“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
The Last Remnant is a great role-playing game with a unique take on combat mechanics in form of a turn-based, command-based system using symbol encounters. It is definitely the most interesting part of this game providing a lot of fun especially in the larger-scale battles.
Originally released for Xbox 360 the PC version of this game features numerous changes from the console, including enhanced graphical settings, a Turbo Mode that increases battle speed (very practical when farming for weapon components), and a New Game Plus option, that allows the player to start a new game with the gold and unique items from their first play-through. And for the hardcore gamers among us there are of course challenges like super boss battles and the component farming for the endgame weapons.
On the other hand the sound is a mixed bag of partially epic orchestral music and sorely limited voice-acting. In addition the protagonist Rush is sometimes a little bit uninspiring as a leader figure.
Fun fact: The battle system of The Last Remnant is originally drawn from Romancing SaGa but refined to a wholly new level.
My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:
- Tactical gameplay
- Combat & Controls
Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior
If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
Tactical gameplay: S-Rank
(Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.)
Combat & Controls: A-Rank [with a gamepad]
While there are no achievements to conquer, a very useful guide can be found on the link below.http://lastremnant.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Remnant_Wiki_-_The_Last_Remnant_Guide
Achievement difficulty: none
The Last Remnant (PC) – Role-playing game + Squad-based strategy (Fantasy) – 2009