Conclusion: The Last Story is one of those games that everyone who is into RPGs should play, however its one that will only be enjoyed by those who are into JRPGs and looking for something different. When you step back and look at the overall picture, you can easily see that Hironobu Sakaguchi’s vision for The Last Story was well executed.
Excerpt: The Last Story--an appropriate title for what may very well be the platform’s swan song--is an RPG from the original creators of the Final Fantasy series. The game’s unique battle system, multiplayer elements, and mission structure are a departure from the norm. A North American release seemed quite unlikely for a spell; is this story worthy of possibly sealing the Wii’s legacy? Love is the central theme of The Last Story.
Excerpt: On its surface, The Last Story deals in many of the tired-out tropes that define the JRPG genre. And that’s perhaps unsurprising, given that the man who pioneered many of those tropes, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, led development on this Wii title. Add in the fact that Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu scored The Last Story (never mind the echoes of terminality in its title), and comparison to the Final Fantasy brand of RPG is inevitable.
Pros: The gorgeous, Disney-esque catchy score, Deceptively nuanced combat, Subversive story flips JRPG tropes on their head
Cons: Occasional slowdown when combat gets hairy, The inability to fuss over stats, How linear the game can be at times
Excerpt: The Wii has been the go-to console for proper Japanese RPGs this generation. Final Fantasy XIII was a colossal disappointment when it was intended to be one of the biggest titles for the genre. The best thing about the Wii is that while it is a less powerful system, games are easier to produce and of course, much less expensive to produce.
Excerpt: Continuing the pleasant surprise that is the Wii's RPG swan song, The Last Story is a most welcome follower in the footsteps of Xenoblade . Mistwalker steps away from the turn-based systems that many will associate with the company and other works of its founder, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Instead, The Last Story slots itself firmly into a more action-oriented position, helped by a constantly moving story and fast-paced, always flowing boss battles.
Summary: The Last Story features time-honored RPG gameplay and story elements but also adds modern twists to the traditional RPG formula. Customize your items and character and master the innovative combat system to succeed in this epic new RPG universe.