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  • Summary: Long ago, the world was filled with Remnants — mysterious artifacts from an ancient civilization. But as time passed, the powers of the Remnants began to shift the world's balance. As the rift widened between those who ruled and those who were ruled over, a new era dawned: one of countless frays brought upon the world by those enslaved by their own lust for power. A thousand years later, the journey of one young man begins... Imagine a vast, war-torn battlefield, scarred by years of conflict. Countless enemies surround the player, who is backed up by his own army. Threatened by numerous foes and saved in the nick of time by allies, players feel the true tension of a soldier on the battlefield. In The Last Remnant, as many as seventy units duke it out at once in fierce yet beautiful battles. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. Initially I would have written The Last Remnant off, but thankfully it improves loads once you have given it some time to become one of the best games of its type.
  2. The Last Remnant is a hard game to judge. A person's enjoyment of it will be directly related to how much they can tolerate persistent graphical issues. If you can get past it, there's a lot to enjoy in the smart design decisions and its unique battle system.
  3. Square Enix launches its RPG for the world. The Last Remnant offers a new gameplay in the genre, with many good ideas, a fun storyline, and some great moments. Anyway, it doesn't fulfill all of the promises made, and it seems to fall short of charm in some momentos. Some technical issues and an extremely simple gameplay for an RPG are its main flaws.
  4. 70
    It takes a different approach than most other console RPG battle systems, one that will alienate some gamers while appealing to others.
  5. The promising The Last Remnant is unfairly flawed by its disastrous technical glitches and its awkward battle system. Whoever will be able to ignore its messy frame rate and its tedious loading times will find an occasional enjoyment in its proposal.
  6. If you aren't pissed off about having to install it to your hard drive to avoid graphical issues and you like a strategic element to your battles, you may really enjoy the game. The truth of the matter is though, my standards for the genre are high, and I feel that if Square had spent a little more time clarifying the muddy parts and fixing the technical issues, this could have been a terrific game.
  7. 25
    The battle system reeks of incomplete, unfinished ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. AndrewA
    Dec 5, 2008
    10
    Amazing game! I love the graphics and battle systems. There are a few flaws with the game, but you have to consider its really the first game of its type, and only game with this battle system. Expand
  2. George
    Nov 22, 2008
    9
    Deep and complex, almost overly so. There are a lot of things to enjoy about the battle system if you are a turn-based nut like me. At first it will seem overwhelming, but once you realize the flow it becomes second nature. The story is a bit weak and generic but not so much to detract from the game play. The voice acting is rock-solid as is Square-Enix's M.O. There are a few weaknesses in the combat system with the aggregate HP of unions allowing a whole union to be crippled by one particularly fierce attack on a weak member. The system seems a bit arbitrary at times but it's not a game-breaker. Visually the game is top notch. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    9
    This game is SquareJP's finest work this generation. The story, whilst being somewhat generic is a shining example of how you take a generic concept and make it more than that. In this game, you do not control a few singular characters, instead you have 'unions' which you form with a key character acting as a general so to speak, with bodyguards and special units in the union. You can have several unions depending on your battle level which allows for some jaw dropping gigantic battles against hostile unions. The traditional Japanese roleplaying elements are heavily modified, with RTS style tactics of engaging and 'deadlocking' enemies in a close combat fight whilst your other unions move around to flank them or intercept enemies who are trying to flank your unions whilst they are in a deadlock. All of this is controlled with a sleek, stylish interface and battle controls identical to a traditional JRPG and is very easy to use whilst having respectable depth. If you think that the game is an actual RTS in the way it handles, and are put off by it, don't be because it isn't. This is a fantastic example of how you can merge two genres together whilst catering to every bodies tastes.

    I'm not even a huge JRPG fan at all, and other than Final Fantasy 4, 7, 13 and Lost Odyssey, I have never played any other ones and I have to say this one is easily the best. If like me you were left with a sour taste in your mouth after the latest, awful Final Fantasy games, The Last Remnant is a breath of fresh air, a fantastic new IP and proof that Square have not lost their touch.
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  4. DW
    Nov 25, 2008
    7
    The Last Remnat, when i first started playing, seemed very bland in my opinion. The same kind of male protagonist that Japanese developers returns again. The game itself grows on you. The battle system is deep, and i can see where they were going with it. It gives you somewhat of a feel, of watching a larger scale war. Unlike killing 3 tiny bugs in random battles, you get a larger scale for how important battles are. The main gripe i have is the graphics, and slowdown. I personally had no idea what it was when i first started playing. I have never seen a game with this much slowdown, and texture popup. Its pretty bad in my opinion, and for me, distracts from the beauty of the game. Sometimes armor doesn't load up properly, and Ive had several times where load times have stopped and Ive to restart my whole xbox. Technical aspects aside, I think without all that mess, this game would definately be a great game. I just cant believe SquareEnix would release a game with so much problems. Expand
  5. May 29, 2014
    7
    You really need to look past this games flaws to like it, I do and it's one of my favorite games. Graphics were around that time pretty good, but there are texture pop ins and the loading time can be long, also this game suffers from framerate issues in battle, which isn't much of a problem, since the battlesystem is turnbased. Battles may be a bit complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it you love it. Leveldesign could be better and the story is pretty simple and good. Characters are well written and the villain seems reasonable. There are a lot of Sidequest for you and the difficulty is really high, so it's a good thing that you can save everywhere. Fans of JRPGs may like this one Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2012
    6
    Decent game.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Jan 4, 2009
    0
    I'd rather burn myself than play this game. And after receiving second degree burns before I say that rather seriously.Horrible slowdown, graphic issues, over complicated attack systems, jerky character movement, and not to mention horrible British accents. I really tried to play this game I really did but it was so bad that after 5 minutes I stopped Expand

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