Honorable Mention #1: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Assistant Editor Hayes Madsen: Spirit of Justice takes Phoenix Wright to a brand new setting, the mystical and religious land of Khura’in. This unique setting helps breathe new life into Ace Attorney, providing some nice twists on gameplay as well as a cast of new characters. The stakes are raised even higher for Phoenix this time around, as a law in Khura’in, called the Defense Culpability Act, means that a defense lawyer suffers the same fate as their defendant.
While Phoenix is taking care of business in the far-off country, it’s up to Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes to hold things down back home, and the two storylines converge in an interesting way. Spirit of Justice is one of the best entries in the Ace Attorney series with witty writing, plenty of twists, and a surprisingly emotional story.