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The Last Remnant Review
20 March 2009
Excerpt: When you first begin The Last Remnant, you'll participate in a battle within moments of inserting the game disc, and chances are that you'll be struck by a glaring issue: The frame rate is awful, and the texture pop-in is shockingly bad. It's an issue you'll never quite get used to, considering that it mars the entirety of the experience. What a shame, because this long and fascinating Japanese role-playing game has a way of getting under your skin.
Pros: A long, epic tale in a fascinating new fantasy world, Fun, uniquely strategic battle system, Gorgeous musical score, Beautiful art design
Cons: Abysmal frame-rate problems, Awful texture pop-in, Combat mechanics can be obtuse, Losing a long battle means having to repeat huge chunks of gameplay
Summary: Its hard to recommend The Last Remnant. From the terrible bugs that make it nearly unplayable unless you install it, lackluster storytelling, and mediocre soundtrack. The only thing The Last Remnant got right was the battle system. If you need a jrpg fix then give it a try but otherwise its not a buy.
Pros: Battles system is well define, controls are satifactory, meaningful side quests.
Cons: Bad story presentation, Terrible graphical bugs, music becomes redundant.
Excerpt: Square Enix + RPG + Xbox 360 = ? When it comes to taking JRPGs from their native territory and popularizing them in the West, there’s only one company that comes to mind – Square Enix – and when that company develops a new title for a console that has supposedly failed in their home territory, you have to sit up and take notice.
Excerpt: The Last Remnant is Square Enix's latest attempt at a hopeful new franchise to join the ranks of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and to a certain extent, Star Ocean. It's a great attempt, but it could have been even better had they used an engine they knew more about. Still, this is absolutely a unique game that any hardcore RPG fan can appreciate; assuming technical problems don't bother them too much.
Excerpt: Heavy Weapon is an original game that was released on the PC some time ago by PopCap, the casual game kingpin that also offers Bejeweled, Feeding Frenzy, and Bookworm. But rather than sticking to the puzzle-oriented material for which the company is most famous, Heavy Weapon is an action-packed arcade-style scrolling shooter.
Pros: Exciting arcade-style action, Good level of challenge, Smart online options
Cons: Some levels and boss fights are repeated in the mission mode, albeit at a higher difficulty
Conclusion: Role-playing games of yesteryear are clear labours of love, and it seems no one ever had, or ever will have, a passion and dedication to unleashing what The Last Remnant could offer. Since we’re stuck with an unrefined and choppy experience, it’s better to dust off some classics and remind yourself what makes this genre so special. After that, give Square Enix a call and let them know.
Excerpt: After going through a rather disappointing period of offering a never-ending collection of substandard retro titles each and every week, the Xbox Live Arcade really seems to be heating up right now. A few weeks ago the fantastic Assault Heroes was brought to our attention and now the equally great shoot ‘em up Heavy Weapon has reared its head.