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  • Summary: The complex and interwoven mysteries you’ll unravel in this investigative adventure are centered around the ill-fated Shijima family, which has suffered a series of inexplicable deaths over the last century. As Haruka Kagami, it’s up to you to use your powers of deduction to uncover theThe complex and interwoven mysteries you’ll unravel in this investigative adventure are centered around the ill-fated Shijima family, which has suffered a series of inexplicable deaths over the last century. As Haruka Kagami, it’s up to you to use your powers of deduction to uncover the truth behind these mysterious events and the ‘Fruit of Youth’ that allegedly lies somewhere in the Shijima Mansion. You’ll explore both the past and the present in four murder cases, set across different eras of Japan. Of course, unravelling this intricate web of secrets won’t be straightforward. You’ll have to have your wits about you as you uncover clues, speak to suspects, and put all the pieces of the puzzle together to form a hypothesis. Not everyone you speak to will be cooperative, so be ready to counter their arguments when you present your case. And don’t worry if your detective skills are a little rusty - the game is designed in such a way that you’ll be able to reach the correct answer if you don’t give up. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. May 12, 2022
    80
    More than just a FMV, we play and live the Centennial Case. Death & Immortality, side by side, in a strong story with heros brings to life by a sold casting.
  2. May 17, 2022
    80
    Years after releasing games from established franchises or western indies, Square Enix took a different direction with impressive new Japanese titles. The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story was a surprise. And a great one.
  3. May 24, 2022
    80
    While it might not be the perfect FMV game, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is pretty darn close. With the entwined stories, spectacular acting, and lengthy scenes, it truly is an interactive experience fans of the genre should not miss. And I’d personally love to see Haruka get tangled up in more adventures such as this one. She’s a character that speaks to my soul. Let me traipse around Japan solving crimes with her, please and thank you in advance.
  4. May 13, 2022
    75
    The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story tells a thrilling tale of greed, family and death. It is beautifully shot and manages to achieve a level of quality rarely seen in the genre. The detective segments are great but are far too easy due to visual clues plastered throughout. While there are issues with the game, it is still an enjoyable experience that will keep you guessing throughout.
  5. May 20, 2022
    70
    In the history of gaming there have been experiences where everything about the game is fantastic except for the actual gameplay. The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story falls into this category. The well-written story keeps the player captivated through the entire playthrough while the music perfectly complements each scene. The acting cast is top notch, especially if the original Japanese audio track is used. The hexagon system of coming to a hypothesis can get quickly tedious, and with no penalty for a wrong conclusion or choices that have any impact more than the illusion of involvement, there isn’t any replay value. But the lackluster gameplay aside, The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a wonderful story that should be experienced and one of the better attempts at an FMV game.
  6. May 17, 2022
    70
    The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a journey into a century of moments of a family and, in a way, of an entire country as well. It touches on its mythology, traditions and contradictions, without leaving its mark to the end. There is no doubt that we are talking about a timeless production that will attract only a certain type of fans, but it is also true that the quality of the direction and the acting of the sequences make it a really interesting and eye-catching experiment.
  7. May 18, 2022
    40
    While The Centennial Case has an interesting story to tell—and it's quite an enjoyable story at that—it's better told in a different medium. As a game, it struggles to balance the narrative with gameplay. Because it hands players the solutions, it then has to butcher reasonable logic or outright lie to prevent them from stampeding through each case. Had it just been a TV show, the red herrings could've been used as diversions that the protagonist cleverly dispels to find the truth. Instead, The Centennial Case feels like a TV show providing pop quizzes with only wrong answers.

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  1. May 15, 2022
    6
    Even though the most part of Chapter 1-5 story is surprisingly intriguing and well designed. The final Chapter 6 story ending isEven though the most part of Chapter 1-5 story is surprisingly intriguing and well designed. The final Chapter 6 story ending is disappointingly abrupt and boring.
    Also the reasoning phase shows a good example of inconsiderate key mapping, meaningless UI animations, making the experience of moving evidence pieces around awfully time-wasting, and disruptive for the core story and reasoning which really matters.
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