|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.
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.
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.
CCC Freelance Writer