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Layton, Wright crossover, the best of both worlds

Sept 23, 2014

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace AttorneyProfessor Layton. Phoenix Wright. Two of the Nintendo 3DS' most prolific characters are finally teaming up on a case that is as strange and as daunting as anything they have encountered before. Mind-bending puzzles, riddles and dynamic cut-scenes are worked into a grand adventure involving witches, a mysterious village and a young girl, Espella Cantabella, caught in the middle of all the chaos.

For the first few hours, players alternate between Layton's roaming investigation and Phoenix's challenging court room battles. More so than usual, there is a lot, and I mean A LOT, of reading when it comes to Layton's quest as he explores the strange village for clues as to why the spectre-like witches are hunting Espella. In doing so, he must solve puzzles and unravels curious details about the mysterious town of Labyrinthia, which has more twists and turns than its name implies.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace AttorneyPhoenix's court cases involve various witch trials in which he tries to capitalize on any contradictions in evidence or testimony. Sometimes this involves juggling multiple witnesses and evidence. The campy drama is highly entertaining keeping the trials moving along at a quick-fire pace but that is what is so great about Professor Layton versus Phoenix Wright, their game styles compliments each other immensely. While Phoenix's sections are more rapid-fire, Layton's are more exploratory and fact-finding.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace AttorneyWhile the story itself is a bit fantastical, even by Professor Layton's standards, and the skill to solve the puzzles has been diminished somewhat, the idea of teaming the two heroes together in a crossover is a stroke of genius and plays out very well. Layton versus Phoenix is the best of both worlds giving puzzle and mystery fans an adventure they can truly appreciate.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: LEVEL-5 / Capcom
ESRB Rating: T for Teen

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Rating: 8 / 10

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