Last Stop Game Review | Available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series X / S
If you’re a fan of story-driven games, you’ll want to check out a new indie called Last Stop, which gives a decidedly British twist to some familiar sci-fi tropes. It is an adventure of body exchange and mystery-solving embellished with a sarcastic humor that pierces the banality of London life.
Last Stop is developed by Variable State (whose previous project was a 2016 mystery game called Virginia) and published by Annapurna Interactive (a California-based company that has carved out a niche in recent years with clever and creative titles such as Outer Wilds. , Donut County and What Remains of Edith Finch).
So the game has a solid pedigree behind it, which consistently shines. Over a period of approximately six hours, the game guides the player through three intriguing tales of strange events in London, before weaving them together into a satisfying conclusion.
Last Stop is our last RadioTimes.com Game of the week, and we bet it will appeal to any fan of episodic, quirky, UK-centric sci-fi series like Doctor Who. Plus, as a bonus, it’s included at no additional cost to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. If this sounds like your cup of tea, read on for our full review!
Last Stop mixes goofy British humor and slang with big sci-fi ideas in its three story strands, each with their own title: In Paper Dolls, there’s a Freaky Friday body swap between a middle-aged man and his young neighbor (who does a horrible job in the gaming industry); in Stranger Danger, you play as a teenage student who finds herself in a strange situation one night with her friends, meeting a bizarre being in the process; and in Home Affairs, you play as a secret agent whose employers have been very devious lately.
Each of these narrative strands has six short episodes (they are around 20 minutes each), and this structure works very well, making it feel like the overall experience of uncovering the story is going through a set. from your favorite TV show. . Each episode even begins with a recap of the story so far, although there is an option to skip that if you prefer.
Gradually, the intrigues converge – with the unlikely help of an employee of a vaping shop, in a particularly ironic sequence – and you will end up digging the truth behind some mysterious events which occurred in the subway. from London several years earlier.
The story of Last Stop unfolds in a few twists and turns, and it leads to places you might not have expected – saying a lot more on this front could accidentally tip into spoiler territory, but suffice it to say that we recommend that you stick with Last Stop until the end so you can see how it all goes (you even get some great choices that can change the endings).
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Some stories sag a bit towards the middle of the game, but it’s worth sticking to – there are some good payouts at the end. And the main characters are also well developed, each of them going through the wringer and exiting the other side changed. Without overtly forcing any moral lesson, the game always has something to say about the human condition and about the protection of each other.
If you are looking for an action-adventure experience, however, it should be noted that Last Stop is not really that kind of game. Although there are a few times when you will need to press certain buttons to get it right. If a character sneaks, rushes or interacts with objects, most of the time your job is to guide the characters from one conversation to another.
You’ll be doing a fair bit of walking and decision-making, but the action side isn’t meant to be the focal point. In terms of pure gaming experience, then, you can’t really say that Last Stop offers anything too exciting, but the story itself – and the characters you’re going to love – more than makes up for that.
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Some gamers may also find the graphics a bit too simple and cartoonish, especially if you spend most of your time with big AAA games. That being said, however, there are some nice creations and some visually pleasing moments later, even though the main character models and early environments are pretty straightforward.
Plus, the dubbing is solid from the entire cast – the feuds between Brennan Reece’s Jack and James Doherty’s John, the pair being traded, are particularly enjoyable – and there’s a lovely orchestral score by Lyndon Holland, which has also co-wrote the game with Jonathan Burroughs and co-directed it with Burroughs and Terry Kenny. This great audio work really helps elevate the experience, and it will probably keep you from worrying about lo-fi graphics.
Overall, therefore, Last Stop is an easy game to recommend. The interwoven storyline and colorful cast of characters will definitely grow on you, and there’s plenty of humor to be enjoyed along the way until some big sci-fi surprises at the end. It really is a beautiful trip to take.
And if you’re a Doctor Who fan waiting patiently for Doctor Who Series 13 and Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality, this game’s similar mix of sci-fi and Britishness will do just fine in the meantime.
Last Stop is out now on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch. We have reviewed the PC version.
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