I didn't really plan to, but I've continued my re-playthrough of the Ace Attorney series, finishing Justice for All tonight. This is actually the third time I've beaten this game. And of course it was my third time beating AA1 as well (though I left the fifth case for now; since it was made after the original trilogy, that's when I'll play it).
It was really good. I can't say it never dragged at times, but it was better than I remembered and gave it credit for. I was not too alone in my opinion though, as while this game is held in a high regard alongside the rest of the original trilogy, it's generally considered to be the weakest of that trilogy. Comparing it now to the first game's four original cases though, I think it compares pretty favourably.
First of all, there is a lot more content in Justice for All (again, discounting 1's whopper of a 5th case). The 1st case in AA1 is fine for what it's meant to be - a tutorial - but that's really all it is. The first case in Justice for All meanwhile, while nothing special, is obviously more substantial and has some emotional beats. Case 2 is solid.
Case 3 is a contentious one and I frequently hear it being mentioned as one of the worst AA cases, but I really didn't find it to be bad. Granted, since I beat the game before I could make all the annoying text (largely from the clown) faster. But otherwise the content of the case is just good. Intriguing murder setup and some powerful emotional beats. And then case 4 is a great finale. I think the Edgeworth saga is a bit hamfisted, but it is satisfying seeing how the character has developed and where it leads.
Of course, I've got Trials and Tribulations next to play. A game I've actually only beaten once. Unfortunately whenever I've gotten to this game I've felt a bit burnt out from Ace Attorney. I'm in a better place going into it now, but I will probably take a break before starting it anyway. There was a lot I enjoyed about this game, but I remember it did irritate me at times because I felt it hadn't fixed some problems the series had (and in fact felt it had done some stuff worse), so I'm looking forward to playing it again.