There was a little event held for The Last Story in Japan yesterday, and after it was over, Nintendo and Mistwalker released a new video featuring heavy amounts of the game’s battle system in action. What is of special note here is the amount of strategy that is involved. I assume this isn’t required, but will certainly help you defeat groups of enemies.
First, notice the cover/shooting system, which almost works similar to Valkyria Chronicles, from the looks of it. You can sneak up on an enemy, pop around a corner and dispatch one before the group even notices. Secondly, later in the video you see one of your party members casting a spell that takes several seconds, while you go out and pull enemies back to your group so they can be engulfed in the chaos that is unleashed. This would likely take timing and practice to be able to pull off.
I also liked how you could position your party members and leave them, to go out and pull enemies back to you or take out one secretly before they even know what hit them, which is oddly reminiscent of Dragon Age: Origins.
The Last Story is shaping up to be one of the best RPGs on the Nintendo Wii yet. To me, it honestly looks more like a PS3 title than a game set for release on Nintendo’s system. The game is set to release in Japan next month, on January 27, 2011. No North American date has been announced yet, but I have a hard time believing this won’t come to our side of the Pacific. Hit the break to check out the trailer.