Capcom has released a whole swathe of new Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5 screenshots [via Andriasang], showing off the newly-announced courtroom sequel in its new home on the 3DS. Interestingly, a couple of the screens appear to illustrate a brand new gameplay mechanic, which seemingly revolves around matching facial expressions to the situation at hand. You'll also get to see Wright's new female partner, some reprobates and a bomb (that we believe is used to blow up the courthouse at the beginning of the game, thus sparking off Wright's investigation).
We're thrilled that Phoenix Wright is coming out of retirement to dramatically point his index finger at things... but don't hold your breath. Level-5's localisation process is painstakingly laborious and we're unlikely to see Ace Attorney 5 in the West for many months yet.Click here for the Ace Attorney 5 screenshots >>
Puns aside, Capcom has announced a fully-fledged Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney sequel for the 3DS. Ace Attorney 5 will see the hotshot barrister team up with a new female partner as he investigates a courtroom bombing, featuring 3D visuals and the ability to change facial expressions during legal proceedings (which we assume will have a gameplay as well as cosmetic benefit). [Famitsu magazine via Andriasang]
Level-5 are also working on a Phoenix Wright/Professor Layton crossover, which may materialise in Japan this November if a report from Siliconera is to be believed. Naturally it will be some time before Western release dates are announced due to Level-5's painstaking localisation process.
Trials and Tribulations is the third outing on the DS for the world's most popular lawyer and if you just can't get enough of his legal antics then you'll be well pleased with this instalment. It offers more of the same engrossing and highly accessible gameplay found in the previous titles and is populated by some great and memorable characters. However, if I must raise an objection (as it were), it's a shame that the game fails to offer any novelty or to refresh the series and really doesn't make much use of the DS's hardware capabilities. Thanks to nodham at HUKD!
Yesterday Level 5 announced that they were assembling a DS Dream Team... but is seems that dreams don't come true as easily as we'd hoped. After dangling the Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover in front of us, Capcom's Jgozno has cruelly snatched it away from Westerners on his blog. Apparently there are currently no plans to bring this title to Europe or America, but a vocal enough fan petition might just swing it for us. A few comments on the blog might be a good start.
We hope this is just a publicity stunt... but just in case, I'd suggest dropping in a comment or seven.
SEGA have confirmed that more Dreamcast classics are on the way to a downloadable marketplace near you. Space Channel 5 Part 2 and Bass Fishing will be hitting PSN and XBLA in early 2011; joining Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio. Bass Fishing will be a perfect fit for Playstation Move (go on SEGA, you know you want to), but we're genuinely surprised to see Space Channel 5 Part 2 make an appearance. The second part of the funky rhythm game never made it outside Japan, so it seems an esoteric- if welcome- choice for a revamp.
Whilst it's great to be able to play these classic games again, we hope that SEGA will treat them to more polish than the lacklustre Sonic Adventure port.
Deadly Premonition, the niche Canadian crime mystery that's received incredibly divisive critical reviews, will finally reach British Xbox 360s from Friday 29th October. Billed as the quirky sister to Heavy Rain, many fans have been lobbying for Ignition Entertainment's open world survival horror to receive a European release, and they'll finally have their wish granted. Publisher Rising Star Games has issued the following challenge to fans and critics alike:
It’s been exciting to be publish a controversial release that fans demanded we bring to the UK. It’s been surrounded by contradictory review scores and now it’s time for the fans to decide. Next week Friday, UK gamers will be able to buy Deadly Premonition and come to their own conclusions. - Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games
We certainly will!
Xbox.com is currently undergoing a major upgrade to bring the browser service in line with the upcoming dashboard update. As well as better integration of friend lists, messages and gamerscore, the new update will allow us to customise our avatar in-browser. Naturally, this will also allow Microsoft to hawk us overpriced avatar gear while we're away from our consoles. Buy Indie games instead, people!
The entire service is currently suffering from limited functionality as the new features are being implemented- which is playing havoc with our XBLA roundups, Deal of the Week and XBL Indie Game of the Week. The disruption should only be lasting for a "short period of time," and we'll let you know when the service is up and running. [Major Nelson]
UPDATE: Life is now returning to Xbox.com. There'll probably be a few housekeeping glitches to iron out, but the marketplace is slowly regaining some semblance of functionality. Keep checking back over the next couple of hours.
