Unlike Spec Ops: The Line, which challenges the player to get them to think, The Last Dogma almost feels like it doesn’t care if you actually play it and figures it might as well mess with you from time to time while you’re here. […] No matter how you come away from it, it’s the sort of experience you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.
– Hardcore Gaming 101
Special. The Last Dogma has everything of the nanar. Atypical, its spring is found as soon as it deconstructs the myth of the video game to play on its corpse, with a smile. […] Apparently, freedom has a price too, but in Darko’s view, spitting in the soup is not vulgar. Especially when, after having done it, he observes the stunned look of people when he brings his bowl to his lips. A moment of absolute tenderness, to be reserved for the most seasoned. The others will pass their way.
– Jeux Video
The Last Dogma is a surreal black comedy exploration adventure game set in the year 1999 of an alternate reality world, where US actively campaigns for world domination after being disappointed with the results of the Cold War. Inspired by the history of humankind, free of clichés and moral borders, made in Hell.
You play as Sebastian Arise, an ATF special agent tasked with the tracking and eradication of local firearms dealers. One day straightforward tracking mission turns into disaster, thrusting him into the village of cannibalistic Christian cult known as “Holy Intentions”. Entwined in a web of intrigues between emotion-feeding daemons, Sebastian must keep his senses sharp as he travels back in 1366 A.D. to stop the things he shouldn’t stop.
The game is a reimagining of Sacred Line Genesis, horror adventure game for Sega Genesis / Mega Drive.
You might dig it, if you like Killer7, Deadly Premonition, Only If, Postal, Normality, Pathologic and movies of Richard Kelly, David Lynch and Quentin Dupieux.
The game was put by XGN on the “Top 10 Worst Games of 2015” list by XGN, along with Hatred and Devil’s Third. It was also put 1st on the “Top Ten Worst Games of 2015” list by Gameskinny, sharing it with such games as Mimpi and Tormentum: Dark Sorrow.
– Unpredictable, surreal and grimdark story which features two completely different storylines
– Narrated by
rockstars actors of Kholat, Stasis, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Strike Vector and Deadstar
– Original soundtrack featuring epic orchestral music, melodic instrumental rock, outlandish ambient and shamisen dance electro
– Atmospheric open-ended locations open for exploration, each with its own mood and color scheme
– Many well-hidden secrets, including hidden NPCs and whole “Secret World” story campaign featuring The Narrator
– Half-arsed hotkey based adventure system with the use of “Look,” “Investigate”, “Talk” and “Take” commands
– Completely DRM-free, you can copy the game on the potato and play it on the moon (being completely offline)
– Absolutely devoid of toilet humor and doesn’t have a single line about ass
“This is the sort of game that feels like it gets made because the people involved just wanted to do it, not because they thought about how to entertain an audience or sell a ton of copies. Everything is indulgence, done because why not? That’s almost commendable. Sometimes art just gets made because the artist wanted to make it, what the audience thinks or their own limitations be damned, and that’s something that rarely happens in games outside of sad, personal expression projects. The Last Dogma is filled with venom and spite, but in an endearing way. No matter how you come away from it, it’s the sort of experience you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.”
YES – Hardcore Gaming 101
“I truly value independent efforts, and even more when they take risks as high as the ones taken in ‘The Last Dogma’, so while, maybe the final product is not as great as it could have been, it’s fair to say that I’m looking forward to new developments from Sasha Darko and his crew.”
79/100 – Guns and Pixels
“Spécial. The Last Dogma a tout du nanar. Atypique, son ressort il le trouve dès qu’il déconstruit le mythe du jeu vidéo pour jouer sur son cadavre, le sourire aux lèvres. Narcissique, assumé, The Last Dogma est un feu d’artifices dans la galerie des jeux qui veulent absolument pasticher le système et la scène. Enfin le pastiche a tout de même ses limites, 6.99$. La liberté a aussi un prix apparemment, mais dans l’optique de Darko : cracher dans la soupe n’a rien de vulgaire. Surtout lorsqu’après l’avoir fait, il observe le regard des gens médusés, lorsqu’il porte son bol à ses lèvres. Un moment de tendresse absolue, à réserver aux plus aguerris. Les autres passeront leur chemin.”
8/20 – Jeux Video
“It’s a very surrealist take on a rapid descent into madness of current political affairs. There’s enough plot ends going at any given time that it can be a bit confusing, but for my part, I rather quite enjoyed the sense of working out this bizarre world, and to it’s credit it does work out. I also enjoyed the fact that beyond a simple overaching point there really isn’t any judgement made here.”
Neutral – Highland Arrow
“This is a game for those who loves b-movies, absurd conspiracies, random LULZ, unconventional videogames that don’t take themselves too seriously, Francis York Morgan and the narrator from Stanley Parable. The Last Dogma is a low-budget surreal story that plays with meta-references, social jokes, unpredictable stories and nonsense characters.”
Positive – We Are Complicated (Unseen 64 Side Project)
“Если пофантазировать, что не-игры существуют, то можно сказать, что перед нами пред-не-игра и пост-игра. Не в рамках времени и культурного значения, а в рамках игрового дизайна и задач. Жалобы на “симуляторы ходьбы” не закончатся никогда, жалобы на “истощение на смыслы” в новых играх тоже никогда не закончатся. Так почем бы вам всем не поиграть в пред-не-пост-игру? Может, конечно, уровень абстракции проекта изначально должен быть куда более высоким, но игровое наполнение идеально вписывается и держит его. Очень хороший пример, когда можно зайти сразу с многих сторон, потому что они есть и есть они очень явно.”
Positive – ARTGAMESSYS
“Si vous aimez les jeux bizarres flirtant avec l’horreur, si vous voulez découvrir la vision de l’auteur sur un monde parallèle au notre, enfin, si vous vous demandez quelle est la frontière entre les cauchemars et la réalité, alors, ne vous refusez pas The Last Dogma. Le jeu est disponible sur Steam et l’acheter est un acte militant.”
Neutral – GRAAL
The Last Dogma has a lot going for it, including advanced 3D graphics which enhance the story. It’s also as pleasing to the ears as it is to the eyes, with a diverse soundtrack and high-quality voice acting. The dark, unusual story has no heroes – not even you.
Indie Game Mag
The real charm of this game is that it’s clearly the vision of one single person. While rough around the edges in a way that you don’t ever see in mainstream gaming, you’re going to ultimately get a more personal, interesting experience.
The game is a throwback to old-school classics like Quarantine or Normality, where you’re dealing with an off-kilter society in an alternate reality where strange things are expected to happen and mind-boggling concepts are the norm.