Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney / Nintendo DS : 4 of 5
I had to get this game from the moment I heard about it, just because it's another example of the incredibly bizarre and unique games that keep coming out for the Nintendo DS. I seriously doubt there are any other lawyer games on the market! This is basically a role-playing game, similar to Trace Memory in a lot of ways, which means you are guiding your character through a pre-determined story to get to the right outcome. You become Phoenix Wright, a new defense attorney who starts working on murder cases right away! There are only five cases in the game, but each case gets longer and more difficult, so that's plenty - I'm about to finish the third case, and I've been working on it for several hours of gameplay! You guide your character around to interview people and collect clues, and these use these in the courtroom, where you listen to witness testimony and try to expose the lies. It's possible to lose the game, since if you present evidence that doesn't apply to the witness statement, the judge will give you a strike - one too many mistakes and that's the end. The graphics are really cool, with great anime-style characters and awesome backgrounds, too. Speaking of characters, there are tons of them, including your sexy lawyer partner and her cute sister, your evil nemesis lawyer, and lots of supporting characters (I like the gross otaku film director in the case I'm working on). There's lots of reading and facts to remember, but it's all a great puzzle that's really fun to play!