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...
User reviews: Very Positive (1,830 reviews)
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

    • 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
    • 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.
Helpful customer reviews
194 of 277 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I personally would not recommend this game because of it's "leveling" system.
First all, I should note that I don't mind grinding and I hate JRPG's that have the moster's scale to your level, I hate being confined to how strong the developers think I should be at any given point in the game.
Needless to say this game has the enemies scale to your level but then goes a step farther to make it even worse with it it's "battle rank" (BR) system. The game increases the stats of enemies and decreases the xp received and the chance to increase one of your characters stats. This wouldn't be so bad but the BR sticks no matter who is in your group (or union or whatever they want to call it) so if you level up your main character and the first couple party members in the early part of the game then every party member you get later will be ridicilously weak with no real way to level them up to where they should be.
Honestly, google "the right way to level up" (skipping the fact a game shouldn't need an explanation of how to freaking level up) with The Last Remnant and they will all say to "avoid as many fights as possible". I do not want to play a game where the point of the game is to not play the game as much as possible.
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47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
333.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Great story, great soundtrack, more than 80 hours of playtime, combined with a cool (although sometimes unfair) and unusual battle system. One of the best and most underrated J-RPGs out there. Period.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
192.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
It's a very deep and demanding game that almost force you to seek help from the internet to understand all nuances about the battle and leveling systems. That said, those willing to go deep into the system will find a very rewarding game with LOTS of quests and things to do. It's a kind of game that, once you start liking, deserve multiple playthroughs with different challenges (i.e., "Mystic Arts Only", "Item Arts Only", Low BR Run", etc).

The makers did a great job porting this Xbox360 game to PC, since the console release had lots of framerate issues, all solved on PC.

For those interested in the game, I recommend reading the excellent wikia, which still has a decent amount of people discussing and helping those in need (and a assure that you WILL need help in order to understand everything in the game).

I do recommend this game to hardcore J-RPG players, there's a lot to be loved about the curious and deep system.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Remember a time when jrpg's and especially final fantasy was turn based and everybody was happier? crop yields where larger, women prettier and the drugs where cheaper. Now we live in a time that turns pass only in strategy or oldschool rpg's, and if valkyria chronicles had not been released i would say that this is the only game on steam besides ff re-releases that NOT only has turn based combats, BUT YOU GET TO LEVEL A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ OF HEROES TO GIVE THEM ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥S OF WEAPONS TO PUT THEM IN ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥S OF SQUADS WITH ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥S OF FORMATIONS. combat is not exactly turn based, more like you arange what your squads of heroes want to do, you end your turn and the turn plays according to the choices that you and the ai made. If you are more into action, there is an option to have trigger events to make good combos while tha battle phase happens, but i prefer to roll my j and have it an auto. AMAZING graphics, SOLID story, EXCITING music and Classic anime heroes await for you in this J-rpg.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I am now going to write some things about a video game.

This video game is called "The Last Remnant." Like many Japanese RPGs, the MC is a young child (called Rush) who is estranged from his parents, and naturally this is a key plot point and one of the driving forces behind the story. This is generic and loathsome and not something I enjoy. However, the detestable MC, who is probably named after his tendencies to act brashly and without thought (Very subtle, game.) is one of the few characters I found myself disliking. I rather quickly grew fond of David and his 4 generals, for instance, despite their lack of any given motive other than to serve their leader. In fact, David's motives are perhaps the most confusing of all. I found myself playing on to try and discover what they were.

However, along the way, I was swept away by my love for the combat. It's highly detailed and strategy based; you create squads of soldiers and have them perform commands as a group. It's an interesting style and quickly captured my attention. However, it quickly lost it again once I realised how grindy the game is. It's also needlessly complex for newer players, not teaching anything more than "Attack enemies! Heal allies! Win fights! Don't lose!" The character progression system is overly complex, and is never quite explained, to my knowledge. I've done a fair bit of research, and the gist of it is that the more a unit uses a specific type of command, the better it becomes with that type of command (e.g magic, physical attacks, healing spells) and will learn more powerful abilities of that type. However, managing the equipment of your allies is hopelessly complex and grindy and this is where the game falls down. It's painfully slow in the early to mid game, and that's about as far as I got before getting bored and giving up.

