GAMES - Review
13:26 - 26th June 2014, by Michael Dodson

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

It's the crossover of your otaku gaming dreams - two huge Japanese franchises have joined forces to produce Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, Level-5's latest puzzle-adventure game.

The game's lengthy story sees everyone's favourite puzzle-solving gentleman and spiky-haired lawyer join forces after being transported into an alternate universe by means of a mysterious magical book. Gameplay styles from the two series are split relatively evenly, with Layton exploring the mediaeval town of Labyrinthia, solving the usual brainteasers along the way, whilst Wright is tasked with defending the good name of Espella, a local girl accused of being a witch. These courtroom scenes are certainly the highlight of the game, with the olde worlde setting giving a unique twist to the trials, and new mechanics such as questioning multiple witnesses at once keeping things fresh.

In terms of presentation, the two series' art styles do look a little odd together; nevertheless, the developers have managed to create a fine looking cast of new characters, the beautifully animated cut scenes are a joy to watch, and voice work and music is top-notch.
Both a treat for fans of either series and a great starting point for newcomers, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney is highly recommended.

No objections here - this crossover is well worth a purchase
SCORE: 4/5
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