The Last Guy Review – I’m A Nice Zombie

The PlayStation Network is on fire lately, releasing strong unique titles that truly set it apart from its competition. The Last Guy doesn’t sway from this formula of success. This “quirky” title from Sony Japan Studios is a simple yet complex little game that is haplessly fun to play.

There are so many jaded aspects of The Last Guy that the successful wackiness is riveting. Essentially, the story is quite simple: A purple and mysterious ray hits earth, turning everyone outside into a zombie leaving everyone who was indoors safe for the time being. As a zombie from the Himalayan Mountains that loves humans, it is your need to move the sparred humans through the streets and building’s safely from the hungry zombies that roam the streets now that centrally fuels the invention of The Last Guy. Partnered with the United Rescue Force to rescue the masses, you need to head towards approved Escape Zones where they can be airlifted to safety.  Once at the escape  where a United Rescue Force airship can come and pick them up. Sounds simple enough, but everyone is in for a surprise.

Spanning the Earth, The Last Guy throws players to real locales such as San Francisco, Newcastle and many more for a total of 15 gruesome zombie infested cities in all. Each locale challenges you to rescue a different amount of people and in a specific amount of time, and cleverly alters this time depending on the area you’re around. The game is played via top-down perspective very clearly like Google Maps. Features include building tops, roads, pretty much everything you would figure that belonged in a city street. Once you wander the streets and various passing structures, people will join you forming a long Mariachi line. They just do not like the idea of making things easier and staying besides you, but hey that’s what we all do when we are surrounded by zombies. Get scared.

Given the maps are not free roam, getting them to safety can prove difficult and require a great deal of strategy. The pacing itself is unique as players can increase the speed in which they move, but speed bursts aren’t unlimited so there is no way to run for the entire game. This game mechanic proves challenging, but also made us dizzy that we were walking while monsters were ready to burst our heads open 30 seconds away. Thankfully, a little bar pops up in the bottom left side of the screen that’s allows your group to sprint using the triangle button and gives you the ability to have your group pack together on your position with the circle button. Using these ability drain your stamina meter, which slowly refills over time. Also there are some power ups scattered around the levels that give you ability’s such as invisibility, power to stop time Hiro Nakamura style (do not worry, we think Heroe’s sucks). Watching your stamina meter is the key to success.

The Last Guy makes sure to come with a different vision mode, the thermal goggle ability that allows you to see how many people are in a designated building. An easy tool for accessing where to go next, and toggling between each vision is simple and can be used to your advantage and disadvantage. Use the vision view with caution because while using this mode you can’t see the zombies or monsters, providing a frigorific effect in the process.  Also remember the people following you move exactly behind you moving the same directions you do, and having 1,000 people behind you makes getting the right passage difficult and frantic. The difficulty curve can be quiet daunting in the end but rewarding in the panoramic view.

Most of the zombie AI is revealing and not the most realistic. If the monsters see the line, they will not attack it unless they bump into it. If the creatures sees the Last Guy, they’re going to get pissed and rush anyways. It is weird that they only attack when they see a friendly Zombie helping humans and not when they see humans in general, as if they had a bigger problem with a nice zombie than their priority to catch humans escaping. They’ll ram into the line and kill a large portion, sending pieces back into hiding. Getting hit once is usually enough for the Last Guy to fail his objective. Worse off is if the Last Guy is touched slightly, he dies and its game over. Protect the line and protect yourself is the main message here.

The Last Guy is not all about gameplay but it has its own personal and different style too. The Last Guy actually employs a great deal of strategy. Every city has a different lay out and escape zone, some have large escape zones and others have little ones tucked in the corner surrounded by enemies, some have groups of people that are stuck in building’s that require much more to rescue than a simple snatch and grab. Figuring out the zombie patrol patterns, micromanaging your time, and forward thinking your escape routes are the keys of victory. Obviously you aren’t going to get top notch face melting graphics, but the cities are well polished and the scope is rather large on some levels while the horror music can best be described as perky.

