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Monday, December 21, 2020

The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #21: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy


It's the big countdown! Just as you pull out your advent calendars to count down the 24 days to Christmas, so too are we going to count down in our own way, by highlighting 24 games that you could play this month to get into the spirit of the season.

Christmas means different things to different people, but we see it as a time to get together with family and friends, relax after a long year's hard work (and, given this is 2020, it was an especially hard year), enjoy good food and good company. It's a good time to knock off that epic RPG you've had sitting in the backlog, or crack open the beers (or eggnog) and get stuck into the local multiplayer battles.

Each day we'll highlight one game that you could have a great time playing over the Christmas season. It's not a countdown, nor is it a "best of" list. It's not highlighting new games, nor old. It's just 24 games, one per day, that we love the idea of breaking into over the season. Have a great and happy season, everyone!

Game #21: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy 
 
(Our review of the 3DS game remains true about the recent ports)


The holidays are the perfect time to cozy up with hot chocolate and a visual novel. Given the jolly nature of the season, you might be looking for a story with a little positivity to go with its drama (rather than an onslaught of soul-crushing darkness that makes your poor grandmother sob as she stares into those benumbed eyes). In that regard, the Phoenix Wright series is a reliable old favourite. With its comedic investigation sequences and courtroom shenanigans, Phoenix Wright often makes for a breezy read. When situations heat up in severity, there’s a bumbling but good-natured protagonist you can root for. 


In terms of pacing, the trilogy shines as a Christmas selection. The story is broken down into various courtroom cases with clearly defined scenes that prompt you to save your progress, so it’s well-suited to being picked up and put down as needed. While there is some thematic depth behind its approach to the subject matter, it’s a friendlier series that doesn’t expect you to juggle many ongoing plot threads or earn a law degree. Not that a law degree would help you make sense of cross-examining parrots or precognitive hemorrhoids...

- Clark A.
Anime Editor
The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #21: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
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