Last Resort (video game)

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Last Resort
Last Resort arcade flyer.jpg
European Arcade flyer with art by Shinkiro
Developer(s)SNK
Publisher(s)
Producer(s)Yasumi Tozono
Designer(s)Eri Koujitani
Hajime Itō
Khozoh Nagashima
Programmer(s)Takefumi Yamamoto
Composer(s)Toshio Shimizu
Yasuo Yamate
Platform(s)
Release
Genre(s)Horizontally scrolling shooter
Mode(s)
CabinetUpright
Arcade systemNeo Geo MVS
CPUM68000 (@ 12 MHz),
Z80A (@ 4 MHz)
SoundYM2610 (@ 8 MHz)[1]
DisplayRaster, 320 × 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

Last Resort[a] is an arcade shoot 'em up video game by SNK released in 1992. It was also released for the Neo-Geo and Neo Geo CD systems,[2][3] SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 for the PS2, PSP, and Wii, as well as ACA Neo-Geo for the PS4 and Xbox One. Its gameplay was heavily inspired by R-Type and its system of a pod attached to the player's ship.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay screenshot showcasing Brucken, the first boss of the game.

The object of the game is to fight through five stages and destroy the end stage bosses by aiming for their weak points. The player maneuvers both a cyber jet and (once procured) an indestructible robot drone which acts both as a shield against small projectiles (similar to the Dino 246 drone in Pulstar and Blazing Star) and an additional weapon with multi-directional fire and concussion launch capabilities. The robot drone can be toggled to a stoptrack position or to rotate around the cyber jet. The cyber jet can be upgraded with three levels of three types of firepower and faster jet speed by collecting the corresponding power-ups.

Plot[edit]

Many years in the future, mankind has developed the technology for space colonization. However, a mysterious computer virus infects the primary computer running man's first space station, causing it not only to affect its automated defenses, but to convince other humans to side with it. The computer attacks Earth so often that Earth's only hope is put into advanced spaceships wielding great firepower.

Development and release[edit]

Last Resort was developed by former Irem staff members.[4]

Reception[edit]

Contemporary reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(Neo Geo) 46.25%[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame(Neo Geo) 2.5/5 stars[6]
EGM(Neo Geo) 21 / 40[7]
Consolemania(Neo Geo) 85 / 100[8]
Consoles +(Neo Geo) 95%[9]
Hobby Consolas(Neo Geo) 94 / 100[10]
Hobby Hi-Tech(Neo Geo CD) 6 / 10[11]
Joypad(Neo Geo) 90%[12]
Joystick(Neo Geo) 92%[13]
Megablast(Neo Geo) 85%[14]
Mega Fun(Neo Geo) 87%[15]
Neo Geo Freak(Arcade) 10 / 20[16]
Player One(Neo Geo) 91%[17]
Power Play(Neo Geo) 89%[18]
Ultimate Future Games(Neo Geo CD) 87%[19]
VideoGames(Neo Geo) 5 / 10[20]

In Japan, Game Machine listed Last Resort on their May 15, 1992 issue as being the thirteenth most-successful table arcade unit of the year, outperforming titles such as Hat Trick Hero and Tecmo World Cup '90.[21] The game received mixed reception from critics and reviewers since its release in arcades and later on Neo Geo platforms.[22][23][24][25] The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly panned the Neo Geo AES version, commenting that it has impressive graphics and sounds but crippling slowdown and extremely short length, problems they found especially unforgivable given the console's powerful hardware and the cartridge's high price. They gave it a 5.25 out of 10.[7]

Retrospective reviews[edit]

Retrospective assessments
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(Switch) 80%[26]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Nintendo Life(Switch) 8 / 10[27]
Bonus Stage(Switch) 8 / 10[28]
HonestGamers(Neo Geo) 2/5 stars[29]
Video Chums(Switch) 3/5 stars[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ラスト・リゾート Hepburn: Rasuto Rizōto

