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The Last Remnant (Xbox 360)

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4.3
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Category Description MobyScore
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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 5.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
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Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (1 vote) 4.3


The Press Says

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90
Wonderwallweb.com
If you love this sort of game, Last Remnant is very different and you will enjoy it, if you are new to the genre though then you are probably best to start off with one of the more widely known titles like Final Fantasy, which are a bit more user friendly.
86
GamingXP
The Last Remnant“ ist nicht perfekt, aber macht definitiv Spaß. Die Story ist nicht unbedingt komplex und dennoch vergehen über 40 Stunden und man fragt sich, wo die Zeit hingekommen ist. Als jemand, der das Spiel von der Ankündigung bis zum Release verfolgt hat, hätte ich mir vom Verbandssystem zwar mehr erwartet, dennoch macht es bis zum Schluss Spaß. Überraschend viele Zusatzquests habe ich absolviert. Auf die wenigen, die langer Laufwege bedürfen, hab ich verzichtet.
85
Deeko
Even with the technical issues at hand (boy is there a lot), Square-Enix has to be commended for making (what is in my opinion) one of the most original and addicting RPG's in ages; certainly one of the finest this generation. From a company that looks to spit out tons of Final Fantasy, The Last Remnant is a breath of fresh of breath air featuring characters that are not whiny, a deep battle system that rewards your persistence and a story full of twists and revelations that keeps you playing for hours on end. The title may not be for casual JRPG fans looking for a small fix, but for hardcore enthusiasts of the genre - The Last Remnant will no doubt be this years biggest surprise.
83
The A.V. Club
Rush's world is gorgeous, and once the game opens up to side quests, you'll want to explore for the sake of exploring, not just to collect the next "+1 ATK" equipment upgrade. But during battles, Remnant uses a rapid-cutting, zoomed-in style more suited to a Bourne fight sequence than to large-scale tactics. Battles are also plagued by graphical slowdown and choppy frame rate, so if that sort of thing bothers you, consider waiting for the PC or PlayStation 3 release to see if Square Enix fixes the problem.
82
GameFocus
If you enjoy role playing games, especially Japanese role playing games, the Last Remnant is a must buy. One of my favorite Square Enix role playing titles in years with much potential and hopefully a patch will fix the few noticeable graphic issues.
80
GameTrailers
The Last Remnant is a hard game to judge. A person's enjoyment of it will be directly related to how much they can tolerate persistent graphical issues. If you can get past it, there's a lot to enjoy in the smart design decisions and its unique battle system.
80
Games Radar
Despite the ludicrously steep learning curve (it’s easy to get annihilated if you’re not careful – so save often!) it’s an interesting approach to battling, and there’s as much fun to be had tinkering with your unions to maximize their potential as there is taking to the battlefield. A word of warning though, this isn’t an RPG for everyone, as it was intended to be. It’s often brutally tough, inaccessible and a massive grind. But, if you have the patience, at a whopping 80 hours of play, you’ll find plenty to enjoy!
80
Gameplayer
We can’t deny it, we’ve succumbed to The Last Remnant’s charms. The gameplay is refreshing and addictive, the strategic elements have you constantly assessing the situation and working the angles, and it has a decidedly non-Japanese, JRPG feel to it. Slick, fun, intelligent and rewarding, let’s hope this is the direction turn based affairs take in the future.
79
RPGFan
As I stated earlier in this review, your enjoyment of The Last Remnant is going to come down to your toleration for a good game wrapped up in a graphical mess. If this game ran smoother, it would have been something special. Instead it's just a solid, worthwhile trip that will be remembered more for its shortcomings than it will its triumphs, and what a shame that is.
77
Games Master
It won't be to everyone's tastes, but hardcore RPG fans will get a lot from it. If they have time.
77
Game Vortex
I can't think of a game I had more of a love/hate relationship with than The Last Remnant. There were times I would sit down, start to play and neglect more important tasks. Other times, I would find myself cursing the game, its creators and anyone else I could think of. When you get down it, it seems that in trying to create something with a broader appeal, Square Enix inadvertently created something that may appeal to an even more niche audience. It's tempting to push the game aside early on in the experience, but if given enough time, it will likely grow on you. The Last Remnant may not appeal to everyone, but strategy-minded RPG fans will want to give it a chance.
77
Xbox World 360
Will many people have the patience for it? Doubtful. The amount of grinding required to survive is high, and the hours you need to put in before the battles start to show their true tactical colours will be a little too much for most people to bear. If you've got the stomach for it, jump right in - there's every chance you'll love it. But don't say we didn't warn you...
