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Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles is a very interesting game that I really wanted to love. It has a lot going for it, but in the end, there's just not enough gameplay to satisfy.
You take the role of the title character and take part in three cases that need to be solved. Each case is very well written and has some nice twists and turns in it. There are some cut scenes that look absolutely great on the DS as well. I really liked the main character (especially that you could take some time to think while smoking a cig), as well as his assistant that will accompany you on all 3 cases. Again, it is well written and had me intrigued from beginning to end.
So far, so good you think. And in a way you're right. However, there is zero challenge to this game. You essentially just go through every option that is given to you to solve the case. Want to leave an area? No way if you haven't exhausted all of your options here. Make a mistake? No problem, just pick another option. You cannot die in this game, you cannot deviate along a wrong path. You cannot do anything but follow the scripted event in front of you.
I liked this game overall. I'm glad I rented it. I'm also glad I didn't buy it. It's a great story that is fun to go along with. Just expect more reading than playing.
I'm a fan of action/adventure/puzzle games. As someone who lived in Tokyo in the past, I had an extra reason for wanting to check this out. The good news is that the game has three cases which are fairly interesting. The graphics are in color (as opposed to Hotel Dusk) with mixture of real photos and drawn scenes (with a tad of basic animation at the end of a case). I was really pleased to see that the maps and photos were of real places in Japan. The controls were easy to grasp. The game wasn't too long, either. Some people might consider this a negative, but, for these simple stories, it's a good thing. (In comparison, I thought Hotel Dusk was too long.)
There's some negatives, though. First, they changed the setting to America and created imaginary (corny) city names. That may have been more frustrating to me since I have lived in Japan and I know the real names of places. This was made worse by the fact that they left a street sign for Shinjuku (the games first area on the box art). Second, the game doesn't allow for mistakes. If you make a wrong choice, it will make you choose again. This wasn't terrible, but I can see why it would really aggrevate some people. (From my point of view, it saves time.)
In all, this was a decent game. I don't know that I'll play the second game, but I don't regret playing this one. It's definitely worth a rental. It has a noirish theme. It's audience is late teens (who would probably enjoy it less) and adults. It includes visits to bars and has a dedicated button to allow you to smoke. That plus the gameplay make it unsuitable for kids.
I was very disappointed about this game. I have played other detective/mystery solving games and this was the worst! I felt like I made no decisions at all as the fame practically told you what to do. No intelligence needed for this game at all.