You may have heard of the main Ace Attorney series, a distinctive blend of anime visual novels, puzzle-adventure games, and detective games. In that series, you are star defence lawyer Phoenix Wright, and you’ll help your clients by gathering evidence during investigations and then presenting it to the court in climactic trials. It embraces its inherent potential for high courtroom drama, with sharp, witty dialogue and irresistible anime art.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a collection of the first two Great Ace Attorney games (Adventures and its sequel, Resolve), which were cult hits on Nintendo and PlayStation consoles thanks to their humour and warm, quirky anime aesthetic. The Chronicles collection brings them to PC for the first time, and if you’re wondering what we’ve been missing, we’d be glad to catch you up.
The Great Ace Attorney is a prequel series set just after the turn of the 20th century and stars Phoenix Wright’s ancestor, Ryunosuke Naruhodo. The games begin in Japan, where the concept of a ‘defence attorney’ was still fairly new at the time, but later see Naruhodo travel to Britain with his judicial assistant Susato Mikotoba.
There, they meet the renowned detective ‘Herlock Sholmes’, a bizarre pastiche of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s similarly named detective. Sholmes isn’t quite as effective as his namesake, but his hasty and over-enthusiastic deductions can nonetheless steer you to the truth of a case as Naruhodo is given the opportunity to gently course-correct. Take a look at the video below for an overview with gameplay:
The potential for witty banter and interplay between these characters is rich, and part of The Great Ace Attorney’s distinctive charm. Sound good? You can grab the Great Ace Attorney Chronicles here. Happy sleuthing!
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