Chase: Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories (3DS) Review

Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories (3DS) Review

The developer Cing has been bankrupt and gone since 2010, but Chase: Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories, an eShop game from Aksys Games and Arc System Works, carries forth the studio’s Hotel Dusk-style legacy . The new noir tale is short and linear, but it remains generally engrossing with a good mystery through its two-hour length. This is a pure visual novel, as you follow along with detectives Shounosuke Nanase and Koto Amekura as the pair reopen a five-year-old murder case that was originally ruled an accident. Nanase is comically hard-boiled and Amekura is as green as rookies can be. Their interactions with each other and the suspects are fun and rousing, bolstered by the character animation and designs. Some weird language is used with regularity, making it seem like the localization from the original Japanese might have been a little too literal. The only interactions outside of the text, though, are some awful pixel hunts and reading comprehension multiple-choice questions. It’s basic, but the story is, for the most part, good enough to carry the weight of the uninspired puzzles. The whole affair wraps up quickly, but ends abruptly on a cliffhanger. …

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