-Athena Cykes Ace Attorney. You play as Athena and only Athena. It’s what she deserves.
-Sebastain Debeste is the prosecutor. He’s a very skilled prosecutor now, although still uses malapropisms. He’s also not great at adapting, so when you actually do something unexpected in a case he’ll kind of shut down until the Judge or the witness gives him another opening. But when the evidence is on his side, he’s as good as his mentor. He also has an animation where he conducts and classical music plays, like Klavier’s air guitar. The use of the fan translated name in the English localization is just an unspoken “we won’t copyright claim your ROM hack if you don’t get mad at us for stealing your localization”. I can’t imagine AAI2 actually getting officially localized when it’s 10 years old. And as I discuss later, everything is framed in a way that expects most of the audience to have not played Investigations.
-An actually likable journalist character is part of the supporting cast. You encounter them first during the investigation section of the second case, and while they start off against your client, they eventually change their story’s angle to be about the Prosecutor’s Office railroading your client once Athena reveals how bullshit the case is. Eventually they end up providing important evidence to a case. They also provide a new perspective to the whole “seeking the truth” theme, while Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys both seek the truth with a basis in conflict with each other, journalists are a neutral party. Even if that makes the ethical ones seem flighty. Their actions means it takes time for them to befriend the WAA, but their actual personality can never be insufferable.
-Kay is there. She’s the Yatagarasu full time now, and is probably the client in the last case. That’s kept from the player, and in general the events of Investigations that are relevant to the plot are framed as backstory the player is as ignorant of as Athena is. It’s framed so that knowledgable players pick up on Ema being the other member and expect Sebastian to be the other, but it’s revealed that it’s actually the journalist. Unlike the original Yatagarasu, Kay is responsible for all of the thieving (the court record lists her profession as “freelance security consultant” at first) while Ema hides evidence and points her to governmental corruption (the Yatagarasu’s main target). The journalist than brings the evidence to the press, and the public doesn’t know that the Yatagarasu is back. They just stake their own reputation and say they’re protecting their sources. There’s probably an earlier case where the turnabout relies on said journalist breaking such a story about one of the people involved.
hey, if you’ve played dgs or dgs2, what is your opinion on those games? until now people have only been asking about the Phoenix Wright games, so I was just wondering!
Oh my god you have awakened the beast
Here’s the thing. DGS and DGS 2 are probably some of the best Ace Attorney games out there, along with maybe AAI2. Three of the absolute best games in the series, and STILL no fucking official translation. I can’t believe they just did a concert for 3 hours with mostly DGS music and NOTHING??? Capcom why
I’m not getting into anything that might ruin the game for anyone, but: If you love Ace Attorney, you will love DGS. It’s amazing. And I think a lot of it is heightened by playing the rest of Ace Attorney. It’s so good at taking all the parts you love about AA and twisting it around slightly into something new and wonderful. It’s got all the mystery and intrigue of the mainline games, but it’s so good at playing with the formula in just a way that everything feels like a breath of fresh air. All these twists and turns hit home because you’re so familiar with the mainline games, and that’s really cool.
And it’s so fun. It’s so fun!!! The characters are all so wonderful and fun and well developed and amazing. I know Apollo is my favorite protagonist, but I think Ryu might be a close second. And it’s so Found Family, which I think is already a lot of people’s favorite thing about the mainline games. It’s just, these characters all love and care about each other so much by the end of it, it’s wonderful.
It adds a bunch of new mechanics and gimmicks, which created a lot of interesting new ways to tackle challenges (even if one specific gimmick kind of annoyed me juuuust a bit). But it’s so cool and fun and great and AHHH I can’t really get into it, I don’t want to ruin anyone’s surprise for when they do play it.
Also, out of all the games, DGS2 was the only one that was able to shake me so much that I couldn’t sleep. Like I was freaking out about the last case well into the night while I was in the middle of it. Like. Holy shit. Wow. Please play or watch these games you guys.
My one problem is that you really can’t just play one. You really do feel like DGS 1 and 2 are so deeply intertwined that it’s impossible to get the full story with just 1 alone. Unlike any other game in the series, DGS ends with so many unfinished threads that it has to be coupled with DGS2 to feel complete. This would be less of a problem if there was ANY WAY to get DGS2. Like, when I watched DGS2, I had to scour the internet for a streamer who had their own translated script and would read aloud everything happening on screen, which was amazing that they did that but also so frustrating for me. (Wait actually holy shit like they already translated DGS and I think this translation of DGS2 is finally finished?? I didn’t actually realize that when I started this complaint but holy fuck it’s finally there), and there’s a very decent chance they’re going to translate the entire duology soon, it’s just very frustrating to have all these unanswered questions and have no real easy to get the full story.
Also, I think it takes way too long for them to try to make you like the main prosecutor. Part of that is that his arc isn’t really finished by the end of DGS, you have to play DGS2 for the full story. (Also, I mean, I don’t feel comfortable giving my opinions on the racism aspect of it, but yeah, be aware that it is a big part of his arc...)
But yes, I wholeheartedly recommend DGS 1 and 2 with all my heart. They’re such wonderful games and it’s a TRAVESTY that they haven’t been officially translated yet. I love the characters and the stories so much. They’re definitely some of the games I’m least familiar with (I’ve been waiting to replay them when they’re released because they have to be, right?? Right????) but I would gladly replay these ones again and again. And if you can’t wait for a potential release, I linked two playthroughs that appear to be fully translated above (didn’t actually watch the Slyzer one but the one I originally watched is gone so w/e).
i just need to stop feeling alone and someone to reblog this post if they simp for anyone below too
chuuya nakahara (bungou stray dogs)
koutarou bokuto (haikyuu!!)
yuu nishinoya (haikyuu!!)
atsumu miya (haikyuu!!)
inosuke hashibira (demon slayer)
reki kyan (sk8 the infinity)
izuku midoriya (my hero academia)
shouto todoroki (my hero academia)
prince soma (black butler)
senku ishigami (dr. stone)
apollo justice (ace attorney)
cloud strife (final fantasy vii)
megumi fushiguro (jujutsu kaisen)
satoru gojou (jujutsu kaisen)
vanitas (the case study of vanitas)
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