Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi approached The Last Story as if it was his swan song, and it shows. An excellent battle system, heartfelt story and frankly amazing Wii visuals (especially if you have an HD composite cable) made it one of the ultimate JRPGs on Nintendo's console, and a despite a slight lack of customisation and challenge. Amazon quickly ran out of stock at this price after matching Play.com, who still have stock remaining. Thanks to ChrisIW at HotUKDeals.
The Last Story has a deeply prophetic title. Not only is it the Wii's final fling, but Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has been developing his latest JRPG like a man at the end of his career, as if it's his swan song as well as the console's. On top of that, The Last Story aims to be the last word for a genre that has been accused of stagnation and cliche in recent years. There's a lot riding on it, but at first glance, Sakaguchi's latest epic appears to be overtly traditional when taken at face value.
Jaded JRPG veterans will scoff at a decidedly linear story involving a runaway princess, otherworldly forces and mysterious magical powers. You'll laugh at the clichéd protagonist: a skeletally-thin, effeminate orphan who schizophrenically flits between being naive, depressed, emotional and infeasibly competent when the story calls for it. Character design resembles a 'best of' collection from Final Fantasy VII-XI, so much so that franchise fans will catch their breath in waves of overwhelming deja vu.
And then you'll play it, and realise that Sakaguchi uses The Last Story's traditional template as a jumping off point to completely subvert the conventional JRPG experience. The staid formula has been put through a brutal training regimen that trims off the unnecessary fat and strengthens the core components that really matter to role-playing fans. In effect, the JRPG arrived at Sakaguchi's 'fat camp' a bloated and corpulent wreck... and emerges as a fit, lean and musclebound powerhouse.Click here to read more...
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It was reported yesterday that GAME wouldn't be stocking the limited edition copies of Mistwalker's upcoming RPG The Last Story, but today has yielded confirmation that the big purple retailer will be dropping the game completely ahead of release tomorrow, refunding all deposits given.Click here to read more...
The Last Story is going to be brilliant: a genuine RPG gem that makes the Wii relevant again and astounds with its graphics, storyline and epic battle system. How do I know? Because it's been out in Japan for yonks, and received rave reviews both at home and via import. Its limited collector's edition isn't exactly the most spectacular we've ever seen, but if you're in the market, HMV have the best pre-order price around by £7.
Mistwalker's excellent JRPG The Last Story will be making its long-awaited European debut on February 24th, and Nintendo has revealed that it will release as both a standard version and a feature-packed special edition. It will include a seven-song taster soundtrack CD, steel-cover case and an art book. Along with a great big box to hold it all.
Yesterday's trailer showed off some of the bosses that we can expect to battle next month, and you can check it out here.
Mistwalker can be a little bit variable, but we have high hopes for their latest title. Yes, Blue Dragon was a little pants, but Lost Odyssey was amazing, and from what little we've seen, The Last Story is shaping up nicely indeed. Of course, the emergence of Xenoblade Chronicles has meant that the bar has been set pretty high for Wii-based JRPGs, but here's hoping Mistwalker are up to the task. In any case, the latest trailer has just been released and you can find it after the jump.Click here to read more...
The Last Story is going to be brilliant: a genuine RPG gem that makes the Wii relevant again and astounds with its graphics, storyline and epic battle system. How do I know? Because it's been out in Japan for yonks, and received rave reviews both at home and via import. If you loved Xenoblade, you're going to love this one - and Sendit have a £3 saving. Might be worth taking advantage of unless you're willing to wait several months for another price drop, since stocks will be purposefully limited.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for The Last Story: the exceptional Wii JRPG from Mistwalker that's being localised for our territory. Within, you'll see the fluid combat and exceptional Wii visuals that made it one of the targets for Operation Rainfall.
Like the sublime Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story is only being localised for UK audiences despite a massive vocal demand from the US. We hope that Nintendo will release these titles Stateside and finally give their long-suffering audience what they deserve. Stay strong, guys.Click here for the new trailer >>
With a hefty nod to old-school JRPGs of the past came Mistwalker's Blue Dragon, a cutesy leviathan of a game that spanned three discs, had about four movies' worth of cut-scenes and had you saving the world from purple clouds and something called the Land Shark. With it's turn-based combat and simple gameplay mechanics, it was a role playing game that seemingly all the family could have a crack at, and proved to be a half-decent way to spend a few hours - if you like untouched, retro RPG-ing, that is.
If you haven't checked it out then now might be a perfect opportunity to do so: in spite of being unavailable at many of the larger online stores, The Hut has a bunch of copies in at £6.73, over three quid less than the nearest competitor (£9.89 - Simply Games).
Dreamt up by Hironobu Sakaguchi - Final Fantasy's series creator no less - Blue Dragon is a game that ticks all of the right boxes, but that's only really because everything in it has been done before, and arguably better. Sakaguchi's Other Series looms large over this expansive adventure like an irritating sibling looking over your shoulder at every opportunity while you work and tutting with derision. The turn-based combat has been jacked straight out of any other notable Japanese role-player from the decade or two, although a larger nod to 'Agility' means that it's possible to chain a few attacks together before your pixellated assailant has the chance to fight back if you have a particularly speedy character.
The game name derives from the curious premise that the motley band of teenage orphans you get to control have the power to summon enormous ethereal shadows in the form of majestic beasts (one of which is a dragon) and use these towering avatars to kick the pants off of a variety of evil-doers and wild creatures alike. These shadows level up as you do, and you can assign any class to any shadow - although only the active class will grow while you adventure, giving you new permanent abilities and skills.
Ultimately whether or not you'll like this game depends almost entirely on your love or hatred of traditional JRPGs. Blue Dragon does absolutely nothing new, but it does provide a game experience that the original Xbox was sorely lacking, and with developers like BioWare and Bethesda turning their hand to a completely different style of role-playing, retro fans would do well to give this a look. With three discs of material here, a solid plot with a warm soundtrack and bright, shiny graphics, you're certainly getting your money's worth, but if I'm being totally honest, I'd do what I did and go for Lost Odyssey instead.
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