PLANET OF THE APES: LAST FRONTIER
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 24, 2017
To be honest, I didn't even know this game was coming until it was practically standing at our doorstep. But I'm a sucker for the movies; Hell, I love everything with "Planet of the Apes" in the title! So yeah, I definitely want to play this game.
As soon as I started this game, I knew it would be something awesome. I don't know why exactly, but the music and video of the main menu screen gave me the idea that this was going to be an intense experience. The graphics looks awesome and everything is very detailed: face expressions, hairs, environment, it all looks absolutely stunning!
You can play this game with a controller or a special app on your mobile phone, which works fine by the way. The app features Playlink, so everyone with this app can join the game. Up to four players can join in the fun, which means the decision-making is going to be influenced by more than one player (if you do not decide to play solo, that is). If you don't all agree on a choice, the majority rules. You might even end up in a tie, which leaves you with two options: you can either discuss the matter and come to an agreement as to what the choice will be, or one of the players can use a tie breaker which overrules the answers of the other players. But beware; once you've used your tiebreaker you can't use it again until all the other players have used theirs.
Throughout the entire game, most choices you'll have to make come with a time limit. There are, however, also a number of actions you may need to trigger. These actions will directly influence the rest of the story, so choose wisely before bashing the X button. If you play this game with more than one player, the action will only be triggered if all players push the X button and because of the time limit there is not a lot of time to discuss your current predicament.
The prologue is told by Bryn, the middle son of the leader of the ape tribe. We see wall paintings and Bryn explains how the apes traveled and found sanctuary in a mountain range, where they have lived ever since escaping human rule. After this, we meet a group of people. Their leader, Tom Ross, has just passed away. At his funeral it is announced that his wife Jess volunteered to continue his work. Both human and apes have the same basic problem; winter is coming. This means it's going to be cold and there is not enough food to feed the whole group. And if that wasn't enough, both groups have to deal with relations with family and friends, and let's just say they don't always live happily ever after at this moment.
The main and only thing you'll be doing in this game is making decisions and truly enjoy watching the consequences. In the first chapter I thought that this might become boring at some point, but the story is so good that you're never bored; not even for a second! Especially when you love the movies, you going to thoroughly enjoy this. Plus, there are many moments in the game in which you'll have to make a decision, so it's not like you have to wait for fifteen minutes to take action. It would have been nice if the developers made comment notes for you about your choices, like in the Telltale Games. Comments like "He/she will remembered this" appearing in the corner of your screen do have impact in my opinion. But then again, your choices always have an impact on something or somebody, so I guess the developers thought you are wise enough to think ahead, right?
I loved it how the apes and humans have similar problems, just like in the movies. Not having enough food is one thing that always causes trouble within a group, and doesn't fail to do so here. But doubting your leader and trying to do the right thing is the main reason for real problems and fights.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is an awesome game for everyone who loves the movies and/or is a big fan of the interactive movie type of games. The graphics and soundtrack are awesome and the story is really well written. It almost makes you wish our earth really was post-apocalyptic and we had troubles with the apes!
PLANET OF THE APES: LAST FRONTIER
The Imaginati Studios
November 21, 2017