History VideoGame / TheLastExpress

12th Apr '17 2:24:28 PM Gosicrystal
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** The text of the official strategy guide is pretty snarky too.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: At one point, Cath must steal [[spoiler:the Firebird egg]] for Kronos, while also stealing a briefcase full of money from Kronos to show to August Schmidt. While you can lose the spoilered item, have it stolen back, give it to Kronos, or never find it at all, the game takes into account whether or not you also stole the briefcase if Kronos gets the item, and reacts accordingly. What makes this more impressive is that Kronos getting his hands on the item results in a NonstandardGameOver, meaning they thought of all of this for a path that leads to a bad ending.
** Also, meeting August Schmidt for the first time is a scripted event that has to take place. You have to go out of your way to avoid him, but eventually, you'll have no choice but to talk to him, making part of the deal with him about his merchandise.

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* DevelopersForesight:
** The text of the official strategy guide is pretty snarky too.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
At one point, Cath must steal [[spoiler:the Firebird egg]] for Kronos, while also stealing a briefcase full of money from Kronos to show to August Schmidt. While you can lose the spoilered item, have it stolen back, give it to Kronos, or never find it at all, the game takes into account whether or not you also stole the briefcase if Kronos gets the item, and reacts accordingly. What makes this more impressive is that Kronos getting his hands on the item results in a NonstandardGameOver, meaning they thought of all of this for a path that leads to a bad ending.
** Also, meeting Meeting August Schmidt for the first time is a scripted event that has to take place. You have to go out of your way to avoid him, but eventually, you'll have no choice but to talk to him, making part of the deal with him about his merchandise.
11th Apr '17 6:35:57 PM rjd1922
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* AllThereInTheManual: The story works just fine if you don't check, but the official web site ([[http://lastexpress.markmoran.net/ mirror]]) and the official strategy guide have a bit of background on the characters. Playing the game without these just dips you in headfirst.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The story works just fine if you don't check, but the official web site ([[http://lastexpress.([[https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20140215192446/http://lastexpress.markmoran.net/ mirror]]) and the official strategy guide have a bit of background on the characters. Playing the game without these just dips you in headfirst.



* SweetPollyOliver: One of the Black Hand. Nobody's fooled.

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* SweetPollyOliver: One Vesna, one of the Black Hand. Nobody's fooled.
10th Mar '17 7:37:39 PM derpdonkey
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* ActionGirl: Anna, in the second half of the game. SHe pulls her gun on just about every named character left on the train car.

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* ActionGirl: Anna, in the second half of the game. SHe She pulls her gun on just about every named character left on the train car.
5th Mar '17 2:42:36 PM Puterboy1
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* The station at Budapest featured in the game is depicted with railway lines going through instead of terminating like the Keleti, Nyugati and Déli stations in real life.

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* ** The station at Budapest featured in the game is depicted with railway lines going through instead of terminating like the Keleti, Nyugati and Déli stations in real life.



* BoundAndGagged: Robert and Anna after the Slavs take over the train.

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* BoundAndGagged: Robert and Anna after the Slavs Serbs take over the train.



** The text of the official strategy guide is pretty snarky too.



* DuelBoss: All of the games fight scenes are one-on-one, Cath vs. someone else. Notably, Cath is unarmed in all but the last of these fights, and the weapon he uses there is only obtained from the previous boss after Cath [[spoiler:throws the guy off the top of the train]].

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* DuelBoss: All of the games fight scenes are one-on-one, Cath vs. someone else.a member of the four Serbian nationalists. Notably, Cath is unarmed in all but the last of these fights, and the weapon he uses there is only obtained from the previous boss after Cath [[spoiler:throws the guy off the top of the train]].



* GorgeousPeriodDress: Anna first appears wearing one, and Sophie sports one as well.

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: Anna first appears wearing one, and Sophie sports and Rebecca sport one as well.



** In reality, the Express did run again after the war in 1918.



* NoodleIncident: "Still angry about Cuba." Anna does bring it up early on, but Cath deflects it.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:George Abbot, bumbling British businessman... and spy.]]

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* NoodleIncident: "Still angry about Cuba." Anna does bring it up early on, when she is introduced to him by August, but Cath deflects it.
it by saying that he was planning to start a revolution in Mexico.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:George Abbot, bumbling a bumbling, loquacious British businessman... and spy.]]



* StockScream: The Wilhelm can be heard when [[spoiler:Cath tosses one of the Serbian terrorists off the top of the train.]]

