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Genre: Role-playing / Release Date: 2008-11-20 / Published by Square Enix

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      02.04.2011 14:53
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      One of the better Role Playing games for Xbox 360 and one with lots of variety!

      == The Last Remnant ==
      The Last Remnant is yet another JRPG that has been created by Square Enix. The game was released in Japan first and it sold really well, so Square Enix released it in the US and the UK and since its been released here it hasn't sold so many. However that doesn't fault how great a game this is. The Last Remnant is quite different to many other Japanese Role Playing games. The story is actually rather gripping and intense compared to most RPG's. You take the role in The Last Remnant as a young man named Rush Sykes, who is looking for his sister Irina who is kidnapped at the very beginning of the game and this is why Rush leaves his homeland in search of clues on her whereabouts. After rushing around searching for your sister you come across a small army led by King David and they are battling a whole horde of monsters, right at the very end of the battle as your observing, you get a cut scene with Rush charging down to the battle field because he thought he caught a glimpse of his sister. Whilst down there Rush generates a very powerful shield with his Remnant Pendant he wears. David and his generals take Rush for some questioning and end up joining him to help find his sister Irina. Rush, David and the others are on a mission one day and come across none other than his sister with a man named Wagram but he escapes and takes Irina with him, now Rush must find out what he can about his sisters disappearance and also find more about The Last Remnant.

      === Gameplay ===
      The Last Remnant has some cracking bits added into the gameplay and the story is brilliant, however it does have a few down points which I will get to. The story is quite long and the game itself is 2 disks, however you don't just have to play the main story mode and this is because as you discover new villages, towns or even huge cities you come across places such as The Union Of The Golden Chalice where you can take up new jobs/quests which can basically require you to do all kinds of things for your mission. However The Union Of The Golden Chalice isn't the best place to go for missions, you do get them there but not very often and you do in fact get them all the time at The Taverns that are scattered throughout the towns, villages and cities. Usually when you enter one the people with a red speech bubble are offering missions and all you need to do is read what they ask you to do and accept, then you have to do them. They usually include things like searching for treasure in caves or some places like that or can even be search and find the big boss of a dungeon. Now these quests can be very rewarding as you always find treasure and items, plus you get a fair bit of gold for completing them. That gold can be spent so many ways, buying new equipment, new items or you can even hire new members to fight for you.

      The fights are very different in The Last Remnant as you get so many groups of people attacking at once in different groups. Say for example I have 3 groups with four members in each. Its like a war battle and this can equally be a good thing and a bad thing, however the fights are brilliant and are so much better this way. Also as you battle and beat monsters throughout the game you can catch them, now you don't need to do anything to catch them as you just get them at the end of battle and these can either be sold for a fair decent amount of gold or you can dissemble them and get items that can be used to upgrade your current weapons or even make new ones. Throughout the game you can spend hours exploring new places like dungeons, mountain paths, forests, deserts and many other places. They all seem to be pretty big places as well, however go to the wrong place and you may find your fighting a battle you cant win just yet. The gameplay can last hours on end with so many things you can do.

      === Graphics ===
      The game was released near the end of 2008 and to be honest the graphics for a game that isn't far off three years old are actually really good. There is different races of characters in the game and each one looks incredible and brilliantly designed, there is of course the human race and each character whether its a character that joins or just someone on the street or even someone in the tavern they all look different to each other and pretty smartly designed. The Yamas are one of my favourite races, they are basically fish people but they are extremely strong and can aid you in any battle, there is a little fault with them and that is basically the design of them, they all seem to be really small but they do look quite good. Its just the height difference compared to other species. The Sovanis are another race I like as they are like cat/wolf or even dog like creatures that have four arms, now some of these characters can be the best on the game because they can attack four times and do four times as much damage, however they can be really weak to magic but they do look really good. There are lots of other races on the game and they all look fairly good and have some really good designs. Now the monster are what impressed me, the graphics and time spent on these must of been a lot because they look near perfect. Really well designed and they fit perfectly into the places you fight them. For example a rat or even a huge rat you would fight in places like sewers and so on. The dungeons are a little plain however but there is no two the same anywhere in the game so its not all that bad. The rest of the graphics are really great, the scenery is beautiful as most are for Role Playing games. All in all I was very impressed with the graphics.

