After a long hiatus, the Ace Attorney series returned on the 3DS with a game that references all the tropes that made the series so good. Phoenix Wright has his badge back, Apollo Justice was given a better backstory and Athena Cykes, our newest lawyer, joins the team to prove the innocence of a man who once saved her life.
Following up the Ace Attorney trilogy was never going to be easy, but radically changing Phoenix Wright’s character in order to shoehorn him into the story where he didn’t belong? Overall, it seemed like the ace attorney formula was running out of steam.
When the first Ace Attorney game was remade for the Nintendo DS, it was given an extra case: Rise from the Ashes. Surprisingly, this case was adapted into a musical by Takarazuka Revue in Japan. What’s even more surprising is that it worked really well, leading me to wonder if we should try to make more video game musical adaptations.
On a fateful night, opera singer Red becomes targeted by a nefarious organization seeking to provide stability to an every-changing virtual world. Guided by the voice of her lover trapped inside The Transistor, she seeks to save what’s left of the world now crumbling around her.
After the world was literally torn into pieces by the calamity, a kid seeks out the bastion. Along the way, his actions (directed by you) are narrated by a man who hopes to undo the events that destroyed the world.
In the third generation, the Pokémon got even more complex, this time adding natures and abilities. With a friendly rival character, a completely new location and a plot focused much more around “legendary” Pokémon, this generation set the standard that the series would follow.
Building on the viral success of Pokémon Red and Blue, the next generation would provide two new types, held items, and genders along with a story that takes place two years after the events of Red and Blue.
Even though everyone and their Pikachu has heard of the series, Pokémon remains one of the most impactful video games every created and while storyline might not seem like the biggest focus, the game uses a variety of creative techniques to build up the final boss without you even realizing it. This is the game that ultimately made me a gamer.
This is my pick for the title of “best story in gaming”. Building upon all that the two prior games have laid out, Trials & Tribulations features one of gaming’s greatest and most complex characters: Prosecutor Godot, a mysterious man who has come back ‘from the depths of hell’ to do battle with Phoenix Wright, the man he despises. Featuring one of gaming’s most vicious antagonists and exploring themes of love and relationships, this climactic conclusion to the Ace Attorney trilogy is the gold standard of video game storytelling.