Ace Attorney is a series much loved by many players, and its new installment has shown me why. Today I testify about the quality of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles after having played it and why it is a compilation that can be worth it if you are a faithful follower of the license.
The Ace Attorney saga has been a regular on Nintendo laptops. Although its passage through home consoles also took place at some point, it has not been the platform that Capcom chose preferentially for his launches. However, with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, desktop and PC consoles have been chosen as the main protagonists, and I can tell you that the magic of the saga feels just as it is, with the incentive of enjoying the designs in the convenience of a large screen and with high definition as a support of indisputable relevance.
But beyond that, what I have come to tell you is that we are faced with a great compilation. And it is that this launch is actually made up of two video games that, until now, could only be enjoyed by the Japanese. The first is The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures, released on Nintendo 3DS in 2015: an adventure whose main feature was to be based on the Meiji era (late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Japan). The other title is The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve, a sequel that was also released only in the eastern country during 2017.
The value of the pack is undoubted, with a total of 10 cases that give for, according to estimates of the developers, about 50 hours of play. These games not only introduced new protagonists, but a remote time when the Japanese judicial system was still in its infancy. They also incorporated some interesting playable news, although the key that I really extract after playing it is that this is still pure Ace Attorney … and I think it is the best possible news. Although sadly it will not arrive in spanishIt is worth a look because it is one of those releases that, if you are a faithful follower of Capcom’s trials and investigations, you should keep track of.
Mysteries, investigations and trials in the Meiji Era
The Meiji era (located in the passage from the 19th to the 20th century) was a time of great transformation in Japan, a opening abroad which brought with it a reflection on the maintenance of traditions and an openness to new times. This is perfectly reflected in Great Ace Attorney, in this case through its jurisdictional system. Although these works do not pretend to be a portrait of the situation, I liked that there is a certain reflection of the reality of that time.
In other words, fans will find here a refreshing change of situation, something that is manifested in the sets, but also in the way the protagonists dress (and even speak). In particular, it makes use of the Victorian influence of Great Britain. So much so that we will travel there to meet Sherlock Holmes himself (or rather: Herlock Sholmes). It is an altered version of the legendary character that appears in the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, with a somewhat more bizarre design, and that works as an ally and companion in adventures.
You can expect the same tone and sense of humor from past installmentsThe plot, as you know, is a very important part of the Capcom series, so you can wait the same tone and sense of humor from past installments. In particular, the protagonist (a certain Ryunosuke Naruhodo) is actually an ancestor of the great Phoenix Wright that we all know … in fact, there is an air both in the physical and in the way of acting. All this without forgetting of course that we will be accompanied by a friend (Kazuma Asogi) and a really competent assistant (Susato Mikotoba).
Creator Shu Takumi has always relied on characters as one of the undisputed keys to the Ace Attorney saga, and this game does not disappoint in the cases that I have been able to play so far. You get into the skin of the characters, the dialogues absorb you and the cases make you think as usual. Basically it’s a game of reading a lot (and carefully), in addition to assessing very well the clues that you find. Listen to testimonials, find contradictions and expose the truth to defend your client.
In order not to beat around the bush, I’ll tell you that the usual playable scheme of the Ace Attorney remains. Most of the action is concentrated in the courts, with exposition of facts, questioning of witnesses and discovery of evidence. However, and as it happened in previous games, there is also part of exploration, of eventually visiting the crime scene and finding incriminating evidence to help us in the trials. Everything is as you knew it, although with some news that come to support the original scheme quite satisfactorily.
On the one hand we have the known as deduction dances, in which we will have to correct the eccentric deductions of Herlock Sholmes. That nobody says that he is not a true teacher discovering things that nobody else is capable of seeing, but our task will be to redirect his theories to bring out the truth. It is a very interesting novelty that will have a strong weight in the research parts.
On the other hand, the summary exams, which introduces the figure of the jury, with several members who will issue testimonies in relation to each case. Our homework? Confront the statements to find contradictions that help us defend our client. It remains for me to see how these playable novelties behave in the long term, but what I have seen fills me with optimism: it is always appreciated that it is about innovation.
In addition to the 10 cases, eight optional stories are addedBesides, I found it to be a fairly careful compilation, because in addition to the 10 cases (which lasts for many hours of play), there are added eight optional stories that are written by Shu Takumi himself, and that help us to delve into the stories of the protagonists. In addition, there are a number of other features, such as an art gallery and the opportunity to put the voices in English and Japanese. Again, I must emphasize the fact that it is not translated into Spanish, because it is something that will put many people back.
In any case, I think that those who feel interested and have a medium level of English will be able to enjoy it, although it is something that I will tell you in more detail in the analysis. For now, I will continue to solve cases and assess how worth The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is.