Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
The Last Story

GAME DETAILS
Released
13 March 2012
Format
Wii
Developer
XSeed Games

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Batman: Arkham Knight
5 Star Empire Rating
Yoshi's Wooly World
4 Star Empire Rating
Lego Jurassic World
3 Star Empire Rating
Heroes Of The Storm
4 Star Empire Rating
Splatoon
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Batman: Arkham Knight
5 Star Empire Rating
Witcher III: Wild Hunt, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Bloodborne
5 Star Empire Rating
Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Elite: Dangerous
5 Star Empire Rating

The Last Story


submit to reddit

The Last Story
Review
A new game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi these days is something of an event. Freed from the often-formulaic shackles of his best-known creation, his recent efforts have all had the air of a creator happy to be experimenting again – and Wii-exclusive The Last Story is definitely experimental.

For one, it’s faster-paced than might be expected. The battle system sits midway between automated – you merely need to approach an enemy to attack automatically – and considered, where strategic overlays offer variable approaches to combat. Stealth elements play a large part too, allowing opportunity to ambush from afar or scope out your surroundings. For example, you may choose to destroy a support pillar with a fireball to kill a room full of enemies, rather than wade into battle one on one.

The dancing through menus expected of J-RPGs is present, but minimal – you’ll likely spend more time navigating them to try-out customisable colour schemes for your party than you will dithering about with statistics. Everything about The Last Story is designed to refine the RPG experience into a smooth and streamlined new form, one less anachronistic than its peers.

One area that’s definitely not taking any risks though is the story, a fairly typical mix of Japanese RPG tropes. Young mercenary Zael travels the world with his friends, uncovering both a secret power within himself and a dire threat to all that lives. While it’s not innovative, it’s a serviceable and well-written example of the genre.

It’s lamentable that the game is not high-def, as Sakaguchi’s team have created easily one of the best looking games on the Wii, full of imaginative locales and bustling cities, plus a glorious musical score from composer Nobuo Uematsu. With its speedy combat and robust adventure, it’s also one of the finest releases players are likely to find in the twilight days of the console – a must for Wii owners.


Reviewed by Matt Kamen

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Podcast 167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy
It's the live Edinburgh special round 2!

The 15 Most Exciting Games Of E3
The greatest games currently winging their way towards a console near you

Distribution Denied! 25 Films You Can't Get On DVD
The movies that have never seen the transfer to digital disc

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)