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Review of Dai Gyakuten Saiban -Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken-

SubjectDai Gyakuten Saiban -Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken-
ByVote: 7.3flvbycjctnheheh on 2021-08-01
ReviewI've played AA 1-4 (4 was bad, btw) and both Kenji games, plus the whole DanganRonpa so I'll compare Great Ace Attorney (part one) to those in my review. Compared to the original Ace Attorney games GAA follows an actual narrative and each case is related to the other and there's an overarching plot — those are very good things in my book, buuuut. . . The cases themselves are rather disappointing. It doesn't follow the script of the original AA games with its many witnesses each of which has the potential to be the criminal. . . Instead, pretty much in each of the cases except the third one (which is rather unusual), you can guess the culprit as soon as they appear on the screen or, at most, halfway through the case.

The jury system seems to be a nice idea, but it actually isn't, considering the premise of the series - the fact that your client is guilty until you not only prove their innocence but back up it with evidence AND find the real murderer, which is kind of ridiculous. Half of the trial you are just trying to convince a bunch of idiots who'd rather believe in the nonsense of the obvious culprit than in the evidence and just common sense. It didn't feel THAT bad in AA 1-3 and Kenji games didn't have this problem at all because of the difference in its setting.

The fifth case, in particular, was a real farce, to say the least. Honestly, it was rather disappointing, considering that the game has pretty interesting characters and a strong buildup for the finale. I'd say that the third and the fourth cases were actually rather original and could be considered highlights of the game, the others though are all over the place. It's really hard to suspend your disbelief when everything is rigged against the player/the defendant. In comparison, each and every trial in any Danganronpa game feels at least somehow fair and reasonable even though it's setting is way more outlandish.