Originally, Phoenix was one of my most anticipated characters. After playing about 50 matches or so with him, getting to Turnabout successfully in maybe 1/3 of them, I was asking myself why was I going to such trouble. Bad evidence, rushdown, MORE bad evidence, meter management issues (Phoenix on point doesn’t build much meter), even MORE bad evidence with a side of raunchy meat to choke down, the fact that Turnabout runs out quickly…UGH! And I don’t see it getting much better at higher levels of play.
The benefits speak for themselves: Invincible assist, incredible Level 3, X-Factor Level 2/3 chip and the hype of playing such a neat character. The matches where it came out were generally in my favor (Bionic Arm to Level 3 makes it impossible for the opponent to even move!). But is all that really worth playing Phoenix Wright over a character that can carry a whole squad from the get-go (or at least one that can better defend against a one-touch death character like Dante/Magneto)?