The Last Story; 5 Reasons to be Excited!
The creator of Final Fantasy has had his fair share of time to ponder over his next title. Ironically enough, his new game has quite a familiar name and is a new series in the classic JRPG genre. For fans of Hironobu Sakaguchi, and JRPG’s in general, I offer my top 5 reasons to be excited for the release of The Last Story.
1. Hironobu Sakaguchi is the director
The fact of the matter is that this man created Final Fantasy, and was the director for Final Fantasy II through V and worked on many other games such as: Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Chrono Trigger and Xenogears. Although it has been almost 2 decades since his last directing role, rest assured that he is putting all of his efforts into it. He has gone on record and stated that “ He is working on this game like it is his last”.
2. The Story is bound to be phenomenal
Above, I listed many video games that Hironobu Sakaguchi has worked on, and the fact of the matter is that the stories and dialogue brought out feelings of happiness, joy, as well as sorrow and now offer some of the most nostalgic moments to many gamers. Many hopes and expectations depend on this game delivering a fantastic story, and from what I’ve seen and heard, the group of mercenaries that players will accompany have plenty of charm and are loveable characters.
3. Online Multiplayer isn’t an afterthought
The game features an Online multiplayer with a Versus and Co-op option for those looking to contniue delving into Mistwalkers The Last Story. The Versus mode is a 3 on 3 player deathmatch that allows players to choose from many of the characters, as well as enemies from the main story and use their sets of skills in order to become victorious. The Co-op option will have players choose a character and challenge one of the many bosses from the game alongside as many as 5 other gamers. Personally, I feel like this is simply icing on an already delicious cake and will give the game some nice replayability.
4. Gameplay is deep, and gives players a lot more control
It has been categorized as an action RPG with tactical elements and that sits perfectly with me, as I’ve played many turn based rpgs and I am ready to play something a little more action oriented. Doesn’t hurt that I love having the feeling of control. By allowing the player to move, attack and take cover; it gives them the feeling of being one with the character, as well as a feeling of fault when death befalls them.
5. It is possibly the final core game for the Wii and a Victory for Operation Rainfall
The Wii has had a long life cycle and has sold more units than any of the other two consoles, it also had a lot of fantastic games throughout the years. Sadly, those games were few and far between, and many of them came directly from Nintendo. Mistwalker has taken a leap of faith by putting The Last Story on the Wii. Some might argue that development costs were what drew them, as well as the install base, but I believe it was also a question of Hironobu Sakgcuchi wanting to make a return to a Nintendo system. The 2nd part of this is simple, whether or not this game was going to make it to the americas, we will never know, but clearly XSEED has listened to the pleas and complaints from fans all around the world and have decided to publish the game outside of the UK and Japan.
There you have it, those are five reasons why gamers alike should be excited for The Last Story. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it when it is released on August 14th. You can also bet that I will give my final verdict in an upcoming review. Check back soon!