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7.4

837 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Last Story - A great farewell to the wii

posted by LeeringDog (HOUSTON, TX) Jan 6, 2013

Member since Sep 2009

7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I was pleasantly surprised by this game. If you've found yourself unable to find jrpgs that live up to the no doubt lofty standards set by many older classics, this game may just scratch that itch. I was dissapointed in final fantasy XIII, and had mixed results with mistwalkers previous work (Lost Odyssey = good, Blue Dragon = not so much).

The Last Story provides a relatively quick and extremely exciting JRPG romp. Its relatively linear (there is no overworld, only a large map where you can select destinations). The action is fast paced and takes many cues from todays action blockbusters without sacrificing its spirit. The graphics are fantastic. The wii's age and lack of power are abundantly clear, as The Last Story often causes a bit of slowdown. The art direction and presentation are fantastic, however, and I was consistently impressed with how the game works.

The action is fast paced and there's no grinding to speak of (unless you really want to). Overall, I'd highly recommend the last story to any JRPG fan, especially if (like me) you don't have time to devote to the much longer Xenoblade: Chronicles.

Its not perfect, however. The game has a tendency to force you into story missions which cut off certain parts of the game without much warning. Additionally, while the streamlined interface is nice, a few additional spells and attacks per character would have been welcome.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A Story that’s worth playing

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Sep 26, 2012

Top Reviewer

Member since Jan 2008

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

If they make a sequel to this game, what will they call it? The Last Story: The Next Chapter?
The Last Story is an action oriented RPG that follows the story of a group of mercenaries out for money – and maybe for love – in a world with a war between two kingdoms.
The main character has a great power that he can use to diffuse enemies’ magical spheres, or use his friends magic spheres to upgrade their weapons or heal hit points.
Combat here is not like you find in a usual RPG. Most of the time I just ran up to the enemy, and my guy automatically swings his sword, beating up the enemy. There’s also an option to use a bow with the Wiimote (you aim it where you want to fire and press the A button to fire.)
But you get a whole lot of weapons, armor, and other goodies which you can use to improve your party’s fighting ability – like in an RPG.
And just like many RPGs out there, this game has a lot of content in it. It may take about twelve hours to get through the story mode (more if you want to take on side quests and challenges)
But the one thing this game needs badly is a better map system. I like exploring as much as the next guy, but sometimes it was tough to find the place I needed to go to in order to move on to the next story mission. The game makers needed to put in an arrow pointing to that location to avoid needless meandering.
And those of us looking for a pure RPG might get turned off by all the action in the combat scenarios.
Still, I really liked this RPG – it’s fun, the story is great, and it will take a while to get through the game. The Last Story is one of a few games out now that may actually be worth the $50 price tag. BUY IT.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

The Last Story, What a game!

posted by JeanLucAwesome (RAPID CITY, SD) Dec 15, 2012

Member since Jul 2012

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

To my surprise I wasn't expecting to like this game as much as I did. I just finished the game and set everything up for a future new game plus. First off, the music in the game is absolutely phenomenal and hits on every note, expected no less from Nobuo Uematsu. It's definitely a soundtrack I want to pick up.

The story which some say is predictable, I don't get at all..I've been completely enthralled in every twist and turn, there's been probably only one moment so far that I eventually saw coming. It does do a couple of cliche things that you'd expect of the genre but they still managed to bring a trickle to my eye and besides those the whole thing was pretty original throughout and went in a lot of interesting directions.

It is around a 25-30 hour game, however that's a good thing imo. Instead of it being drawn out with a bunch of filler none sense, the story that's being told is much more focused and engrossing moment to moment but that's not to say there isn't any side quests. There's plenty of stuff to go around doing in town and items to collect.

I love the simplified weapon and armor system. Instead of having hundreds of different armors and worrying about which one will give you the best stats or whether you missed one. There's more like eight in which you simply upgrade along the way and once you get things leveled up to the higher levels, your gear starts looking pretty awesome. Also, the customization is a neat little feature, mixing and matching different armors and coloring them using the dyes that you've collected is nifty.

The voice acting is sublime too, theres lots of clever and funny dialogue. BTW, can we have more games voice acted in the UK? A lot of the times when it's done stateside for RPGs, the english vo is generally awful and often overacted…or not acted enough.

My only real gripes with the game are that by having your attack be forward

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