Mitra, yama, qsiti, sovani... These four races exist in one world. A world filled with Remnants — mysterious artifacts from an ancient era. Who created the Remnant? How long ago? And for what purpose? With these questions left unanswered, the Remnants became beneficial tools used for the good of civilization. The world was at peace...
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Release Date: Apr 9, 2009

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Mitra, yama, qsiti, sovani...
These four races exist in one world.
A world filled with Remnants — mysterious artifacts from an ancient era.
Who created the Remnant? How long ago? And for what purpose?
With these questions left unanswered, the Remnants became beneficial tools used for the good of civilization.
The world was at peace...or so it seemed. Who was to know such darkness lay in wait?
The powers of the Remnants slowly began to change the world's balance.
A rift slowly formed between those who ruled and those who obeyed.
This was the dawning of a new era — an era of countless frays that would be brought upon the world by those enslaved by their own lust for power.
A thousand years later, the journey of one young man begins.
Featuring an enthralling story, countless characters and an intricate battle system, Square Enix brings the RPG experience known as The Last Remnant to the PC.
Discover new strategies in the improved battle system.
  • Blast through your battles with Turbo Mode
    Battles can be played out with twice the speed for faster game progression
  • No more leader units
    Enjoy more freedom when creating unions!
  • A new equipment preview feature
    Use the preview feature to purchase items depending on stats or aesthetics
  • Choose between English or Japanese voice acting
    The voices can be switched between Japanese and English

System Requirements

    Minimum
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2/Vista® SP1 *1 *2
    • Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo (2GHz) / AMD Athlon™ X2 (2GHz)
    • Memory: 1.5GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 15GB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 VRAM 256MB or better *3
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX®9.0c or higher)
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    Recommended
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows Vista® SP1 *1 *2
    • Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo (2.4GHz or higher) / AMD Athlon™ X2 (2.4GHz or higher)
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 15GB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 VRAM 512MB or better *3
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX®9.0c or higher)
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 10 (OS Default) *4
    • Supports Xbox 360® Controller for Windows®

    • *1 Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition and server-related OS are not supported.

      *2 32-bit/64-bit are supported for Windows Vista®.

      *3 Laptop versions and onboard video are not supported. Video cards that share the same VRAM as the main memory are not supported.

      *4 The version used is DirectX® 9.0c.
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Rayzear
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
really fun game.
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dejarde
( 360.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This is one of the best games i played and is hugely underestimeted. If you just play the storyline you might miss 80% off the game.
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Limey21
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Pretty cool on a big screen tv.
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Blair1
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
People will like this...I dont however. Its just to slow and boring for me. Thats about as much as I can say.
If what you see in the trailer excites you pick it up. I grabbed it on a whim - I just think im too old to give games like this any time to develop.
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Uncle Meat
( 41.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Didn't expect much from this game but was amazed by how much fun I would have with it. Just make sure you have a controller.
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squirrelburger
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
JRPG Army-based Tactics game.
Overwhelming and invisible mechanics often leave you questioning how your characters will hold up as the game progresses.

I played the xbox 360 version of this game to completion. The steam version is much more balanced and removes the menacing command unit number restriction.

Play at your own risk, it is very possible to dump 40 hours into this game, only to have to restart from scratch if save files are not managed properly.


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Molai
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Boring gameplay, bad combat and dialogue, tedious quests and uninteresting story.
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Hobbgobbler
( 76.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
The first half of this game is compelling if only for its unique battle system. The story is meh, but it is super addictive filling out your roster.

Unfortunately, the second half falls flat on its face. The already meh story goes bonkers in all the wrong ways and the combat plateaus. The latter is directly due to the game limiting your squad to the max you got in the first half rather than continue to build up your forces further. Without what is really the only compelling reason to play, the game quickly gets stale and incredibly boring.
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§ΓφЯΣ™
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
honestly i don't understand and like the RPG games but it looks like a nice game ^_^ (not sure)
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Zero's Escape
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Its good, so much to do. I like the combat
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
81.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Great game, people say the combat is all rng but it's about building your units correctly to get the options in battle that you want, you have to actuly pay attention to which units you group together in order to get what you want. People just simply don't understand the mechanics.

