The Variable State team know a thing or two about making interactive dramas. After previously wowing the gaming crowd with the first person adventures of Virginia, it is they who have gone all third person with the London based narrative experience of Last Stop. And right now it’s available to play on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch and PC – with the power of Xbox Game Pass pushing it out to an even bigger crowd of players.
Available today – as in right now – Last Stop is Variable State’s latest immersive tale, one that takes us off to a present day London town as we take in the lives of three separate characters. It’s these strangers who come together as one, with their worlds colliding all as a mysterious supernatural crisis takes hold.
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- – Donna, a spaced-out high-schooler who feels trapped by her stifling home life and her overprotective big sister. Away from home, Donna seeks teenage thrills with her friends Becky and Vivek, but gets more than she bargained for when the trio become unexpected kidnappers in a game of amateur detective gone wrong.
- – John, an overworked middle-aged single dad. Burdened with debt and the pressures of being an only parent, John jealously pines after the free and easy life of his twenty-something bachelor neighbour, Jack. When the pair unwittingly fall foul of a vengeful stranger, a cursed artefact threatens to transform their lives forever.
- – Meena, a ruthlessly ambitious professional who struggles to find the same satisfaction with her family that she does in the thrill of her work. As Meena vies with an upstart colleague for a crucial promotion, something ancient stirs in the basement beneath her workplace.
Priced at £20.99 from the Xbox Store, or available as one of those glorious free-to-play downloads should you have an Xbox Game Pass subscription, Last Stop is three stories in one – and when you consider what Variable State did with their last narrative, we’re super excited for what this brings.
Things get better though and with Annapurna Interactive on board as well – they behind some crackers like Kentucky Route Zero and Outer Wilds – along with a soundtrack that has been put together by the BAFTA winning Lyndon Holland, and we’re not really sure how things in Last Stop can be anything other than utterly superb.
Should you be after a new narrative to get your teeth into and reckon Variable’s game about secret lives, magic and the mundane is for you, get over to a digital store of your choosing. We obviously advise a trip to the Xbox Store for those looking for Xbox One and Xbox Series X downloads, but you’ll also find the game rolling out on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and PC too.
Make sure you keep an eye out for our full review of Last Stop on Xbox Series X very soon too. it promises to be a good one too – if only as we included Last Stop in our Up Next article focusing on the finest games to launch in July 2021.
A video game about secret lives, the ties that bind and how magic can be found in the mundane. Last Stop is a single-player third-person adventure set in present day London. Written and developed by Variable State, creators of the award-winning Virginia, Last Stop tells three interconnected tales featuring three playable main characters.