Pokemon X is awesome. Beat the game in 7 days (50something hours). But now I'm pausing Pokemon to play Ace Attorney Dual Destinies.
This game is awesome!! Admittedly it's been a while since I last played an ace attorney game, but as I play Dual Destinies, it's all flooding back to me. Despite the numerous typos, both the script and localization are awesome, just the kind of Ace Attorney humour and wit I love. Often I laugh out loud at the characters' thoughts and comments. And of course, seeing everything in 3D models and smooth animations is just awesome (I totally did not stare at Phoenix in his new spiffy outfit for like 20 minutes *shifty eyes* His smile and laugh animations are so sexy *swoon* ). I like the exaggerated expressions on the characters, especially the "Really, I'm not amused" face, and Athena's angry face. I also love the anime cut scenes, it's something I've always wanted for Ace Attorney
I'm only at the beginning of the 3rd case (so no spoiler comments please >< ). But so far, I like most of the characters.
I like how Phoenix is actually more mature and experienced now, offering advice to the newer lawyers like Mia used to. When playing as him in court, he still bluffs and flies by the seat of his pants (his words, not mine lol), but he does feel less nervous and more level-headed and calm. When he's stuck, he can't talk to Mia-ghost anymore, instead he would think it over, and it makes him feel more knowledgeable instead of relying on Mia-ghost to give him hints. And when he talks it over with his bench aid, it feels more like it's for their benefit than his. I think this is what we want Phoenix to become originally in Apollo Justice instead of a hobo (though does seem that the hobo was just an act, while he went around doing secret things >_> ). In fact, it seems that he's actually well-respected in his world now.
Apollo seems to have more character too, instead of just being a bland Phoenix clone he was in Apollo Justice. And it makes me like him a bit more.
Athena, the new character, feels like the Maya/young Ema/Kay clone at times. The bubbly, chipper sidekick young girl with a never-give-up attitude, with a bit of sarcasm to the side. I guess the new twist is that she's also actually an attorney (therefore actually qualified to be in court lol). Despite me raising eyebrows at her accomplishments at such a young age (psychology degree and
certified lawyer at 18? really? Are there that many geniuses in the Ace Attorney world? I'm not sure why she was made 18, she could easily have been 25 and be more believable), I do find myself liking her attitude and back and forth with Apollo.
Trucy though, seems a bit redundant, since there's a new female sidekick. I guess they couldn't really write her out since she's Phoenix's daughter, but she's not doing much anymore.
The music is pretty awesome too. Fitting of an Ace Attorney game. There are new songs and remixes of old familiar songs. My only complaint so far is that when you talk to Phoenix, he doesn't have his own theme; when you talk to Apollo, we get a nice piano remix of his objection theme (which is basically his theme), so I feel like Phoenix should get one of his objection themes as his theme.
I like that you can save at any time now, including when you're asked to present evidence or asked a question. Saving also doesn't automatically take you back to the title screen anymore, so you can save and load any time. I find this useful to try giving the wrong answers first to see the "you got it wrong" dialogue, but also useful if you're stuck and have to try everything.
In conclusion, Ace Attorney Dual Destinies is awesome and everyone should play it!! You could just play this game without playing previous Ace Attorney games, since it does give you tutorials and hints and doesn't heavily reference old events, but those references to old events will make you smile if you've played the other games. Plus, you get to know the characters better.