Excerpt: The Last Guy is one of those games with such simple play that some are going to find it addicting while others will absolutely hate it. Most will agree that it's not your typical game, downloadable or packaged, and it should provide some degree of entertainment to the majority of gamers.
Excerpt: Some games are deceptively deep and complex. While on the surface they look like nothing more than one trick ponies, it's not until you invest some time that the real game shines through. This sums up Sony Japan Studio's The Last Guy perfectly, a PSN release that's essentially a frantic Pac-man-esque collection game with a survival horror twist, and a surprising amount of tactical play.
Excerpt: In an interesting approach to a top-down (above-view) game, The Last Guy has adopted a very Google Maps-styled interface. The levels you play in are actual cities and the maps look like they may well have started as satellite imagery, then been cleaned up a bit. This map interface allows you to zoom in or out to your choice of five different levels, from a closeup on your local area out to a view that shows the entire map of the current city.
Conclusion: The Last Guy is in no way a bad game. It is just too much of a love it or hate it title to recommend to all, and the best way to decide is to play the demo. It has an interesting premise and some cool ideas but is a bit too simple to really be great. The top down view could be cool with better map design that makes the cities more noticeable and less alike.
Excerpt: Sony is quickly earning the rights to be called the deliverer of zany, Japanese-centric downloadable titles. With PixelJunk Eden, fl0w, and the upcoming fl0wer, those who like off-kilter entertainment with a slightly skewed leaning have ample to choose from in Sony’s lineup. Their latest release in the odd PSN marketplace is The Last Guy.
Conclusion: It looks simple, it sounds simple, but The Last Guy's simplicity is also its greatest strength. Old-school meets HD and the result is a game that plays like the good ol' days yet doesn't feel especially antiquated on a next-gen system.
Summary: Ever since satellite maps of the world became readily available online, people have been finding myriad ways to enjoy them. From personal inquiries, such as looking up a neighborhood or a famous landmark, to commercial schemes, such as creating a fake island to promote a movie, satellite maps have proved to be fertile grounds for a wide range of endeavors. The Last Guy takes this source material to a whole different level.
Pros: Satellite images of real-world locations make great levels, Pushes you to the limits of your abilities, but not past, Hidden VIPs add replay value, Screams of terror mix well with electronic beats
Cons: Leaves you wanting more locations, Not all satellite images are created equal