The Last Story gets an offial North American release date.

#1 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

After announcing their intent to publish The Last Story, and then staying mum on the actual date of release for months, XSEED Games has finally announced that the game will be released in North America on August 14th. Additionally, all preorders taken through Amazon, Gamestop, and in Canada, EB Games, will come with a copy of the Premium Soundtrack CD that was also included as a preorder bonus in Europe. This is in addition to the art book that was previously announced.

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

#2 Edited by Mendelson9 (402 posts) -

Still need to pick op a copy of Xenoblade but I need to finish Persona 3 on the old PS2 first.

#3 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1605 posts) -

I'm similarly still working on Xenoblade -- I'm 50-something hours in, and judging from some of the mob levels and playthrough times I've seen, I may not even be halfway done. The game is probably too long for its own good.

I emailed Amazon.ca today asking if they'll be doing the pre-order CD and they say they'll be getting back to me. I don't even necessarily want it, but I may as well get it if it's on the table. I know they've said Amazon.com specifically, but Amazon.ca has a weird relationship with .com (I think the subsidiary is actually called "Amazon.com.ca") and I could definitely see them also having it.

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

NINTEY!? I'm only forty in. Christ! Although I am at the (presumably) first fight against "totally not the archer guy from Vandal Hearts".

#5 Posted by Nonused (215 posts) -

Wait, is XSEED handling the voice talent? Or will it be a Xenoblade situation?

#6 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel said:

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

NINTEY!? I'm only forty in. Christ! Although I am at the (presumably) first fight against "totally not the archer guy from Vandal Hearts".

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

#7 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@Ace829 said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel said:

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

NINTEY!? I'm only forty in. Christ! Although I am at the (presumably) first fight against "totally not the archer guy from Vandal Hearts".

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

It's safe to say that I'm definitely not.

#8 Edited by believer258 (11914 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

Fucking hell, ninety? How long is this game supposed to be? I mean, there's marathon games like Skyrim, but that's a game of hundreds of stories wrapped into one. Does this game do that same sort of thing or is it just a really long and detailed story?

EDIT: Or is it more like FF12 where you can beat it in 50 but there's a hundred or so hours worth of things to do?

#9 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

Damn. I doubt I'll have time to complete my new Final Fantasy collection in time for this.

#10 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@Hailinel said:

I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

Fucking hell, ninety? How long is this game supposed to be? I mean, there's marathon games like Skyrim, but that's a game of hundreds of stories wrapped into one. Does this game do that same sort of thing or is it just a really long and detailed story?

EDIT: Or is it more like FF12 where you can beat it in 50 but there's a hundred or so hours worth of things to do?

The game can be beaten in about 60-70 hours, but it can be easily double that if you do everything.

#11 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@Nonused said:

Wait, is XSEED handling the voice talent? Or will it be a Xenoblade situation?

The game will be using the European localization, as was the case for Xenoblade.

#12 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

Still not entirely sure why it's taken so long to leap across the pond after all the translation is done with.

I don't have a Wii, but Xenoblade and The Last Story are some of the few games that kind of make me wish otherwise.

#13 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@Red said:

Still not entirely sure why it's taken so long to leap across the pond after all the translation is done with.

I don't have a Wii, but Xenoblade and The Last Story are some of the few games that kind of make me wish otherwise.

XSEED needed time to for the costs behind the release in addition to aspects such as certification and so on. There's a lot of preparatory work that goes into just publishing a game.

#14 Posted by Encephalon (1262 posts) -

Cool. Mistwalker has yet to impress me, frankly, but I can't stop loving the Gooch.

#15 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1605 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@Ace829 said:

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

It's safe to say that I'm definitely not.

Are you enjoying the side content, or playing it because (like me) you're pathologically incapable of not doing it? I've been finding that most of the quests are mindless and forgettable -- I think I really started to rethink my approach when I went through this ridiculous line (minor location spoilers at 30-40 hours). I'm still doing most of it, but I'm cutting myself off when I realize I'm not enjoying myself.