It pains me to say that I don't recommend the game. It's an interesting game with a fairly nice range of characters, and there is some kind of ridiculously complex yet... existing plot. It features magic, so you know it's good. But the monotony, repetitive battles and grindy nature make it far too slow to enjoy. And this is coming from a guy who loves a good grind.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Do you like the Final Fantasy franchise and are you are also looking for a new and interesting storyline? Then this is the game for you!!! This has an awesome turn based battle system. Even though the graphics are not equivalent to Crysis 3 it is still very enjoyable. Keep in mind that this game was released in 2009 so please don't be ♥♥♥ and say "THe GrApHiqs aRen't l1ke BaTlLeFiElD! ". This game also has a morale system that takes place when you enter a battle phase. There are also other factors that can turn the battle around at any point such as the Multi Deadlock, the Flank Attack, and the Rear Assault, and etc. Overall this game was great considering that it was released in 2009. I would give it a 9/10 on gamplay, 8/10 on story, 9.5/10 on the combat system, and 9/10 overall. This is all great and everything, but the question that you might be asking yourself is "But how much does it cost?" The truth is, it only costs $12.99! So take your kids' lunch money and buy this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
While this game has gorgeous graphics and there seems to be some really solid game mechanics and plot in here, I have to caution potential buyers about 2 things. First if you do not have a gamepad style controller the keyboard and mouse controls are clunky and odd. Second your character, which appears to be the main protagonist for the game, is so stupid calling him a village idiot insults village idiots everywhere in the multiverse. The voice acting is mediocre to good, but hardly what you'd expect for a Squeenix title.

I'm not very far into this at all at the moment but as I said initially, this game has some really nice potential, and some interesting game play elements that make it stand out from other titles. I can easily say its worth full price at $10, just keep in mind that keyboard & mouse are... odd... and clunky. The desire to murder your character, just to purge the stupid, can also be a hurdle but RPG gamers have survived far worse. ;)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I remember when I was a little too young to have a job. I played the demo of this game now and then, trying to figure out what it's all about, how to 'level up' in it, where to go... this game is truly unique and separates itself from any strategy RPG I have ever played. Square Enix hit on something really good with this game, and that is the idea of strategic army-like combat. You get party members of all kinds, from simple soldiers to guild mercenaries with special traits/powers and the generals of Athlum, who are undoubtedly some of the most powerful characters I have. These characters are organized in to "unions" which are groups of units on the battlefield. Improving your characters is done through what actions are taken the most by them, so if you have a character using mystic invocations a lot, he/she will improve in his/her mystic invocations (though you can certainly have them learn more than that, depending on the character). There's no real "leveling system", Battle Rank is more of a bounty-like rating based on how well you've done in battles (except that it doesn't decrease), and will affect how tough your enemies will be from there on out. It's mostly about having your characters use what you want them to get better at, and then utilizing those growing skills on the battlefield appropriately, which I really like to grow them!

Here's the catch that separates this from your typical Strategy RPG: They don't act singly. As I mentioned with the union system, they actually act as a group, so you select from 5-6(?) battle commands which vary based on many circumstances (you can see the wiki page for this game for more on that if you're curious, I highly recommend reading up on it before buying to make sure this game is something you'd want! Even try the demo!) You might get a command that says "Attack using Combat Arts" and "Attack using Mystic Arts". Selecting the first would have all units who possess a usable Combat Art use it, unless the AP cost is too high in which case they'll do a normal attack. The second would have all units who know a mystic art (not all units can be mystic users! Your main character, Rush, however, can learn all mystic arts throughout the story... I won't spoil how, that's what the wiki is for) use the one they know that doesn't go over the AP budget for that turn; Those without mystic arts would do a normal attack. Many factors influence what option shows up the most, or with the results you want, and it's these factors on the battlefield and in the character's training that make strategy all the more important. Organizing your unions appropriately, with formations that match the role you have in mind for them, and proper battlefield wit when the tide starts turning, make this game quite insane.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who is looking for something more... unique in the genre of Strategy RPG. First of all, I recommend reading the wiki, watching some Youtube videos, and playing the demo before you buy. This game isn't for the faint of heart, but it also isn't overly punishing (unless you just try to zerg everything without any forethought at all to your foe's strengths and your own weaknesses) I can safely say, that this is the most unique Strategy RPG I have played to date, on Steam and off Steam.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
There is something unique to be found about The Last Remnant and it is the battle system. The game asks that ''battle unions'' be formed up to a maximum of 5 units per union with at least one leader unit in each of the 5 available union slots (available as the game progresses). Instead of levels, units gain stats growth via battles and the harder the fight, the greater the stats increase will be.

