Among the numerous anniversaries occurring in 2021, this year also celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Ace Attorney, the series of legal adventures created by Shu Takumi in 2001. What better occasion to finally bring to the West two of the three still unpublished titles dedicated to the world of lawyers Capcom? The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures is The Great Ace Attorney: Resolve, released in 2015 and 2017 respectively on Nintendo 3DS (later also adapted for devices iOS again in Japan) will finally debut in Europe next July 27, inside The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, the outgoing collection on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch is PC.
Thanks to the game preview granted by CAPCOM I spent a few hours in the company of Ryunosuke Naruhodo, ancestor of Phoenix Wright lived in the height of Meiji period Japanese. I have completed the first case (longer than usual) and seen a little of what awaits us next, so that I can give you a first impression on this collection.
The Great Ace Attorney follows the canvas of the main series. Each game is divided into several episodes that make up the trials in which our protagonist will have to defend the accused and obtain a verdict of not guilty. As with the main series, the events of Ryunosuke, although they are set a hundred years earlier than those of his successor, they are narrated in the form of text adventures, which will require the player to be observant and one Good knowledge of the English language. As for the last chapters on 3DS and for the trilogy published on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, CAPCOM has in fact decided not to localize the game in Italian cutting out anyone who doesn’t chew the British idiom. If you are unsure of your English then you can focus your attention elsewhere as you will not be able to fully enjoy the engaging processes of The Great Ace Attorney.
Given this premise, it is right to introduce our new protagonist. Ryunosuke Naruhodo, ancestor of Phoenix Wright, is a student who is accused of the murder of Dr. Wilson. For a series of events, the young man will find himself defending himself, albeit guided by the help of his best friend. Kazuma Asogi. As per the tradition for the series, the first process serves to introduce most of the game mechanics and serves as a lengthy tutorial. In this case, the foundations on the game world are also laid, with a Japan that has just begun to adopt court trials, the arrival of photographs, and many small temporal gems that are shown as big news of the Meiji period.
Except for the setting, the core mechanics remain the same as each chapter of Ace Attorney. In the investigation phases you will have to analyze the environments and talk to those present, to collect the greatest number of clues that can then be used in court, to convince not only the judge but also a popular jury. However, we will focus on this mechanic in more detail in the review phase, especially because I would like to talk about it after having seen more of it.
For the rest, the cross-examinations and obviously the objections return when there is something that does not add up, which has always been the focal point of the declarations of the colorful witnesses. The Great Ace Attorney partially collects what was done also in crossover with Professor Layton, allowing to interrogate several witnesses at the same time by moving the focus thanks to the directional arrows. This aspect of the gameplay is also fundamental for the fruition of the plot and for the resolution of the mysteries, which remain the beating heart of the production.
Up PlayStation 4, platform on which our preliminary analysis is based, i polygonal patterns are very detailed and keep the air from anime essential of the series of Shu Takumi, continuing the excellent work of remastering done with the first trilogy. For anyone fasting from the Ace Attorney series and being here on their first approach, fear not, because, at least from what I’ve seen so far, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles it will be an excellent entry point for the series. Obviously, I would like to return to this statement in the review, once both of Ryunosuke’s adventures have been completed.
The arrival of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles on digital stores is set for the next one July 27, 2021 up PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch is PC via Steam. As previously confirmed, the title will be released in Europe only in digital download, while a physical version is expected on the Nintendo console only in Japan and in the United States.
Below you can find a gallery of images from the first case of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. We renew our appointment in the review phase.