76
Xbox360Achievements
This game falls just short of greatness mainly due to unacceptable graphical problems and a few poorly implemented ideas. If there had been less loading screens and more choice about battle commands, then this would have been the ideal game to tide us over until Final Fantasy XIII emerges. As it is though, this game is perfect for the RPG fanatics of the world but may be a harsh introduction for novices and those who can’t look past the wonky graphics.
75
411mania.com
...the things that The Last Remnant does right make this game a solid title. If you can get past the graphical issues, and the poor dialogue you will find a massive world full of interesting characters, and plenty of things to keep your busy for well over 60 hours. I wouldn’t recommend this game if you’re thinking of taking your first foray into the JRPG genre, but for someone looking for some innovation from Square Enix I strongly suggest The Last Remnant.
75
Meristation
Pese a sus defectos técnicos, que se ven muy reducidos con la instalación en el disco duro, y a su falta de profundidad, The Last Remnant es un título divertido, con un gran número de detalles que logran impresionarnos y dejarnos muy satisfechos. Demasiado simplificado para lo que promete en ocasiones, pero con un largo desarrollo y muchos elementos inteligentes que son aciertos importantes de cara a iniciar una nueva franquicia en la actual generación de consolas. No es fácil satisfacer e intentar fusionar dos mundos tan diferentes como el oriental y el occidental, pero Square Enix ha sabido sacar provecho de la tecnología al alcance y crear un buen juego, aunque no llegue al nivel de sus grandes producciones.
75
Gaming Nexus
When everything is said and done The Last Remnant will probably be remembered as a minor game from Square Enix, easily forgotten once the new Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest hit store shelves. But The Last Remnant is a solid role-playing game that is unfortunately marred by a slow moving story, lame characters and some of the worst performance issues I have ever run across. There's a fun game to be found here, but you're going to have to do a lot of digging. Hopefully in the near future Square Enix can take this concept, add a different art design, fix the technical problems and turn it into the must-own game it deserves to be.
74
Cheat Code Central
For all intents and purposes, The Last Remnant has the makings of a great RPG: the story is engaging and the battle system is tons of fun to play with. And, with a lot of extra missions and side quests, there certainly is a lot of replay potential to this title. However, it seems that all these great aspects are not enough to pull it past its glaring graphical issues. If this title had been left in development just a little longer, then it might have been one of the best RPGs of the current generation. But as it stands, The Last Remnant is a great RPG that is buried under broken graphics and long load times.
70
videogamer.com
At the end of the day, The Last Remnant is a stale JRPG with interesting combat and lovely graphics that's crippled by technical deficiencies. It's a good game when installed, and is unquestionably better than Infinite Undiscovery, but there's nothing here to make it worth recommending if you're anything but a die hard SE JRPG fan. The pressure on Final Fantasy XIII increases.
70
Totally Gaming Network
Overall I enjoyed my time with this game. If you can look past the flaws I spoke of then you should have an enjoyable experience. I have enjoyed the story and for completionists out there, there are a bunch of side quests for you to do as well. You also have the ability to create and customize equipment to make your character that much stronger. It can be a surprisingly deep game depending on how you approach it. If you are a fan of Square Enix and a role playing game fan than I would definitely give this game a try.
70
Official XBox Magazine
There are certainly bits and pieces of decent storytelling hidden throughout the game, but for every ounce of beauty, you get three humdrum pounds of grind.
70
Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
The Last Remnant is a game the purists can sink their teeth into, and one we hope isn't the 'Last' of its kind.
70
HonestGamers
When you look past the serious technical issues and the sometimes questionable story, The Last Remnant is an above average game that offers a deep and unique gameplay experience with absolutely gripping music scores and intense battle sequences. The world is massive with many towns and dungeons to explore, plus you can always take a break from the main storyline to poke around in other people’s business. The experience is also a lengthy one containing a gritty and fairly realistic world filled with themes such as territorial war and sibling compassion. Some of the issues definitely should have been reworked, but the game manages to create a unique and enjoyable experience in spite of them.
70
Game Informer Magazine
In short, The Last Remnant that has all the trappings of a game in the RPG genre, but fails to stand out from the crowd.
70
Cynamite
The Last Remnant zielt eher auf Gelegenheits-Rollenspieler, die nicht Stunden damit verbringen wollen, die perfekte Kombination von Fähigkeiten für die Charaktere zu finden. Bevorzugt ihr für eure Truppen den Nahkampf, werden die Jungs und Mädels stärker und bekommen mehr Lebenspunkte. Steht ihr mehr auf Magie, lernen sie neue Zauber. Ausrüsten braucht ihr nur Rush, die anderen nehmen sich selbst, was sie brauchen. Die Schwierigkeit steigt nur langsam, was an den 60 Stunden Spielzeit liegen könnte.
