Aside from RPGs, I'd say my other favorite genre has to be adventure games. One thing I love about the DS, is it has no shortage of those. I've played quite a few really great ones on that glorious machine (the apex being Hotel Dusk). One of those "great ones" happened to be Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. I finished and immensely enjoyed that installment back in 2007. It was innovative, quirky, challenging-yet-fair, and overall a beacon of how to make a great adventure game. Afterwards, I had every intention of continuing on with the series. And yet, that didn't happen for quite some time.
So here we are in 2012. Nearly five years later, I've finally gotten on with the sequel Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All. Currently I'm about halfway through the third case in that game. And much to my disappointment, I'm finding I have to force myself to play this. Without going into too many dire specifics... it boils down to finding the cases' subject matter boring, and the solution finding is often random and tedious. So many of the new characters are completely uninteresting. Especially Pearl Fey and Franziska von Karma. Neither do I find endearing, both I find annoying. Now I had read before that Justice For All is the black sheep of the Ace Attorney canon, and I think I agree. Whereas the first game I devoured and enjoyed smoothly, this installment seems the complete opposite... it's rough going, and boring. I have a hard time reconciling how Shu Takumi somehow wrote and directed both of these games.
My first question to those who have played this series; do you agree about the sequel? Did you find Justice For All to be not nearly as good as Ace Attorney? Or did you like it the same, or more? Is it the black sheep? Or am I just missing something here? Does the fourth case of Justice For All make up for the lackluster second and third cases? I've read the fourth case is the longest and most in-depth at any rate.
My next question; if I stopped playing Justice For All right now, would that diminish my enjoyment in any way for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations? I ask because I've heard the third game is the best in the series thus far. Yet, the third game often makes references to events that happened in the first two games. I don't want to miss in-jokes or poignant references.
How do you guys feel about Apollo Justice?
What's the general consensus for Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth? I ask because AFAIK Shu wasn't the guy behind this installment. So I'm wondering if it feels much different.
I'd appreciate hearing the thoughts of Ace Attorney veterans on these matters. Without spoilers of course!