Played the 360 version of the game but the Pc version is superior to the prior with the additions of leader limit no longer present, locking art categories of leaders and better performance overall. Clocked in around 200+ hours (over 4 years of playing it).

What an experience. Not to be missed imo.

6.5/10 (Xbox 360 version)
7.8/10 (Pc version)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Good battle system, story and relative good graphics
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
This game has made me rage, do homework, come back, and come back and feel good about my self cause I just beat a boss that took me 4 hours to f0king beat. Did I mention that it made me do homework?
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
66.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
the fish men are really useless dont use him hes like a fish out of water if you catch my drift
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Fun game, classic style,. runs well on an amd phenom 2 quad core with 8gb of RAM and an adm radeon hd 5959 graphics card.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
87.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
This game is surprisingly awesome.
The battle system is ridiculously complex and hard to understand, but definitely worth sinking the time in to get the hang of it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
+ The one of a kind battle system will be either the biggest source of rage or fun in this game. The certain degree of chance in some of the mechanics is usually a source of annoyance (activation of remnant arts for example).
+ Story isn't too bad, OST is swell.
+ Major improvement over X360 version as well as a significant difficulty step up. The polish balanced the game a lot better.

- Enemy skill Overdrive kicks your ♥♥♥♥ hard.
- Aside from main boss difficulty spikes, DLC superbosses are near un-♥♥♥♥ing-beatable.
- Insufficient tutorial for the given depth so...

...If you don't want to have a bad time, consult the wikia properly as you play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
There is a LOT to this game
First of all,
This is the only RPG where I've EVER felt betrayed by the gameplay, and what I mean by that is, the game works by controlling units in a union (grup of units) and you, the player, provide each unit with a general action to do
now while this system sounds incredibly stupid, and believe me, i almost dropped the game after the opening tutorial, i decided to continue onwards, its actually very engaging
Its addicting and a lot of fun when you get used to it BUT the problem lies with the "general action"
The AI in this game isn't bad BUT at times, they can quite ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ (for example) opting to continue healing a unit instead of finishing off the enemy with 1 hp left
the WORST part of it is the fact that you are at the mercy of RNG more often than I'd like
some enemies feel incredibly cheap and it can leave you feeling cheated
*as a side note thought, it can also make it feel like your cheatijng the game when sometimes you get the Gae bolg (basically a nuclear weapon)several times in a tho
This is the only game I ever thought of rage quitting (and I've platniumed Dark Souls and Demons' souls on the ps3)
BUT despite all this, the game is still enjoyable
The story itself isn't incredibly special, its average, its not bad but it doesn't do too much to pull the heart strongs or make you feel incredibly badass
The characters are actually interesting but the problem lies in the dialoque, whch makes the characters feel bland at times. The writing in this game definetly need a make over; poorly written and lacking depth.
HOWEVER, despite all these problems, I could not find myself letting go of the game, it was incredibly addicting
There are a TON of sidequests; I finished the game's plot at the 98 hour mark, having done a good chunk of them
however, there are apparently a LOT left
The game provides an infinite amount of ways to play with its array of equipment loadout
Finally, I was surprised with how little grinding I actually did (I've done more in FF12 and FF13). Any parts I was actually stuck with, I would just leave and levelel up 3 or 4 ranks, and be back to finish it
Continuing the story missions and side missions should provide enough BR to get through
In the end, I do recommend playing this game, its fun, it'll make you wanna punch the screen sometimes, but still fun!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This is a unique JRPG in many ways! The gameplay offers many amazing strategic and personal changes to fit your own style and taste! You create your army in the way you want it to be, hiring on as many of the unit you need or simply taking on the many denizens of the world you've come to aid through your journey! The story has many a wonderful plot twist and the characters develop well over the course of the game! It's one downside is the massive difficulty leap that happens once you max your party slots. The game literally deems you worthy of facing the gates of hell at this point so brace yourself and prepare for some minor grinding! Other than that, the game is a wonderful piece of entertainment with a stelar soundtrack to top it all off~
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
God, this game is hard to describe. It's leveling system is extremely confusing. Basically you have to avoid getting your Battle Rank too high or else the game becomes impossible to beat. Aside from that issue, the game itself is gorgeus, unique and different. If you enjoy immersing yourself in a new world this would be the game for you. It's a turn based RPG with a different take on the battle. You control small squads rather than a single person. It's extremely interesting finding all the quests and loot. Not exactly GOTY material but it's definitely worth your money. If it's on sale consider getting it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Fascinating but deeply flawed, The Last Remnant is an RPG that seems almost intentionally confusing. Every system goes several layers deep and while the depth is interesting, it's a little too complicated for anyone but the most hardcore fans to enjoy.

