Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney / Gyakuten Saiban

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  1. nikkuchan
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    I got this game on release day. It was available on the eshop for download, so I did just that (it took a few hours and I had to delete a bunch of stuff off my SD card to make room, but I did it). Anyway, I figure at least some people are interested in this, I might as well say something about.

    I played a fair amount of it, though I haven't gotten to the point where the respective main characters meet yet; it jumps between their two stories as if it's two separate games. The stories are, of course, intertwined, but they have yet to cross.

    The story is, at this point at least, unabashedly supernatural. Witches, a mysterious world inside a book, people getting sucked into said book, etc... It a kind of story that we've all probably seen before. Both games have had plenty of supernatural elements, but they decided to turn the fantasy dial up to 11 on this one. It works in the game's favor, though. Wacky Crossover = Wacky story. It would have felt weird if they tried something like this with a story that was even a little serious.

    Gameplay-wise, it's both games rolled into one. At the moment, the 4 characters aren't together, so the gameplay elements are separate. The Layton parts of the game play like Layton games: Travel around, click stuff, and solve puzzles. The world isn't littered with puzzles like other games, however. 5 hours into the game and I only had 8 puzzles. Also, none of the puzzles were anywhere near the difficulty of the ones that I grew used to. They were all jigsaw puzzles and little trial-and-error games where you'll get the answer just by fiddling with buttons enough; nothing so far had me use any logic or thinking, though a couple were pretty interesting.
    The sound effects are true to each game. When you play the Ace Attorney parts, you have all the same bleeps, text noises, and whip cracks that the old games have, and the same is true for Layton. The courtroom parts are just like they have always been, so anyone liking Phoenix Wright will enjoy it. All the witness and lawyers are as quirky and wild as ever. The only difference is the ability to use hint coins found in the Layton areas to help you with the case.

    Other than that, elements from each games' play style haven't crossed over into each other, though that may change. At the moment it feels more to me like a Phoenix Wright game with the investigation part being done by Layton and Luke, and while I like the puzzles and investigations, just like when playing a Phoenix Wright game, I find myself wanting to just get the investigation over with so I can get back to the courtroom.

    Anyway, I'm finding the game fantastic, and I really hope the game gets an English release.
     
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    Ahhh, I was waiting for this JP thread.
    Everyone! This will be the game of the year :hrth:
     
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    OK, here's what I got. After getting quite into the game, I found that it gets deeper and deeper. Here's the basic idea: The game takes place in a medieval world (inside a book. This is all introduction story so no spoilers) where magic exists, and the inhabitants are scared, gullible people. As such, the basic rules of the courtroom don't apply (no forensics, science, or many basic forms of logic). Since Layton, being who he is, studies up on magic trying figure out how that world works, you have to use the knowledge he gained to refute the various claims that your clients are witches by beating them at their own game. Also, you have to talk to multiple witnesses at once, which brings in a new mechanic. The witnesses will react to what each other says (because they remember the events differently), and you can call them out on it.

    The puzzles are also getting more interesting, and it also seems I missed a few. Fortunately, there is a place where you can get missed puzzles (like other games). So far I've gotten about 25 of them.

    I do have to say, though, I really don't like Phoenix Wright's voice. They used the actors from the live action movie to voice them, and frankly, the Phoenix Wright's actor is stiff and boring. When he should be worked up and yelling, he sounds like he's just reading lines. The English voice actor that was used in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is good, and hopefully he'd be used in an English version.

    Lastly, the title of the game still escapes me: It's Professor Layton VERSUS Ace Attorney, yet all they do is help each other. Where's the versus part? They probably thought it just sounded cooler that way.
     
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    Initially the name of the game was supposed to be "Professor Layton X Ace Attorney" They must've switched it for the versus...
    (It makes sense, the X could mean cross, as in their paths cross in the game...)
     
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    I really like how they replaced Investigation with Layton's puzzle adventuring. I've always wanted to get investigation over with, while Layton hint coin hunting and puzzle finding was fun for me. It's a nice combination.
    Wish I could read Japanese to get a jump on this, but oh well. Hopefully localization will run fast.
     
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    But the problem is you can't.
     
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    and you would have to buy a Japanese 3DS... so it may be better to wait.
     
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    Might be better to stay in a coma and wake up when September ends
     
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    I think the game would of been better if it was in a more realistic setting. Maybe a large criminal conspiracy with innocent people accidentally getting too involved (and Wright has to get them out of hot water)
     
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    Being a fan of both series, I'm going to throw a temper tantrum if this doesn't get localized. Not localizing AAI2 was bad enough.
     
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    I like ace attorney better than the layton series, anyone agree?
     
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