Players are put in the role of the titular character, Phoenix Wright. He's a rookie defense attorney who is immediately put in the worst possible circumstances: Defending clients against false murder charges, and the legal system is stacked against defendants. Despite the anime style graphics, don't be fooled into thinking it's a kid's game; this is for teens and older since murder scenes are depicted in some detail (including blood) and many of the characters trying to frame Phoenix's clients are complete monsters. Despite this, it's not exactly a grim and dark series either as it balances the seriousness of murder trials with a lot of humor. This may sound strange, but it works quite well.