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Almost every good piece of design in Last Encounter is knocked down multiple pegs thanks to an oppressive grind. It successfully manages to invest you in the world and its systems, before quickly erecting barriers that direct away from the interesting features. Had the game been a bit more generous with its upgrades, or toned down the monotony, this could have been a solid roguelike.
Last Encounter can be fun sometimes, but most of the time it lacks balance and stacks up the odds against you.
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In short, Last Encounter has a neat concept, but fails to follow through with it. A good challenge is the lifeblood of a videogame, especially when it comes to roguelikes. If the level of difficulty is incapable of matching and growing with the player's skill and arsenal, then there's no purpose in continuing to play. Before long, what should be a thrilling run deep into enemy territory becomes nothing more than a thirty-minute spectacle of light and sound. Anyone who picks this title up will inevitably face a tough choice. Do they make full use of the overpowered weapon system, knowing that they will rarely have any fun, or do they ignore everything, thereby stripping the game of its identity?
With so many roguelike twin-stick shooters out there, Last Encounter remains an overall enjoyable yet middling experience.
At its core, Last Encounter provides a fun experience that borrows elements from the shoot-em-up, while embracing roguelike qualities of randomization, and implementing plenty of customization.
I think Exordium Games did a great job developing this game. No wonder that it was nominated for Best Indie Game and Official Pax Rising Selection awards. One thing I didn’t like which I mentioned earlier is the avatar creation. I think it’s better to have a customizable avatar when it comes to stats. Overall, I enjoyed it. I have played a couple of similar titles and I think this would be one of my favorites. I also think that it’s more fun if played with others so having an online multiplayer option would be great. I would recommend this to my friends and family and it’s definitely worth to try.
Last Encounter is a brilliant Shoot ‘Em Up. Exordium Games have really designed a unique styled experience in a class where there’s plenty of competition. With plenty of base customization between the available pilots as well as the ships they can operate, the upgrades become the icing on the cake as you explore the space beyond the gate in hopes of perhaps finding a new start for our just about extinct species.