Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. In spite of all the similarities, Miami Law turned out to be a better game than Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles—but not by much. Miami Law has higher production values and a more ambitious scope, but overall these games share a surprising number of pitfalls, which leaves me wondering who they were designed for.
  2. Adventure games could get away with cheap trial-and-error challenges 20-odd years ago, but that definitely doesn't wash anymore. [July 2009, p.89]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 31, 2012
    7
    Not a great game, but deserves a good score. Why? Because of the idea itself and the effort! First of all, something, anything, is good or at least better when it does what it is supposed to do, looks like it's supposed to look, feels like it should/wants you to feel. That said, this game tried to evoke that feeling of almost stereotypically american police dramas, the ones I'd usually see on early mornings when at home from school such as Nash Bridges or whatever. I'd say it did a pretty good job! They even hired a group of musicians from Miami to give a better feel of the setting! I honestly had a hard time believing the producers were japanese, who are notorious for misinterpreting foreign cultures in videogames!

    As for the gameplay, the base is basically a graphic novel, during which you'll be able to make choices both to change how the story will go, both to determine a game over or not, both to just choose to see a different point of view: in fact, it is kinda cool how they managed to integrate the clichè of the action cop and the cop who uses his (in this case her) brains and translate it into the game mechanic of "choose if you want to shoot the bad guys with the guy or stay here and hack a system by solving a puzzle with the gal".

    Which brings me to the main point of the game: the action segments. Action segments in a graphic novel! Like, Phoenix Wright but with guns every once in a while! And there are branched story patterns with different endings in something as plot-centered as a graphic novel! Should be an utopia to put together plot, action and replayability in such a way... so, awesome! Right?!

    Well, not really. Actually, the game doesn't excel in neither the graphic novels aspect nor the action one. It's not bad, but not terribly good either. Even the puzzles are average with the occasional added difficulty of time limit, which again is good for the setting the team was going for, as it emulates those kind of last-second bomb disposals typical of cop dramas.

    So overall, I think the idea was very, very good, and I hope this doesn't come off as an ignorant comment, since maybe there are plenty of games like this but better and I am not aware, but I haven't seen many. While it's not a game I would properly recommend, it certainly is a genre of game I would like to see more often. But that's not enough to justify a 7 alone, so again I'll say that the setting really "felt right", whatever that means, and also that the graphics and music are good and overall the game experience is not bad as the reviewers score make it seem. I'd say try it if it's free or cheap, but even if it's great that they tried to throw in replayability in such a kind of game where it is difficult to, don't expect to be in the mood to replay it ever, and don't expect a terribly long playthrought either.
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  2. KeiUchiha
    Aug 16, 2009
    8
    I think this is game is pretty good. It combines the story with fun mini-games. The Graffics are comic-type most time, but mini.games are usually in 3D. It's a little bit short, but looking for all the endings(almost unlimited) make it longer. The story is like a Thriller film, you never know what's gonna happen. The music is correct and make you feel in the 80s. It's a good game if you like thriller and policial films. Full Review »