The Last Remant

by Wencke Schuncken
author awarded score: 60/100

The Last Remant Review
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Format Reviewed: Xbox360
Reviewed by: Wencke Schuncken

Another Role Playing Game from Squire Enix for all Xbox360 RPG fans out there ... to keep them busy while their eagerly wait for the major FFXIII release for the first time on Xbox 360. Currently the release schedule of RPG's is perfect, as the game producers give you enough time to play an RPG before a new one is being released. Therefore I had all the time to explore the Last Remnant.

last remnant battle

Remnants are mysterious, powerful artifacts from an ancient civilization, and long ago the world was filled with them. But as time went by, the power of the Remnants began to shift the world's balance. The difference between those who ruled and those who were ruled over, and 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 named Rush Sykes begins... He's the leading character in the Last Remnant, 18 years old swordsman and on a mission to rescue his sister, Irina who has been kidnapped by some unknown organization with powerful, mysterial energies. On his journey to save his sister, he finds himself amidst a global conflict concerning the remnants. But not alone as support will be given by Lord David Nassau, marquis who rules over the state of Athlum, and his generals. But it seems that Lord David has a double agenda,which perfectly fits with the rescue of Irina. That's the story in a nutshell, and although making progress in the game, it seems that the story slips to the background as the Last Remnant is quite the hack and slash turn based combat game.

Never ever before, I've fought so many battles in an RPG to explore the game and to see how the story evolves. Some reviews mention that it has quite a new revolutionairy battle system, but I partly support that statement as the only new feature is the attack strategy infrastructure. Can your team make flank attacks which deal more damage than an normal front attack? There are different kind of attacks and bottom line is, the more an opponent will be closed in by other unions (teams), the more damage will be done. Each union can be organised by the player and contains one or more leaders and soldiers, whose skills vary according to different parameters. One parameter is the "morale" bar, which is affected by the events in battle and affects the way characters perform in battle. Built up skills during the game, which can become handy once improved, but it takes lot of battles and patience.

Further on during battle I noticed that the system chooses what action can be performed in the list of actions to choose from. For example is you want to bring back a killed union, the option isn't given while it's a fact that it can be done. Why? Simply because the two unions are to far from each other. What more about being in the battle zone? Just like in Lost Odyssey quick time events take place during battles. So once actions are assigned, don't fall into a passive trap as sometimes more damage can be dealt by pressing the right button with a correct timing. Last but not least, while choosing the actions, it was fun to see that the characters still were inflicted in a fight, but only visual with no effect on your health points or damage points.

last remnant battle button action

Graphically this isn't a top notch game, but it includes some cut-scenes and a couple of environments that are amazing. Shame though that some places are astonishing and but most of them really boring (dungeons and deserts nowadays are truly boring). If someone told me that this game was created by several designing teams, I'd instantly believe it as it varies so much. The music on the other hand is quite steady, especially on the battlefield as there are only two synthesizer rock tunes, which surprisingly didn't work on my nerves.

From a female point of view it's obvious that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Mothers and daughters have a prominent role in the story. For example Rush' mother and sister Irina have mysterious powers, but I rather give credit to Emma and Emmy. You know that mothers and daughters can look-a-like? Well that certainly is the case in this game! Natural beauties with guts! Emma is a brave warrior who leads troops into battle with courage and vigor. She's always trying to better herself and others, while continually striving for justice. Despite her stern exterior, she is a strong maternal figure. While making progress in the game, her daughter Emmy comes into play to prove that she has the same attitude and power as her mother.

last remnant female character Emmy

Exhausting, never ending, and time consuming. Those words pop up when thinking back to all those battles fought with the chosen unions. It truly is a battle to make it till the end; a hack & slash game discuised under a blanket called RPG. But the story and sidequests makes you want to move forward, finding out what the game has more in store than already experienced. But in the end the vague feeling of excitement turns into a dissapointment. Calculating the hours spend to keep up with the story doesn't feel rewarding at the end, maybe because I was still waiting for a new battle, although the game had ended. So if you care less about a story, but love to battle till the bitter end, this could be a perfect game for you. For those who appreciate the opposite, don't get trapped n the battle web of the Last Remnant, as it will not be fulfilling.