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Gyakuten Kenji 2 (逆転検事 2 Gyakuten Kenji 2, lit. "Turnabout Prosecutor 2"), also referred to as Ace Attorney Investigations 2 by Capcom staff, is the sequel to Gyakuten Kenji (known as Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth in English) and the sixth game in the Ace Attorney series of text adventure video games. Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, Detective Dick Gumshoe, and self-proclaimed "Great Thief" Kay Faraday reprise their roles as main characters in the game. Motohide Eshiro, Takeshi Yamazaki, Minae Matsukawa, and Noriyuki Iwadare also reprised their roles as producer, director, art director, and soundtrack composer, respectively.
Since the 2021 release of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Gyakuten Kenji 2 is the only main game in the series to remain a Japan-only title. On March 18, 2011, during a live streamed Q&A session with Capcom employees, upon being asked whether "Ace Attorney Investigations 2" would be released outside of Japan, Christian Svensson (then senior vice president of Capcom USA) replied, "No. Sorry about that." He later clarified on Capcom's forums, "The costs of localization [on the Nintendo DS] are higher than the forecasted return. [...] I realize there are fans who would like to have this and I'll be sure to explore ways that could happen viably in the future with our strategy and R&D teams but no promises." In the wake of petitions to have the game localized, Svensson mentioned that niche titles like Gyakuten Kenji 2 could be good candidates for digital distribution. Svensson reportedly attempted to convince Capcom to greenlight Ace Attorney Investigations 2 for another medium, but left Capcom on July 11, 2013 due to staff reorganization. In lieu of an official release, an unofficial English patch of the game has been developed under the name Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth - Prosecutor's Path.
All of the main features seen in the previous game have returned, including the investigation/argument structure, the logic gameplay mechanic and Little Thief. Little Thief itself has been given updates such as the ability to recreate an area in multiple instances of time. In addition, the metal detector seen in Turnabout Goodbyes and Bridge to the Turnabout returned for The Imprisoned Turnabout. The police dog Missile is also used as a gameplay during The Imprisoned Turnabout. Ema Skye also returns to re-introduce luminol and fingerprint testing in The Forgotten Turnabout, and instances of video inspection are also included in The Imprisoned Turnabout and The Grand Turnabout.
Gyakuten Kenji 2 features a new gameplay element called "Logic Chess". When interrogating a person who refuses to testify, the background changes to a chessboard with chess pieces, as if Miles Edgeworth and the other person were in a mental chess match. Similarly to the magatama feature in Phoenix Wright's games, this feature is used to pry secret information from various people. However, instead of just presenting evidence, the player is presented with two or more options at each decision prompt.
There is a time limit to this mental exchange; when it expires, the opponent will change his or her mind and not entertain Edgeworth further. This emphasizes the need to analyze the situation quickly and adapt to each opponent's personality. For example, against a cautious opponent, one may want to ask a question that they are guaranteed to answer. Through this, Edgeworth can slowly gain information needed to "win".
When the opponent makes a suspicious statement, a chess piece icon appears next to one of the choices, marking it as the critical "move" to make to knock out one of the opponent's pieces. Edgeworth can either choose to pursue this or choose to wait to get into a better "position" in the "game". By choosing incorrectly (i.e., waiting for too long or striking too soon), Edgeworth risks incurring a penalty to his time limit.
The story mainly revolves around Edgeworth's struggle to determine the meaning of his job in relation to finding the truth behind a collection of cases. This is exacerbated when he becomes a target of the so-called "Prosecutor Purge", an inquisition conducted by the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee intended to weed out and replace prosecutors who are judged to be incompetent or acting inappropriately. Judge Justine Courtney is mysteriously sent to cases that Edgeworth is investigating and attempts to replace him with a younger, less competent prosecutor named Sebastian Debeste. Edgeworth himself risks his badge in order to continue his quest for the truth. In the meantime, he faces a personal conflict when he meets Raymond Shields, a defense attorney who used to be an assistant to Edgeworth's father Gregory Edgeworth and has taken over the Edgeworth Law Offices after his death. Shields offers the younger Edgeworth the chance to follow in his father's footsteps and become a defense attorney.
