Last Rebellion Hands-On

This upcoming role-playing game from Nippon Ichi puts a unique spin on the traditional turn-based battle system.

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Last Rebellion is the latest Japanese role-playing game from Nippon Ichi Software, which was released in Japan earlier this year and is set to be released in North America at the end of this month. It's a unique turn-based RPG where you have interchangeable main characters, as well as an interesting tactical battle system that involves stamping and spellcasting. However, the watercolor visuals stand out the most because several well-known manga artists have contributed to the game's design. We had an opportunity to play some of Last Rebellion and were intrigued by the strategic elements in the gameplay.

The story is set in a world where two gods are at odds with each other and select humans have been recruited to try to bring back the balance. It's difficult to go into more detail without giving away too much, but you'll get the idea early on in the game. You play as a smart-mouthed young man named Nine, who is a master swordsman and the adopted son of the current king of Lorvin. He's also known as a blade who hunts the undead. The other main character in the story is Aisha, a gifted sealer whose power is used to ensure that the undead defeated by a blade remain dead. Due to an incident very early on in the game--which we won't spoil for you--Nine and Aisha are joined as one. This means they share the same hit points, magic points, and chain points. They still have their own individual talents, and you can swap them around in battle, but you can only play as one character at a time.

This isn't like any other strategy turn-based RPG where you take turns attacking until the creatures die. Enemies are seen onscreen, and in Last Rebellion, you need to stamp the body parts of your opponents with your blade before you can cast stamp magic on them to dispose of them. Each individual monster that you face will come with a list of body parts that you can assign Nine or Aisha to attack in any order. Nine is a better swordsman and will deal more damage, so it makes sense to have him stamp the body part, then Aisha to cast the stamp magic. There is a correct order to attack, which will yield bonus experience points at the end of the battle and determine how many turns the stamp will last on the enemy before you have to stamp again. As you're attacking, you'll see numbers and the words "bingo" and "combo" appear. The numbers indicate how many turns the stamp will last; bingo lets you know that you got the right order, therefore, the stamp will last longer; and combo appears when you get three or more bingos. Chain points, which are limited, are used each time you attack a body part, so plan accordingly. Casting magic only costs one CP, and magic will hit all the areas that have been stamped by the sword. It's a careful balance between guessing the order of attack and then casting magic to deal the rest of the damage. Once enemies die, you'll need Aisha to seal them to finish them off completely, otherwise after a few turns, they will get up again and with more power.

This may seem confusing at first and possibly a little tedious, but it's relatively easy to figure out. Then, it's about conserving and spending your CPs wisely. Aisha and Nine can be swapped at will, and each will regenerate points when wandering around on the map. For example, you'll regenerate HPs while Aisha's out and MP if Nine is out. There don't seem to be any inns or places to rest, so you'll just have to swap back and forth in a safe area to wait to heal, which can be a bit of a chore. CPs are a little harder to replenish because you only get a few of them after each turn, but there are CPs stations out in the field that you can draw from by striking with your sword.

Swap between Nine and Aisha as you explore the world.

From what we've played, it seems like you'll have a hub area known as the Vamino Room, and you'll jump into mirrors to access different areas of the world. Conversations are presented with character portraits, but the artwork is quite impressive, and during loading times, you'll see illustrations from several artists that have contributed to the game. Nine's disrespectful attitude makes it difficult to be sympathetic toward him, but we're curious to see how he plans to reach his end goals. Look for Last Rebellion when it is released for the PlayStation 3 on February 23.

Discussion

70 comments
biokrysty
biokrysty

I like this kind of games ...........

i_have_skills
i_have_skills

Graphics dont make a game, but this could have looked a bit better, also seems to be a little slow paced..blah

PistolGripPump
PistolGripPump

Graphics aren't an issue for me in games - but if the game play looks slow and drab I can't even start it. This looks horrible.

shii666
shii666

The game looks like it could have been made with RPG Maker 3 for the PS2, which is NOT a good thing. Ultimately, it looks as if it should be an action RPG as well. Mind you, I love turned based RPG's, however this game doesn't seem to know itself nor its boundries well...

shii666
shii666

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bubbleyz
bubbleyz

@ Notoriusglaedr i agree it doesnt look fun at all

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

The graphics looks just plain LAME. There are PS2 games that look better than this. :|

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I love NIS, but this game looks incredibly dated and dull to boot. I like the watercolor idea, but I'd like to see it in something other than what appears to be a generic PS2 JRPG. I'd love to see a Disgaea 3 port to the PSP, if they could manage it.

