A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Much like those in real life, Last Stop's moral questions don't have clear answers. While there are consequences for each character's actions, it's difficult to see these outcomes as clearly "good" or "bad." Because younger players may not be thinking about these social lessons while playing, adults can use these outcomes as conversation starters and ask teenagers what they think the takeaway should be.
Positive Role Models
The cast is racially diverse, which is accurately reflective of the population of London today. Even some small background characters have deep, realistic emotional lives, and in addition, players see the in-game world from many perspectives. People of color are seen in positions of power such as doctors and teachers. In addition, Emma, who is Donna's sister, identifies as LGBTQ+ and is engaged to a woman.
Ease of Play
Last Stop doesn't require skill or familiarity with complex game mechanics. But the clunky technical issues and less-than-ideal camera controls can hold the pacing of the story back.
Violence & Scariness
Knives and guns are present in a few scenes at key moments in the plot. All encounters with violence are treated seriously and have clearly negative consequences.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's one scene in which consenting adults have a sexual encounter. There's passionate kissing, but no explicit nudity.
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The use of popular British slang words with sexual meanings is constant. Players should also expect frequent use of more widely-used profanity like "hell," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Meena's father casually uses psychedelic drugs for self-medication, which Meena is determined to put a stop to. There's also reference to teenagers using popular and dangerous inhalants, though this isn't explicitly shown. The weight of this situation as a serious instance of drug use isn't addressed, and it doesn't further the plot of Donna's story in any way. We also see adults responsibly drinking both at home and at a pub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Stop is a downloadable story-driven adventure game for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. Using overlapping commutes on a London underground line, the three main characters initially don't seem to have much in common. But the events that occur during the first six chapters of their respective stories lead to a collective seventh chapter, where the three finally meet for a supernatural climax. While the story's rich with character development and positive discussions about complex philosophical questions, players should expect frequent language and some light sexual content, including a scene in which two consenting adults engage in a sexual encounter. There are also a few scenes that involve the violent use of weapons, though this is treated as a very serious matter with negative consequences. There are also a few references to casual teenage drug use, which isn't explicitly labeled as a negative behavior and doesn't further the plot in any way.
Is It Any Good?
While hampered with disappointing technical issues, this adventure is a satisfying story with fantastic writing. Though not a dealbreaker, the most glaring issue with Last Stop's technical glitches is its animation flaws. While the environments in this fictionalized version of London are beautiful, many of the character animations break often -- ranging from minor issues with female character’s hairstyles moving unnaturally during cut-scenes to more obvious problems such as more than one non-player character completely missing a face. While normally this isn't something worth mentioning, these issues hamper the game’s pacing by being extremely distracting. In addition, while the cinematic camera angles used in Last Stop are unique and conceptually impressive, they make it difficult to understand where the character's supposed to walk next, also distracting players as the result of odd design choices.
Leaving those technical problems aside, though, Last Stop has some very funny dialogue and an engrossing dramatic character arc for each of the three protagonists. Last Stop is Westworld meets The X-Files meets Freaky Friday -- and it works together seamlessly. That isn't a small feat. Additionally, it's worth mentioning that though Last Stop gives the player control over character dialogue choices, these don't affect the final outcome of the story. Given the popularity of many recent story games in which player choices do affect characters’ fates, either in small or large ways, some may see this as a flaw even though it's a deliberate narrative choice. All in all, Last Stop is a powerful story about the impermanence of life and the relatable challenge each one of us faces to balance being a good family member and managing a separate life outside of the family structure. Players looking to games for top-notch writing, complex moral questions, and memorable characters will leave satisfied.
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