Finally! The second Phoenix Wright game is here! We'll never need to use a rubbish law-related joke again! Well, once this review ends at least. We may call another pun to the stand (giggle) before we're done with Mr Wright.
But let's cut to the chase: if you played the original Phoenix Wright game you should know what to expect from Justice For All because, with the exception of a single gameplay addition, it plays exactly the same. You still need to go around and interview people to gather information, you still need to find contradictions in testimonies, you still need to shout 'objection!' when you find inconsistencies and you'll still lose the case if you present the wrong evidence a number of times. It really is more of the same.
So what's this "single gameplay addition"? Well, it's the Psyche-Lock. Basically, during the interview process, if you're talking to someone and it seems they're lying you'll suddenly have a vision where a locked chest appears in front of them, held shut by a number of chains. This chest apparently holds a secret related to the case that they're deliberately locking away in their mind.
Master Of Unlocking
To get round these Psyche-Lock moments you have to show the person some evidence to prove to them that you think they're lying. This breaks the chains and unlocks their secret, which will undoubtedly come in handy during the trial. The Psyche-Lock certainly adds some extra enjoyment to the investigation sections of the game, which many fans of Phoenix's first outing thought were the duller bits of the 'action'.
That said, this review could have been written in just three words: four more cases. There's no extra touch-screen-based case as in the first game; instead all the levels are based on the original Gyakuten Saiban 2 on the GBA so there's no blowing into the mic or rotating objects here.
Put simply, if you played the first game and loved it then this is for you, but if you never tried the original Phoenix Wright then you should go for that game instead, since it offers more content and you can probably find it cheaper. Case closed,