#16 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@GrantHeaslip said:

@Hailinel said:

@Ace829 said:

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

It's safe to say that I'm definitely not.

Are you enjoying the side content, or playing it because (like me) you're pathologically incapable of not doing it? I've been finding that most of the quests are mindless and forgettable -- I think I really started to rethink my approach when I went through this ridiculous line (minor location spoilers at 30-40 hours). I'm still doing most of it, but I'm cutting myself off when I realize I'm not enjoying myself.

I'm actually enjoying it. Some of the NPCs have surprisingly enjoyable stories, for what little is put into them. And they really help provide an impetus to run out and explore the massive game world's every nook and cranny.

#17 Posted by JackSukeru (5913 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@Ace829 said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel said:

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

NINTEY!? I'm only forty in. Christ! Although I am at the (presumably) first fight against "totally not the archer guy from Vandal Hearts".

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

It's safe to say that I'm definitely not.

Damn my completionist tendencies! I spent like 50 hours on that game before burning out on it. Or well, it was more like I finished every frikkin' quest in the first two hub areas and once I got to the tree it was so daunting to start the process all over again that I just haven't gotten back to it.

Anyhow, The Last Story seems kinda interesting but I think I'll try to avoid picking up another long-ass-rpg-that-I-won't-finish anytime soon.

#18 Posted by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

When I saw this I was actually really disappointed because Amazon was listing later this week as it's release date, and for some reason I thought they'd already officially announced that.

@Red said:

Still not entirely sure why it's taken so long to leap across the pond after all the translation is done with.

I don't have a Wii, but Xenoblade and The Last Story are some of the few games that kind of make me wish otherwise.

Dude go for it! Wii prices have plummeted. I got one on Amazon the other day for 60 dollars.

@Encephalon said:

Cool. Mistwalker has yet to impress me, frankly, but I can't stop loving the Gooch.

I wish I didn't agree with this statement! Playing through FF5 for a retrospective on my blog and I'm starting to realize that Sakaguchi taking more of a backseat role was probably the best thing that happened to the series considering the great games that followed.

#19 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@RockmanBionics said:

@Hailinel said:

@Ace829 said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel said:

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

NINTEY!? I'm only forty in. Christ! Although I am at the (presumably) first fight against "totally not the archer guy from Vandal Hearts".

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

It's safe to say that I'm definitely not.

Damn my completionist tendencies! I spent like 50 hours on that game before burning out on it. Or well, it was more like I finished every frikkin' quest in the first two hub areas and once I got to the tree it was so daunting to start the process all over again that I just haven't gotten back to it.

Anyhow, The Last Story seems kinda interesting but I think I'll try to avoid picking up another long-ass-rpg-that-I-won't-finish anytime soon.

The Last Story isn't that long, from what I've heard. It supposedly takes most people around 40 hours to finish.

And I'd say that regarding Xenoblade's sidequests, the best thing to do is just pace yourself. Once I get tired of doing nothing but quests and leveling, I just move on, and by that point, my party is usually at least an even match with the enemies I'm fighting in the next major area.

#20 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1605 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

I'm actually enjoying it. Some of the NPCs have surprisingly enjoyable stories, for what little is put into them. And they really help provide an impetus to run out and explore the massive game world's every nook and cranny.

There have been good ones, but there's been a lot of duds as well. I think the game would have been better off with maybe half the number of sidequests it has, especially if that meant more resources being put into each one.

#21 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2161 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@RockmanBionics said:

@Hailinel said:

@Ace829 said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Hailinel said:

I've gotta hurry up and finish Xenoblade Chronicles. I'm only ninety hours in so far with no end in sight.

NINTEY!? I'm only forty in. Christ! Although I am at the (presumably) first fight against "totally not the archer guy from Vandal Hearts".

