Excerpt: I don't know about you, but no amount of watching gameplay footage and looking at screen shots of The Last Remnant really gave me a good idea of exactly how this game plays. Thankfully, a little hands-on time has helped give a bit greater understanding of the fundamentals of the combat system.
Excerpt: Most of a year after playing through The Last Remnant in its entirety, I've decided to go ahead and review it because I continually see people saying that the game is rubbish, that it offers nothing new, that it's a complete mess...
Square Enix's New Franchise Struggles with the Basics
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: The Last Remnant introduces larger scale multi-party combat to the RPG genre. Overall, however, the results are mixed
Graphics: Unlike some Square Enix titles, the cutscenes use the in-game graphics engine (Unreal Engine 3) and show some popping in of textures
Sound: Studio musician metal...
Conclusion: At the end of the day, one has to give Kudos to Square for trying something genuinely different. Whilst Final Fantasy 12 and Infinite Undiscovery has taken some lengths to evolve the JRPG genre, The Last Remnant is the first to do something different, and not just new.
Summary: To their credit Square Enix did some things that are innovative with The Last Remnant to move the entire JRPG genre forward. The sheer depth of The Last Remnant make it a solid title that does more good then it was given credit for upon its initial release.
Excerpt: The Last Remnant is part two in Square Enix's three-pronged Xbox 360 JRPG love in that began with the infinitely forgettable Infinite Undiscovery and ends with Star Ocean: The Last Hope early next year. Let's be frank right off the bat.
Summary: The greatest military conflicts in history were not won with vague commands and finger-crossing; the commanders had helpful battlefield intel, capable officers, and control of the situation. Even though The Last Remnant focuses on large engagements, it has none of those things ?
Conclusion: The battle system in Last Remnant is by far the best part of the title. In a way, it’s the Game of the game; the rest could be seen as a long, menu-heavy interactive DVD. Unions of three or more characters function like individual units on large, expansive battlefields.
Summary: The Last Remnant is Square Enix's latest single-player RPG game, powered by the Unreal Engine 3, scheduled to be released in Japan and North America simultaneously, with two main characters, each one appealing to a specific territory.