Some people say that dreams don't come true, but today's top story from Level 5 begs to differ. At their press conference earlier this morning, the renowned studio confirmed that they were bringing two handheld puzzle legends together. The irrepressible Professor Layton will be teaming up with the legendary defence attorney Phoenix Wright to solve a devious "combo of puzzles and crime mystery."
Watch the (offscreen) trailer. And weep with joy.
Level 5 is also working on Professor Layton: Mask of Miracle for the 3DS, which will apparently feature daily downloadable puzzles.
Gran Turismo 5's recent delay has put a few backs up, and as you'd expect, Series Creator Kazunori Yamauchi has issued an apology. Since Yamauchi is a known perfectionist, however, he's not actually apologising for the inconvenience- rather a technical issue that might occasionally lower the frame rate from 60FPS.
Our engineers complain every day: 'Isn't it enough that it's in 1080p? Does it have to be 60fps too?' But I think 60fps is very important, so we're working towards perfecting that.
There might be times when you have a certain combination of conditions that come together - especially with the weather effects - [when] the game might briefly drop from 60fps, and for that I beg your forgiveness! - Kazunori Yamauchi to PSM3 magazine
Okay Kazunori. We can't stay mad at you. Just make sure it releases in time to fill our Christmas stockings... and that these "certain combinations that come together" don't coincide too often. [CVG]
Another day, another new study that 'links' mature games to violence. This newest experiment involved subjecting a group of 22 teenagers to a series of violent clips from games, films and TV and measuring the amount of brain activity. It seems that the mental impact of violent media lessens with time, which Dr Jordan Grafman reckons is due to a desensitising effect that could lead to the acceptance of violence as a mundane occurence.
The implications of this include the idea that continued exposure to violent videos will make an adolescent less sensitive to violence, more accepting of violence, and more likely to commit aggressive acts since the emotional component associated with aggression is reduced and normally acts as a brake on aggressive behaviour. - Dr Jordan Grafman
This conclusion was countered by Professor Buckingham, Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media; who suggested that the entire premise was completely flawed.
This debate has been going on since before we were all born. In the 19th Century people were panicking about the effect of 'Penny Dreadfuls'.
If we are truly interested in violence and aggression, rather than blaming the media for everything wrong in the world, we need to look at what motivates it in real life. - Professor Buckingham
Our duelling doctors raise some valid points about the nature of so called "violent media." Here's a thought. Maybe parents ought to sit their kids down every once in a while and explain that virtual violence has no place in the real world. Or just spend some time with them. Or, you know, maybe we shouldn't let 14 olds play violent 18-rated games. [BBC]
Crime scene investigation and courtroom sims are few and far between, but when you want to be sure of a great game there's only one name to rely on. Phoenix Wright has now been defending the innocent and keeping Brylcreem in business for almost a decade- and the the series' popularity has ensured that prices have stayed very high for the duration. However, Play.com is now selling Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations for £9.99, which is just under £8 cheaper than its nearest competitor (The Hut).
(Amazon Jersey is also offering the same price too.)
Trials and Tribulations is the third game in the popular Phoenix Wright series and religiously sticks to the classic formula that made its predecessors so engrossing. You'll scour crime scenes for clues, interrogate witnesses and bring all of your evidence together in a tense courtroom standoff where every objection counts. The gameplay is instantly accessible, blending traditional point and click mechanics and scripted dialog options with a health bar system that depletes every time you make a mistake or have an objection overruled. Interacting with the cast both in and out of the trial is a real highlight, since each character has their own distinct personality quirks that'll make you genuinely care whether or not you lose the case. Trust me, it won't take long until the kinked and enigmatic Prosecutor Godot gets under your skin!
My only real objection to Trials and Tribulations is that it doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It doesn't utilise any of the DS hardware gimmicks to advantage, and occasionally holds back the player's progress because they haven't completed a particular (and occasionally oblique) task. Nevertheless, it's still a solid and enjoyable title that's now finally reached a decent price.
Thanks to Rhys135 at Hot UK Deals