Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Last Night 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
Set in the distant future where machines outperform humans in ability, creativity, and productivity, civilisation has entered an era of leisure, where people consume rather than create. However, inequality still persists as the disadvantaged are left behind as the rest of society enjoys easier days. You play Charlie, a disillusioned and desperate second-class citizen who, due to a childhood accident, is unable to live like the rest of the people he sees. When an opportunity to escape the hopelessness of his life materialises, you enter a story of violence, deception, and greed that peels back the veneer of utopia and exposes the world for what it really is.
Play involves exploring the four main city districts and talking to the characters you meet along the way. You learn information that can help you on your secretive mission. At times, you need to sneak around dark alleyways and avoid detection by police and security drones, and sometimes find yourself needing to resort to violence and intimidation to serve your means or escape from a deadly situation.
The result is a game that challenges you not only through firefights, stealth, and intricate conversations but also asks you to re-examine your ideas of purpose and meaning in a world ever more dominated by machines and artificial intelligence.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although the mechanics of the game could be enjoyed by younger players, to understand the themes and interactive with the narrative elements you require some life experience. Younger players who are empathetic and good at interpreting complex relationships may also enjoy this.
The Last Night
|Xbox Series X|S||-|
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: Mac, PC and Xbox Series X|S
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
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