Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Sep 30, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is more than just a Dark Souls clone or a simple third-person shooter. It’s the lovechild of the many games, mixed with aspects of Gears of War, Fallout, The Division, and its own brand of weird. The number of games I’ve kept playing after my time with it for a review can probably be counted on two hands, and I’m happy that Remnant is going to be joining their ranks. Despite a shallow store, some repetitive environments, and a few occasionally frustrating glitches, this is a game well worth your time.
  2. Aug 28, 2019
    There are some minor quality-of-life changes that could be made to make the game even better, but it's still one of the best games of the year regardless, especially when played in co-op.
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    Remnant is a lot of fun, especially in co-op, though it is a hard game.
  4. Aug 21, 2019
    The game is incredibly enjoyable, and if it weren't for the difficulty, I swear I’d probably give it another try.
  5. Aug 20, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is a surprisingly good combination of Gears of War-like third-person shooting with Souls-like difficulty.
  6. Aug 20, 2019
    An interesting mashup of genres, ultimately creating an experience that can stand alongside even the best Soulslikes.
  7. Oct 2, 2019
    By taking the best bits of a few different genres, Gunfire Games has come up with an exceptional formula here, and brought us the surprise hit of the year. Sure, it’ll take you a while to “git gud”, but it actually feels like it’s worth the practice.
  8. Aug 29, 2019
    Strong systems and a satisfying gameplay loop give Remnant: From The Ashes a powerful foundation, even if the experience is mired by repetitive and uninteresting bosses and environments. The first 10 hours are challenging and intriguing, leaving you voracious for more loot, more bosses, and more traits. After that, some of the wonder vanishes as you relive past glories rather than continuing to forge new ones.
  9. Aug 26, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is a tough, co-op centric third-person shooter hiding a surprising amount of depth in both its combat and narrative. Its weapons and abilities are diverse and fun to use, allowing for a variety of unique builds. While its difficulty can feel uneven, victory over a tough boss is always satisfying. Fiercely challenging even in a group, Remnant’s clever use of procedural generation makes subsequent playthroughs as satisfying as the first one.
  10. Aug 26, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is a spectacular co-op experience when played with friends, and a potentially frustrating one when played with strangers. While procedural generation can lead to some monotony, a solid combat engine and incredible creature design make it a punishing, yet incredibly satisfying joy to play. The game is held back by several bugs and crashes, but this shouldn't stop you from giving it a go.
  11. Aug 25, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is, in all honesty, a breath of fresh air. A solid and alluring co-op action RPG with a good lot of innovations. Don’t call it a “souls-like with guns”, it’s much more than that.
  12. Aug 26, 2019
    Hand on heart: Remnant: From the Ashes does not come close to the stick-hard role models of From Software.
  13. Aug 26, 2019
    If you've always dreamed of a sort of post-apocalyptic soulslike with guns and rifles, procedural levels and third-person shooter mechanics, you've found it.
  14. Sep 10, 2019
    A shooter for ballsy players who aren’t afraid to mess with unforgiving bosses and minions.
  15. Aug 28, 2019
    Remnant is a game meant to be played with a friend, as this is when how its concept truly shines. There are some shortcomings, however, it’s a solid effort for a team like this.
  16. Aug 26, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is a game that mixes every trendy mechanic. Shooter, procedural generation, Souls-like combat, online focus… But, somehow, Gunfire manages to make something unique ad fresh that, even with some flaws, is fun ad interesting from the beginning to the end.
  17. 80
    Leaping, looting, lacerating, and laughing, Remnant: From The Ashes explodes with character, violence, and a down-right great time in co-op. The procedural generation of the missions presents players with surprises and challenges each time they boot up the title. With its roots in Dark Souls-like gameplay, this is sure to be a powerful title to land in 2019.
  18. Aug 20, 2019
    Brilliantly crafted boss encounters, challenging enemies, immersive environments – Remnant: From the Ashes has everything you could want from a Souls-inspired game and more.
  19. Aug 20, 2019
    In addition to a swarm of pre-release bugs that will hopefully be patched at launch, Remnant: From the Ashes’ biggest misstep is that it sometimes mistakes unrelenting quantity of challenge for a persistent quality of fun.
