The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles review


Need to know

What is it? A bombastic courtroom visual novel set in the 19th century
Expect to pay £32 / $45
Release: July 27, 2021
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Reviewed on AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Multiplayer Nope
Link Official site

When Capcom announced that The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles would be coming to Steam on day one of its overseas release, the eruption of joy PC players felt was like hearing the words “not guilty” after a long, fierce trial. The original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy (released in the early 2000s) only made their way to Steam in 2019, so we’re used to waiting longer. Not this time, though. The international versions of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney Adventures 2: Resolve are available right out the gate, neatly bundled together in this double feature.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles keeps up much of the melodrama and flair from previous games in the series. If you want backstabbing, tragedy, and lawyers slamming their hands on desks, aggressively pointing and shouting—it’s all here. But, after playing all ten cases across both games, I never felt like the story reached the dramatic highs of its predecessors. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles has all of the drama of a telenovela, but at the heart of the series are its mysteries, and in that respect both games in the bundle are lacking.

The story of the two prequels follows Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, a young Japanese lawyer who has traveled from Meiji period Japan to Victorian England to learn about Britain’s legal system—touting itself as one of the greatest judicial systems in the world. Together with his legal assistant Susato Mikotoba, Naruhodō helps defend those in need of legal assistance in a series of dramatic courtroom battles. 

Great Ace Attorney Naruhodo Ryunosuke

(Image credit: Capcom)

Although Naruhodō is Phoenix Wright’s 19th-century ancestor, there’s no connection to the previous games whatsoever, and London as a setting provides a fresh slate for new players and seasoned fans alike. It’s a clever choice of location, and not just because British caricatures are easy pickings. Victorian London is a city with lots of thematic threads, and an important part of the story is the way that Naruhodō has to grapple with London’s seemingly flawless judicial system and the heinous crimes that are lurking in the city’s underbelly.



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