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- Gorgeous New RPG for Wii-Industry legends Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu reunite for their latest RPG masterpiece with detailed visuals and gorgeous CG cut-scenes accompanied by a moving soundtrack to create an emotional experience
- Innovative Real-Time Battle System-Real-time battles involve strategic party-based commands such as taking cover, destroying environments, and drawing enemy fire to allow allies to cast powerful spells
- Online Battles for 2-6 Players-Players can put their fighting skills to the test by going online for cooperative and competitive battles for up to 6 players to net special rare items
- A Rich World to Explore-Over 30 side-quests as well as a special 'Seek' ability to help find hidden items scattered throughout the world; 40+ coloring dyes to customize armor; wealth of additional insight into the Empire for players to explore
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The Last Story
The Last Story marks the reunion of two luminaries that helped shape the RPG genre; legendary creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and internationally-recognized composer Nobuo Uematsu. Gorgeous pre-rendered cut-scenes help convey the full emotions of key story sequences in an epic tale of survival against the odds. The genre is also advanced with an innovative real-time combat system involving strategic party-based commands that include taking cover from enemy fire, destroying environments to gain a tactical advantage, and drawing fire away from your allies to give them time to cast powerful support spells. Once the battle system is mastered, players can test their skills online where co-op and versus mode for up to 6 players can net special rare items.
Embroiled in seemingly endless conflict, the Empire has been slowly weakened by the relentless onslaught of enemy forces. Despite the debilitated state of the mainland, however, a virtually impenetrable last line of defense stands proud and keeps hope alive for all the land. That beacon of hope is Lazulis Island, ruled by the renowned Count Arganan. With the employment of an army of weapons that magically –and mysteriously-- concentrates beasts into a single region, his island has become a small wonder for its powers.
Among those coming to the island to seek their fortune is Zael, a young man who at an early age was orphaned when his homeland became one of the many victims of battle. Though he and his band of fellow mercenaries often face disdain and fear as they are perceived to be of a lower class, they manage to catch the eye of none other than Count Arganan himself. If they can successfully complete the tasks put before them by the Count, they may have a rare chance to gain the most honorable status that they have only dreamed of - knighthood.
It is during one of these missions bestowed upon them that Zael discovers a hidden site, one which grants him a wondrous and yet familiar power to gather his enemies in one place…
- Gorgeous New RPG for Wii - Industry legends Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu reunite for their latest RPG masterpiece with detailed visuals and gorgeous CG cut-scenes accompanied by a moving soundtrack to create an emotional experience.
- Innovative Real-Time Battle System - Real-time battles involve strategic party-based commands such as taking cover, destroying environments, and drawing enemy fire to allow allies to cast powerful spells.
- Online Battles for 2-6 Players - Players can put their fighting skills to the test by going online for cooperative and competitive battles for up to 6 players to net special rare items.
- A Rich World to Explore - With over 30 side-quests as well as a special ‘Seek’ ability to help find hidden items scattered throughout the world such as 40+ coloring dyes to customize armor, there is a wealth of additional insight into the Empire for players to explore.
Developer: Mistwalker Corporation
ESRB Rating: Teen
Top Customer Reviews
This is, again, entirely different from Xenoblade Chronicles, in that I logged well over 100 hours in that game. And yet in some ways I feel like the 25 hours I spend with The Last Story was more substantial. There is no wasted time, the story flows quickly and without long drawn out speeches the genre is known for. And the combat is simply amazing. Think of a mix of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Gears of War. You have magic, real time battles, and you can duck and cover to avoid enemies or wait to execute an ambush. It is very, very fun, and quite simply the best combat system of any RPG I've ever played, and I have played a lot of them over my 20 year RPG gaming history.
The graphics are simply amazing. Granted, that is for the Wii. These would be run of the mill on a 360/PS3, but you can tell the developers squeezed every ounce of power out of the Wii. Sometimes they are a little too ambitious and the game chugs a bit with lots of enemies on screen, but this is few and far between.
As for the music, well, it is downright amazing. Can't really say any more than that.
Overall, this is what Final Fantasy's should have been for the last decade. Since FFX, (arguably) the series has gone stale.Read more ›
Battle System: 5
Development of characters and their relationships among each other is important to me because this is what drives the rest of the game. Many recent console-based RPGs have suffered with flat characters and/or underdeveloped relationships of the characters. Typically, only the main protagonist receives focus, leaving others (especially antagonists) flat. In terms of individual character development in The Last Story, this game does a wonderful job not only in showing confusion, suffering, and enlightenment in the main character's (Zael) growth, but in the other protagonists as well. This is usually done through optional side quests and conversations among themselves. One area that was lacking in the game, however, is the antagonist is not developed enough. I feel like the game developers could have enhanced the motivation and background story for the antagonist more (at times it felt cliche).
In terms of developing relationships, I think this game does an amazing job. You truly get a sense of the camaraderie (or lack of, at times) of the group.Read more ›
I've been a huge fan of JRPGs since the mid 90's and have played all the classics from the earliest FF games to a good number of more recent titles. JRPGs have always had a strong emphasis on story and characters, and that is the experience that has endeared me to and kept me coming back for more. Over the years, however, I've noticed a good many developers/design studios attempting to evolve into something to appeal more to western gamers by shifting their focus to gameplay, and most have been disappointing because they have, typically, dropped the ball on story and character development. TLS keeps a great balance with strong gameplay and engaging story, and I must applaud Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and his studio, Mistwalker, for that rare achievement. While it has not topped Lost Odyssey as my favorite Mistwalker game, it is, nontheless, a very special game in its own right and one in which I would highly recommend. I wanted to give this game a 4.5/5(9/10), and because I couldn't, I decided to round it up to a 5 purely for how much fun it was.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lost classic to the wii library. It's very unique, though it does get old if played in a straight line. Fortunetly, it has a good story to keep you going.Published 19 hours ago by hayden lane marsh
Just a great story, will remind you of the good old jrpg's. The game is not super long but what is there is uber good.Published 14 days ago by jb82
It's a bit strange to be reviewing a 4 year old game on a dead system, but here I am. The Last Story is a hidden gem that is a must play if you're a J-RPG fan. Read morePublished 2 months ago by G. Martin
Outstanding game! I love Zelda games and was looking for something similar and more for gamers than the usual mario games . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful imagery. My 9 year old grandson really enjoys playing. It makes him read.Published 3 months ago by Darlene Smart
Pros: Solid gameplay, great story. Cons: Difficulty is rather lacking, very choppy framerate with multiple enemies on screenPublished 4 months ago by D
Very happy with this purchase. Came with all pieces of the collectors edition, in great condition.Published 5 months ago by fred
I, like many other people, came to this game looking for more Xenoblade Chronicles. My first thoughts upon starting my Lazulus Island adventure were something like "Oh god,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Travis