Published on October 8th, 2015 | by Michaela Buckley1
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth: Prosecutor’s Path
After a long wait, fans finally grew tired and decided to do the job themselves, the sequel to Miles Edgeworth Investigations, Miles Edgeworth 2 was fully fan-translated and made available online, and after a little deliberation, I decided to give it a whirl. DISCLAIMER – Of course I will definitely buy (and review) any and ALL Ace Attorney games released by Capcom, including this one, should they wish to release it.
Prosecutor’s Path is a visual novel-style adventure game with similar mechanics to previous entries, such as crime scene investigation, presentation of evidence and mild puzzle-solving elements, as a sequel to the spin-off title Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, it also combines gameplay elements found in that game such as deduction of crime scene evidence and ideas and the use of switching the visual representation of a crime scene to the time of the murder.
The game starts roughly ten days after the first instalment and continues the theme of corruption, Edgeworth is still tying up the last case when the visiting president of Zheng Fa is nearly assassinated and a bodyguard is killed. He must find out who made the attempt and why, further turnabouts include the Zheng Fa president as well as old favourites like Shi-Long Lang and Kay Faraday is also still Edgeworth’s sidekick. Other recurring characters are in this game in force, yet it is a much more cohesive game than the first, with a more detailed and interwoven story and complex themes, Gumshoe is not as featured however this game does more for his character than any previous.
Edgeworth has more depth in this title, where before he was the intimidating prosecutor to Phoenix, he became more a troubled anti-hero in later games and later in his own series morphed into fan fiction style parody of himself.
In Gyakuten Kenji 2, Miles is plagued by corruption, his own father was murdered through corruption and he himself has felt the taint of it throughout his early prosecuting career, falling off the back on the previous game, Edgeworth is still haunted by these very same corrupters as he moves through the narrative of Prosecuter’s Path. It would be an interesting experiment to see another game in the series as we are left with a strange and unconventional conclusion, we see Edgeworth enter a strange new world as he finds his own ‘path’ to justice.
It’s hard to say where Prosecutor’s Path would place on a top Ace Attorney games list, the first of the spin-off series was difficult to place too, but because it had very strong narrative points let down by being rough around the edges and having 2-dimensional characters. It’s a long game clocking nearly 30 hours which is nearly double some of the other games and the pacing suffers for it.
Prosecutor’s Path is definitely a game which could have done with more refining, but there’s a gulf between the quality compared to the first one and a subversion between all the rest. What I can guarantee is that it is a change of the formula which leaves you thinking more about what the true aim of being part of the law system really is in comparison to the individual’s goal.