Ace Attorney 5 – We Second That Emotion, Your Honour
Evidence has been gathered showing that Phoenix’s new emotion-reading capabilities are part of the bag of tricks offered by new partner Kokone.
There’s been much enthusiasm over the suited and booted style of Ace Attorney 5, and with good cause. The franchise’s first foray into full 3D is stepping out to impress, and Siliconera have given a play-by-play of the demo scene available to those lucky enough to be attending this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
Mercifully, the information is pretty spoiler-free, but if you’re adamant on keeping the game an utter and absolute surprise, we’d advise you read no further!
The courthouse that has seen many an Ace Attorney showdown of wits has been blown up. What’s more, an innocent young woman named Shinobu (expect this and other Japanese names to change in the West) has been framed for the crime.
Enter Wright from stage right, then, to once again defend the downtrodden. Shinobu’s longtime friend Kokone is Phoenix’s new assistant, the girl in the yellow jacket we’ve seen in various media of the game. Prosecuting in this case is Winston Payne’s younger brother, who calls up bomb disposal expert Shingo to the witness stand.
Kokone’s got a wrist-mounted holographic computer, and she uses this to map an emotional overlay over people in the witness stand. Using this interface, Wright can question a suspect’s emotional responses. Using this, he discerns that Shingo’s got a grudge against defense attorneys, something that puts him a little further under the finger of suspicion than he’d like.
The game apparently retains the beeps for speech for which the franchise is famed, so don’t go expecting full voice acting. The aspects of evidence presentation (wherein timing is key) and pressing testimony for further clues are alive and well.
The emotional gameplay (Kokone’s “Heart Scope”) ties also into Shinobu’s own testimony. The example given is that Shinobu’s testimony of surviving the explosion causes the Heart Scope to give a reading of sadness, when logically any person would feel happy and relieved to still be alive.
Bringing this contradiction to the court’s attention, apparently, brings the demo to a close. It’s just enough to give a glimpse of the new game mechanics in action, and we’re eager to see just how the Heart Scope can be applied when Ace Attorney 5 is finally in our hands!