Shotgungumby
Shotgungumby

@j0n41 looks like the review scores have been getting lower each release, not better. The latest was a 4.0 on gamespot in 09.

j0n41
j0n41

@whitemute Steyrvolt is saying the the people who are making the game, Hit Maker, have made 3 bleh games in a row, review wise. NIS only publishes the game. They release it here in the States for us JRPG nerds. Go to the top of the page and click on Hit Maker under the box art for the game to see their other games. Apparently they are getting better with each subsequent release and this being their first home console game, why not give it a shot?

eiadrtr
eiadrtr

yay another jrpg we just need more of that

uneac
uneac

the game looks promising but it will most likely fail on the video games box office and on gamespot's score and the graphics are way too crappy looks like ps2 sometimes with the exception of the active battle system parts

FabioPizzini
FabioPizzini

OH i'm realing waiting a jrpg. And also exclusive for mine ps3!

sacredslayer6
sacredslayer6

no they shouldnt stop making such rpgs...they should make more but it should be good like the epic jrpg classics. how much i miss games like those..there are many ppl like me craving for such a game...ah good ol final fantasy days, xenogears , chrono trigger/cross, shadow hearts, the 1st 2 grandias and lots more

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

they really need to stop making RPGs with this type of combat system or just make action RPGs. The next Fable is going to be an Action game not an RPG and the Kingdom Hearts series more than proves its the way to go. We want to play our games not watch them.

solidniko
solidniko

ehhh the only jrpg ive liked is final fantasy

First_Descent
First_Descent

I like the whole tactical aspect to the battle system, it's different and I always enjoy something different. This is the first time I have heard of this game, and it seems somewhat interesting. The only thing I do not like is the way the environments look, they look too crappy.

Abberon
Abberon

Looks like another bad JRPG. I used to love the genre, but it's delivered pure stink for the last bunch of years.

Steyrvolt
Steyrvolt

@whitemute The developer (those that make the games) has made three portable games, the highest of which has a 6.8. This game is being published by the company which brought us those fine games you mentioned, not developed. Last Rebellion was made by Hit Maker, as you'll see if you scroll up and look under that picture of the game case. NIS America is just bringing the game over to America. They didn't develop it. Thus my final paragraph about the difference between developers and publishers.

whitemute
whitemute

@ Steyrvolt 6.8? Disgaea, Disgaea 2, Prinny:CIRBtH...all 8.0 and above.

Steyrvolt
Steyrvolt

I'm willing to look past the horrible graphics (sorry for the understatement) to get my RPG fix, but the gameplay looks at least partially lackluster as well. Considering that the highest score the developer has received by GS is a 6.8, and the other two games are in the 4-5 range, I have no hope for this. You can tell from the video that handling your character and the camera out of battle are iffy at best. The story will have to be insanely good to look past this and the empty, bland environments. Something tells me it won't be. Also, to you few dolts out there who are thinking of giving it a shot because of Disgaea, please learn the difference between developers and publishers.

King-Tigre
King-Tigre

If your a fan of JRPG's and own a ps3, you should pick this game up.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

i bet this game will be like WKC review wise, although i want it be good so we can see more JRPGs come stateside very soon after being released in japan, this did come out last month after all

slainta
slainta

Tired of PS3 RPGs looking worse than FF XII. I'll pass.

NiteX
NiteX

Seriously futige? What the hell is that? It's like your trying to make up crazy words. I hope English is not your primary language.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I did order it if you order it for amazon its really cheap, but after seeing game futige it didn't look very good

jwsoul
jwsoul

Looked all good untill the bland environments caught up with me. No excuse they need more detail not better graphics as such just more detail. Battling a boss in an arena of bare stone or fighting creatures in an area covered in larva only to turn into another area surrounded by stone is a bit weak. Come on games of the past did it better.

