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.
Conclusion: Do not buy Last Rebellion . Such an action would mean pain and I like you too much for that. Rent it if you absolutely must, but there are better JRPG options on the PS3 right now... and that's seriously saying something.
Excerpt: Last Rebellion is the latest NIS published Playstation 3 game to make its way to the states. Like an abusive relationship, NIS and I have had some ups and downs. Sure I suffered through Cross Edge and had to tell my friends I fell down some stairs, but then there were the great times; like Disgaea 3. So is Last Rebellion a metaphorical trip to Paris, or will NIS tell me I’m ugly and crush the cookies I worked at all day under their heel?
Conclusion: Concept: Dupe genre fans into buying one of the few JRPGs on the PS3 even though it sucks
Graphics: Mediocre concept art breaks up bland in-game environments
Sound: Voice actors so bad that they make a badly-translated script sound even worse
Playability: A slightly intriguing combat system is held back by the slow pace of battles
Entertainment: A nonsensical story and exhaustingly long battles bury anything of value
Hit Maker finally takes a stab at the PS3, with a similar result as its PSP efforts. An eerily similar result.
26 February 2010
Conclusion: Last Rebellion simply doesn't need to exist. I would gladly take its battle system in another, full-blown RPG, but tucked into a painfully bland story and world, it ends up being nothing more than a waste. It's nice to see NIS America continuing to bring over niche titles, and they should be commended for a very solid translation effort -- not to mention some very solid voice work -- but in the end it's all effort spent on a game that honestly didn't deserve it.