Summary: Although I quite enjoyed my time with Last Rebellion , I also realize that only a very small audience will appreciate what this game does right. The graphics look more like a higher end PS2 game than a PS3 title while both the voice acting and story fail to impress. The two highlights of the game are the excellent soundtrack and the battle engine, which is the most innovative and original turn based system I’ve encountered since the Judgment Ring in Shadow Hearts .
Excerpt: Last Rebellion is the latest effort from NIS and HitMaker. That in itself is enough to make many readers stop reading right here and turn the other cheek. I don't blame them since HitMaker's prior US releases, Dragoneer's Aria, Blade Dancer, and A Witch's Tale, were mediocre at best. Enter Last Rebellion. The trailer for this game offered a glimmer of hope that perhaps, with the help of NIS, HitMaker could live up to its name and rise from the mire of mediocrity.
Excerpt: As most of you know, I’m a fan of the now-archaic turn-based mechanic we used to find in many role-playing games. Now that it’s almost dead, I search – often in vain – for RPGs that feature my favorite style of combat, which is why I immediately gravitated towards Hit Maker’s
Excerpt: Last Rebellion is a role-playing game that relies on a novel combat mechanic to differentiate itself from the crowd. You take control of two separate characters at the same time, attached by one durable soul, and can switch freely between them as you pound your enemies into submission. But while this certainly sounds intriguing, the results are far too predictable.
Pros: Zombies--lots of them
Cons: Empty, primitive gameplay, Annoying combat mechanics, Unbalanced, artificial difficulty, Bland and forgettable story, Limited opportunities for exploration
Summary: Nippon Ichi Software and HitMaker's Last Rebellion is an RPG with action elements where players can roam around the world field and make action movements like in an action game, but once you enter battle you engage the enemy using a turn-based system.
Excerpt: Sometimes, it’s refreshing to go through a game with no foreknowledge of what’s going on. I rarely get that opportunity, given how close my ear tends to be to any RPG-related news source. Rare is it that I can claim that a game’s flown completely under my radar. Last Rebellion flew completely under my radar.
Conclusion: Last Rebellion doesn't raise the bar for JRPGs, but it does what it does very well. I had a lot of fun playing through it and I can happily recommend that anyone interested in JRPGs, hardcore or newcomer alike, should give it a look.