Ace Attorney 5’s Heart Scope Detailed

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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During the Tokyo Game Show last week, Siliconera was there to try out the demo for Ace Attorney 5. One of the newest additions to the game was the “Heart Scope”. Similar to the Phoenix’s magatama in Justice for All and Trials and Tribulations, as well as Apollo Justice’s bracelet in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the Heart Scope looks to be adding another layer of depth to the traditional courtroom gameplay in this new adventure.

Phoenix’s new assistant Kokone uses the Heart Scope in Ace Attorney 5. As Siliconera explains, it “lets players see emotions when another character testifies. The Heart Scope can detect happy, sad, surprised, and angry. You can compare the emotions a witness expresses to the ones you expect they would have. If there’s a contradiction you can press for more information.”

“In the demo, Shinobu should have felt happy or relieved because she wasn’t injured during the bombing, but she was sad. Pointing out this contradiction pushes the demo forward, but the demo ended shortly after that.”

The release date for Ace Attorney 5 is still unknown at this time. Hopefully, when it is released in Japan, it will hit international audiences soon after. You can read Siliconera’s full impressions on the demo here.

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  • This seems like it’d be rather simple compared to the Magatama and Apollo’s tell spotting.  I’m eager to see how it adds to the gameplay.

  • I’m excited to find out about all the wacky new characters and their lovely pun names. I wonder if Wendy Oldbag will show up, she seems like a regular in past games.  

    • She wasn’t in Apollo Justice or the sequel to Ace Attorney Investigations. But yeah, if Phoenix is going to take top billing again, Wendy needs to make a return.

    • True. Actually since we don’t know anything about maya I wonder how many characters will come back for number 5. I’d at least like to see Edgeworth now and then. I wonder who will be the main prosecutor though. It would be hard to top Gadot though. 

  • Ace

    I hope Maya makes a cameo.