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* StockScream: The Wilhelm can be heard when [[spoiler:Cath tosses one of the Serbian terrorists Salko off the top of the train.]]
5th Mar '17 2:35:28 PM Puterboy1
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* ArtisticLicense: In reality, the Orient Express would have been pulled by different locomotives for each country given the railway system and the production team acknowledges this. Ironically, there appear to be two locomotives represented to be the same one; in the computer generated and static art backgrounds, the engine is a 4-4-0 Belgian Dunalastair, which pulled trains like to Oostende-Wein Express, while the rotoscoped scenes which use a model train depict the locomotive as something of a custom made model with a Stephenson valve gear, a large boiler, a short funnel and a smokebox door.
* The station at Budapest featured in the game is depicted with railway lines going through instead of terminating like the Keleti, Nyugati and Déli stations in real life.
27th Feb '17 3:17:42 PM Kalaong
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* BilingualBackfire: The train has English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croation and Arabic passengers. Cath is American, but speaks ''[[CunningLinguist four]]'' of those languages. The only one on the train who doesn't assume he is monolingual is the [[NotNowKiddo little kid]] running around who speaks in French.

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* BilingualBackfire: The train has English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croation and Arabic passengers. Cath is American, but speaks English, French, German ''[[CunningLinguist four]]'' of those languages.and]]'' Russian, enabling him to eavesdrop as he pleases. The only one on the train who doesn't assume he is monolingual is the [[NotNowKiddo little kid]] running around who speaks in French.
21st Jan '17 5:55:04 PM KingLyger
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* BluffingTheMurderer: [spoiler:George Abbott knows Cath is the wanted American and Alexei is an anarchist, but he's not sure which person is the bigger threat. If you talk with him he casually mentions and notices many suspicious details about Cath, and he talks to Alexei later in a manner that offends his anarchist sensibilities, confirming both his suspicions when they quickly excuse themselves from the conversation.]]

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* BluffingTheMurderer: [spoiler:George [[spoiler:George Abbott knows Cath is the wanted American and Alexei is an anarchist, but he's not sure which person is the bigger threat. If you talk with him him, he casually mentions and notices many suspicious details about Cath, and he talks to Alexei later in a manner that offends his anarchist sensibilities, confirming both his suspicions when they quickly excuse themselves from the conversation.]]


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* ShameIfSomethingHappened: After defusing the bomb, Abbott says as much to Cath. While Abbott is willing to let a few things go, seeing as how Cath did just save the lives of the entire train, Abbott also none-too-subtly threatens Cath to work with the British Empire, lest the "official story" of what happened before the game paint Cath in a bad light.
21st Jan '17 5:43:15 PM KingLyger
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The whole story takes place in just under four days, starting in the evening of July 24th, 1914, and ending in the early morning of July 28th.
9th Jan '17 6:08:43 PM KingLyger
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Paris. July 24, 1914. The OrientExpress sits in the Gare de l'Est, bound for Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and Constantinople. Gendarmes look out from a balcony as an announcer warns of the train's imminent departure. A worried American looks out the door of the train car as it begins to pull out of the station. With a look of disappointment, he returns to the car.

As the train speeds through a French field, a motorcycle pulls alongside it in its travel. Two people have squeezed onto its frame. The passenger stands up on the motorcycle. Grasping at the rails, he makes a leap across to the door of the train, as the motorbike's driver pulls off her cap to reveal her long, flowing red hair. You are Robert Cath, wanted all across Europe. You have just boarded the Last Express.

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Paris. On July 24, 1914. 1914, The OrientExpress sits in the Gare de l'Est, in Paris, bound for Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and Constantinople. Gendarmes look out from a balcony as an announcer warns of the train's imminent departure.Constantinople. A worried American looks out the door of the train car as it begins to pull out of the station. With a look of disappointment, he returns to the car.

As the train speeds through a French field, a motorcycle pulls alongside it in its travel. Two people have squeezed onto its frame. The passenger stands up on the motorcycle. Grasping at the rails, he makes a leap across to the door of the train, as the motorbike's driver pulls off her cap to reveal her long, flowing red hair.landing with a hard thud, adjusting his coat and casually stepping inside. You are Robert Cath, wanted all across Europe. You have just boarded the Last Express.



* ActionGirl: Anna, in the second half of the game.

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* ActionGirl: Anna, in the second half of the game. SHe pulls her gun on just about every named character left on the train car.



* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Schmidt's arms deal was arranged only so it could be thwarted by Anna and give the Austrians and Germans an excuse to go to war with Serbia. It fails if either Anna dies, Schmidt cancels the deal, or Cath pushes the train on to Constantinople.]]

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* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Herr Schmidt's arms deal was arranged only so it could be thwarted by Anna and give the Austrians and Germans an excuse to go to war with Serbia. It fails if either Anna dies, Canonically, the deal falls through anyway, and Cath revealing the plan to Schmidt cancels the deal, or Cath pushes the train on to Constantinople.causes him a rather poignant moment of shock.]]



* BilingualBackfire: An ''integral'' story element. The train has English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croation and Arabic passengers. Cath is clearly English, but speaks ''[[CunningLinguist four]]'' of those languages. The only one on the train who ''doesn't'' assume he is monolingual is the [[NotNowKiddo little kid]] running around. This lets him eavesdrop with impunity save for...
* BilingualBonus: Although French, German and Russian dialogue has subtitles, there are none for Serbo-Croatian or Arabic, neither of which Cath knows.
** Also, although Cath can speak Russian, he apparently cannot read Cyrillic script and needs one of the Russian-speakers to translate the fairytale for him.
* BilingualDialogue: Done to the extreme.

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* BilingualBackfire: An ''integral'' story element. The train has English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croation and Arabic passengers. Cath is clearly English, American, but speaks ''[[CunningLinguist four]]'' of those languages. The only one on the train who ''doesn't'' doesn't assume he is monolingual is the [[NotNowKiddo little kid]] running around. This lets him eavesdrop with impunity save for...
around who speaks in French.
* BilingualBonus: Although French, German and Russian dialogue has subtitles, there are none for Serbo-Croatian or Arabic, neither of which Cath knows.
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knows. Also, although Cath can speak Russian, he apparently cannot read Cyrillic script and needs one of the Russian-speakers to translate the fairytale for him.
* BilingualDialogue: Done to Cath can speak four languages, and the extreme.languages he understands are subtitled. Those he doesn't understand are still spoken correctly, but have no subtitles.



* BluffingTheMurderer: Done by [[spoiler:George Abbott. He knows Cath is the wanted American and Alexei is an anarchist, but he's not sure which person is the bigger threat. If you talk with him he casually mentions and notices many suspicious details about Cath, and he talks to Alexei later in a manner that offends his anarchist sensibilities, confirming both his suspicions when they quickly excuse themselves from the conversation.]]

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* BluffingTheMurderer: Done by [[spoiler:George Abbott. He [spoiler:George Abbott knows Cath is the wanted American and Alexei is an anarchist, but he's not sure which person is the bigger threat. If you talk with him he casually mentions and notices many suspicious details about Cath, and he talks to Alexei later in a manner that offends his anarchist sensibilities, confirming both his suspicions when they quickly excuse themselves from the conversation.]]



* BreakTheCutie: Tatiana. Let's start with the fact that her grandfather is a Czarist and her lover is an anarchist bomber and say [[FromBadToWorse it only gets worse]] from there.

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* BreakTheCutie: Tatiana. Let's start with the fact that her Her grandfather is a Czarist and her lover is an anarchist bomber and say [[FromBadToWorse it only gets worse]] from there.



* ControllableHelplessness: Robert gets knocked out and tied up by Slav militants. After waking up, you can do nothing but fidget around until the book of matches falls out of his pocket, enabling him to burn through his bonds.
* CulturedBadass: Cath and Anna.

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* ControllableHelplessness: Robert ControllableHelplessness:
** Cath
gets knocked out and tied up by Slav militants. After waking up, you can do nothing but fidget around until the book of matches falls out of his pocket, enabling him to burn through his bonds.
** The first two fight scenes prevent Cath from fighting back. The only way to win the first fight is to keep dodging until Cath grabs his assailant's arm and twists their weapon away. The second fight is just dodging until someone intervenes.
* CulturedBadass: Cath is a CunningLinguist and Anna.a medical doctor, while Anna is a masterful violinist. Also, Kronos plays the piano with Anna in a duet.



** Also, meeting August Schmidt for the first time. Granted, you have to go out of your way to avoid him, but eventually, you'll have no choice but to talk to him, making part of the deal with him about his merchandise.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: WWI begins, Cath doesn't get the girl, Tatiana blows herself up, and the explanation of Tyler's death leaves something to be desired. The other ending hints at a sequel, but the player dies just afterwards. Not to mention, a good portion of the cast ends up dead.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tatiana.]]