70
games xtreme
The texture problems and framerate issues are unforgivable in this current generation and to be honest; installing a game on the HD using the NXE shouldn't be a requirement. Whilst it's not listed as such on the box it should really be noted that there is a significant performance upgrade to the game if you do put it on the HD and that's one of my bugbears with the whole thing. It's supposed to be a convenience and whilst some of us have the 120GB drives there are several people with 20GB or memory cards that will find this game unplayable unless they install it. All in all though, Last Remnant is still better than Too Human.
70
Defunct Games
When everything is said and done The Last Remnant will probably be remembered as a minor game from Square Enix, easily forgotten once the new Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest hit store shelves. But The Last Remnant is a solid role-playing game that is unfortunately marred by a slow moving story, lame characters and some of the worst performance issues I have ever run across. There's a fun game to be found here, but you're going to have to do a lot of digging. Hopefully in the near future Square Enix can take this concept, add a different art design, fix the technical problems and turn it into the must-own game it deserves to be.
70
GameSpy
The game's unique combat system and party-building mechanics are well executed, while the visuals are quite impressive, if you can get past the technical issues. While The Last Remnant isn't without its share of faults, it's also a game that's well worth experiencing, particularly if you can spare the hard drive space to install it.
70
MS Xbox World
This game is a very regrettable game to rate, not because it’s an awful game, but because it’s one of those titles that just has most of the qualities of an overly satisfying experience, but let’s itself down due to the excessive technical issues, silly design flaws and an inaccessible interface. A game that puts all its effort into an artistic masterpiece and a captivating storyline, but exhausts itself on first impressions and performance. You're left with a feeling that if the game had an extra few months to iron out the inconsistencies then it might just had fulfilled its easily reachable potential.
68
Play.tm
The Last Remnant is a funny old game. Every time it scores a plus point, it then does something that lets it down a bit. However, despite its many faults, I really enjoyed it. It manages to break from the norm slightly yet also has that 'traditional' feeling to it. Unfortunately, once the big guns of Final Fantasy 13 and Star Ocean arrive, it will probably fall into the background, much like Enchanted Arms did when Blue Dragon arrived. However for now, it is an enjoyable stop-gap for anyone who enjoys JRPGs. Just don't expect too much from it. It likes to give with one hand and take away with the other.
68
TeamXbox
With just few tweaks to the combat system and the aforementioned engine tweak (or a better implementation of UE3), The Last Remnant could be rubbing shoulders with the big boys—Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Fable II. But as it sits, The Last Remnant is positioned a rung below Lost Odyssey (even though it struggled with UE3 implementation as well), and in the general, less memorable vicinity of Infinite Undiscovery and Tales of Vesperia. It’s not a bad freshman effort per se, but not one up to snuff when considering Square Enix’s otherworldly IP lineage.
67
Gaming Age
Ultimately I came away from Last Remnant feeling more disappointed than pleased, but I can't say that the whole experience was a wash. The battle system is really a blast, and well worth checking out for RPG vets, but this isn't the great SE experience I was hoping to find. I'm glad they're trying out new IP's, but this isn't the best start to a new series, and the quality of the technical work leaves a lot to be desired. You can chalk it up to new hardware I suppose, but this late in the 360 lifecycle it seems like the game could have seen a bit more polish prior to release. Still, there were definitely aspects of the game I enjoyed, and I do feel like it's worth checking out, even if it's just a rental or two.
65
gamrReview
If you are a hardcore RPG player waiting for a new game to play you may want to give The Last Remnant a rent. And while the Last Remnant surely has its bright moments all others should skip this one and hope for Star Ocean. Because that one looks much more promising than The Last Remnant ever did. For the score you can bring it down to this: Die hard RPG fans - but only them - should think of this game as a seven. Average Joes such as myself are directed to the score below, while gamers without a hard drive should lower the score to a six.
65
3D Juegos
El prometedor The Last Remnant acaba injustamente defenestrado por su desastroso acabado técnico y por sus poco precisos métodos de combate. Quien sea capaz de pasar por alto su caprichosa tasa de imágenes por segundo y sus tediosos tiempos de carga, encontrará un título algo repetitivo y alargado en exceso, pero rico en imaginería y con ocasionales destellos de brillantez.
65
gameZine (UK)
It’s a shame that the game takes so long to get started and the story isn’t the most memorable, but those looking for a single-player campaign with hours of gameplay could do much worse. Many gamers will hate The Last Remnant for its obvious shortcomings, but I’m going to put my neck on the block right now and state that I actually quite like this game.