  20. Aug 20, 2019
    We were transfixed by this adventure that is Remnant: From the Ashes. Not everything is perfect, but it is still very good. With this highly original title, Gunfire Games hits hard. We recommend strongly that you play with a friend, in order to fully enjoy this exotic adventure where death will often knock at your door.
  21. Aug 20, 2019
    A solid attempt at changing up the Soulsborne formula. It doesn't quite hit the same marks that make From Software's franchise so delightful, but it has its own strengths. Co-op is a lot of fun, and having a game genuinely built around it is a welcome change from phantoms and the ilk. Remnant is at its strongest when you're playing with other people and working together to take on huge Root monsters or figure out the answer to a riddle. If you're looking for a co-op based Souls game, then Remnant is worth a look.
  22. Aug 20, 2019
    From the Ashes is a brilliant game that takes what is good about Soulsborne and combines it with a satisfying co-op shooter.
  23. Aug 20, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes delivers a beautifully deranged vision of the apocalypse that's overflowing with twisted creatures hellbent on making you suffer. The thrill of finally beating a boss that’s had your number for hours is right up there with the Souls games that so clearly inspired it, though the underwhelming gear system sometimes brings down the high of overcoming the frequent difficulty spikes. Overall, it’s a solid game that offers one of the best and most rewarding co-op experiences in quite some time, as long as you have a hint of desire to challenge and punish yourself over and over.
  24. Aug 20, 2019
    Remnant: From the Ashes is immediately familiar and infinitely enjoyable. Gunfire Games has created something really special. The randomized experience means that subsequent playthroughs feel fresh while offering continued purpose through leveling, alternate boss kills, and weapon acquisition. Though it does have a few rough edges with pacing and story, Remnant: From the Ashes takes its rightful place at the Soulsborne table.
  25. 80
    If you like loot shooters and some of the core systems from the Souls games, Remnant: From the Ashes shouldn't disappoint.
  26. Aug 20, 2019
    A flawed but fascinating hybrid, Remnant: From the Ashes is a looter-shooter charged with potential.
  27. Aug 20, 2019
    My time with Remnant was a total roller-coaster. There were moments of pure, unfiltered rage, peaks of elation, ah-ha moments, and quiet zen grinds. For the most part though, it's just a steady climb. The developers are not shy about how hard this game is. If that's your cup of tea, perfect! Every victory will be hard-fought, bloody, and beautiful once behind you. I just couldn't shake the small, nagging sense that my few successes weren't earned. I just got lucky, squeaking through the cracks. More than this minor unease, my playtime was marked by anger, by exasperated breaths and whitened knuckles. I ended up having more fun than I expected to, but that shiny nugget of suffering remains. Heed my wary words and proceed at your peril. If a tough time is your aim, then Remnant: From the Ashes is absolutely your game.
  28. Sep 15, 2019
    Remnant is a cool co-cop TPS experience that is difficult for newcommers but really immersive, while offering great bossfights and an adaptative skill-system.
  29. Sep 10, 2019
    Despite an upgrade and loot system that’s fairly uninspired and slow, Remnant: From the Ashes manages to make a name for itself with some engaging combat, beautiful environmental design and exceptional boss fights.
  30. Aug 30, 2019
    At its best, this hybrid between Dark Souls and Left 4 Dead delivers a solid third person shooter experience that excels when played along with a friend or two. The dull storytelling and some questionable decisions regarding loot and the upgrade system prevent this good game become even greater.
  31. Aug 23, 2019
    It may have a bit of a derivative level design and non-existent quest system, as well as a questionable randomness mechanic, but it nevertheless manages to excel at the feeling of the weapons and the satisfying impact of their bullets. It’s not a small feat especially considering the welcome variety of normal enemies in addition to the well-designed and more than satisfying selection of bosses. Be advised though to approach it having in mind that is designed, first and foremost, as a co-op experience.
  32. Aug 20, 2019
    Presentation and polish aren't its strong suit, but Remnant: From the Ashes features gripping third-person gunplay and simple but satisfying progression that enable enticing entertainment regardless of whether you're playing cooperatively or solo. The visceral variety and delightful design of the environments and enemies elevate Remnant above other Dark Souls doppelgangers.
  33. Oct 8, 2019
    The combat is solid glue holding together a solid product, offering some fun cooperative shooting and a good amount of interesting items and weapons to build. Gunfire Games has already supported the game with two new modes and hopefully post-launch support will continue. While those who need a constant influx of new loot to parse through may find this game a bit on the slow side, those who are more familiar with games like Dark Souls may feel more at home here. The experience isn’t a perfect one, but there’s plenty to love in Remnant and excitement to be had in its future.
