Last Rebellion Review
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System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Hit Maker 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: NIS 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 24, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Last Rebellion also falters a bit when it comes to its balance of difficulty. Enemies can often be brutal in the amount of damage they dish out, but you can easily replenish your HP and mana for free at any time outside of battle. As a sealer, Aisha must finish off enemies at the end of each battle, and you'll gain additional health here as well.

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Not all of the mechanics make perfect sense, either. You are guaranteed to seal an enemy once they've been knocked out, though you only have a slim chance of sealing them while they're still alive. Since it costs nothing, however, to select all enemies on the battlefield for sealing, there's never a reason to not select all enemies.

Lastly, you're pretty much forced to fight every single battle you end up in, as your chances for "escape" are almost nil. A quirky experience system that rewards you with absolutely no experience for weaker enemies makes many encounters feel like a complete waste of time.

Though the production lacks almost any ambition or inspiration whatsoever, there's nothing about Last Rebellion that truly looks bad. More has been done on Wii, but the game has a clean visual style to it overall. The atmosphere and vibe of the game, however, feel vacant, and without an interesting story or likable characters, you're left with an experience that will likely only be enjoyable in very small doses.

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If you've played your share of JRPGs or watch the Naruto animated series, you'll likely recognize many of the voices in the game. It's hard to pass judgment on the delivery by the actors, since the dialogue is so poorly written. But as a whole, the audio comes across as sedate and somewhat incidental.

Last Rebellion isn't a bad game. In spite of a presentation that feels phoned in, the gameplay is, in many ways, fresh and entertaining. As a boxed retail product, however, it simply doesn't cut the mustard. Fans of the publisher will likely have fun with the new ideas implemented into the game's battle system, but the package feels like an overpriced casual game. Had NIS opted to bring the game to the PSN for $10-15, I could wholeheartedly recommend it. A few decent ideas plastered onto an empty shell, though, don't come close to making this game a value. Curious fans might want to take a peek, but don't be in a hurry to fork over your cash for Last Rebellion.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
Though it's hard to pick apart the game for being ugly, it's easy to criticize the lack of effort put forth into the presentation. Cliché character models and monsters, ho-hum environments - Last Rebellion has no soul, really.
4.0
Control
Controls during overworld exploration and combat are fine-tuned nicely, though the battle system can get a bit convoluted at times.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Again, there's nothing inherently bad about what's on offer here; the audio just does so precious little to enhance the experience.
2.5
Play Value
The story and characters are a total wash, and the gameplay doesn't change up much. It's also a fairly short adventure for a console RPG. The battle system, however, is innovative and fun, sans a few extraneous additions. In the end, though, the package and the asking price don't match up well.
2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Last Rebellion lets you head into battle with the ultimate weapon: the ability to choose the warrior you want to use.
  • Strategically switch between two main characters mid-battle in this tactical twist on RPGs.
  • Embark on a quest for revenge that's charged with a double-dose of action.


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