Capcom Introduces The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
Games like Adventures and Resolve were cult hits on Nintendo and PlayStation platforms owing to their comedy and warm, quirky anime style. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a compilation of the first two Great Ace Attorney games. As a result of the Chronicles collection, these games are now available on the PC for the first time. If you’ve been wondering what you’ve been missing, we’d be happy to fill you in!
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, set in late 19th century Japan and Britain, is so far distant from the main series in terms of historical period that you’d be forgiven for ignoring it. Setting the games in a different historical period not only introduces gamers to a fresh cast of characters, but also allows Capcom to experiment with new concepts and systems. Sherlock Holmes comes into play at this point. Herlock Sholmes, I’m talking about you.
Ryunosuke and Susato are the primary characters, but Herlock Sholmes plays an essential role in all of your investigations in Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. In previous games and mediums, we’ve seen him represented as a master of deduction, and this is no exception. Though in other media he may appear to be unstoppable, in the Ace Attorney universe, he’s taken a few steps backwards.
Herlock dives into the Logic and Reasoning Spectacular whenever he and Ryunosuke face a witness who is plainly concealing something. His thoughts and observations about the character are presented in this hilarious part, and he makes inferences from them.
As Herlock proceeds to explain his results, it becomes increasingly apparent to Ryunosuke and the player that Herlock’s conclusions may be inaccurate. Every time Ryunosuke spots a discrepancy, he and the witness participate in the Dance of Deduction, where both men spin around and snap their fingers to expose each other under a stage spotlight.
Herlock must be redirected. However, when it comes to thinking about what a witness is hiding, he’s typically off the mark. As a result, Ryunosuke is able to improve Herlock’s calculations and help him to a more precise conclusion. Besides being funny and cheesy in the greatest possible way, The Dance of Deduction depicts Sherlock Holmes in a more humanising and lighter approach.
He’s charming, a bit arrogant, and prone to making split-second judgements and inferences about individuals in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. Just because he’s in Ace Attorney, he’s goofier and more theatrical than we’re used to seeing him.
But at the end of the day, Herlock’s goofiness serves the game’s narrative arc and helps to balance Ryunosuke, who is a more realistic character. Essentially, these characters are two sides of the same coin that complement one another in their respective areas.
Herlock has grown on me as I’ve played both games through to the conclusion. Though he might be irritating at times, this version of the famed investigator has been nothing short of refreshing and has added a wonderful touch to the Ace Attorney series. It’s no secret that Sherlock is more elegant and charming than his predecessors in the Sherlock Holmes series, which is filled with inept police officers and investigators.