Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is the series latest, this time as a digital download on Nintendo’s eShop. Though some would see the lack of a physical copy as a downgrade, Dual Destinies is, at least in my opinion, one of the series’ best releases thus far.
Presentation is as good as ever. Static sprites are replaced with animated 3D models. These small additions add a lot to the game, offering some sense of kinetics to what is otherwise a screen with scrolling text. Though past games were able to convey some emotion through dynamic posing of sprites, seeing the reactions in motion adds something to the performance.
Courtroom drama is further enhanced by the jazzy score, which hits at just the right time, every time. Throughout most of the game, the soundtrack is just for ambiance. "Big" soundtrack moments instead accompany dramatic shifts in the case, such as a big breakthrough with evidence or during important testimonies. This works hand-in-hand with animation to really make you take notice about certain aspects of the case.