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Neo•Geo CD: The Arcade In A Box - Last Resort". GamePro. No. Premiere Supplement. IDG. Spring 1996. p. 105. Archived from the original on 2018-11-29. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
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  7. ^ a b Harris, Steve; Semrad, Ed; Alessi, Martin; Williams, Ken (July 1992). "Review Crew - Neo Geo - Last Resort". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 36. Sendai Publishing. p. 24.
  8. ^ Corrado, Davide (September 1992). "Last Resort (Neo Geo)". Consolemania (in Italian). No. 11. Xenia Edizioni. p. 41.
  9. ^ Menier, Marc; Douglas (June 1992). "Neo Geo Review - Last Resort". Consoles + (in French). No. 10. M.E.R.7. pp. 60–61.
  10. ^ García, Marcos (October 1992). "Neo Geo - Maquina Total - Last Resort". Hobby Consolas (in Spanish). No. 13. Axel Springer SE. pp. 118–121.
  11. ^ "Reportaje - Clásicos en CD -- Titulos disponibles para el nuevo formato de SNK: Last Resort". Hobby Hi-Tech (in Spanish). No. 1. Axel Springer SE. March 1995. p. 28.
  12. ^ Morisse, Jean-François; Demoly, Jean-Marc (June 1992). "Test - Neo Geo - Last Resort". Joypad (in French). No. 9. Yellow Media. pp. 64–65.
  13. ^ Demoly, Jean-Marc (June 1992). "Tests - Neo Geo - Last Resort". Joystick (in French). No. 28. Anuman Interactive. p. 123.
  14. ^ F., Reinhard (January 1992). "SNK - Neo Geo - Last Resort". Megablast (in German). No. 1. Joker-Verlag. p. 60.
  15. ^ Noak, Philipp; Hellert, Stefan (August 1993). "Special - Neo Geo - Last Resort". Mega Fun (in German). No. 11. CT Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. pp. 28–30. Archived from the original on 2018-10-21. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  16. ^ "NF編集部にまる - ネオジオゲームㇱインレビュー: ラストリゾート". Neo Geo Freak (in Japanese). No. 25. Geibunsha. June 1997. pp. 124–128.
  17. ^ Drevet, Cyril (June 1992). "Tests De Jeux - Neo Geo - Last Resort". Player One (in French). No. 21. Média Système Édition. pp. 86–87. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  18. ^ Gaksch, Martin (July 1992). "Videospiele / Tests - Last Resort". Power Play (in German). No. 52. Future Verlag. pp. 132–133.
  19. ^ "Last Resort (Neo Geo CD) - Bags of plasma death". Ultimate Future Games. No. 3. Future Publishing. February 1995. p. 92. Archived from the original on 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  20. ^ Eddy, Andy (July 1992). "Video-Game Reviews - Last Resort (SNK) For the Neo•Geo". VideoGames & Computer Entertainment. No. 42. L.F.P., Inc. p. 110.
  21. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 426. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 May 1992. p. 29.
  22. ^ "Preview - Neo Geo -- Last Resort". Computer and Video Games. No. 126. Future Publishing. May 1992. p. 90. Archived from the original on 2019-08-10. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  23. ^ Knauf, Andreas (June 1992). "News - Neo Geo - Mutation Nation". Video Games (in German). No. 7. Future-Verlag. p. 16.
  24. ^ Y. Pout, Willy (July 1992). "Neo•Geo Preview: Last Resort". GamePro. No. 36. IDG. p. 78.
  25. ^ Yanma; Itabashi (July 1992). "Super Soft 大特集 - 今、『NEO・GEO』がおもしろい!: ラスト・リゾート". Micom BASIC Magazine (in Japanese). No. 121. The Dempa Shimbunsha Corporation. p. 206.
  26. ^ "ACA NeoGeo: Last Resort for Nintendo Switch". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-02-07. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
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