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67

Beautiful visuals, but has some pretty big flaws

reid1745 | April 29, 2013 | See all reid1745's reviews »

The union system, while confusing, is a really fun and unique take on JRPG combat. It sometimes feels like you are not in control, but once you realize most things come down to mana cost, it makes more sense. This game is visually stunning, even today. The chracter design is pretty good for a JRPG, and the maps all look different enough to be fresh and exciting.

This game has a serious flaw though in its basic gameplay design. Grinding hurts you. All the enemies scale with you, so you can literally grind to the point that the game is unwinnable. This goes against the weapon system, where to get better weapons for your party members you need (sometimes rare) monster drops. So you can choose between accepting what drops you get and having mediocre weapons, making the game harder, or between grinding and making the game harder as it autoscales up to you. If this was taken out the game would be one of my favorite JRPGs of the last decade

90

Awesome JRPG

Giltonnam | April 27, 2013 | See all Giltonnam's reviews »

If you enjoy JRPGs and Squad based combat I highly recommend this game (Also, highly recommend using a controller with this game!). It can be very daunting at first with all of the information/mechanics the game presents you at first but you will quickly learn that there is very little of the information you can manually act on.

This game isn't a typical JRPG where the higher you level the easier the game gets, instead the higher you level the tougher the game gets (and you don't get any stronger).

I've played 100 hours in it personally and taking a short break before I play it again in New Game+ mode. The game is beautiful, although some dislike the story I personally liked it (quite fresh from the typical Japanese story).

There are some downsides to this game. Namely the sheer lack of customization you get beyond your main character and how long the combat can last later on (also, no explanation on what some game aspects do/seem to have no influence).

88

One of the most unique RPGs ever made.

kokujin | March 2, 2013 | See all kokujin's reviews »

Let me just say that the story in this game is garbage for the most part, but there are some great NPCs that really standout.Having said that, everything else in this game is incredible.The combat is simply amazing, at first things may appear to be random, but most of the work comes from you building a working party.Your party consists of unions, and your attacks in the battle are determined by who's in that union and what skills they possess.For instance, if you want a a union to have the chance to cast mystic arts, you'd use predominantly mystic users in that union.Aesthetically the game is gorgeous, plenty of effects in battle and clean texture work, it's also runs pretty well on lower end PCs.When it comes to audio, this game is damn near perfect.The voice acting is surprisingly well done, save for the main character, but everything else is top notch.The real star of the game though is easily the soundtrack, there is nothing wrong with it, and the quality is probably the best I've seen this generation.In the end, if you can look past the story being so stale, then you have one of the most unique games on the market right now.I thank god Square Enix decided to port this game, it was decent on the consoles, but it really shines on PC.

74

Great Action JRPG

henrymeister | Feb. 26, 2013 | See all henrymeister's reviews »

The Last Remant is a really beautiful game, even after those years. The tactical battles are very fun to fight. But because of the Combat-Rating in the game, battles can become pretty hard later on. If you want to outlevel the enemies in this game by grinding early on, the laters battles will become pretty hard and unfair. Because they get too strong.

82

This game was a blast.

Torgul | Feb. 1, 2013 | See all Torgul's reviews »

I don't see what these other reviewers are thinking. This game was a blast to play. Have played it through twice already. The battle mechanics are unique and take thought. The game play is just plain fun. If you like some strategy with your JRPG's this is the game for you. You can get this gem for less than a meal now. A steal.

70

The Last Remnant - Very enyojable game!

crazyspike | Feb. 1, 2013 | See all crazyspike's reviews »

This game looks almost as series from Final Fantasy and is almost that good :)) Very good graphic and sound. Main quest is enjoyable, and there are side quest as well. This game is about tactic - turn based, and Equipment, levelling skills. If you are fan of Final Fantasy this is game for you, if not you will be very pleased witch this game. Strongly recommend!

70

Good JRPG, but not for everyone.

supernautbr | Jan. 18, 2013 | See all supernautbr's reviews »

There are not many options of JRPG's for PC right now, so, if you liked FF's on PS and PS2, the game has almost the same gameplay mechanics, except that it's harder, a lot harder, and has a different approach in combat and the story is not so fascinating.

