The voice is ok, I guess, but it’s the delivery that fails. His “OBJECTION!” is SOOOO bland and unenthusiastic. And during voice acted cutscenes, he just sounds…weird. It’s tolerable, but nowhere near as good as the past 2.
And lastly, the story. It’s good. Real good. As good as stories in other Layton and Wright games?….I don’t think so. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. But as much as this game is the best of both worlds, as much as I love it to death, I can’t seem to bring myself to say it’s better than all the rest. It has something no other Layton or Wright game can offer. But story wise, it’s not as great as the other games, in my opinion. But at the end of the day, they’re all still great games, so even if this game is on the lower half of the list, the list itself has no losers. They’re all great.
Overall, Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney is a magical experience that will make fans of both series smile from beginning to end. It’s the perfect collaboration. I’ve never been more excited for a game in my life. And once I finally got to play it, i loved every minute of it. It has a LOT of nit picks, so it’s definitely not perfect. No game is. But that’s all they are. Little nit picks. Overall, the game is near perfection. Like I said, it’ll be infinitely more appreciated if you’ve played the Layton and Phoenix games beforehand. As for spoilers, just play the first 2 Layton games and first Phoenix game and you’ll be fine. My only worry is that after playing this, I’ll feel that playing any Layton game again will be underwhelming since it’ll be just investigations, while Phoenix has investigations and courtroom sessions. But luckily, this wound up coming out after Azran Legacy, which as we all know, will be the last Professor Layton game ever released. So this was a nice extra treat to play Layton again, and I won’t feel underwhelmed when playing a future Layton game because…well…there won’t BE a future Layton game. In the end, it all worked out. The Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright games are some of my favorite games of all time. They’re incredible adventures, with amazing stories, fantastic characters, and have moments of epic awesomeness and intense emotion. And like I’ve said many times already, a collaboration between these two legendary franchises…is the greatest crossover the world has ever seen.
Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney gets a 9/10
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