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** Also, meeting August Schmidt for the first time. Granted, you time is a scripted event that has to take place. You have to go out of your way to avoid him, but eventually, you'll have no choice but to talk to him, making part of the deal with him about his merchandise.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: WWI begins, Cath doesn't get the girl, Tatiana blows herself up, and the explanation of Tyler's death leaves something to be desired. The other ending hints at a sequel, but the player dies just afterwards. Not to mention, a good portion of the cast ends up dead.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tatiana.Tatiana blows herself up with August's guns to prevent anyone else from getting their hands on them.]]



* EverybodySmokes
* ForegoneConclusion: It's too late to prevent the war; it's all a matter of being in the right place when it begins.

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* EverybodySmokes
EverybodySmokes: As fitting for the time period. Even Cath, who's supposed to be a doctor, smokes regularly.
* ForegoneConclusion: It's too late to prevent the war; it's World War I. It's all a matter of being in the right place when it begins.



* GorgeousPeriodDress

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* GorgeousPeriodDressGorgeousPeriodDress: Anna first appears wearing one, and Sophie sports one as well.



* HappyFunBall: [[spoiler:The Firebird.]]

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* HappyFunBall: [[spoiler:The Firebird.Firebird can turn into a mechanical attack drone.]]



* LadyOfWar: Anna.

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* LadyOfWar: Anna.Anna and Vesna, both of whom pull a gun and a knife on Cath..



* LipstickLesbian: The two French and English girls traveling together.

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* LipstickLesbian: The two French Sophie and Rebecca, an English girls traveling together.girl and a French girl, who have to hide the fact that they're lovers. They don't factor much into the plot, but it's pretty clear once you're looking.



* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Several. Most of them where Cath actually dies involved being stabbed, oddly enough. But, Cath can also get arrested, blown up, shot, hit with an iron bracelet, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking walk off with a briefcase full of gold coins but no closure.]]

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* TheManyDeathsOfYou: Several. Most of them where Cath actually dies involved being stabbed, oddly enough.stabbed. But, Cath can also get arrested, blown up, shot, hit with an iron bracelet, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking walk off with a briefcase full of gold coins but no closure.]]



** Kronos is also particularly mysterious. His descent and what title he has to be addressed as "his excellency" is unclear, along with how he knows what's ''really'' going on in general, including knowing Cath's name and that he's masquerading as Tyler from the outset, or why he wants anything to do with the Firebird.

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** Kronos is also particularly mysterious. His descent and what title he has to be addressed as "his excellency" "His Excellency" is unclear, along with how he knows what's ''really'' going on in general, including knowing Cath's name and that he's masquerading as Tyler from the outset, or why he wants anything to do with the Firebird.



** Somewhat justified in that the train conductors consider them just small-town cops with nothing better to do than harass them with something that can't possibly be their problem. That said, if they ''do'' find Cath, they realize he fits the description of a fugitive and [[NonStandardGameOver arrest him right away]].

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** Somewhat justified in that the train conductors consider them just small-town cops with nothing better to do than harass them with something that can't possibly be their problem. That said, if they the cops ''do'' find Cath, they realize he fits the description of a fugitive and [[NonStandardGameOver arrest him right away]].



* ThrillerOnTheExpress
* TraintopBattle: Two of them, in fact.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The fight scenes.

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* ThrillerOnTheExpress
ThrillerOnTheExpress: A group of international terrorists and anarchists take over the train.
* TraintopBattle: Two of them, in fact.
fact. One is unarmed vs. crowbar, and the other is sword vs. crowbar.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: The fight scenes.scenes are basically quicktime events that require the player to block, dodge, and hit at just the right times.
25th Sep '16 6:36:38 PM Kalaong
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* BilingualBackfire: An ''integral'' story element. The train has English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croation and Arabic passengers. Cath is clearly English, but speaks ''[[CunningLinguist four]]'' of those languages. The only non-Englishman on the train who ''doesn't'' assume he is monolingual is the [[NotNowKiddo little kid]] running around. This lets him eavesdrop with impunity save for...

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* BilingualBackfire: An ''integral'' story element. The train has English, French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croation and Arabic passengers. Cath is clearly English, but speaks ''[[CunningLinguist four]]'' of those languages. The only non-Englishman one on the train who ''doesn't'' assume he is monolingual is the [[NotNowKiddo little kid]] running around. This lets him eavesdrop with impunity save for...
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