The Last Story
By Chad Sapieha,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Deep, engrossing RPG with violence and teen themes.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The Last Story wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Themes of honor, sacrifice, betrayal, guilt, and perseverance run throughout the story. Showy fantasy violence occurs frequently, but it's generally in service of the narrative rather than violence for the sake of violence.
Positive Role Models
The lead characters are complex and at times difficult to read, but appear generally good-hearted and well meaning. They are loyal to each other (though they get into the occasional spat) and intend to do well for others, though their line of work frequently leads them into deadly conflict.
Ease of Play
Navigation and character management should prove pretty familiar to veteran RPG fans, but it takes a while to acclimate to the game's unusual combat system. Players attack by moving their character into proximity with enemies and pressing the control stick toward them, occasionally switching to a first-person targeting system to carry out ranged attacks and issue instructions to teammates. Thankfully, the learning curve is low, which means players have plenty of time to get the hang of things before the really tough monsters show up.
Violence & Scariness
Players control mercenaries who fight enemies human, animal, and fantastical in nature in fast-paced fracases using swords, bows, magic, and other weapons. There is no blood or gore, but instead powerful flashes of energy and light. Enemies crumple on the ground when hurt, sometimes yelling out in pain. Innocent people can be seen attacked and injured by soldiers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect plenty of flirting, with characters hitting on one another in vague terms, as well as a bit of authentic romance. Some characters wear lightly revealing costumes, such as tunics that lace loosely up at their sides, and players eventually have the option to make their characters' outfits invisible so that they appear to be wearing naught but underwear.
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Mild profanity -- "hell," "damn," "bastard," "piss," "s--t" -- is heard frequently in voiced dialogue.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes take place in a tavern, with a female character reveling in her drunkenness and attempting to get others to join her. This same character talks about drinking outside of the pub, once noting how she was feeling shaky because she hadn't had a drink in the past day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Story is an action role-playing game for Wii with plenty of frenetic, non-bloody combat. The steady violence combines with some light sexual overtones, frequent reference to alcohol and intoxication, and mild profanity to make this a game suitable for teens and older audiences. The narrative revolves around a group of soldiers for hire, but they are good-natured and generally motivated to do the right thing when presented with hard decisions. They sometimes find themselves at odds with one another, but prove loyal friends in the end.
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Creator of Final Fantasy graces the dying Wii with another stellar RPG; perfect for teens.
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What’s It About?
Players take on the role of Zael, a mercenary with grander aspirations, in the action role-playing game THE LAST STORY. Designed by famed gamesmith Hironobu Sakaguchi and scored by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu -- the pair behind several of the most memorable entries in the Final Fantasy franchise -- this fantastical tale tackles everything from taboo romances and simple side-quests to warring states and the fate of a planet. Players spend their time chatting with others, engaging in fast-paced real-time battles, and collecting and swapping out gear in a constant quest for character improvement. The game also includes an online mode in which players can connect with friends or strangers, either battling each other or teaming up to take on extremely powerful foes.
Is It Any Good?
The Last Story is recognizably Japanese in both design and execution. Expect spiky-haired protagonists, massive swords, occasionally syrupy dialogue, and a plot in which the very world is at stake. However, it's also possessed of some Western game sensibilities. The characters are at times a bit grittier than you might expect, and the combat takes place in real time (even if players don't always have direct control over each and every strike). Plus, the game is loaded with side-quests that lend a richness and depth to the world and its people that's sometimes lacking in Japanese RPGs. It's an interesting blend that may lure in players who haven't taken to Eastern role-playing games in the past.
That said, it's a pretty linear experience, and the action begins to border on repetitive midway through. Players not invested in the narrative may find it difficult to see the game through to the end. Regardless, it's a welcome entry in a genre that has been sorely underrepresented on Nintendo's little white box.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in media. Do you think this game's violence serves a narrative purpose, or does it exist merely for thrills and entertainment? Does this distinction matter when considering age appropriateness for kids?
Families can also discuss the depiction of alcohol in media. What do you think of characters who appear to take pleasure in frequent intoxication? What role does alcohol play in the lives of people you know?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork, Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Xseed Games
- Release date: August 14, 2012
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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