You need strategy, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of the enemy. Prepare to encounter tough bosses, hunt rare monsters, and maybe secrets that you'll only find using a guide, because there's a lot of stuff you'll miss otherwise.

The game is all fun for JRPG lovers, and can take 100h+ if you want, but can be a bit overwhelming for the standard gamer.

21

Disappointing Final Fantasy JRPG alternative

backslashio | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »

I was really hoping for something to tide me over between the popular Final Fantasy series and for a while I was convinced I was missing out when this was a 360 exclusive. Well, there's nothing to get excited about, whilst the port is slightly superior to the 360 with a smoother framerate it fails at almost everything else. The world is completely flat, the environments are samey, the storyline is boring and the combat is merely ok. I tried my best to like it but in the end I spent far more time downloading the game than I did playing it

65

Something different

Antix | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »

Possibly the only high budget JRPG out on the PC this gen. Fans of these games will most likely be tempted to check it out. However, don't even start this game unless you have lots of dedication. All the mechanics in it are obscure and you WILL have to use the wikia along with the game to make sense of things, and the difficulty is punishing. For those who persevere, there is a truckload of entertainment to be had. It's just that you have to work twice as hard for it as in any other game, and put up with some very unfriendly mechanics. The production values are amazing, what with the excellent soundtrack, visuals and the ability to switch between Japanese and English voice tracks. A gamepad is recommended.

20

Utter garbage

papita69xxx | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all papita69xxx's reviews »

First of all this is a PC port that rivals dark souls in its poor excecution. Lack of options (being able to switch between the japenese and english voices is a welcome adition though) and you just have to guess the key bindings because the instructions are made with a 360 controller in mind. You have little control over your party because you can just give generic orders like "attack, attack and heal, heal, use magic" and the graphics aren´t up to date. Sure some visual effects look nice but textures like shadows look awful. I love jRPG and i love Final Fantasy but this isn´t worthy of your time or money

64

Failed attempt at something new

Damuel | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Damuel's reviews »

Well, to put it simply, the game is an awful port (not that the console versions are great either) with screen tearing, fps drops, and graphical bugs. Besides those issues, the actual gameplay is somewhat broken.

The game has a very interesting combat/party system and can even be quite fun at times, but unlike you'd expect from a RPG, you get punished for grinding here. Which is really the major issue with the game. You have to play the game by organizing your party, and unlike Square's older titles, you can't rely on fighting monsters over and over. Ironically, in titles like final fantasy, the combat with normal enemies wasn't fun, so grinding was a pain. While here, the combat is fantastic, but if you go around fighting everything you'll have a horrible time later on.

The actual way the fighting works is kind of difficult to explain because of how different it is, but it's definitely unique though debatable at how polished it is.

100

Brilliant RPG, 250 Hours and Still Awesome

Brumbek | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Brumbek's reviews »

This gorgeous game is not only a massive triumph of artistic design but also the quintessential JRPG experience. It has an amazingly addictive battle system coupled with an entertaining story and unique characters.

Throw in the countless side-quests, treasure hunts, and rare monsters and you have one of the greatest JRPGs ever! Most of the PC reviews are actually for the XBox360 version, so don't listen to the foolish critics who panned it; listen to me, I do not lie.

Do you like Strategy RPGs like Warsong, Ogre Battle, FFT, and so on? Then The Last Remnant will blow your mind! After 250 hours, I still ADORE this game.

76

Like the ONLY jrpg of this time on PC

nucture | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all nucture's reviews »

If you are a JPG fan and don't own a console.. Which isn't likely well then, you will want this game. It isn't perfect but if you are a true JRPG fan and want a game to play and haven't played this well.. you should try it :). The battle system will be a challenge and the story is pretty good and ichigo is the voice actor for the main character haha. So just give it a shot! It is worth the price honestly for any JRPG fan.

