Explaining the Ace Attorney franchise to someone unfamiliar with its quirks is a daunting task; not only does the idea of playing through a courtroom drama doesn’t really sound like compelling gameplay, but the fact that Ace Attorney games typically involve reading through loads and loads of text means that few are going to give the games a legitimate shot, especially since there are so many games to go through.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, however, hopes to be the release that brings new fans to the otherwise-niche franchise. Having spent quite a bit of time with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, here are our first impressions after playing it on PC.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Story
Avoiding spoilers, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles acts as the ultimate prequel to the Ace Attorney franchise. Rather than playing as series protagonist Phoenix Wright, you instead play a distant ancestor, Naruhodo Ryunosuke, and takes place in Victorian-era England. Throughout Naruhodo’s adventures, you also meet characters like Herlock Sholmes, all the while going through the anime-inspired courtroom drama that the franchise is famous for.
What makes The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles great is that it acts as the perfect starting point for new players. You don’t need to know much about the history of the franchise, or even Phoenix Wright, to be able to jump into The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles and start having fun. Since it’s a story-heavy game, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is best experienced in the intended order, rather than jumping into the second of the two included games.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Gameplay
Keeping in line with series tradition, The Great Ace Attorney revolves around gathering evidence and being able to present them at the right time during courtroom scenes. Other than that, gameplay largely revolves around reading. Ace Attorney games have always been more about the conversations you can have with insane characters, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles doesn’t do much to rock the boat.
As for how much content there is, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is packed with content, featuring two games starring Phoenix Wright’s ancestor, as well as a few extra cases to solve.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles PC Performance
Since The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is largely about talking to various characters, you don’t really need an absurdly powerful beast of a gaming PC to be able to play it. It is, however, worth noting that graphics options for those who like tinkering with game performance are minimal. You don’t get much other than resolution options. And in terms of frame rate, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is locked at a solid 30 frames per second. This would’ve been terrible for games that actually depend on high-speed action, but The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is all about the conversations, so the low frame rate isn’t too much of a problem.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Impressions
As a long-time fan of Ace Attorney, localising The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is one of the greatest decisions Capcom took with the franchise. Rather than just phoning it in with a simple translation, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles features voice acting, as well as extra cases and costumes to play around with. Having played through a substantial portion of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles so far, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on leading up to its release in July.