It wasn't until about 20 hours in that I started to grasp the battle system. Even though I was reading outside information about the game it wasn't as helpful as actually playing the game and after beating the game I'm still not sure about some things. Most people on the internet suggest to keep your battle rating low, but I was constantly running into roadblocks of luck-based fights that were frustrating.

Most of the quests are fine. I liked that they take you directly to the area you need to be almost all the time, but they also make you leave right as you finish the quest as well. This isn't a problem except there are several quests that end with items in the room you finish the quest in, and then it instantly teleports you home. I'd rather talk to someone to port me home so I could get that stuff.

I completed every quest in the game and felt pretty good about the game going up to the last boss. Completing all the quests screwed me, since the final boss was simply too strong for my team and required way too much grinding to get by. Although it's cool that the game changes depending on how you play almost none of it is obvious at any time.

In fact, almost none of the game's systems are surfaced. From some quest parameters to learning skills to equipping friends with items, there is no information at all about the game. The extremely limited tutorial only covers union attacks from different directions. In the Xbox 360 version there are loading screens with tips, but these were taken out of the PC version. Most of the time I resorted to the helpful wiki and an external program that hooks into the game to display things like enemy health and what the heck a class like an "Expert Swashbuckler" does.

I found the environments to be boring. So many corridors and caves with few paths that usually just lead to items. A few scenes were pretty, but the majority of the game made me feel claustrophobic.

Despite all that, there's something to this game's battle system that is fun and feels good to play with after learning its intricacies. Breaking this game was a joy, learning new spells and training familiar ones is good (though complex) and fighting requires tactics that I rarely see in RPGs. I just wish that stuff was surfaced a lot more in the game.

There's a reason that this game still has an active community - this game probably has thousands of ways to play it and no two playthroughs will be the same. If you can get past the massive hurdles that are required to play this, The Last Remnant is a perfectly average RPG that offers a ton of depth in its battle system.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
A jrpg with serious grinding and convoluted story problems, but still worth a play. The main protagonist is horrible and unintelligent and unlikeable, and I'm starting to think that maybe that was intentional?? He's basically jRPG George Bush Jr. as a teenager.

The combat system though is pretty awesome and I wish other games used something like it. A final fantasy 9 remake with this combat system would be the ♥♥♥♥. You have characters and they're put into little squadrons that fight together as a single unit, and how you attack and approach enemies and the angle you use (and subsequently, the ones they use) determine not only your damage bonuses/maluses and the abilities/tricks you can use but also how the morale bar progresses (either towards the enemy side or your side). Understadnably, the morale bar is best on your side, as it has a severe effect on everything. Its very strateigic and a good play can easily turn the tide of battle in even overwhelming situations.

However, a severe downside is the sheer amount of grinding and gathering you have to do. Dear goodness. You can certainly play through the game without doing any but you'll eventually hit a brick wall of 'this is way too hard even if I play this perfectly' 3/4ths through the game (I did that). You have to grind this, collect that, grind that, grind this, grind that, so your characters all level up in their weapon and level their weapon up and level what weapons they can craft up and level what weapons their crafted weapons can craft up and level what's availible from shops to aid in crafting that sword to craft an axe to switch over to another skill set and do it all over again for 30+ odd characters.

Nope. Not for me. Maybe for you?
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