THE_YOUNG_FLAME
THE_YOUNG_FLAME

I think this game could become something great. I've seen some interresting battle systems, but I have to admit, the one they are using is new. And since when did graphics really matter? many of us play the game for the story and the fun it brings. Graphics are right at the botom of my priority list when shopping for an RPG. Heck I just replayed Vandal Hearts1 That game's graphics were bad compared to today's technology. But it sure is still a good game nonetheless.

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

Even as a RPG specialist i can't see myself playing this, it's a sham because i really like Nippon ichi especially the 2d stuff like disgaea and phantom brave.

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

Sub-par graphics and brain-twister battle systems are NIS trademarks, for better or worse, and they're always 2-3 years behind the curve... but deliberately. They deliberately avoid looking cutting-edge so that they can be built on a very low budget and know "most" players are going to buy on gameplay and story if fans of the genre. In return, you get a cheap starting price. You could call it their beta test of this style? It'll be a few years for new engines with current levels of eye candy to filter down through the ranks. This is not excusing the graphics! It's just a common JRPG template, and we're being spoiled senseless by the 2 best-looking games ever this month which is also cruel.

DEATH775
DEATH775

The only thing that I don't like about this game is the graphics. If the graphic was like FF Xlll then this game is a must buy for me.

BR4D_B4K3R
BR4D_B4K3R

WOW!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!! WHEN CAN I GET IT FOR MY PS1? It is a 1st gen game....right?

Rexx8089
Rexx8089

omg i fell asleep, how boring nothing interesting in this game.

-Deimos-
-Deimos-

Sorry if this is early footage or something, but this is 2010. Game worlds shouldn't be bland / dull / boring. Could use a bit of sprucing up.. and the combat system looks over-complicated. FFVII had the combat system spot on with the mix of Weapons and Materia / Abilitys. Call me a fan boy.. but I think games should quit trying to make ultra detailed combat systems.. + the battle camera is really really boring.. just circling from ground level view really slowly.. and why have a bunch of colorful circles with numbers in them fly up when you attack? It all just seems very pointless and silly to me. Now I expect this opinion to get many thumbs down from the legions of followers this game has because of my honest thoughts. *Equipped Purple Flame Shield* I can handle the flames! Arughh! *dies and goes into soul-form*

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

battles looks too long and complicated :( looks like so much work..

SibirskiyTigr
SibirskiyTigr

@Schwarte I couldnt agree more, we need those game on PS3, I'm bored with the regular game we have, but psn has FFT, they need to have a better version of FFTA. Disgaea 3 doesnt count...I wasted my money on that...that game is just terrible :/

Schwarte
Schwarte

Can't we get a proper sRPG before we get an unconventional one? Valkyria Chronciles was already an unusual spin on the SRPG formula and I did appreciate that, but I'd really like to have PS3 game along the lines of FFT, the Fire Emblem series or Tactics Ogre. (And I want it to be released in the WEST)

kosmosfreak2
kosmosfreak2

God, White knight chronicles, Star ocean, Resonance of fate, last rebellion, final fantasy. I gotta say my rpg needs seem like they are finally being fulfilled. Gotta say this looks interesting. I am kind of a fan of the whole menu rpg turn based system. Button smashing is fine and all but sometimes its nice to get some soda sit back and spend an entire day just taking your leisurely time playing a turn based game. A lot more relaxing that way imo. Need more of them. And yes not to say it does but even if it did have an amazing story some idiot on gs payroll will probably give it a 6.5

dantespower
dantespower

mmmm it looks like a ps2 game not a ps3 one

iboo01
iboo01

looks like a pure waste

Spiffy995
Spiffy995

I want so bad for a good "true" rpg to finally come to ps3 but not sure this will be the one

Aho-san
Aho-san

i think the game will be boring$$ and wast of time & money^^

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Cocky hero with an attitude...where have I heard that one before? Is it that hard to come up with a different sort of RPG hero? :(

wwwgippal
wwwgippal

Seems like a cliche story, I can totally see GameSpot giving this a 7.0

Balthasaur
Balthasaur

Not bad... i think. I wish it wont lack in story.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

Timbydude: Thanks for clearing that up for me.