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Deep, engrossing RPG with violence and teen themes.

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Adult Written bySynchronicity August 22, 2012
AGE
12
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LEARNING

Creator of Final Fantasy graces the dying Wii with another stellar RPG; perfect for teens.

As I said in my review of fellow RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, I'm a member of the RPG localization movement Operation Rainfall, which helped show Nintendo that there was a demand for this game and Pandora's Tower as well. While a US release for the latter is up in the air, The Last Story, on the other hand, has finally made it over here courtesy of XSEED Games. Europe's had this one since February of this year, and it's hard not to see why the gaming press over there has rated this one so highly: it's the first game directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, since Final Fantasy V - first released in Japan almost twenty years ago. Sakaguchi's overseen games such as Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, etc. with his studio Mistwalker, and like those titles, The Last Story oozes quality throughout. Although it's a relatively short RPG, especially compared to Xenoblade Chronicles (its companion piece of sorts), it nevertheless has many elements that make it an extremely worthwhile purchase for lovers of the genre and Wii owners looking for one last game. You're Zael, a mercenary swordsman who dreams of becoming a knight later on in life, and you meet an entertaining but somewhat cliched cast of characters, from your ragtag mercenary friends (leader Dagran, drunkard Syrenne, rookie Yurick, womanizing Lowell and mysterious Mirania) to outright royalty (your main love interest is the Count's niece Calista). The main focus of this RPG is the action, and there's plenty of it. The battle system is an odd but satisfying mix of elements from strategy RPGs, straight-up action games, and third-person shooters. However, do be sure to turn auto-attack off in the settings, as it gives players more sense of control. The Last Story is brilliant in other aspects as well. The graphics and art direction are extremely high-quality, and the cutscenes seamlessly weave into the game. Like Xenoblade, it has an all-British voice cast, and this gives the game a genuine sense of charm, especially with rambunctious characters such as Syrenne. Nobuo Uematsu, another well-known Final Fantasy alum, puts his musical skills in full force here as well. Plus, all first-print copies of The Last Story are nicely packaged limited editions that feature an artbook, which is surprising in the best way possible. In all, The Last Story is yet another five-star game for the Wii that is worth a look. The T rating can be attributed to several things. First and foremost, the violence, while fast-paced and clearly fantastical, can get quite realistic at times, especially in two cutscenes. The first depicts a soldier getting shot by an arrow, and the second features soldiers attacking several civilians. However, all of the violence in this game is bloodless (enemies always disappear in a cloud of black dust) and has a place in the underlying story. In the sexual arena, there's quite a bit of smooth-talking and flirting. Also, in one part of the game, you can overhear a conversation going on in a bathtub about a character being "well-endowed". You can also go inside the bath, and while you don't see anything, you do hear one of the characters calling you a "big pervert". Like Xenoblade, you have the option of making your female characters as scantily clad as possible if you wished. Language is pretty raw at times, with not only "d*mn" and "h*ll," but also frequent use of "b*st*rd", "p*ssed", and "*ss", and one use each of "*sshole" and "sh*t". Syrenne is the epitome of a drunk, albeit in a comic fashion, and she uses phrases like "Oi, barman! Give us the strongest booze you've got!" and "Look, I'm as sober as...whatever's...normally sober!" Still, for those looking for a cure to the common game, The Last Story is definitely worth $50. Better get it quickly, however, because this game will become rare fast!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byrazor25 August 29, 2012
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12
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LEARNING

The Last Story is an experience not to be missed

The Last Story has an invigorating story including well-developed characters avoiding any cliched cookie-cutter personalities seen in other RPGs. Kids will explore themes of unity, redemption, political intrigue and the importance of samaritanism.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old January 27, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

the last story

this is not what you think
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bypitatron January 13, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

UNDERRATED RPG IS THE ONE OF THE LAST GOOD WII GAMES!!!

The Last Story is a great underrated JRPG on Nintendo's Wii. It may not be perfect or revolutionary, but man is it fun. It is a game about a boy who is given a special power and is trying to figure out why it is given to him. There are other sub-plots like a love story between two characters and the main characters attempts at becoming a knight. There is some seriously good character development, although it would be nice to have seen a bit of the characters back stories a bit more. Anyways, not onto its content. The game's violence is quite mild. You run around the battle field and use swords, magic, and crossbows to attack enemies. There is no blood or gore, but flashes and sound effects come from your weapon when it connects with its target. Enemies do not cry in pain, but may grunt when defeated. When you hit an enemy, some of its health goes down and number displaying how much damage you dealt is shown. The real issues that come with this game is its jokes and alcohol use. A character gets drunk constantly, and when she is away from a bar she does nothing but complain about much she craves a beer (or 7). It jokes can be somewhat dirty or have a double meaning. These jokes are mainly at the beginning of the game, but then they start to tone down. For example a character is explaining the arena you can fight enemies for money and expirience, but the other character does not know she is talking about the arena, and players can assume he thinks the place is a brothel. None of them are over the top, none of them talk about private parts or directly talk about sex, but they can be a little edgy. Some characters dress suggestivley. Some outfit reveal cleavage and their sides. Also if you do specific subquests you can obtain to make it so your characters are wearing nothing but their underwhere, which shows the female characters dressed suggestivley. The language is not over the top, they say words like b*stard, a*se, h*ll and some british swears like bloody. The game features some positive elements like the power of teamwork and love, and that ones lust for power will only lead to negative results. There is a learning factor to the game. Players must use what options are given to them and whether it is better to sneak up on them, run in head on or flank them. The characters are good and kind, but some are more aggressive then others or are quick to anger, but are all good hearted. The game is very good, and should have been played by more. There is an online feature, but there is not much depth to it and will get old fast. The game is only about 20 hours long, which is short compared to many RPGs, but man does it feel long. It is a must have for people who like RPGs, and are looking a last good game for the Wii.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking