Release date: August 13, 2014
Let’s say that you’ve got a popular video game series that doesn’t involve much in the way of fancy controls or reflex-based action. It behooves you to bring the games to mobile, and while this isn’t the first of the Ace Attorney titles that Capcom made available on iOS, but according to critic and player reviews, it is the best of them.
A lot of that has to do with the graphics. Presented in full 3D as opposed to 2D animation like previous games in the series, Dual Destinies sparkles on the high resolution screens of Apple’s current phones and tablets. It’s as close to thrusting yourself into an anime as you’re likely ever to get until VR gets perfected.
It also helps if you have an anime fan’s sensibility to truly appreciate Dual Destinies, because you might otherwise be bewildered by the mix of gruesome crimes (this isn’t for kids, folks!), ridiculous humor and larger than life personalities on display here. It’s not something you see too often in Western games, but for Japanese animation, it’s really not strange at all.
Plus there’s the simple absurdity of super lawyers that is enjoyable on a completely separate level. Harvey Birdman, please take your “Power of Attorney” and eat your heart out.
Next: Ticket to Ride