      === Sound ===
      What can I say about the sound effects in the game? Simply brilliant. By far one of the best games I have heard for sound effects and even music. The music that is used in The Last Remnant seems quite different. Each town has its own track (no singing) and so does each village and city. Also the dungeons have similar tracks to each other but are quite different in places. A good thing I feel about the sound is the fights, the song used in each fight is special and unique. From boss battles, to small fights that you think will be easy when they can actually be really tricky all the way to a huge war battles. Most the tracks get upbeat and fast as you get closer to winning and this in my eyes makes it superb. I also loved the sound of the monsters and the way things change as you get closer to them. Each monster makes different sounds. Another good thing is when its raining, or even when your walking on different kinds of soil or land each sound effect is unique. The sound of the special attacks or normal attacks are also very good. All in all the sound of the game is just as good as the look of it.

      === Difficulty & Complexity ===
      The Last Remnant can be a very difficult game in my opinion. Its more suited for the more experienced gamer. The game does take some getting use to because of all the things you can and have to do. If you drift to far and end up where the monsters are way to strong for you at the time then you can easily get wiped out. Once your used to the battle system things become a lot easier. There aren't any puzzles so thats not a problem. Some of the dungeons are really hard no matter what level you are and some of the bosses are strong and can take ages to kill, its basically all about what special attacks you use and if you have enough health to last. I certainly wouldn't recommend this game to any gamers that hate harder games because this can be time consuming and can be very very difficult.

      === Longevity ===
      This is something I was really impressed with. I have always been a huge fan of these RPG's that last hours it makes it so much better. Being a huge Role Playing Games fan I usually get through an average one within a week or two but with games like The Last Remnant, Enchanted Arms or even Blue Dragon I can be on them for months even years because there is so much to do on them. The game is two disks and each disk can take up to 30+ hours depending on if your doing the other quests as well as the main quest. All in all this game can almost last you a lifetime with everything you can do in it.

      === Good & Bad Bits ===
      There are quite a few good bits about the game. The graphics are beautiful and look really great. There are lots of different characters that you can acquire which is always a bonus, its not just about the quality of the characters in this game its more quantity. There is also absolutely loads of places to go and different monsters to battle, loads of quests to undertake. A good thing I like about The Last Remnant is the fact you can make your own weapons from items you collect and you can also upgrade them. I like the different special attacks you can get and they also gain levels. Its brilliant if you like extremely long games. Got a great story as well. There is so much to like about the game.

      There isn't too much in the way of bad things about the game but here are a few. Some dungeons do look a little similar graphic wise but they're not the same. There also seems to be way to many fights on the game, I seem to go in one place and end up with at least 30 or 40. When using special attacks you don't actually get to pick which you want to use it just randomizes it and they all seem to do roughly the same amount of damage. Also it is very easy when your doing side quests to forget what your main quest is, I always seem to do that. Also no multiplayer but I guess thats not to important.

      === And Finally ===
      The Last Remnant is one of the better Role Playing games I have played and is by far one of the biggest. It has a lot of variety which is what most RPG's are lacking nowadays. The game has some stunning graphics and some brilliant sound effects. Although it can be quite difficult at times and isn't really suited for beginners you can always work on that aspect and in my eyes the game is very worth its money. The Last Remnant is another game I bought roughly about a year ago but only started playing it the other day and now am having so much fun because it simply is that good. In my opinion the game has everything a Role Playing game should have and more. I bought this about a year ago for £7.99 which is very cheap for a game of this size and quality, however its now raised in price and is on Amazon for £11.24 brand new and sealed and I would still say its worth it because I expect this game to also turn rare. The game is rated 16+ because of the violence, monsters and probably because its fairly difficult. The game also contains some mild language that some gamers may find offensive. All in all The Last Remnant is one of the better RPG's for the Xbox 360, its also on PC and its supposed to be coming for the Playstation 3. A very solid Role Playing game that I would recommend to all RPG fans. I would give the game a very strong 8/10!

      Review also on Ciao under username: MrBrightside1987

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        16.08.2010 19:37

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        Overall id rate this game above average and if you see it going cheap and enjoyed final fantasy migh

        As a huge fan of final fantasy and generally anything square enix makes i bought this game not knowing all that much about it.I wasnt disapointed but at the same time wasnt all that thrilled. Maybe my expectations were too high based on the heritage of square enix.

        The game itself is somewhat different to traditonal rpg. The combat system does take awhile to get use to but the customization is endless. The comabt system requires you to assemble "squads" youll have access to the main heros aswell as mercenaries then youll ge tthe chance to boost these squads with soilders.

        The story line and cut scenes are up to the very high standards weve come to expect from square enix. The story line is engaging and has the addictiveness similar to the final fantasy franchise.

