The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – Crimes Get Solved In Our Multi Review

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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles features both The Great Ace Attorney Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney Resolve 2. Both of which feature hours of gameplay involving crime and the ability to crime solve. From using a vast range of various different collected evidence, to trying to deduce each piece of dialogue for potential clues.
The bonus with this title is the inclusion of the iconic character, Sherlock Holmes, who, of course, was created by the late great, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

THE GREAT ACE ATTORNEY ADVENTURES REVIEW

This is the first title in this series of games as it introduces you to the protagonist, Ryunosuke Naruhodo, who is the ancestor to the original game series protagonist, Phoenix Wright.
We begin our adventure in a court case where we are partnered with our best friend, Kazuma Asogi. Early in the game we witness a series of unexpected events happen and unfortunately it involves the mysterious death of our friend. Long story short, our young hero Naruhodo must now learn to become a lawyer in order to investigate this mysterious death and complete a journey on their behalf. However, we then quickly realise that Ryunosuke Naruhodo has no experience in order to become a laywer and so the real game begins..

This particular title features a total of 5 cases that players can go through in their attempts to solve the various different crimes. Each case combines a mixture of exploration and court trails, though the former is very limited and is presented with a simple point-and-click gameplay mechanic.
Each case has its own crime story to complete, though it all inevitably connects to each other in some degree, whether that includes reoccurring characters or an end segment that then continues over to the next case.

There is a large number of different ways to solve each crime too, such as speaking to the various different characters or collecting and finding various key evidence. This is then all added to the Court Case menu where you can then inspect anything you may of collected and can be used to further examine anything that may prove to be useful.
As each case has quite a lot of evidence to find, there is a huge chance that you can easily miss something. Don’t expect any hand holding when it comes to solving these crimes, to make things even more difficult you are also given a limited number of life lines before reaching the dreaded game over screen.

OVERALL:

The Great Ace Attorney Adventures is an enjoyable game, the crimes are just about the right difficulty for someone such as myself, by that I mean someone who is not quite a kid any more but would still regard themselves as being rather clueless in the intelligence division.

It was great to see the character of Sherlock Holmes, who is a bit of a mixed bag in this title as despite being known for his great crime solving antics, he is perhaps not quite as smart in this one. Often getting the various deductions correct but not exactly in the correct order and thus leaving us players in order to help him out with that. A ‘Sherlock Holmes in training’ is perhaps a good word to describe him in this one. Though, given the fact that is is a game with a different main protagonist it makes sense for our famous hero to not exactly be the smartest tool in the shed here. I like how they have made Sherlock Holmes in this game, still smart but does not steal the spotlight.

Speaking of the characters in this game, there is a wide range of other Sherlock Holmes related characters involved too. So if you enjoy his stories then you will be quite pleased with the various other additions that have been added.
Outside of the world of Sherlock Holmes, the other characters are also great too even if they are only around a short period of time. They often turn up with their own little gimmick which helps to keeps the humour alive.

I don’t really have much to say about this game in terms of negativity. If I did have to mention something though, then it would be the dialogue. There is a lot to read and I mean a LOT, often too much sometimes. So much so that if you are not 100% focused and immersed into it all then you will most likely find yourself beginning to fall asleep to it all. Most of the game without a doubt is reading, in fact you could probably say that despite being a crime solving game, that aspect certainly takes a backseat to it all.
Now I knew what I was getting myself into, the game is regarded as a visual novel of sorts. However, the game features some cinematic scenes that have voice acting involved. Which gets me thinking why, with so much written dialogue, does this not feature voice acting too? It certainly would of helped quite a bit.

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
    Release Date: July 27th, 2021
    Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4
    Genre: Crime, Visual Novel
    Main Story Length: 25-30 Hours
    Platinum Trophy Length: 
    Platform Reviewed On: PC
  • Overall Rating: 4/5

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