  34. Sep 3, 2019
    Remnant: From The Ashes is a challenging third person shooter with light RPG elements and co-op. Though it lacks in high quality presentation and storytelling, it is still a lot of fun to play.
  35. 70
    Remnant: From the Ashes is a creative diversion from what one might expect in your typical third-person survival-shooter. While not without its share of flaws, it should be on every Soulsborne fan's radar.
  36. Aug 26, 2019
    Gunfire Games has some really good ideas that I hope to see employed more often in the future.
  37. Aug 23, 2019
    Confusing accurately describes Remnant: From the Ashes a lot of the time, especially when its combination of established ideas doesn't mesh. But for the most part, the experiment is a success, resulting in deeply satisfying combat against creative and challenging enemies. Remnant struggles to effectively transfer that success over to an engaging loot system and an interesting story to wrap it all up, but when you're blasting away foes with weapons crafted from the remains of your latest boss kill, it's hard not to do so with a wide smile on your face.
  38. 70
    Remnant: From the Ashes is fun, but it doesn’t really do anything new. A lot of what you do feels familiar, like a constant sense of deja vu is following you along. There are some cool ideas here, and the story is entertaining enough, but if it wasn’t for the boss fights, the game would feel flat. Even then, they follow a similar formula each time. Of course, not every game has to reinvent the wheel, but it would have been nice to see Remnant try a bit harder to at least change the rims or something.
  39. Aug 20, 2019
    Though not immune from a technical mishap here or there, the overall product may come off a little too void -- deliberately so in some cases -- but on the basis of gameplay above all else, Remnant: From the Ashes shines as a solid, at times wonderful, foundation Gunfire can hopefully build on.
  40. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 6, 2019
    The levels are badly designed and uninspired, they don’t spark curiosity or desire to explore them – but you still have to, because new weapons and armor aren’t dropped by the enemies, they must be found in obscure spots scattered across the maps. [Issue#241, p.44]
  41. Aug 25, 2019
    Even though it won't set the Soulslike genre alight with its well-implemented but ultimately minor additions and tweaks to the formula, Remnant: From the Ashes is an intensely compelling gameplay experience, doubly (or triply) so when played with friends.
  42. Aug 20, 2019
    Even when the game isn’t actively shooting itself in the foot, it never entirely succeeds.
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  1. Aug 22, 2019
    This is what people have (been) praising? This mediocre shooter with broken co-op and the most unimaginative boss design I've seen in years? Well... okay, then...Remnant: From The Ashes is a game I do not understand the love for. At best it's pedestrian, drab, and repetitive. At worst it's a pissin' nightmare.
  2. Aug 21, 2019
    Whether I will be able to devote the time to really get the most out of it is another matter, but I am certainly keen to finish the story at least once. It doesn’t have the depth or range of other similar games though, so I’m not sure if it’ll attract enough players to stay viable.
  3. Aug 20, 2019
    Perhaps most impressively, the world of Remnant is genuinely mysterious. There’s a story playing out about the end of the world as we know it and a conflict between forces mundane and magical, but most of the details and lore of the world are buried in item descriptions and those items are scarce.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 436 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 436
  1. Aug 20, 2019
    I've been waiting for a game like this, something that captures the fun of co-op in dark souls with your friends. Add on top of thatI've been waiting for a game like this, something that captures the fun of co-op in dark souls with your friends. Add on top of that interesting lore logs, surprisingly strong shooting elements and a cool aesthetic to its armor and weapons this game is a surefire favorite of mine. Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2019
    This games shows everything that is wrong with modern game design. Grind simulator that "should be fun" when played coop. Low budgetThis games shows everything that is wrong with modern game design. Grind simulator that "should be fun" when played coop. Low budget copy-paste environments can be fogiven, repetative gameplay with no feedback - can't Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    If Remnant were a novel, it would have a mildly interesting first sentence which is then copied and pasted for 200 pages.

    If 'Early Access'
    If Remnant were a novel, it would have a mildly interesting first sentence which is then copied and pasted for 200 pages.

    If 'Early Access' were a genre, this would be the prototypical example.
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