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: 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
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: If you told me Last Rebellion began its life as a PS2 or even a PSP title, I'd likely believe you. The visuals are flat, the levels are dull and the only reasonably complex element of the entire game is derailed by balance issues. The PS3 has seen its fair share of games that could be termed as "bad looking." Last Rebellion not only joins this group, it makes a solid bid towards jumping to the front of the pack.
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.