In 2012 I learned that I procrastinate in playing games. I still have Dishonored, Borderlands 2, and Assassin’s Creed III sitting on my shelf, untouched (I blame my degree). I spent 2012 catching up on games that I never played during my childhood – but obviously you guys don’t want to hear about how much fun I’m having playing Super Mario 64 in 2012. At first I thought I didn’t even really have a game of the year, and then I realized that wasn’t true at all. Mistwalker’s The Last Story is my game of the year.
I talked about The Last Story a few months ago when I wibbled about how excited I was and how happy I was that this game was being brought to the US. As a JRPG fan my whole life, I love Hironobu Sakaguchi’s work and Nobuo Uematsu’s music, and I really haven’t played a recent JRPG that has really captivated me. The Last story manages to subvert the over-the-top tropes that I disliked about other games, but somehow mesh its style with the typical JRPGs. The character and landscape design is beautiful, and each character becomes properly developed through various sidequests. And oh, are there sidequests.
At first I was iffy about the battle system, but it managed to be different and unique, yet still streamlined and easy to follow. The game is not simple and there are usually strategies to follow, but it does not feel repetitive. The style of battle ranges from up close melee combat, to third-person crossbow shooting, to a sneaking-and-sniping style strategies. Although the game mostly takes place in one city, the city is huge, with tons to explore and discover. The controls work well whether with the WiiMote or the (I prefer) the classic controller.
Overall, I really love this game. It can get a little bit cheesy at times, but after a few hours I was completely immersed in the story, and especially in the characters. I also have to mention that the packaging of the game was gorgeous, for both the regular edition and the special edition.
Against my better judgement, I also have to admit that I really had fun playing Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS (it is the most use the stupid thing has had since it was purchased on launch day). I know, I know. The nostalgia of hearing that music and the cutesy art style just made me smile inside.
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