The Last Remnant is an interesting experiment in expanding the traditional turn-based battle system, but there are enough annoyances in that system and weaknesses in its setting and characters to keep this from reaching the heights it's clearly reaching for.
Born of experimentation and a combat system quite unlike anything else from its time, The Last Remnant Remastered takes all of the PC enhancements and balance changes that were never previously available on console and adds in a few graphical filters to appeal to another generation of console players.
There is nothing I would change or remove from The Last Remnant, but there is room for some additions. It is fine as a simple game and the characters are lovely, but I know it has the potential to become even bigger.
The Last Remnant has its inherent flaws. However, there is plenty there to engross any RPG player, old or new, who needs something else. The game offers little direction and limits itself narratively, but trial and error can help polish off the rough enough to see its glimmer.
For all it has to offer, The Last Remnant Remastered is still the same adventure longtime fans still know and love. Its visual upgrades and other changes make it the best version to play, but its lackluster plot and complex combat system might turn others away.
Square Enix's The Last Remnant Remastered is a deeply brutal JRPG that is hampered by its confusing design decisions which may drive some players away.
All that said, though? The Last Remnant Remastered still gets my recommendation for JRPG fans. The game does something with its combat system that few had tried before or after, and it is a genuine joy once you've got the hang of it. When you strip away the below-average genre trappings, all that remains of The Last Remnant Remastered is a damn fine combat system that was clearly built before any other element of the game. Even after the hundredth time Rush yelled “let's kick some A!”, I still couldn't wait to figure out how best to pincer the enemy units and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The more important question, as always, remains if the the story and gameplay are to your liking or not. To that end, I’m more on the reserved side of the equation, finding some value in both elements, but not enough to give this remaster a strong recommendation.
The Last Remnant Remastered is a lazy port with few adjustment. Too many game elements are the same as ten years ago, with poor attention to details.
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The Last Remnant Remastered is not for the risk averse. It features a lot of design decisions, and punishes anyone who dares to ignore them. There's also a massive learning curve to account for, as the intricacies of battle will require serious effort to master. Even this critic, who has logged almost 200 hours between all three versions, still has a lot to learn. Regardless, the various gameplay systems are all satisfying to understand, and the results of a well built team that employs sound tactics are immeasurably fun to experience. What else is there to say about this game? It's a classic.
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Despite having a few issues that, in the end, prevent it from being an even better game, The Last Remnant Remastered is a fun RPG, with a good and different combat system and an interesting story, specially for those that haven't played its original version.
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The Last Remnant Remastered looks exactly the same as the original game, with some graphical improvement. Gameplay is challenging and enjoyable, story has a lot of twists, and there are a lot of various characters that can join your team. Beside these good aspects, There are lots of graphical and technical issues in the game and also some boring and long side missions. Long story short, if you are a fan of JRPGs, you'll have a good time playing The Last Remnant Remastered. With its deep gameplay and beautiful story, The Last Remnant Remastered is a good choice for you to experience.
Review in Persian | Read full review
The Last Remnant is perhaps doomed to be one of Square Enix's forgotten classics. It never earned itself a sequel, and for years languished on a platform that people never really bought into for JRPGs. Perhaps with the PlayStation 4 release of the Remaster, the game has a chance of finding a new audience, though, because it weaves a ripping yarn, and has a beautifully detailed combat system that is endlessly rewarding to tinker with.
The Last Remnant Remastered is certainly an improvement over the original release and should be enjoyable if you're looking for a tough JRPG, however, the story and accompanying game system may leave you disappointed.
The Last Remnant has a less traditional approach to combat, having you command unions of allies to take down enemy forces with strategy, luck, and patience.
Videogames being remastered of past generations has been something normal in the industry of videogames, with titles that were great in their time and that the companies want that the new gamers give a proven one of those great adventures.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
While The Last Remnant still feels like an aged game, the quality-of-life improvements Square-Enix gifted it during the PC release is right at home on the console release.
The Last Remnant Remastered looks good, but why revisit a classic title that isn't all that great?
Although the story does suffer several pitfalls and the game systems can be confusing at times, it still comes together to make The Last Remnant Remastered quite a fun JRPG that fans of the genre should enjoy.