The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

Albert Sheng • September 16, 01:26

Capcom is a Japanese video game developer that has delivered some of the best and most popular franchises in gaming, including Resident Evil, Mega Man, Street Fighter, Dead Rising, Devil May Cry, and more. From 1979 until today, the company has created subsidiaries across Asia, Europe, and North America. 

In recent years, the company has been turning its attention to remastering, remaking, and rereleasing some of its past classics with recent examples including The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve under the Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. It’s a true win for The Ace Attorney series fans as it brings back the look and feel of the Phoenix Wright classics, mixing dramatic courtroom events with anime sensibility but without the narrative baggage. 

The games take place in the Meiji period, when Japan opened up to the West and took Western influence in its art and culture. As with previous games in the franchise, players need to collect evidence and solve mysteries, just in a unique setting with a new cast of characters.

The same charm with some fresh faces

While Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth are iconic characters, those familiar faces are out in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, with new characters getting the spotlight instead.

The overhaul of the Ace Attorney franchise is welcome, as it looked as though the franchise was heading in the direction of Metal Gear Solid or Silent Hill, which only live on in jackpot slot machines. Many popular gaming franchises have been largely abandoned and kept alive as pachinko machines. It seemed as though Ace Attorney was going to be among them, but the franchise is back alive and well.

One of the first cases introduces a law student named Ryunosuke Naruhodo who is accused of killing a British professor, and he has to defend himself. One of the key witnesses is a soldier, and the evidence includes the right way of eating a steak.

For the old players of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures, this new sequel will be very refreshing since it offers a unique environment with the same sense of humor and gameplay. Though it’s very reminiscent of the original series, the new series is accessible for gamers of all sorts regardless. 

Herlock Sholmes

No, that’s night a typo.That’s the name of a major character in The Great Ace Adventures Chronicles

Capcom didn’t want to get sued, so it invented Herlock Sholmes to serve as a supporting character to Naruhodo. Sholmes helps the student by helping him navigate the case and find the truth. Naturally, Sholmes is a very charming and, most of all, fun character.

The game is available for PlayStation 4, Windows and Nintendo Switch.

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