You wouldn’t have to do much digging to find out that one of my favorite series for any platform is the Ace Attorney series. The turnabout stories, well-developed characters and fun courtroom drama action is one of the best things out there. The latest installment in the series improves the graphics in some meaningful ways, adds some new gameplay elements and some great new characters.
The new emotion-based gameplay was fun and not nearly as frustrating as the tick-spotting mechanic introduced by Apollo Justice. The game makes you really like the new character Athena Cykes pretty early on, which makes the tension in some of the later chapters that much more palpable. It also introduces the ability to save at any point during the game which makes it so much easier to jump in and out. While not for everyone, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies certainly deserves this number 8 spot on my top 10 of the year.