Last Story is from the creator / father of the Final Fantasy series, and it really shines through - this is a classic style JRPG set in a beautiful world (even with Wii graphics!) and I enjoy playing it a lot.
I've been playing the asian version for a while now, and decided to base my review from that since it's excellent.
SOUND / MUSIC :
The sound design / score is done by the japanese composer who worked on the final fantasy series, so expect beautiful piano style scores and a wonderful mix of emotive music while playing. The character themes are great, and the main theme song of the game is fantastic. I would recommend getting this limited edition for the soundtrack CD alone!
Very typical (some may say cliche) to the JRPG's of old, classic setting up of a troubled, orphaned mercenary who dreams of a better life, his gang of upbeat friends and of course, the lovely princess who has a lot of secrets. All mixed together in an overarching plot that features twists and turns and evil oppressors. It all feels very familiar but in a 'coming home after a long trip' kind of way. Very nostalgic to the earlier JRPG's such as the FF7-FF9.
The only down side to the story, is the main quest only lasting about 18-20 hours. If you add in all the side quests though there is easily 40+ hours here, and I havent even tried the multiplayer. The story is somewhat lacking in the usual 'fluff' and long dialogue scenes that are typical to this genre, favoring a faster paced and more action orientated story. There is never a dull moment and honestly, the story is fantastic. It will not disappoint, even though it's only 20 hours.
The combat system is awesome, the best I've seen on the Wii and probably in any RPG for some time. It's new, fresh and revolves around a real time system of covering, blocking, dodging and attacking much like an action RPG such as demon's souls. It's a welcome addition in a somewhat stagnated genre. If you enjoyed fighting mechanics in games such as Xenoblade on the Wii, be prepared for something a little more challenging and fun here. The other elements are your typical JRPG goodness, exploration is nice and the areas are vast filled with sidequests and some great little mini plots. You can customize all of your stats and the combat system goes way deeper than I care to display here, alongside customizing the look of your characters equipment which is great too.
WORLD / GRAPHICS:
For a Wii game, dont expect mind blowing HD visuals... but do expect a competent, VERY nice art style and a believable world. Most of the game takes place in the hub world city, with varying landscapes surrounding such as volcanic regions, forrests, castles and tombs. There are also some sections that take place on the open sea which was nice.
This will hit home for classic JRPG fans, more likely ones who enjoyed games around the PS1 era, A must by for final fantasy fans, as the series creator definitely left his mark here. The game feels so authentic and confident in it's execution, the sound of the world is probably my favorite part. Couple this with great combat and a great story - it's a winner.