76

A flawed but enjoyable romp

nairume | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all nairume's reviews »

Though japanese role playing games are not very common on the PC, The Last Remnant makes a solid case for how they are just as fun on computers as they are on the console. The primary gimmick of this game is in commanding whole squads of characters in fast and fun turn based combat. Though each squad only takes a single command a round, each character is still fully customizable, giving players infinite possibilities in how they approach building their teams. On the downside, the story is a bit on the poorly written side, with much of the game's humor seeming to be entirely unintentional. The game's open nature is also unforgiving to new players, requiring some supplementary information to help guide the way through. Overall, the game is solid and worth a purchase.

80

A great Japanese RPG

DukePaul | Oct. 15, 2012 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

In PC we do not get so many game like this, so this title can be probably a gem.

It's not your typical JRPG where you command a small party, in this game you have a big team of characters and this takes to awesome battles that generates an amazing visual show for the eyes, maybe this sometimes can be chaotic but you will learn fast how to control this large battles.

Like a lot JRPGs, this game is LONG, you will need a lot of hours to complete it so it's even worth it for the full price.

The story? well it's epic and I like some characters, I can say it's interesting, this game is all about his great gameplay.

69

A Gem in the Rough

Figgots | Sept. 12, 2012 | See all Figgots's reviews »

When I first had seen this game I figured hey, why not? It's a Square Enix game and looks similar to Final Fantasy.

The first thing I notice is the amazing graphics. They're lush, vibrant, and crisp. The first cinematic already sets a precadence for an incredible and epic game. It's not your typical game, though. It's a turn based strategy game based on squads.

If you're looking for an epic storyline wrapped in a neat strategy game, look no further!

20

Boring game...

Zinzun | Sept. 11, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

So, I really waited for the PC version of this game, but...it's really ugly. Graphic is good (if you've played a Final Fantasy, the look is pretty much the same), but there isn't a nice story to drive you into hours and hours of grinding. You've never really a fully control on party members, you can only give your units generic orders. There's no exploration, cities are a loong rail and nothing more, side-quests are ugly too....really, don't buy this game. I spet 7.50€ on it but it's not worth it at all.

84

Worthy STORY

hotmando | Sept. 10, 2012 | See all hotmando's reviews »

This is a one of a kind gem in RPGs. A battle system thats unique compared to the past final fantasies for example. Quick decisions are required and good decisions they must be. A wrong choice may lead to a loss of a squad or even more. Boss battles are epic, especially the end boss. The biggest problem I had with the game is overheating on the hardware. Secondly, buying armor and such did not chance my character appearances which as disappointing. However, the gameplay more than makes up for the fun factor!

42

Promising game ruined by a low budget & outdated engine

backslashio | July 28, 2012 | See all backslashio's reviews »

The game looks alright in the screenshots but once the game's in motion you'll notice a lot of screen tearing that can't be controlled with v-sync because there is no v-sync option! The graphics are simplistic yet if you turn all the detail up to full get ready to be presented with an almost unbearable framerate drop when battles ensue. Environments have that eerie perfectly flat landscape look which makes the game look 10+ years old, I know its a low budget game yet I thought other RPGs besides Final Fantasy surpassed this incredibly dated presentation by now. Its made by SquareEnix too, where is the love?

As for the gameplay itself its alright, there's nothing really wrong with it & it has an optional Japanese audio track. In fact the battles are quite engaging however its just the presentation that you'll have to put up with to get your entertainment.

91

A rarity among PC games

Cynaris | July 19, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »

The Last Remnant is an extremely rare gem for PC gamers to have the opportunity to play. Similar to the Final Fantasy series, but taking place in a different universe, with different races, setting, and style.

The combat system is also vastly different with a more tactical approach. You have control over entire groups, unions, a team of even 20 soldiers or more. Of course you can issues commands separately for smaller portions of them, setting up formations that work different against various creature types, so overall there is a nice selection of choices that actually affects the outcome of combat. There are tons of things to do in this game, lots of lore to uncover, side quests, challenges, bosses that are not a necessity to the endgame, but can yield worthy loot for your team.

Storywise the game is great, about struggle for power, but not entirely in the usual manner. Grind is necessary at points, but with a satisfying system this game has, it should not become a chore. TLR also looks great with a bold artstyle, and has a lot less issues it's console counterpart had, making it a vastly superior version. The game also features fantastic musical score ranging between many styles, but it feels great most of the time. Voice acting is good. Overall a very polished game which should be experienced by as many people as possible. A great buy.