65
Kombo.com
The Last Remnant is a mixed bag. The battle system, musical score, and just magnitude the game gives off are simply amazing. Even though on a fundamental standpoint the game sounds like an instant classic, the game is plagued with nonsensical technical problems. Slowdown, freezing, and lack of textures make this game on the breaking point of being unbearable to even play. Had the development team taken another six months and perfected their use of the Unreal 3 engine and the tools at their disposal, this title would be one more of Square Enix's instant classics. There's always next time, I suppose.
65
GameSpot
You may be inclined to give up on The Last Remnant when you first witness its major graphical flaws, but if you can grow to forgive them, you'll find a fun adventure that will draw you into its finely crafted universe in spite of it all. How unfortunate that such a renowned RPG developer has buried a potential classic under a humiliating technical fiasco.
63
Worth Playing
The Last Remnant is absolutely full of potential. There's a fantastic world accompanied by an incredible soundtrack, a great battle system in place and a ton of content to keep you going. However, the game is technically sub-par, and the story takes far too long to get anywhere remotely interesting. Despite solid gameplay, there are many technical issues, and the story fails to draw in the player. There's a solid game lying underneath the lackluster veneer, but finding it requires sifting through a lot more rubble than any gamer should have to.
60
InsideGamer
Waar Square Enix ooit bekend stond als een garantie voor uitstekende RPG’s, is dat tegenwoordig wel anders. The Last Remnant faalt op bijna alle vlakken en is bovendien verre van fatsoenlijk afgewerkt. De game heeft sterke punten zoals het diepgaande vechtsysteem en de lange speelduur (een goede vijftig uur), maar het verhaal, de looks en de spelwereld zijn onder de maat. Wederom lost een Japanse RPG zijn verwachtingen niet in. Het genre begint zowat op de tocht te staan.
60
The Review Busters
I think it would have been best if Square Enix passed this game off on somebody else. The Last Remnant needed about three or four months to polish up a few things. It has a great story and cast of characters but everything else is poorly executed. If this is what we have in store for future Square games I might be playing Atlus only RPGs.
60
Destructoid
If you're still on the fence about The Last Remnant, I'd say that the enjoyment of this game hinges on the type of gamer who plays it. If you aren't pissed off about having to install it to your hard drive to avoid graphical issues and you like a strategic element to your battles, you may really enjoy the game. The truth of the matter is though, my standards for the genre are high, and I feel that if Square had spent a little more time clarifying the muddy parts and fixing the technical issues, this could have been a terrific game.
60
AceGamez
The Last Remnant has a lot of good, new ideas and features one of the best battle systems of recent years, backed up by an enjoyable story and memorable characters. It's such a shame then that what could have been an excellent game is thwarted by sloppy design, confusing direction and an abysmally implemented graphics engine. If you can look past The Last Remnant's flaws then there's a lot to keep you occupied but if you're a JRPG virgin then, whatever you do, don't start here. This isn't the game that finally unites Square and the West - but, graphical problems aside, it's a step in vaguely the right direction.
60
GameZone
While I truly wanted to enjoy Square Enix’s most recent contribution to the Xbox 360 RPG lineup, I found myself toiling and trudging through the game, regrettably so. I found more issues while playing than I found positives. Anytime I would come across a slightly intriguing moment or feature, something else would take place that would detour me or distract me. If you are a diehard Square Enix fan, then you might find solace in the fact that they had their hands all over The Last Remnant. But if you are looking for a quality RPG that will hold your attention for days, then you might want to wait a bit longer for that next big fantasy release.
60
XBox Evolved
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.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK)
The longer we've spent with The Last Remnant, the more we find ourselves wishing that it were a pure strategy RPG, because the more time you invest, the more interesting the battle system becomes - and, as a consequence, the more you begin to resent everything that prevents you enjoying it. It's a unique and compelling combat system buried beneath choppy pacing, too much wandering around, disappointing presentation problems and an awful lot of loading, and whether that's worth accepting depends largely on your tolerance or affection for long-winded self-indulgence, and whether you think 40 quid is a reasonable amount to pay for one superb idea cushioned by hours of grinding mediocrity.
59
Console Monster
In terms of being a viable purchase, The Last Remnant is definitely worth your consideration, especially as it can be bought for around £25 from some major retailers. It will provide hours and hours of gameplay. As long as you don't enter into the story looking for a masterpiece, you should enjoy it. Those who are looking for a genre defining J-RPG adventure, look elsewhere (or ahead for when FFXIII is released).
