Depending on who you ask, Ace Attorney is either an iconic gaming franchise, or an obscure series of games that’s only really played by weirdos who like anime. As one of those weirdos who has also spent enough time with video games to realise just how important of a franchise Ace Attorney has been over the years, I’m here to talk about the newest entry in the series, which funnily enough, also happens to be chronologically the first game in the series: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Story
Acting as a prequel to the mainline Ace Attorney games, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles takes place during the 19th Century, and puts you in the shoes of Ryunosuke Naruhido, who just so happens to be an ancestor of franchise protagonist Phoenix Wright. The central focus of the first game included in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is the idea of Japan adopting a legal system more in line with International legal systems of the time, as Naruhido learns how to become an ace attorney in his own right.
As is typically the case for Ace Attorney games, The Great Ace Attorney features plenty of twists and turns in each and every one of its various cases. Thanks to the game’s mix of surprisingly serious subjects—like murder—alongside an eclectic cast of characters that would be right at home in any cartoon, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles never really feels boring, regardless if you’re just looking for evidence or about to lay a verbal smackdown on the lawyer opposing your case.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Gameplay
The core gameplay of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles doesn’t really stray from franchise roots. The game is largely a visual novel split in two parts: collecting evidence and fighting a case in court. While collecting evidence, you’re largely exploring various places and talking to as many people as possible to strengthen your case in preparation for court. In the court itself, the gameplay largely revolves around presenting evidence, cross-examining witness statements, and often yelling “OBJECTION” at opportune times.
As far as the gameplay goes, when compared to older Ace Attorney games, nothing’s really different. For those looking for a more action-packed take on lawyer action, maybe Judgment might be a better game, but The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles has fantastic stories to tell as well, and its charming cast of characters do quite a bit to make what would otherwise be a bog-standard visual novel stand out.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles PC Performance
Considering the fact that The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is largely made up of flat, detailed paintings of environments and a few sparsely-animated 3D models for its characters, the fact that the game’s frame rate is locked to 30 is a curious decision. It also has a shocking lack of any real options when it comes to customising graphical settings. But then again, considering just how little The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles demands of PC hardware, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see a bare-bones settings screen.
For context, I reviewed the game on a mid-range gaming PC. Here are the specs:
- Ryzen 5 3600
- 32GB RAM
- MSI Radeon RX5600 Gaming X
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles’ PC requirements according to its Steam page show that just about any PC made in the last five years can comfortably run the game.
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Price in India
The Great Ace Attorney is coming to PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. The PC version, available on Steam, is priced at Rs. 2,399. On the PS4, it is priced at Rs. 3,330, while the Switch version is priced at $39.99 (roughly Rs. 2,976).
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles does a wonderful job of being a gateway into the insane world of Ace Attorney. While it’s not the best game in the franchise by any means—the original Ace Attorney Trilogy still holds that honour—The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is still a wonderful game that’s bound to make fans of the franchise as well as newcomers happy. It lacks most of the baggage of other Ace Attorney games, so newcomers should have no trouble in following its story and characters, and veterans will appreciate the long wait for a western release of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.