A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Both sides of the war fight for their own self-interest. While realistic, this doesn't leave room for many positive messages.
Positive Role Models
The Last Oricru is very hesitant to label any choices as "right" or "wrong." This also means the game does not label characters as "good" or "bad." No characters seem to display consistently positive traits, nor does the game encourage players to align themselves with either side based on any ideological differences between the two.
While most of the characters are non-human, diverse representations are a little less relevant than they would be in other titles. But the choice to limit players by not including any character creation options feels a bit lazy. Silver does not have any distinguishing personality features that would require the story to be told from the perspective of a white male character, so the ability to personalize the main character would've been a nice touch.
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Ease of Play
This title is "Soulslike," meaning it pulls inspiration from the RPG (role-playing game) series Dark Souls. For those not familiar with this title, Dark Souls prides itself on having difficult combat which will typically require players to attempt levels many, many times before being successful. Players will also frequently lose progress and be able to save their game much less frequently than in other RPGs. All of this is true for The Last Oricru, which is designed for experienced players searching for a challenge.
Violence & Scariness
Most of the gameplay in The Last Oricru is centered around a combat system. While the combat itself isn't particularly gory, there's little-to-no discussion of the moral choices involved in war, which feels like an oversight in a game that's so focused on its story.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In one branch of the story, a character can marry Hadriana, the queen of the Naboru, as a political move. This storyline includes a simulated sex scene with nudity.
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There is repeated use of swear words, such as "ass" and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters reference drinking heavily and are suggested to be suffering from alcoholism. Players don't see this behavior on-screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Oricru is an downloadable RPG (role-playing game) for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows. In this action-packed sci-fi adventure, players take on the role of Silver, an immortal human being held by an alien race as a sort of military science experiment. Silver is forced to train for a war he doesn't want to be a part of, and his captors are not willing to explain who he is, where he came from, or why the war started in the first place. Left to uncover the truth for himself, Silver must hack and slash his way through many, many enemies to pass each level and learn new information about the world around him. Players can expect a lot of challenging combat as the basis for most of the gameplay. This title also includes sexual themes, moderate language, and references to alcohol. In addition, though player choices do affect the story, there's no meaningful discussion about the consequences of choosing violence or peace. While adults may not need to have those conversations throughout the game, there's a risk that the absence of in-game consequences may affect a teenage audience negatively.
Is It Any Good?
So-so combat system aside, the shortcomings of this game come back to a fatal flaw -- the storytelling. While creating a story-centered game in The Last Oricru with no moral conundrums or clear indications of "good" or "bad" decision-making sounds interesting, the story quickly falls apart once players realize there isn't anyone to root for. Very early on, players are introduced to a relationship mechanic instructing them to choose a side in Wardenia's war. Will Silver be on the side of the Naboru or the Ratkin? Because players aren't really introduced to either of these factions' ideas or cultures, the choice ends up feeling pointless. In games where choices matter, the choices need meaningful consequences -- simply having some sort of impact on the player's experience isn't enough.
This title's less obvious problems do end up depending much more on personal preference. Fans of the Dark Souls franchise may enjoy the egregiously fast speed that enemies respawn at and prefer the navigation challenges that not having a map presents. But players who may prefer the varying difficulty options and open-world freedom are less likely to find The Last Oricru to their liking.
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