Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am

Legal drama returns to the Nintendo DS in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, where players solve intricate crimes with their stylus.

The video game is a spin-off from the original Ace Attorney Investigations series that starred defence lawyers Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice. In the previous games, players took on the role of defending clients by catching the real criminal lying during witness cross-examinations in the courtroom, Perry Mason style.

This time round producer Capcom takes the action out of the courtroom and puts players in the thick of things at the crime scene. Gamers take on the persona of Miles Edgeworth, the popular rival of attorney Phoenix Wright, who like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot must unmask the real criminal behind the crime by finding clues and interrogating suspects.

To keep things fresh, some new features have been added, such as third-person views and updated gameplay mechanics. The new 'logic' mode helps you unravel the crime by connecting two thoughts together to arrive at a conclusion that will reveal a new clue; and the 'deduce' mode appears when there's a contradiction in the evidence.

Like the previous games, there are five mind-boggling crimes that are all connected together for a big climactic revelation at the end. Gamers can look forward to more than 15 hours of gameplay that will exercise their little grey cells.

Fans of the Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice games might find this outing as a prosecutor a little easier than before, and yet still enjoy the witty dialogue and engaging storyline that have become the hallmarks of this franchise and make this game a must-have. Those who haven't played the previous games need not worry. This game and its predecessors have been designed to stand alone and do not require previous knowledge.

The game features lush anime-style graphics with well-designed characters and backgrounds that are complimented by a catchy soundtrack.

The gameplay mechanics are easy to pick up and gamers will be seasoned pros by the end of the first case.

Miles Edgeworth is a good addition to the Ace Attorney Investigations franchise and does a great job of standing on its own.