- Turnabout Target (逆転の標的): An assassination attempt on a foreign country's president leads to the death of one of his bodyguards. Edgeworth is sent in to investigate the incident.
- The Imprisoned Turnabout (獄中の逆転): The murder of the previous case's culprit in jail leads Edgeworth to investigate as he first comes under fire by the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee.
- The Inherited Turnabout (受け継がれし逆転): Edgeworth gets mixed up in an incident that is connected to his father's final case before his death 18 years ago. Parts of this episode are played from his father's perspective.
- The Forgotten Turnabout (忘却の逆転): An amnesiac is accused of murder after being kidnapped, and Edgeworth is forced to make a life-altering decision.
- The Grand Turnabout (大いなる逆転): A murder and a kidnapping lead to the resolution of a case from 12 years prior, which allows Edgeworth to uncover the mastermind behind the game's events.
- Main article: Timeline
- Miles Edgeworth - a prosecutor who serves as the game's protagonist.
- Kay Faraday - the self-proclaimed Great Thief "Yatagarasu".
- Dick Gumshoe - Edgeworth's bumbling detective partner.
- Gregory Edgeworth - Miles's father, who was a talented defense attorney until the DL-6 Incident. He is playable in parts of The Inherited Turnabout, which follows the investigation into his final case.
- Raymond "Ray" Shields - a laid-back defense attorney who was Gregory Edgeworth's assistant when he was younger.
- Justine Courtney - a no-nonsense judge who seems to want to take away Miles Edgeworth's prosecutor's badge and ability to investigate cases.
- Sebastian Debeste - a laughably incompetent prosecutor whom Courtney wishes to replace Miles Edgeworth with.
- "John Doe" - a suspect who claims to be a simple ice-cream salesman.
- Winston Payne - a prosecutor who was present in the audience when the assassination attempt on Di-Jun Huang was made during the latter's speech.
The Imprisoned Turnabout:
- Regina Berry - a witness who is an animal tamer with the Berry Big Circus.
- Shi-Long Lang - an elite Interpol agent now apparently bereft of his usual team of 100 subordinates.
- Frank Sahwit - a convict who was previously seen in The First Turnabout.
The Inherited Turnabout:
- Tyrell Badd - a gruff police detective heading the IS-7 Incident investigation.
- Manfred von Karma - a feared legendary prosecutor who tried to obstruct Gregory Edgeworth's investigation.
- Larry Butz - a childhood friend of Miles Edgeworth's who frequently changes jobs and girlfriends.
The Forgotten Turnabout:
- Franziska von Karma - a competitive young whip-wielding prosecutor working with Interpol who is Miles Edgeworth's adoptive sister.
- Lotta Hart - a hot-tempered photo journalist who is always searching for her next scoop.
- Ema Skye - a forensics-obsessed teenager.
The Grand Turnabout:
- Penny Nichols - a stage-hand with Global Studios.
- Will Powers - an actor with a gentle personality, but always given roles that hide his face due to his imposing appearance.
- Di-Jun Huang - president of Zheng Fa with a secret.
- Nicole Swift - a reporter who regards Lotta Hart as her mentor. Her Japanese name is a pun on "hurry", which is fitting for her spontaneous personality.
- Horace Knightley - one of the president's bodyguards. A man who likes to play chess and is rather liberal about playing with his gun.
- Ethan Rooke - another one of the president's bodyguards and the victim.
The Imprisoned Turnabout:
- Patricia Roland - the director of the prison and detention center.
- Simon Keyes - a man whose actions are reminiscent of the Three Wise Monkeys.
- Jay Elbird - a boxer convict with a pet polar bear cub called Rocky.
- Sirhan Dogen - a feared blind assassin who works alongside his large black dog Anubis, but is now imprisoned thanks to Miles Edgeworth.
The Inherited Turnabout:
- Jeffrey Master - a famous pastry chef considered the number one in the world and starred in the TV show Piece of Cake, where he would sing and dance while making confectionery items. The prime suspect in the IS-7 Incident and Gregory Edgeworth's client.