I wouldn't say it has the best story but for the price now it's worth it, there are so many ways you can build the characters without needed to control there equipment there is more strategy to this game then people realise.

I wish there was more games like this in 2016
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I love me some jrpgs, but I haven't enjoyed one quite like this in some time. The game is huge and there is plenty to do. Setting up the parties and setting what works well is one of my favorite aspects. If you like jrpgs give this a shot, you won't be disappointed.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
76.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The first half of this game is compelling if only for its unique battle system. The story is meh, but it is super addictive filling out your roster.

Unfortunately, the second half falls flat on its face. The already meh story goes bonkers in all the wrong ways and the combat plateaus. The latter is directly due to the game limiting your squad to the max you got in the first half rather than continue to build up your forces further. Without what is really the only compelling reason to play, the game quickly gets stale and incredibly boring.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
As always you can count on Square Enix to make a great JRPG. With captivating cinematic approach, I found myself dazed with the simple but well-written story and the voice acting here is great too.
The only drawback I encountered so far is the control. It does not always working even with the controller but not really affecting the experience.

An underrated game indeed :)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Great game! It's almost like FF8. Wonderful storyline. A must have for RPG lovers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Didn't expect much from this game but was amazed by how much fun I would have with it. Just make sure you have a controller.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
JRPG Army-based Tactics game.
Overwhelming and invisible mechanics often leave you questioning how your characters will hold up as the game progresses.

I played the xbox 360 version of this game to completion. The steam version is much more balanced and removes the menacing command unit number restriction.

Play at your own risk, it is very possible to dump 40 hours into this game, only to have to restart from scratch if save files are not managed properly.


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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Great game, Somehow a bit more tham what it shows. A bit lacking on the story side but the System its great. Farm at your heart content! Grow stronger by grinding! Craft Weapons, Accesories. Control the growth of your teammates, improve them with the stuff you farm. Beautiful. And the twins are hot.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
585 of 622 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
349.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Let's begin with a simple tip to make life easier for keyboard players:
Main Screen > Settings > Gamepad (4th Icon) > Key Signal Display > Keyboard.

Secondly, bookmark this page:
http://lastremnant.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Remnant_Wiki_-_The_Last_Remnant_Guide

You're welcome.

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I got into this game via a demo. The demo left me wanting more, and Steam had it on sale, so off I went to get it.

I'm on my second play through. The first play through was messed up beyond believe. I didn't know what was what and got stuck in a boss battle that I could not win. That bit frustrated me to no end and ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off greatly. I went off in search for a guide to overcome the boss battle. To my dismay, none of the guide helps as I've done something I should not have done: killing everything in sight and trying to spread the EXP love with all my party members. The end result was a severly gimped party lacking in both stats and skills.

I stopped playing for a couple of days and dived deep into the wiki. I learn the proper way to play the game, picked up a majority of the content that I just zipped past without realizing it, and focused on growing my party members the proper way. Second time around, the game was infinitely less infuriating and way more fun. The boss that I was stuck at in my first play through became a breeze, though the game did something rather nasty after that particular fight. Thank god I was somewhat prepared for it, equipped with both knowledge and power to overcome that nasty bit. The resulting satisfaction was very, very high.

From then on, the game became something I want to explore in depth. I trawled through the wiki and its discussion pages to learn more about the mechanics of the game. Although I've been vigilant in keeping track of the missable content, there are still a number of things that I inadvertently got locked out of without realizing it. I am currently one boss fight away from the end of the game and already I am laying down the foundation for my new game plus.

Despite the amazing depth of the game, or rather, due to it, the game will eat you alive if you don't know what you’re doing. The game does not make obvious certain crucial information from the get go. Playing the game with a lack of information can lead to a really bad experience, especially if you play this game the way you would a normal RPG.

