Great Ace Attorney Chronicles wins the Not New but New for Me Award of 2021

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In a year full of new games, remasters and remakes, one of my favorite games to play was a game that didn’t fall into any of those categories. The Great S Attorney Chronicles is the long-awaited Western release of two games in the series, so it’s not technically a remake or remaster. But it’s one of the top 3 games I’ve played this year, if not my favorite.

I’m a mysterious junkie, so I’ve had a soft spot for the Ace Attorney series for a long time. I was delighted when Nintendo announced that it was finally bringing this Japanese-specific title to the West, although I had no real idea why I was there. The Chronicles takes place in Victorian England and follows the Japanese ancestor of Phoenix Wright, who is not even a lawyer when he embarks on the journey. It retains the series’ signature cartoon style while also having a little steampunk flair.

If you have a hobby for Ace Attorney games – or heck, even if you’ve never played a game before – I recommend trying this one. True, this can be bypassed-but not unless you’re a techie who knows what he’s doing. The Chronicles are actually two different games that were integrated into one for this release, and the first two are no better. But it is worthwhile to take the time to get through it, as the latter cases are particularly foggy.


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It’s not just a good Ace Attorney game – which means it’s gorgeously weird and funny – it’s also a decent period. The vices of Victorian England, especially its rampant racism and xenophobia, are shown here in all its ugliness. And if you’ve ever wondered how Sherlock Holmes – I’m sorry, Herlock Schloms – could survive in an attorney-like setting, the answer is definitely yes. Warm up,


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