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5.0 out of 5 stars A true gentleman...., October 19, 2011
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This review is from: Professor Layton and the Last Specter - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
Professor Layton has become one of my all time favorite video games characters and franchises. The combination of addictive puzzle solving, finely crafted stories and gorgeous hand drawn, fully voiced cutscenes has set this series apart from it's competitors. Last Specter is the 4th game in the series, but 1st in a new prequel trilogy(think Star Wars Episode I), so even if you're new to Layton this is a fine place to start. Each game has added more puzzles and content than the last and Specter continues this trend. Just under 90 minutes into the game, and I've already had more cutscenes and story than any other game at this point. New charecters are being introduced and there's a lot of backstory to cover, which brings up one minor drawback. The story in Last Specter, while rich and full, can make the gameplay drag a bit, but in the end leaves you with a more complete experience. The puzzles in this game really fit the plot even more than before. They've even added little problems to solve right in the middle of the story without taking you to a seperate puzzle screen. One of the great features of this title is it includes a 100 hour bonus RPG, Professor Layton's London Life (Huge round of applause for Nintendo of America localizing this for us. The UK didn't even get it; ironic, huh?) I instantly fell in love with this bonus game! The graphics are crude, to be sure, but that doesn't take away from the joy of moving your avatar into Little London and interacting with characters from all the previous Layton games! The experience feels a little Animal Crossing-ish(moving to town, meeting people, running errands, decorating, etc.) and is a fun diversion when you're stuck on a 70 Picarat puzzle! You can load the RPG from the title screen or from the Professor's Trunk. So let's summarize: you get a new title from one of the DS's most successful and entertaining franchises, more puzzles than ever before, unlockable content, a new puzzle to download every week and a 100 hour RPG all for $30 bucks? Hmm.... A true gentleman never passes up a great deal. This is most likely the last great game for the Nintendo DS-- may it rest in peace. And if you enjoy Layton as much as you should, be sure to pick up the feature film, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva which is released to DVD on November 8th. The movie takes place right after the events in Last Specter and has been reviewed as one of the best video game films ever made.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2011 11:15:57 PM PDT
funbi1112 says:
Great review!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 10:19:55 PM PDT
Sarah & Adam says:
Thank you! Hope it helped out! =D

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 2:39:17 AM PST
LAMBCHOP007 says:
Good review,my son want`s this for xmas and only just found out that the London life rpg is missing from our version(I live near London).Luckily the us version works over here so amazon usa here I come. Cheers....phil

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 5:01:53 PM PST
Sarah & Adam says:
Oh, thank you! Yes, one of the brilliant things about the original DS was the fact that it was region free. The 3DS is amazing, but it too bad it's locked. Glad the review was helpful!!!

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 5:33:31 AM PST
pauland says:
I'm curious about the localisation between the US and UK markets. Besides the spelling and extra game on the US version, are the voice-overs different in local accents?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 11:38:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011 11:39:39 AM PST
Sarah & Adam says:
I don't know about accents, but I have heard in previous games Luke(Layton's boy assistant) is voiced by a different actress than the US version. I assume she reprises her role in the UK version of this game. The US actors were the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 1:09:01 PM PST
pauland says:
OK, thanks. I was really wondering if the actors are all American in the US version, English in the UK version, so that anyone that had played the UK game would suddenly find it oddly transposed to the USA, if you see what I mean. This is as a present for someone who has played the UK versions but might find it odd if suddenly it's moved over the atlantic. Some series just do a universal English version.

I'd hate to buy the US version if they might find it a bit of a culture change. What is tempting is the extra game in the US version.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 1:46:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2011 1:48:05 AM PST
Sarah & Adam says:
Yeah, as far as I know the only difference I've heard acting wise is the part of Luke. Layton is definitely the same actor: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1248730/
Not sure why they decided they needed a different voice for Luke(or why they're both voiced by adult women for that matter), but Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe operate as different companies and make decisions for their region(such as changing the name of the games and giving minor characters different names). I think the only main difference your friend would note would be in Luke's voice, which for some is a big deal. Oddly enough, there's a youtube video I found comparing the two voices! http://gamecola.net/2011/05/professor-layton-us-and-uk-voices/
Hope that helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 3:05:33 AM PST
pauland says:
Thank you very much for the link - answers my question perfectly and was quite interesting in itself. Having seen the changes, I'm not sure why they bothered! I can see that the dialogue has changed slightly between the US and UK versions - the US version has a "Huh" added and Pandoras box omitted! It's really quite funny that they changed the letter in the comparison from "Dear Englishman" to "Dear American", when clearly Leyton is an Englishman in both versions! The blog link that discusses this is also quite fun.

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question completely.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 7:16:50 PM PST
Sarah & Adam says:
You're most welcome; glad I could help!!!
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