Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney



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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
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Developers LEVEL-5
Capcom
Publishers LEVEL-5(JP)
Nintendo
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Release Dates JP29th November 2012
NA29th August 2014
EU28th March 2014
AU29th March 2014
Genre Adventure / Puzzle
Mode Single Player
Ratings PEGI12.gif CEROB.png
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (レイトン教授 VS 逆転裁判 Layton Kyouju vs Gyakuten Saiban lit. Professor Layton VS Turnabout Trial) is a game that was revealed at the Level-5 Vision 2010 press conference. As the name would suggest the worlds of the Professor Layton series cross over with the universe of the Ace Attorney series. The game was released on the Nintendo 3DS system and developed by LEVEL-5 and Capcom. The game initially released in Japan on November 29, 2012, and was later released in Europe on March 28, 2014, and in North America on August 29, 2014.

The game features Hershel Layton and Luke Triton from the Professor Layton series, and Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey from the Ace Attorney series.

Contents

[edit] Plot

The games story is about Professor Hershel Layton and Phoenix Wright finding themselves in a different world, in a world where magic - supposedly - actually exists. They arrive in the medieval city Labyrinthia where "reality and illusions intertwine". This city is home to witches who hide in the shadows and has witnessed impossible phenomenon as of late. The city is under the control of a villain called the Storyteller whose power is that whatever he writes becomes reality.

Professor Layton will be faced with many new puzzles, whereas the one person that needs Phoenix Wright the most is currently under trial for Witchcraft.

[edit] Gameplay

The game has two main styles of gameplay; Adventure and Witch Trial, which both feature elements in their respective series of either Professor Layton or Ace Attorney. The game features voice acted animated cutscenes which is a staple in all Professor Layton series games, but a new feature for games in the Ace Attorney series.

[edit] Adventure

See Also: vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Puzzles

During some segments of the game, players can navigate their way through areas of Labyrinthia, converse with characters, and examine background locations for clues to the mystery surrounding the plot of the game. The control mechanism used for this is similar to the one first introduced during Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask]] which differs slightly from the mechanic used in the Layton games before it. This involves during the arrow cursors to move the camera around the screen. Talking to characters that appear during these parts of the game can lead to clues being uncovered, puzzles being unlocked and other tasks for the players to complete. As per other Layton games, completing these puzzles rewards you with Picarats, the amount dependent on the amount of mistakes made during the puzzle. The Picarats earned during puzzles can be used to unlock various bonus content in the game. Also as per Layton games, investigating the background can lead to finding Hint Coins to help during particularly difficult puzzles.

[edit] Witch Trial

The Witch Trials are the staple mechanic in the Ace Attorney series in which you take over as Phoenix Wright and cross-examine the evidence available to you in the form of a trial to defend the client in question. During these cross-examinations, Wright can press defendants for more details which can sometimes lead to new information being uncovered. The main formula in these segments is to look for contradictions evident in the testimonies given to the evidence and statements available. Should the player get the contradiction wrong, and it turns out to be true, they earn a strike against them. In this game, Wright finds he has to find contradictions in multiple statements simultaneously as he questions several defendants at once, looking for those statements that contradict each other. Part of this requires watching the reactions from other defendants as another reveals their statment. The Hint Coins that are found during the adventure parts of the game are also useable here, providing hints as to what the player must do to progress in the trial.

[edit] Characters

[edit] Chapters

[edit] Prologue (I): On a Dark and Stormy Night

[edit] Prologue (II): English Turnabout

[edit] Chapter 1: Mysterious Labyrinthia

[edit] Chapter 2: The Fire Witch

[edit] Chapter 3: The Great Witch

[edit] Chapter 4: The Golden Court

[edit] Chapter 5: A Taste of Despair

[edit] Chapter 6: Secrets of the Underground Ruins

[edit] Chapter 7: The Story's End

[edit] Chapter 8: The Final Witch Trial

[edit] Chapter 9: The Last Inquisitor

[edit] Epilogue: The First Story

[edit] Mysteries

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    1. Strange Girl
    A strangely dressed young girl suddenly appeared asking Professor Layton for help. It would seem she is being pursued by someone or something.

    1. The Great Witch Bezella
    The Great Witch Bezella used a spell to call forth a fire dragon which then took the Storyteller's life. Could it be that Espella really is the Great Witch Bezella?

Solved
    1. The Great Witch Bezella
    The Great Witch Bezella was a fictional character created by the Storyteller to protect the young Espella from trauma. This spawned the many mysteries that followed.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    2. Labyrinthia's Secret
    The town of Labyrinthia, portrayed within the book entitled the Historia Labyrinthia, is an old town the likes of which the professor and Luke have never seen. Espella claims to be from this town...

Solved
    2. Labyrinthia's Secret
    The town of Labyrinthia is a mysterious place of witches and witchcraft, where everything written by the Storyteller becomes reality.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    3. Witches in London
    The witch broke into Professor Layton's study, snatched up Espella and escaped into the night. Could this mysterious power she wields truly be witchcraft?

Solved
    3. Witches in London
    The witch that captured Espella in London, and who turned the professor into gold, is the "Great Witch", who leads the Shades in the Eldwitch Woods.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    4. Investigation
    The professor's former student, Carmine Accidenti, who gave Espella a letter for the professor, was involved in a car crash while they were being pursued by witches. What was he investigating in Labyrinthia?

Solved
    4. Investigation
    Carmine had been visiting the Great Archive to investigate one of Labyrinthia's secrets. That secret being the ancient remains found hidden in a room beneath the library.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    5. The Storyteller
    After finding themselves in Labyrinthia, the professor and Luke saw the parade of the town's creator, the Storyteller. But on reading the Story that was distributed to them, the townsfolk became afraid.

Solved
    5. The Storyteller
    Espella's father - the Storyteller, who writes the Story that controls the fate of all Labyrinthians - considers the presence of the professor to be a form of corruption.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    6. Underground Mural
    Hidden beneath the Great Archive were ancient remains in which was enshrined an ominous wall painting depicting the town being consumed by fire. When was this painting created, and by whom?

Solved
    6. Underground Mural
    The mural hidden under the Great Archive and the remains lying below the forest are from the same period. They both bequeath a record of great calamity.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    7. High Inquisitor Darklaw
    The manner and speech of the mysterious woman accompanying Inquisitor Barnham allude to her high status. Mr Wright and Miss Fey seem to have heard of her. Who on earth could she be?

Solved
    7. High Inquisitor Darklaw
    She is the High Inquisitor and leader of the Inquisition. Her stance on witches and witchcraft is strict, as is her attitude towards her subordinates.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    8. Bell Tower and Alchemist
    According to Greyerl, Sir Belduke's butler, the bell tower appeared mysteriously after lightning struck one evening. For some reason, Sir Belduke became seriously agitated upon its appearance.

Solved
    8. Bell Tower and Alchemist
    Seeing the appearance of the bell tower as some kind of sign, Belduke set out to reveal this town's mysteries along with the truth behind the witches. Surely clue to these mysteries lie here.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    9. Golden Layton
    Professor Layton was turned into a gold statue through witchcraft in the alchemist's residence. How can this be?!

Solved
    9. Golden Layton
    It was none other than the professor, having supposedly been turned to gold, who saved Maya from her fate. He said he had lost consciousness after his confrontation with the Great Witch.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    10. Ruins in the Forest
    Lying at the end of the secret passage leading from the mansion were some underground ruins lit by pools of water. What is the purpose of these ruins, lying deep within the forest?

Solved
    10. Ruins in the Forest
    It would appear the previous inhabitants of the region built these underground chambers to seal up the Bell of Ruin. They also left an inscription to warn others, before leaving the area.


[edit] Development

The game was initially announced on October 19, 2010 during the Level-5 vision press conference. The game was the brain child of the CEO of Level-5 Akihiro Hino which he then proposed to Capcom, developes of the Ace Attorney series. The producer of the Layton series, Jun Suzuki said that Hino was a huge fan of the Ace Attorney series and even challenged Suzuki to create a game that was on par with the Ace Attorney series all the while still producing games in the Layton series. Keiji Inafune was sure that Takumi would refuse the idea, cuting there was an 80% it would get rejected. However, according to Inafune, Hino was able convince Takumi to accept the idea, giving him creative control as the main scenario writer for the project. The game features animated cutscenes produced by Bones.

[edit] Localization

[edit] Trailers

[edit] Tokyo Game Show Trailer

[edit] Official Trailer

[edit] Trailer #2

[edit] Nintendo Direct Announcement

[edit] Gallery

[edit] Screenshots

[edit] Concept Art

[edit] Reception

Reviews
Review Scores
Site Score
Edge7/10
Game Informer8/10
Gamespot8/10
GameTrailers8/10
IGN7.8/10
Aggregation Scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 80%
GameRankings 80.73%

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