Winner: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Final Fantasy XIV has always dazzled with the written and spoken word, so it is no surprise that Endwalker has an incredibly rich and powerful localization. However, that doesn’t make what it does any less impressive. The sheer depth of emotion the localization team wove into this climactic expansion contributes majorly to the MMO’s, and this expansion’s, status as a masterpiece.
As an end of the world tale, Endwalker has no shortage of dramatic speeches and monologues. What better time to opine than the Final Days? Giving these speeches the vocal and written weight they deserve is a testament to the skill of the localization team. The beautiful script and amazing performances grant every character a distinct voice and depth – another character as lovingly localized as Urianger and his dense spoken prose does not exist.
Despite a huge amount of content, Endwalker’s localization manages to achieve consistency through every friendly conversation and mystical explanation.
by Izzy Parsons
Runner-Up: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
For a game so embedded in a rich fabric of cultural and historical references, the localisation work done on The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is nothing short of incredible. For the longest time, it didn’t seem like we would ever receive a localisation for these games at all, so the fact that it finally happened is a miracle crafted by Capcom’s localisation teams themselves. From the fantastic name puns to the detailed references to the obscure artwork and literature all from the game’s period setting, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicle’s localisation is both precise and full of charm.
by Adam Arter
Readers’ Choice: Best Localization
Winner: Shin Megami Tensei V
Runner-Up: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Only a single vote separated Shin Megami Tensei V and FFXIV: Endwalker! It was nearly tied. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles was only a half dozen votes from placing too.