58
XboxAddict
Its hard to judge Last Remnant as it does have quite the amount of flaws, but underneath all of the problems, there is an interesting story and new gameplay. The fact remains that I cant foresee the average person forcing themselves to sit through all the issues and problems just to hopefully have it get better.
55
gameZine (UK)
Despite a rather sizeable effort to enter the ‘good’ territory after a few hours of play, The Last Remnant doesn’t quite make it there. Plus points for an original title, but I hope you’re trying harder with all those upcoming Final Fantasy games Sqenix.
53
IGN
The Last Remnant is a technical mess, but it's also behind the curve in so many ways. While games like Fallout 3 and Mass Effect use voiceovers for every conversation, The Last Remnant doesn't even voice every main story sequence. While games like Eternal Sonata offer immaculately detailed environments, The Last Remnant often tosses you into cookie-cutter battles in repetitive bland caves or barren fields. And while games like Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey deliver towns to explore and secrets to find, The Last Remnant skimps and gives only a few points worth visiting in each small town. I can't think of one aspect of The Last Remnant that is even on par with other recent titles, let alone leading the charge. It's not saved by a fantastic story or exciting gameplay either, which proves that just because it's a Square Enix RPG on Xbox 360, it doesn't mean it's a good thing.
50
Game industry News (GiN)
I can only wonder what is happening to Square Enix. This is yet another title of theirs that has a "rushed to the presses" feel. I understand the need to get a game out before the Christmas holiday, but do not sacrifice quality to do so.
50
Edge
For JRPG unbelievers the battle system changes don’t address the common complaints leveled at the genre. For fans, the emphasis and pacing of its unique selling point overwhelms everything else, stripping the game of its poetry and balance.
50
Thunderbolt Games
And that symbolises the entire experience, really. It seems strange that to get my RPG fix in 2009, four years after this generation hit the scene, I have to dust off my PS2 to give me the type of experience that so many of us have been longing for in current-gen glory. Roll on, Final Fantasy XIII…?
50
Frictionless Insight
Despite the irritation, I did every available side quest merely to prepare for the difficult battles that blocked my way to the second disc of this game of combat, combat and more combat. That just added to my frustration in playing uncountable hours, most of which were spent watching soldiers that looked like amphibious rabbits and angry catfish swing pole-arms in repetitive combat. So, I made it far enough to battle against the Gates of Hell. Then I couldn't bring myself to care anymore.
50
Game Arena
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.
50
Game Revolution
Square Enix needs to stop throwing most of its darts at the innovation board and start throwing some back at a design that the processor can manage and is not so ambitious that it forgoes challenge and misplaces depth for breadth. The Last Remnant is better than Infinite Undiscovery if you’re looking for a long, easy-breezy romp through fantastical lands, but RPG fans who care about a challenging combat system or characters who are worthy of your empathy will be disappointed.
42
Game Shark
So where does The Last Remnant stand compared to other RPGs this gen? It’s hard to say. On one hand, the story and characters mostly appeal to the traditional JRPG gamer. On the other, the combat and general aesthetics are aimed toward a more worldwide/Western gamer and rather than focus on making one kind of game and making it good (the usual Square Enix way), the developers instead tried too hard to make it appeal to two widely different audiences. A few changes to combat, more time spent working with Unreal Engine 3, and a few tweaks to the story would have made Last Remnant the game I was looking forward to when it was revealed. Instead, thanks to the technical issues and lackluster “new and innovative combat,” we have a game that doesn’t live up to the recent titles in either market.
40
UOL Jogos
"The Last Remnant" é uma tentativa de ocidentalizar um pouco o tradicional RPG japonês, mudando o perfil de alguns personagens e focando a ação em longas batalhas. Pena que o novo sistema de combates em turno, ainda que interessante, não seja bem explorado se tornando logo confuso e cansativo. Ainda assim, seria um exemplar decente do gênero se não contasse com vários problemas de performance, que beiram o amadorismo, muitas vezes parecendo que se trata de uma versão inacabada.
25
1UP
Installing the game to your hard drive in the new Xbox Dashboard shortens the load screens from ridiculously lengthy to bearable, but the slowdown during large battles -- especially boss confrontations -- persists. As do other nagging problems: a hard-to-use party system that doesn't let you easily swap members around, overlong boss battles, and (outside of the major story characters) a host of fighters that are completely indistinguishable from one another. The severe technical issues are problematic, but the battle system is the game's major failing. But this review, like the game, has gone on for far too long. Some questions are left unanswered at the end of the game -- but I truly hope this is the last Remnant.