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on 24 February 2012
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!

STORY :
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.

GAMEPLAY:
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.

OVERALL:

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.
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on 9 April 2012
I could wax lyrical about this game forever. It is absolutely fantastic! I picked up the Limited Edition, which is very reasonably priced when the going rate for games is steadily on the up. All the elements of the Limited Edition: Steel box, art book, soundtrack (worth the extra money alone for this! Uematsu is an amazing composer!) etc are all wonderful. The pack is robust, weighty and was a delight to open.

As for the game; well, I just finished it. It is fantastic! Great combat system, really intuitive and cinematic, always different; with enough variation that you can approach each battle with various strategic mindsets. The sheer flexibility available is enough to sell this game - especially when RPGs do tend to be a bit of a copy/paste genre. But coupled with great art, great graphics for the Wii, customization, a breathtaking soundtrack, ENGLISH voice acting which is just top-notch and a system that constantly rewards you for your time - it is an absolute must own. Even better, the story is wonderfully non-linear unlike the recent iterations of the Final Fantasy series (which might as well have been on the rails for all the exploration it allowed you.)

As a final note; if you like adventure/RPGs, want something robust, with a challenging but not overwhelming difficulty incline and beautifully crafted that will give you a solid 20-40 hours game play depending on how fast you take it, then this game is an absolute MUST.

Just starting up my new-game+ file... Good gaming times ahead :D
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on 12 January 2013
Pros:

- A Classic tale filled with elements you'd expect but very elegantly delivered and very memorable;
- Well developer cast of characters and Romance;
- The main town hub is filled with detail and content, it has a soothing charm to it;
- Memorable soundtrack, and one of Uematsu's most distinct and best works;
- The versatile real time battle system is very rewarding, intelligent and progressive through the campaign;
- Battles are always delivered in the context of the story so each battle plays out in an unique way, leveling is executed well accordingly to that mechanic and Summon Circles make grinding an optional and always available feature;
- Unique visual style is well complemented by the rich environments inside of the town;
- Lots of good gameplay integration such as inspection mode and context sensitive actions to enhance interactivity;
- Intelligent new game plus scales only bosses for greater challenge and adds new items and materials to scavenge and upgrade our equipment even further;
- Properly made Epilogue wraps up all the story and moments of the game in a conclusive and memorable fashion.

Cons:

- The game's engine somewhat holds back the ambitions of the battle system, needed more fluidity in its animations;
- Visuals while unique and beautiful on its own can strike an unimpressive first impressive due to its natural bleakness.
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on 7 April 2013
A must have for people who have an interest in Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.

The graphics are stunning for the Wii console and the music is stunning (which you can have as a soundtrack in the limited edition). The artbook is tiny and only has the basic character designs, but it's still a nifty little collectible and good for references. To top it all off you have a shiny steelcase cover with pretty illustrations.

The game itself is very enjoyable with a good playtime length. The humour is very witty and light hearted but the story also has quite emotional moments to pull your heartstrings. The only downside is the wii mote not being used to it's full potential. The wii mote is not used as a sword due to the fighting system attacking automatically, you only control the movement of the character with the joystick and select special attacks (similar to final fantasy: Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts).
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on 17 April 2012
I have to say this is one of the best games I've played to this day. With its amazing storyline, enchanting soundtrack, exhilarating gameplay and spectacular graphics for the WII it would be wrong of me not to give this a 5* rating. The only thing I would say was a minor negative is that it lagged right at the end. Haha, the created a game that overdid the WII its self.

The special edition pack includes: The game, a really thick multi lingual instruction book, a collectors aliminium case, the premium soundtrack and an amazing art book.

Even if your not a final fantasy fan, this is a must have game for the WII and you will be seriously missing out if you choose not to purchase it.
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on 17 April 2012
this is a amazing game with a very good battle system for an JRPG without turns like psx's and ps2's final fantasys or lost oddysey. you can only control zael, but can order action for your partners.
the worst thing of this game, is that only have a little island for explore: lazulis island. It is big, with castle and city, but is only that. I want more citys and villages, like old final fantasys, tales of, etc.
anyway, this is and amazing game. I was very happy with the game, and It is my first Limited edition for wii.

pd: sorry for my english, I'm spanish :)
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VINE VOICEon 26 April 2012
*at least in my opinion.

The Last Story is one of the best games on the Wii, and certainly one of the best Action RPGs outside of the Zelda franchise.

If you have a TV that is bigger than 26" you might not be too impressed with it visually, but the story and characters are more than enough to make up for it.

A must buy.
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on 15 April 2012
The Last Story was the best JRPG I have played in years. Strange to begin with, but as you progress the game steadily improves. Brilliant characters, brilliant storyline, and brilliant combat system. Better than Xenoblade in my opinion.
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on 6 May 2012
I pre-ordered the game from Amazon, as it was at a good price. The game came on time as promised. I have enjoyed playing this game as it is interesting with a great storyline. I always look for games on Amazon when shopping around.
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on 1 December 2014
Fantastic boxset - lots of good items in it. By far the best RPG on the Wii - especially for fans of traditional JRPGs.
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