Last Battle (1989)
By: Sega Genre: Fighting Players: 1 Difficulty: Hard
Featured Version: Sega MegaDrive / Genesis First Day Score: 32,500
Also Available For: Amiga, Commodore 64
Download For: Wii Virtual Console
Whether you're an oldie like me or a young whipper-snapper, I'm sure if you're a gamer, especially one with limited resources, you regularly check out reviews of games for your system(s) of choice. If one gets great reviews you'll probably buy it, or at least want it, but if one gets bad reviews you'll probably avoid it like the plague. That was certainly the case with me when I was growing up. There's lots of average or good games that I haven't gotten around to playing yet or course, but when something gets universally slated it's a name I remember but never want to play. But could the magazines have been wrong? In this new Red Parsley feature I will bravely take a look at some of the games I thought I'd never play to see if they really are as crap as they're supposed to be.
As you may have guessed by now, the first crap game I've decided to look at is Last Battle which was a launch game for the MegaDrive here in the UK, and considering the strength of the launch line-up, the game already faced a uphill battle to win any fans. The Japanese release of this game was part of the Fist of the North Star series but here it was just a plain old scrolling fighting game. Though apparently not relayed in the accompanying documentation, the game does have a story told through an intro sequence and cut-scenes but all you need to know is, it's up to you, as Aarzak, to save the world by kicking the crap out of everyone. The action is set over four chapters, each consisting of numerous timed stages, and you can choose your own route through a chapter from the between-stage map screen.
RKS Score: 3/10