Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Review
Last Frontier is nothing more than a mildly interactive movie, where you sit back and direct the narrative through a series of guided choices. Playing this with non-gamers or people who like Planet of the Apes, may result in an engaging experience, but those looking for a more than dialogue choice may fall prey to boredom very quickly.

What is it?

An interactive chapter in the Planet of the Apes storyline, taking place between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), produced and featuring motion capture by Andy Serkis.

Is it any good?

Unlike the popular interactive storytelling found in the Telltale games, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier  features nice graphics and a neat script, but offers little in terms of gameplay. The only interaction players have is when a dialogue choice must be made. You can’t control characters or participate in any ‘real’ gameplay, Last Frontier is essentially a movie that allows you to guide its narrative through sparse decision making.

The game is probably at its best when played with a group of friends, as each person can choose their favourite dialogue option and whichever one ends up with the most votes, wins. Extra players can participate via the use of a joypad or the PlayLink app on their mobile phone, which makes it accessible to more people. It’s also pretty neat that your decision making can lead to one of three different endings.

Anything bad to report?

Having more interaction in-game would probably have held my attention for longer.

Should you buy it?

The fact that this is more of an interactive movie, than an actual game, will turn a lot of people off. If, however, you’re looking for a choice-driven narrative experience that can be easily accessed by anyone (regardless of their gaming experience) then hop right in and enjoy!

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