I think you could get through the game in 60 hours if you ignore all the side-quests.

It's safe to say that I'm definitely not.

Damn my completionist tendencies! I spent like 50 hours on that game before burning out on it. Or well, it was more like I finished every frikkin' quest in the first two hub areas and once I got to the tree it was so daunting to start the process all over again that I just haven't gotten back to it.

Anyhow, The Last Story seems kinda interesting but I think I'll try to avoid picking up another long-ass-rpg-that-I-won't-finish anytime soon.

The Last Story isn't that long, from what I've heard. It supposedly takes most people around 40 hours to finish.

And I'd say that regarding Xenoblade's sidequests, the best thing to do is just pace yourself. Once I get tired of doing nothing but quests and leveling, I just move on, and by that point, my party is usually at least an even match with the enemies I'm fighting in the next major area.

Yeah, I was completely focused on sidequests until I got to the Fallen Arm, at which point I became so utterly burned out by the game that I switched on Ocarina, maxed out my levels and rushed to the end.

#22 Posted by JackSukeru (5913 posts) -

@Hailinel: I usually take quite a bit longer to finish games than what the average times are reported as (an example with Persona 4 being reported as a 60~ hour game and it taking me a bit over 100), you telling me it takes 40 hours tells me it would be a 60+ venture for me. Then again, hm...

As for Xenoblade I've been overleveled to the point where most enemies are grayed out since leaving the first area, that hasn't been a problem. I like doing some of the sidequests and I like just exploring and leveling in general but it got to be a little much. If I ever got back into it I'll try to be more discerning about the quests I'll do and such.

#23 Posted by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

The Last Story isn't that long, from what I've heard. It supposedly takes most people around 40 hours to finish.

And I'd say that regarding Xenoblade's sidequests, the best thing to do is just pace yourself. Once I get tired of doing nothing but quests and leveling, I just move on, and by that point, my party is usually at least an even match with the enemies I'm fighting in the next major area.

So wait is it really grindy? Like if you ignored the sidequests would you have to grind like crazy to move on?

#24 Posted by Hailinel (24846 posts) -

@Hunter5024 said:

@Hailinel said:

The Last Story isn't that long, from what I've heard. It supposedly takes most people around 40 hours to finish.

And I'd say that regarding Xenoblade's sidequests, the best thing to do is just pace yourself. Once I get tired of doing nothing but quests and leveling, I just move on, and by that point, my party is usually at least an even match with the enemies I'm fighting in the next major area.

So wait is it really grindy? Like if you ignored the sidequests would you have to grind like crazy to move on?

Not that I've experienced. Enemies give out plenty of EXP. It's just that quests are a good way to get EXP and money boosts.

#25 Posted by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@Hunter5024 said:

@Hailinel said:

The Last Story isn't that long, from what I've heard. It supposedly takes most people around 40 hours to finish.

And I'd say that regarding Xenoblade's sidequests, the best thing to do is just pace yourself. Once I get tired of doing nothing but quests and leveling, I just move on, and by that point, my party is usually at least an even match with the enemies I'm fighting in the next major area.

So wait is it really grindy? Like if you ignored the sidequests would you have to grind like crazy to move on?

Not that I've experienced. Enemies give out plenty of EXP. It's just that quests are a good way to get EXP and money boosts.

Okay thanks! Good to know cause that can be kind of a dealbreaker when you have as little time to play as me.

#26 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1605 posts) -

@GrantHeaslip said:

I emailed Amazon.ca today asking if they'll be doing the pre-order CD and they say they'll be getting back to me. I don't even necessarily want it, but I may as well get it if it's on the table. I know they've said Amazon.com specifically, but Amazon.ca has a weird relationship with .com (I think the subsidiary is actually called "Amazon.com.ca") and I could definitely see them also having it.

They've confirmed that they're offering the same bonuses on Amazon.ca, and they've updated the listing.

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