The great lawyer chronicle is full of content and beginner-friendly, but some of its cases are uneven compared to its predecessors.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a collection of two Games by Capcom consisting of two titles in the Ace Attorney series. The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve were released for 3DS in Japan in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Now, they have been fully translated and brought to the West for the first time.

Fans of the long-running Ace Attorney series will be expecting all the quirky courtroom antics and investigations for which the franchise is known. Players will solve five cases in each game by investigating different locations, talking to those involved in the case to gather information, and participating in a high-stakes courtroom drama to find the killer. However, some of the main differences in these two games are the main character and the context. Instead of playing the iconic Phoenix Wright in the original trilogy or Apollo Justice (another defense attorney in the latter series), Ace Attorney fans will step into the place of Ryunosuke Naruhodo, the ancestor of Phoenix Wright.

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Players may be worried about stepping into the shoes of a new protagonist, but they shouldn’t do so. One of the best parts of this duo is the main cast, including Naruhodo and his judicial assistant Susato Mikotoba. He is a very inexperienced lawyer, and the first case in the first game even begins with Naruhodo being the main suspect of a murder case.

He, along with his partner, has definitely turned the watch to the fullest extent. He is very lovely and funny, and the two of them have a great chemistry through some of the cases that players go through. Whenever Naruhodo felt confused because he did not know how to proceed during the interrogation in court, Susato would always be there to reassure him and support him with some instructions. It is very similar to pheonix’s relationship with his partner Maya Fey in the original Ace Attorney trilogy. Fans of the series will surely relish the chemistry between the two, as well as some of the other characters they will meet.

And just like the previous games, the courtroom gameplay is back, but it’s been changed a bit. It can be seen that the context of the Great Lawyer Chronicle is that in the early 1900s in both Japan and The United Kingdom, technology has not yet fully advanced and the courts have different regulations. Instead of relying on high-tech forensic tools to transplant suspects’ fingerprints or review blood samples, lawyers this time have to use reasoning methods to find out who did it, which could have consequences for later cases.

Most of the time, the player will be in the courtroom in London, and it will certainly be different from the American or Japanese courtroom, as there is a jury. Players must not only cross-examine witnesses to find inconsistencies with the evidence, but also ensure that the jury is on the defendant’s side. They will be cross-examined at times and players will need to listen closely to gather new evidence.

The addition of a jury may seem like a game changer due to having more participants on the courtroom floor, but it doesn’t add much to the overall experience of the Ace Attorney’s courtroom. Talking to jurors and listening to what they have to say can sometimes feel like it’s just prolonging high-stakes arguments from the prosecutor and Naruhodo. It takes away the main point of the ongoing discussions and it feels like there’s extra cushioning to make these sections longer than usual. It was a neat idea, but, unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be done so well on this first try.

However, besides the jury, much of the gameplay in the courtroom remains the same as the previous entries. Players will use the evidence gathered during the investigation to use in court when a conflict is discovered. If a player does something wrong, they lose one of their five “lives.” However, it’s not worth worrying about going wrong as The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is definitely one of the easier games in the franchise.