The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is already the fifth best Switch game of 2021



You may not really believe in the power of Metacritic – a review aggregation site – to represent the opinions of many, but for those of you who love the Ace Attorney series and want to see it succeed, this will be good news nonetheless.

Here are the top five current Switch games on Metacritic for 2021, based on their average scores:

  1. The House In Fata Morgana: Dreams of the RevENTS Edition (98)
  2. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (89)
  3. Fes (88)
  4. Monster Hunter Rise (88)
  5. The Chronicles of the Grand As prosecutor (88)

We can’t help but notice that four out of five of them are re-releases or remasters of older games (Fata Morgana and Fez are from 2012, Super Mario 3D World is from 2013, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is out. first time in 2015) but we’re not here to talk about it – we’re here to congratulate The Great Ace Attorney for being so … well, Great.

We gave the dual-functionality game a 9/10 in our rather glowing review, and it seems most other sites agree: 15 of the reviews are a nine or more, and Eurogamer (which no longer scores numbered) gave it a “Recommended”.

The positive reviews have a lot in common, highlighting The Great Ace Attorney’s high production value, new setting, and excellent writing; many of them also praise the cultural and historical additions.

At the bottom of the list, as the only “mixed” review to date, is Siliconera, with a 7/10, who seems less impressed with the Ace Attorney style in general:

“If you like it when jokes repeat and repeat themselves, congratulations! You have found a game for you. If you want a little more nuance and DIY … maybe not. The Chronicles of the Grand As prosecutor“Humor, like its mystery, is written to be accessible to a younger audience. As such, it can be fun, but it’s not intellectually stimulating. “

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Siliconera’s reviews echo some of the positive reviews: slow pace, sometimes confusing progression, and the fact that Ryunosuke isn’t as immediately likeable as good ol ‘Phoenix Wright. However, they also have high praise for the games, which largely agrees with the other reviews: it’s excellent value for money and absolutely gorgeous.

For comparison, the Ace Attorney trilogy on Switch is currently sitting at an 81 on Metacritic, making it the 62nd best Switch game of 2019, and none of the other games in the series have ever scored higher than that – most are in the high 70s or very low in the 80s.


By far, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is the best game of the bunch. At least, according to the average ratings … and for the moment. Several sites, including Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, and GameSpot have not published their reviews at the time of writing. That could all change, but for now, Ace Attorney fans can celebrate being one of the best games of the year.


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