90

One of the most unique games I've ever played!

Wredniak | June 30, 2012 | See all Wredniak's reviews »

This game manges to successfully combine RPG mechanics with tactical/strategic elements. One of the most fitting adjectives describing it is epic. It especially shows during battles where player can control up to 18 characters fighting 25 or more enemies. To help manage this large number of fighters Square Enix developed very interesting combat system: Unions. Union is an unit consisting from 1 to 5 characters acting as one. Player has limited control over their behaviour on the battlefield, usually consisting of 2 options of attack, healing/supporting other unions, healing themselves/defending. This depends on individual characters in each union which makes careful consideration of choices very important. Possibilities are almost infinite with over 30 unique leaders and even more soldiers available for player. To add even more to the system each union can choose a formation that usually boosts one or two stats (like melee attack or defence) while lowering others. Soon player has to choose between 5 mobile unions capable of flanking enemies or fewer more powerful ones taking out enemies easier but risking being flanked themselves. Another innovation is levelling system or lack of it. Player progress is measured by battle rank which make enemies stronger as player increases it. Each character has a chance to increase their stats after the fight learning new combat, item or mystic arts. Combat arts are tied to the weapon which is used and the wield-style. Each wielding style has several of Combat Arts each one more powerful than previous which become unavailable if player switches the style. Another aspect depending on the weapon is the direction in which ability will change (nimble or mighty), some weapons additionally have a special art that is available as long the weapon is equipped. Opposite of Combat arts are Mystic arts that aren't tied to the weapon and are ingame equivalent of magic. By combing 4 or more specific types of Mystic arts within the union it is possible to unlock powerful mystic attack that affects entire map. The most prominent aspect of the game is it's compelling story and believable characters. Developers also included numerous sidequests which provides entertainment for many hours. With such a vast number of possible options each playthrough can be an unique experience. Another interesting aspect are rare enemies which have a chance of spawning in each area in specific places. They are much harder to kill but provides a considerable reward after win, usually components to upgrade powerful weapons. The game also isn't without a faults. Most of them aren't visible for casual player or during first playthrough but become quite apparent for players aiming to complete 100% of the game. In order to unlock all the abilities and weapons some grinding is necessary especially for the rarest components. Also some unique enemies have very low chance of appearing and it may take hours to find a single one.

In conclusion I'd say this is very solid title that holds a lot potential to entertain for 100+ hours and I recommend it for everyone as such titles on PC are rarity and it would be a shame to miss out on Rush story. The unconventional battle system and vastness of available options is rarely seen in games nowadays.

68

Japanese style RPG, great game if you're into RPG's...

NoLove3827 | June 16, 2012 | See all NoLove3827's reviews »

The story in this game is a very long one, and is great for someone who is into this sorta stuff. I recieved this game as a gift and I personally did not care too much for the game, but I also don't really like RPG's. My brother on the otherhand loved it. To him it was a great game with alot of depth, and suprisingly the game is well polished and pretty much glitch free.

80

Good Game

AtomicEggs | June 15, 2012 | See all AtomicEggs's reviews »

Last Remnant may have been played by some on XBOX and if you've played it and considering getting it for PC then it may be different but in a good way as most of the graphics problems have been fixed and their are additional, new features to the PC version.

However if you're new to the game then its a good Japanese RPG to play without having to Final Fantasy and not as hard as Dark Souls. The game story is very well done as you can recruit people to fight with you and in battle see their different stats for magic and attacking. The battles can be long and hard to win but you will be eventually rewarded for your effort. You can also quickly go through battles quicker which was unavailable to the XBOX version.

The graphics are very well done, of course over the years, as all the edges are smoothed and much higher resolution. The frame rate is much better in the PC version and the general layout of the game is very well done.

The sound is amazing with the music added and the voice acting which can be tough to achieve but here they have as you can have Japanese or English soundtracks and the voices are different. However the voicing is very limited and needs more to be perfect.

Overall people who want an Japanese RPG, like Demon Soul's, with a strong storyline and a great combat layout then this is the great game but some may complain it's too much of a console game but that's want they create demos for.