Last Rebellion review

  • Gorgeous artwork
  • Characters sharing a soul is different
  • Neat combat mechanics
  • Brown, ugly graphics engine
  • Camera sucks ass
  • Cliched story

Last Rebellion offers an interesting idea for its world: the main character(s), Nine and Aisha, share a single soul, so only one of them can exist in reality at a time. The world in which these characters live is pretty brown and boring, but this otherwise passable RPG’s ace in the hole is its creative attack system. The player can choose to target any or all of its enemy’s body parts, which are then ‘stamped’ so you can inflict magic upon them for the next few turns.

The strategy comes in making sure that you don’t deplete the CP gauge too quickly, which will force your second character to skip their go. See, you can set up combo attacks where you swap characters mid-attack. The risk-reward theme continues with the ability to harvest fallen foes for magic points, at the risk of them awakening.

A shame then, that outside of some gorgeous artwork, the rest of the game is boring and brown, the presentation is dire (we’re talking PS2-era graphics) and it has a camera that hates your guts. The story also is full of cliches and has a weirdly emotionless tone to it. Right at the beginning Nine sees her dad murdered by his brother right in front of her eyes. Instead of an anguished “Noooooo!” (yeah, ok, that’s cliche too), Nine just shrugs and lets out a bored retort.

Save points are frequent and the game is, at least, well paced. JRPG addicts might find something to enjoy here, but otherwise it’s a mixed bag of cool combat and weak-to-really-weak everything else.

Mar 2, 2010

More Info

Release date: Feb 23 2010 - PS3 (US)
Mar 26 2010 - PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Role Playing
Published by: NIS America
Developed by: Hitmaker
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Fantasy Violence, Language, Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Blood
PEGI Rating:

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  • sniper430 - March 3, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    i wish i had got an art book, all i got was a smexy poster.. The roaming is terrible but it is nice to see an emo main character hold up to his values(hating his dad so much he dosn't even flinch when he's stabbed) I feel like they may have dragged this out of their wastebasket of half completed ps2 games :3
  • TrigunGunner - March 3, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Thought this might end up being an awesome game based on the art I saw for it, but it sounds okay at best now. I think if I decide to get this, I'll wait till this gets down to 20 bucks in a couple of months.
  • Persona - March 3, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    Looks.. Like..A...PsP..Game..:O!@#? Wakakaka At least the PS3 has one more JPRG =)
  • Amnesiac - March 3, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    I'll still get this once it's cheap.
  • OnyxOblivion - March 3, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    I never even HEARD of this game. But the combat does sound...fresh and new.

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