There’s a good level of difficulty; a few levels make you want to kill a puppy (PETA, this is a joke) because they’re tough but getting past them is rewarding. Disappointingly, you can probably finish all 15 levels in a rather casual weekend. I understand that this is a PlayStation Network game and this game gives a rather casual approach, but a longer game would have been nice too. There is a lot to come back for added play through after all the levels are done. Every level has four hidden VIP’s hidden in it, whether or not you want to go back and save them is up to you. These VIPs give you bonus points when each levels ends so if you want to better your score, rescue those VIPs. Another problem is that there are no Trophies. With the rise of a promise of a new trophy system, there is not much support around for an odd reason. Even for such a “new” title,  trophies need to be available now that the PlayStation Network supports them.

The Last Guy is an outstanding title, and it is funny and challenging. Yeah, it’s rather simple looking, but after you’ve played being humanity’s last hope several dozens of times, you’re going to be plotting your path across the maps when you put the controller away.

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  1. As always, nice reviews.

  2. Cool and detailed

  3. Ty

  4. Sounds a little arcadey and simple but there’s more to it than I thought with the people being in buildings.

  5. When the only thing you can really complain about a game is the difficulty and the entrance fee to start playing that game, I think it’s pretty clear we have a winner.

    Which is awesome, because this is such a unique project. Thanks for the review!

  6. Another amazing review from WhatIfGaming 😀

    Lajk192 replied on August 29th, 2008 4:27 AM:

    It’s so obvious now that these guys are THEE site to go to.

    Lajk192 replied on August 29th, 2008 4:27 AM:

    Not just for games, but hardware games music and a lot of other stuff

  7. This is why I visit here every hour. Always checking back.

  8. 😀

  9. sounds good…im still not sold on this game though for some reason… :/ looks like another cool unique psn title tho! does anyone know when its out for other territories?

  10. a friend told me I could choose a rectangle from Google Maps und just play. That was a very exciting idea, even if it would result in many, many unplayable areas.

    This way it´s more playable, but also less exciting. 😉

  11. デモ行進 game. Can’t really see how that kind of game, even with a ton of levels, could have lasting appeal-I think one level would be better, because then you’d try to best your own score over and over as opposed to just trying to complete the game. Either way, really nice review

    genieinthebottle replied on August 29th, 2008 1:33 AM:


    Lajk192 replied on August 29th, 2008 4:26 AM:

    ??? What game is that. are you japanese? You comment here a lot in japanese 😀

  12. Really nice review.

  13. As long as they don’t charge for new maps, I’ll buy it

  14. I just watched the trailer again, and think I’m going to pick up the Japan Premium version. I’ve got ¥1,200 sitting on my Japanese PSN account, so why not?

    Plus, I lived in Asakusa longer than anywhere else I’ve lived in Japan, so it’ll be like playing in my old back yard. ^.^

    (For the record, though, most of the game maps in the trailer are actually in Sumida-ku, across the Sumida River from Asakusa, which is in Taito-ku. They do use Kaminarimon (the big red gate) for the logo at the end of the trailer, and that is in Asakusa. I lived a few blocks from the Asahi Beer building, which is that big golden blob you seen in some of the scenes from the trailer.)

    Lajk192 replied on August 29th, 2008 4:26 AM:

    Hrm cool

  15. If the only way you can make your game exciting is by putting a time limit in it, you need to rethink things. I do not buy timed games (unless it is like Eden where it makes sense and you have the chance to increase it). I was so disappointed when I bought Echochrome and saw there was a time limit. I just want to take my time and wrap my head around the puzzle properly and not feel rushed through it. Nothing pisses me off more in a game than to get to the very end of something that took a lot of work to get through only to fail by a mere second, or less.

    Lajk192 replied on August 29th, 2008 4:26 AM:

    LOL. reminds me of Eden. It was bulls#i@

  16. Looks like a cool game regardles

  17. Super cool review

  18. Really nice

  19. Downloading now. Excited 😀

    Lajk192 replied on August 29th, 2008 4:26 AM:

    Nice man

  20. Oh okay cool.

  21. I have a 360, but this sounds like my kind of title. :)

  22. Liked this a lot.

  23. Making me wish I had a PS3 now

  24. Graphics don’t look good at all but you sold me with the review as usual

  25. Thanks 😀

  26. 😉

  27. Sounds amazing 😀

  28. Must buy :)

  29. I’m definitely getting this.

  30. Thanks for this review :)

  31. Downloading nowwwwww

  32. 😀

  33. Nice

  34. Nice review!

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