- Katherine "Kate" Hall - Master's servant, housekeeper, and co-star on Piece of Cake.
- Delicia Scones - a pastry chef who is much older than she appears.
- Dane Gustavia - a pastry chef whose creations are delicious, but have terrible design.
- Pierre Hoquet - the victim in the IS-7 Incident. He is actually a sculptor, and went by the pseudonym "Isaac Dover" in the dessert-making competition.
The Forgotten Turnabout:
- Karin Jenson - a nurse at the Dye-Young Clinic.
- Bonnie Young - the elderly director of the Dye-Young Clinic who sometimes acts as a coroner for the police.
- Blaise Debeste - former Chief Prosecutor and Sebastian Debeste's father.
- Jill Crane - the victim and a defense attorney.
The Grand Turnabout:
- John Marsh - a bratty child actor.
- Jack Cameron - the victim in the SS-5 Incident and former boyfriend of Jill Crane.
After the release of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, an interview with producer Motohide Eshiro revealed that he had contacted core series producer Minae Matsukawa offering his services in developing a new Ace Attorney game, in response to the positive fan reaction to Ace Attorney Investigations. Development started on September 2009; the developers went to a "training camp" to talk about the game all day for this purpose.
In March 2011, Capcom's Christian Svensson stated that there were no plans at the time to release Gyakuten Kenji 2 in regions outside of Japan. In an interview with Siliconera in December 2011, Svensson stated that the potential for a downloadable, digital release of Gyakuten Kenji 2 exists, but that he couldn't say that it definitely would happen, and that "conversations are ongoing internally about how to address the audience that's clamoring for more Ace Attorney goodness".
In a live "questions and answers" video in January 2012, Svensson again said that he had not given up on trying to get Gyakuten Kenji 2 released in the West, that conversations remained ongoing, and that he was "cautiously optimistic that some day, that content will exist in the West in some form." In March 2012, he once again said that an English release of the game was "an open discussion point", and that he hoped that "the fans are still patient with us".
In August 2012, a Capcom employee said that if Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD, an iOS remake of the first three Ace Attorney games, was a success, it would increase the chances of getting Gyakuten Kenji 2 localized.
In September 2012, when asked if high sales of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney HD Trilogy and the then upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Gyakuten Saiban 5 (later localized to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies) would help sway a decision about localizing Gyakuten Kenji 2, Christian Svensson said that the game "isn't being held hostage so please don’t read this that way but if they do well, they certainly can’t hurt". He also added that the sales forecasts for Gyakuten Saiban 5 were high compared to how well previous entries in the series had done commercially, which was necessary in order to get it released in the West.
In September 2013, a GBAtemp user named "Auryn" released the first English translation patch for the game. The initial patch translated the first two cases, with a second patch containing a fully translated third case late released in March 2014. In June of the same year, an update with the two other cases were released, with additional information stating that the developer would try to optimize the patch size on a later date. On June 14th, 2014, the full patch was released.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2: The standard edition, which contains just the game with no extra content.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - Collector's Package: which contains the game, an orchestral soundtrack CD composed by Noriyuki Iwadare, a promotional DVD, and a booklet with an original manga penned by Tatsuro Iwamoto.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - Extended Edition: which includes the game and a Miles Edgeworth figurine.
- Gyakuten Kenji 2 - Limited Edition: which includes all of the above.
Gyakuten Kenji 2 received a 8/8/8/8 score from Famitsu, for a total of 32/40.
Theme park attraction
Sega built a theme park attraction called Gyakuten Kenji in Joypolis (逆転検事 in ジョイポリス) in its Joypolis theme park, which is dedicated to the Gyakuten Kenji games. Each visitor is given around 20 minutes to investigate a crime scene and look for clues.
The file used to run Gyakuten Kenji 2 contains some anti-piracy measures that detect the legitimacy of the file and attempt to impede the gameplay if the file is deemed unauthorized. Unauthorized game files are typically ROMs ripped from the game cartridge. For this game in particular, dialogue text is converted into an unreadable font normally reserved for the Borginian fictional language, and organizer descriptions are replaced by Xs. The unofficial English fan patch overrides these measures.
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- Court Records news page
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