2015 By the Numbers, #10 – Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Instead of writing reviews for completed games as I did last year, this year I’ve decided to try a new approach. Here then are my stats, real and fictional. Continue reading


Backlog Redux 2014 #16 – The World Ends With You

The World Ends With You

Culture Shock

I haven’t played a ton of Japanese games. I mean, I have played a lot of games that were made in Japan, and I have played plenty of JRPGs. But I haven’t played that many Japanese games, if you catch my drift. I think one of the few was Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, and I guess I’d probably put Catherine and the Phoenix Wright games in that camp too, simply because these are games that are based in Japanese culture, and – even translated into English – carry that vibe with them still. Having never known any viewpoint other than a Western perspective, there’s something decidedly mystifying and different about that Eastern feeling that some games exude. The World Ends With You is precisely one of those types of games. Continue reading

2013 Gaming Archive #28: Phoenix Wright: Justice For All

Justice For All

The Proof is in the Puddin’

Even though I loved the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a ravenous appetite for more legal litigation – combined with difficulties in obtaining the second and third installments in the trilogy – forced my hand and caused me to take an unscheduled detour to the fourth canonical game, and a new character in the series, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. While I nonetheless quite enjoyed my time with Apollo, Trucy, and the gang, some developments of the plot, taking place a full seven years after the last Phoenix Wright title, left me wondering what had happened in the intervening years? I was left with a knowledge gap – one I was all too eager to fill. So when the opportunity presented itself to pick up, by a stroke of luck, not one but both of the missing games for my collection, I didn’t need much convincing. And so I ended up with Justice For All and Trials and Tribulations – the first of which I’ve now officially made my way through. Continue reading

2013 Gaming Archive #17: Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Apollo Justice

No Objections

After a whirlwind introduction to the genre of visual novels when playing 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for an as-yet unpublished (though definitely recorded) podcast and loving it, I jumped head-first into one of the best titles the genre has to offer – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. I knew I had to start on the first entry of the series, and I fell head over heels. Once I’d completed it, I knew I wanted more, and it didn’t matter a whit whether I was following canonical order or not. And thus, due to my local game store not having the right game in stock at the right time, I wound up skipping past the remainder of the original Phoenix Wright trilogy, threw caution to the wind, and found myself accompanying brand-new protagonist (in familiar digital courtroom) in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Continue reading