The Last Story Release and Discussion Thread
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~About This Thread & Rules~
This thread is meant to provide information, pictures, videos, reviews, and a place to discuss The Last Story.
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(Info Section #1: Information, Story & Meet the Characters)
~About The Last Story~
Release Date: North America - Aug 14, 2012 / Europe - February 24, 2012
No. of Players: Up to 6 players (Online)
Category: Action, Role-Playing
Publisher: XSEED Games (America) / Nintendo (Europe & Japan)
"XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, today began shipping the highly-acclaimed, action-oriented RPG title, The Last Story, to retailers across North America with an MSRP of $49.99, exclusively for Wii. All initial launch copies of The Last Story include a bonus 44-page softcover art book packaged together with the game in a custom outer box.
Developed by legendary game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and his studio MISTWALKER in conjunction with Nintendo, The Last Story has been hailed by critics and fans from around the world for its brilliance in storytelling, immersive audio and music, cover-based action combat and mystical setting.
The Last Story centers on a band of mercenaries and follows them on their journey to gain wealth and notoriety. Throughout the adventure, players will experience an engaging story with an emphasis on immersion and environmental interaction. Gameplay is action-oriented, utilizing a cover system and both ranged and melee combat, but also includes strategic elements such as a battle command system which players can use to issue orders to party members on-the-fly, expertly blending classic turn-based mechanics with real-time action combat.
In addition to the high-octane combat, players are transported through an emotional storyline via a magical and striking soundtrack, crafted by famed industry composer Nobuo Uematsu. The action can also be taken online where players can compete against or play cooperatively with friends, choosing between either a three-on-three deathmatch mode or coop boss rush, in which a team of up to six players take on more powerful versions of the game's bosses.
- New RPG by industry legend Hironobu Sakaguchi (Creator of Final Fantasy)
- Real-time battle system with strategic party combat
- Online cooperative and competitive play for 2-6 players
- A rich world to explore with lots of optional side-quest
The Last Story was developed by MISTWALKER and Nintendo, exclusively for Wii." - XSEED Games
More information can be found on the product website at http://www.thelaststorywii.com/
~The Story Begins~
While the mainland of the Empire faces both conflict and the slow creep of the dying land, there is one region that continues to prosper: Lazulis Island. The key to the island's defenses is a battery of mighty guns which exude strange magic that seems to draw monsters in.
The young mercenary Zael, along with a band of fellow adventurers, comes to the island in hopes of finding more work. Their new employer is none other than the ruler of the land himself, Count Arganan. If they can meet the count's expectations, there is some hope that their unstable mercenary existence could become a thing of the past. For Zael and his companions, who dream of a stable life as knights, this job represents a chance they may never have again.
And it's during their exploration of a dreary, damp cave as part of their first mission that Zael obtains a mysterious new power. One that may help shape his destiny... or just make life a whole lot more complicated.
~Meet The Characters~
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Orphaned as a boy, Zael has since struggled in his day-to-day life as a mercenary along with his companions. It is his dream to become an honorable Lazulis Knight, not only for the status but also for the chance to eat a filling meal and sleep in a warm bed. The weight of his sorrows coerces a mysterious voice into giving him the strange power known as Gathering, but despite these sorrows, he has remained an overall optimistic and friendly person.
The lone heir to the House of Arganan and niece to the ruler of Lazulis Island. Her forced engagement to the noble Jirall has inspired her to break out of her royal cage and into Lazulis City. She is sheltered but not necessarily ignorant, and craves knowledge of the world beyond the magnificent castle in which she's been forced to reside.
Unofficially the head of the mercenaries due to his charisma and strong leadership skills, Dagran has been tirelessly working to ensure that the path of knighthood awaits his companions in the future. Unlike most other members, he and Zael have known each other since childhood, and their grim pasts and daily struggles have forged a bond between them not unlike that of brothers. His way with words has earned him a connection with Lazulis Island's Count Arganan, much to the chagrin of the knights and other nobles of the castle.
Energetic and feisty, there's never a dull moment to be had around Syrenne... especially when she has a drink in her hands, which happens to be always. Still, beneath the foul language and lust for combat is a sensitive, good-hearted woman who serves as something of an older sister to Zael. Her butting of heads with Lowell is nothing out of the ordinary, but the two enjoy testing their mettle in the Arena together, where she impressively wields two blades at once.
Yurick's age ranks him as the youngest of the mercenaries, but his skills with fire make him a valuable accomplice to have. Mature beyond his years yet incredibly aloof, he is not nearly as keen on bonding with his companions as the others and tends to shy away from celebrations in favor of quiet evenings alone. For him, the life of a mercenary is not meant to be fun-- it's nothing more than work; merely a means of survival.
Lowell may have impressive strength in both body and mind, wielding a blade one moment and commanding ice magic the next, but he is much more infamous for another skill altogether-- womanizing. Though he may seem like the sort who loves to do nothing but charm the ladies with his wit and words, he, like Syrenne, is very protective and caring toward his comrades. He knows when to be serious, but he's the first to indulge in a light-hearted remark or two if he can get away with it.
Beautiful, serene, mysterious and strangevery strangeare the best ways to describe Mirania. From a distance she is a woman of grace and her speech is formal, but her quirky mannerisms and bottomless stomach often leave those closest to her puzzled. She is far from naïve, however; a few words with her easily reveals that she is just as knowledgeable as she is eccentric. She has a talent for healing magic, which suits her gentle yet enigmatic nature quite well.
The ruler of Lazulis Island as well as the House of Arganan, and the brilliant mind behind its military might. He exudes an aura of power befitting his status and history. He's intimidating yet well-respected by those of noble and commoner status alike, and he readily gives his own respect to any he feels have potential for greatness. It is through this mindset that even a lowly mercenary such as Dagran can come to catch his eye.
The former Imperial Supreme Commander of the army, and a man with a wealth of military history. His years in battle have hardened his skills both physically and mentally, but even the tragedies of war have not managed to harden his heart. Renowned for being kind and just to all, he is beloved by the people of Lazulis Island and quickly becomes regarded by Zael as the ideal of what an honorable knight should be. His activities of late include researching the events responsible for the continued degradation of the dying land.
A knight whose skills with a blade are rumored to closely rival General Asthar's. Though plenty experienced, he looks to the general for guidance in his actions and constantly strives to improve himself through tests of physical strength and interactions with others. He is fiercely loyal to the principles of knighthood, and pushes those around him to uphold those principles as well.
Known as the King of the Gurak, he is the first to bring all of the Gurak together under one single ideal. He shows a bitter hatred for humans, and his assault against them births much fear amongst the people of Lazulis Island. Though seemingly capable of felling the great military might of House Arganan all on his own, he still takes a marked interest in Zael's mysterious ability, referring to it as the "Outsider's Power."