The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story Reviews

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10.0
May 24, 2022

Not many games are built like The Centennial Case, and I enjoyed the ambition behind trying something different to tell a complex story and involve the player in piecing it together. It gave me the feeling of reading a great mystery novel, where your head is spinning with possibilities, but the interactivity and structure allow you to better understand the clues and what they all mean. Sometimes The Centennial Case stumbles, but it’s worth enduring for the wild ride it puts you on and the broader questions it poses about what’s ethical in the world of science.

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8 / 10.0
May 15, 2022

The Centennial Case A Shijima Story is a well-written and acted investigative game; with undoubted charm, but with not always optimal pacing management.

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8 / 10.0
May 12, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a great example of FMV done right, with a captivating mystery and engaging investigations throughout.

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May 18, 2022

The Centennial Case aims to make poignant statements about life and death but succumbs to its poor medium choice and confusing logic.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
6 / 10
Aug 9, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is a massive FMV-game that tries to do way too much with its story, and in result loses its focus, especially compared to some smaller scale titles.

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May 13, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is surprisingly addictive, which comes down to the well crafted narrative and a great cast of characters.

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8 / 10.0
May 16, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story shows us a hundred years of the Shijima clan amidst mysteries, deaths and intrigues. It does so with an interesting story, which works well and which, albeit with some strange events, follows a coherent and understandable plot. Gameplay is simple, with some interesting ideas and a few too many hints that reduce the need to think and to guess what happened. Even with this limitation, it still remains a fun gaming experience, that will bring crime fans on a century-long journey for a considerable number of hours.

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75 / 100
May 13, 2022

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.

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6.3 / 10.0
May 12, 2022

The Centennial Case tries to engage the player/viewer, but lacks the bite of a Telling Lies or the simple, but welcome interactivity with the scenarios of an Ace Attorney.

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Unscored
May 23, 2022

Perhaps, ultimately, you have to accept with “The Centennial Case” that you’re not so much Sherlock Holmes as Dr. Watson, offering up ideas that might be taken on board by the real star, or given short shrift. If you don’t mind playing second fiddle to its fine cast and weaving plotlines, there’s plenty here to keep you gripped. As with any good TV murder mystery, the intent is to keep audiences guessing. “The Centennial Case” should keep you guessing throughout.

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7 / 10
May 21, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is more like watching a campy murder-mystery drama than playing a video game, and what gameplay there is often kills the story's pace. While we enjoyed our time with it all the same, you'll have to ask yourself how interested you are in watching what amounts to a decent Japanese TV series with mediocre interactivity. For us, we won't let another FMV murder-mystery developed by Square Enix escape our notice again, though we certainly hope they rework how we uncover the culprits.

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8 / 10.0
May 21, 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story, but it’s definitely an oddity in today’s gaming landscape. It’s more “interactive film” than a video game, and you should definitely go into it with the mindset that it’s something that’s meant to be watched instead of played.

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3.5 / 5.0
May 16, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is an exceptional grouping of semi-connected detective stories. Experiencing a whodunnit while marginally helping piece the mystery together was a great combination. While much of the investigation is much too guided, getting to watch the suspect react as you place down piece after piece of evidence is completely worth it. The game never works better than it does when you just get to sit back and enjoy watching the story unfold.

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83%
May 27, 2022

This multi-generational mystery is one worth solving.

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RPG Site
Top Critic
8 / 10
May 14, 2022

This high-budget FMV Japanese mystery adventure is an exceptional game in almost every way, but its tedious "gameplay" sections are its largest Achilles' heel.

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Gamersky
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
May 25, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story is difficult to be a good FMV game. The tedious plot, boring detective gameplay, and many unnecessary misleading information make playing it almost a disaster.

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3.5 / 5.0
May 20, 2022

In the history of gaming there have been experiences where everything about the game is fantastic except for the actual gameplay.

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7.1 / 10.0
May 17, 2022

The Centennial Case is a unique experiment, and a solid one at that, with a good central plot and a few missteps too, first of all its high price. A good choice for the visual novel fans.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2022

A very well realized, feature production, in which the game itself is admittedly few, but the title shows how to make interactive films.

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Saudi Gamer
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jun 29, 2022

A unique and polished experience, with a gripping story and interesting conundrums. One of the year's hidden gems.

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