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Release year: 1989 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Sega
Last Battle (Sega Genesis)
Last Battle (AKA Fist of the North Star: The New Legend of the Post-Apocalyptic Messiah, 北斗の拳 新世紀末救世主伝説, Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling martial arts beat ’em up video game developed and published by Sega for the Genesis console in 1989. The game is based on Japan’s Fist of the North Star and some people say it is one of the worst Mega Drive games of all time.
The main character is named Aarzak, a tough-looking guy with superb martial prowess. He will be fighting his way to defeat three evil generals who kidnapped his old friend, a girl named Alyssa.
The plot seems secondary to the whole game and the developers didn’t incorporate much effort into it. You are dumped with scrolling texts and that’s it. It is efficient, but most likely, players would ignore the texts and just move on with the fighting.
The controls are really easy. All you need to do is to jump, crouch, move around, and attack using punches or kicks.
In the game, you have an energy gauge and once it’s filled, you would get a power-up. While in this power-up mode, players would be able to combine moves aside from being bulkier and manlier. You could also use the crazy ultimate move called Hokuto Shinken where you can gruesomely blow up enemies.
Last Battle also mimics real-life dynamics. You only get one life and your health points would drain super fast if you let your enemies crowd you. This makes the game challenging and enjoyable.
It is quite novel how players are given a sense of freedom to choose their path to the next levels in every chapter. Based on your choice, you would enter dungeons, meet different characters, and have the chance to challenge overpowered bosses.
Is this one of the worst Sega Genesis of all time?
The graphics are good and not flashy. Weapons like axes and swords do not have special effects. It has this Street Fighter vibe — big muscled men with thugs, pirates, and ninjas as opponents. Mobs are also presented smaller than the boss, which is reasonable. Though it’s not a game filled with amazing special effects and animations, it has clean and lifelike characters and backgrounds that you can’t complain about.
Last Battle is a classic beat ’em up game. The aesthetics seem to cater mostly to boys’ notion of muscled men at the time, but anyone could enjoy this if they’re up for some fighting. It is a great stress reliever with its simple controls and martial arts-like dynamics. It also does not require much elaborate strategies or logic which is quite refreshing.
The goal is simple: to beat approaching enemies and survive the area levels. Last Battle is not quite a game you would play repeatedly after going it through once. But still, it is fun and challenging enough for a nice gaming experience.
Last Battle game has been ported to Mega Drive / Genesis (this version), Commodore 64, Amiga.