With that said, the game is excellent for those wanting a good challenge. There is a vast amount of content within the game, and it should keep someone busy for the next 100-200 hours.

Update (22 Feb 2014): I've just finished my third playthrough and I'm taking a break to plan for my fourth playthrough. It seems that once you've finished the game once, you just keep going back for more. This game is one of my best investments in Steam.
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370 of 385 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
105.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
The Last Remnant is my favorite JRPG of all time, and definitely holds a place of my top 10 games of all time. Here's why.

This game is wholly unique. Usually, when one says "JRPG", you have a good sense of what you're getting into. Cliched characters (whether you like those cliches or not), quirky personalities, a turn-based battle system, a long convoluted story with plenty of twists, and be prepared to roll your eyes or shake your fist at the screen for some character antics or story twists you saw coming from early on. In The Last Remnant, little of this is true. The story is unique, the art style and characters are unique, some of the twists and story archs are surprising, and the battle system is so unlike anything else you've ever played, somewhere between a JRPG and a large scale strategy game with army simulation elements.

This game is known to be quite challenging. I bought the Xbox 360 version on the game's release date, and have beat the game a few times and put a couple hundred hours into it. After completing my first PC playthrough tonight after about 90 hours, I can say for certain the PC version is about 3000% easier. An update was made to the game that made a few changes that made the PC version exponentially easier, though it is still more challenging than the average RPG. So if you happened to try the 360 version and were turned off by its difficulty, I urge you to try the PC version.

The Last Remnant needs to be commended for its ability to have realistic and relatable characters, and multiple characters you care about and will remember forever. In this game, you are able to literally build up a small army to take into battles with you, where enemies and your people are separated into "unions" rather than each person being separate from one another. It is here where the game brings in large-scale strategy type battles, allowing the unions to act as one unit. Strategy fans will delight in the ability to hire soldiers and characters for their army, picking and choosing people based on their unique skill sets and abilities. You are able to hire people you've perhaps done quests with, or people you've never met that happen to have a skill you've never heard of, just because you want to see it in action. You then pick and choose which people to put with whom, how to set up your unions, etc., giving limitless possibilities for your army. Also, your followers will often ask for certain items, ingredients, etc. throughout the game, which they'll use to upgrade their equipment and become even more badass. (And trust me, this game is full of badass characters.) You can also dictate how your soldiers level up, as they ask you from time to time if you want them to delve into a different skill set or art style.

Even if the game had a terrible story and cliched characters, the battle system would keep me crawling back. Battles are by far the best part of this game. While some will say that some boss battles can be "cheap" or "unfair," I'd argue that your characters also unlock plenty of abilities and special moves that are just as if not more cheap or unfair to the enemy (Blackout is ridiculously powerful, for example, and that's a move my unions ended up using frequently). In summary, fights can be nail-biting, because you are constantly reminded that you are fighting enemies that are just as skilled and able as you. Will you still scream at the game in frustration? Sometimes, yes. But I've personally also nearly broken things with excitement when a single decision or a stroke of luck turned the tide of battle. Also, I'll let it be known that I find games that are hard just to BE hard quite annoying and to be little to no fun. This is not a game that is consistently cheap or unfair. It can be extremely challenging, and you'll call BS on a fight from time to time, but with strategy, that same fight on your next try could be immensely rewarding and much simpler.

The Last Remnant is a refreshing game in a genre that is usually predictable. It has a gritty realism that is usually reserved for western RPGs. It also respects its characters. You'll find no little girls with parasols fighting in battle, nor will you have a guy insist on being shirtless while on the battlefield (seriously...whenever I see that, I think about how easy it'd be to take them out). The characters--while they can be quirky and humorous at times--are never walking cliches. Each woman or man has her or his own personality, back story, goals and motivations--and YOU get to decide whether or not to add them to your army and help them grow over time.

This game is a true gem. It is nothing less than a crime that a game of such originality is not mentioned in conversations of JRPGs more often. This is the JRPG that I hold every other JRPG up to--and until we get another game in this universe, I see no other game coming close. I cannot recommend this game enough.
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