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 Last Story is far from a flawless game. It some regards, it barely attempts to try anything new and plays it safe. At the same time, we are presented with a beautifully crafted world, a very fun group of characters, and a dynamic battle system that is at the heart of this game. It may take a while to grow on you, but once it does, you’ll find yourself completely entranced.
Deep, engrossing RPG with violence and teen themes.
Common Sense Media
3 May 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that The Last Story is an action role-playing game for Wii with plenty of frenetic, non-bloody combat. The steady violence combines with some light sexual overtones, frequent reference to alcohol and intoxication, and mild profanity to make this a game suitable for teens and older audiences.
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.