        Overall id rate this game above average and if you see it going cheap and enjoyed final fantasy might be worth a purhase.

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        14.07.2010 22:49
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        you will love this if you like final fantasy if not. really dont bother.

        Square Enix's have created another jaw droppingly beautiful role playing game, you might be asking why would i buy this if i could just buy a Final Fantasy? what makes this worth my money?

        for everyone who isn't familier with RPGs and final fantasy the game is easy to play but can be a bit of a chalenge following the story lines in places. Final fantasy games see you playing as a character running around a world fighting monsters. the battle format tends to be a turn based battle where you and your enemies take it in turn to pick moves for your characters to do.

        Well despite the game looking very similar to the Final Fantasy series the gameplay is quite a bit different. The fighting in this game isn't based around single players it is based around small groups called unions. This makes a refreshing change to the age old set up of these sort of games. The story is about a guy called rush that escapes from his world to receive his kidnapped sister who was stolen from their world. Rush finds himself in the middle of a warzone. you follow a story of war and meet some really cool character. the game isn't always as fast paced as some people like it and you can see you loosing interest in places.

        why should you buy this? the answer is simply it is a really good game. For all fans of Square Enix and the Final Fantasy Series this game is a refreshing change to see a game that mixes up the old format but still keeps the complexity and great story that you can so easily get yourself lost in. for lovers of RPGs you will really enjoy this.

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          17.09.2009 01:11
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          Worth a punt if cheap

          The Last Remnant is a fantasy JRPG in the mould of the Final Fantasy series of games. It's just a shame they used the wrong mould this time around.

          Firstly, let's start with the positives. The graphics are beautiful, and the storyline has the potential to be engaging and absorbing.

          Now, onto the bad.

          During the battle sequences, slowdown is an endemic problem. The fights stutter along at a crawl, especially when fighting numerous enemies on screen.

          The battles themselves are actually quite dull. Feels like a constant grind for scant reward, and the unimpressive range of attacks don't improve matters. The Mr Digger character is much the same.

          The main character Rush has the cheesiest voice actor i've heard for a long time, Resident Evil bad, leaving you wanting your own character to suffer some dire misfortune.

          You can't choose specific attacks, only general options of attack, defend, and special attack. The game chooses which attack for you. Hmm.

          There is a good game in there, but insipid battles, bugs and mindless repetition prevented me from finding this out. Got stuck in The Great Sand Sea and i've not been back since.

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          02.08.2009 20:13
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          A poor RPG.

          The Last Remnant is a RPG developed by Square Enix, the company that brought you the magnificent Final Fantasy series.

          The lead character here is Rush Sykes and he is your stereotypical RPG hero, his sister is kidnapped due to his parents involvement in research with the magical entities known as Remnants. Rush must rescue his sister and on the way he has to save the world as well! The story here didn't really hook me at all and I found Rush to be a slightly boring character.

          The battle system in this game is one of the most unique spins on the turn based formula, you can create unions with up to five characters per union, you can recruit more at guilds. Instead of giving your units direct commands you give them a kind of guideline of what to do like attack with magick arts, attack with full force, heal your allies and so on. This is a little strange because sometimes you want to do something but the command is not available for you to select.

          The battle system also suffers from horrible slowdown even when installed to the Xbox 360 hard drive, this makes what would be slow battles even slower. The game isn't even that impressive visually, it reminds me of Final Fantasy 12 which was on the Playstation 2, so I don't know why it chugs along.

          The games difficulty is all over the place too, without you grinding out the sidequests and enemies, which will take you numerous hours to do, you will be bound to lose at points in the game as there are some extremely tough boss fights here.

          I didn't really have much fun with this game, the lacklustre clichéd story was lame, the battle system was interesting but to random and the game suffers from slowdown.

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          08.07.2009 17:12

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          The Last Remnant seems like a rather spontaneous. With no known prequels this could be the start of another series, although with the way the game pans out this is very unlikely indeed.

          The story follows a party of people searching for a kidnap victim. This isn't modern however and follows the traditional RPG set up of close quarter weapons and mystical items. Even though it seems like a tradional turn based RPG the way the cobat works is very different.
          The game is very tatical and instead of levelling single people, you level units. As a result most of the battling is done off the battle ground as it takes time to decide which units will compliment eact other and who to level up.
          This makes the game quite interesting. In simple fights it is quite good as the way the camera follows the action makes it feel as if the battle is infact unfolding right in front of you. However in tough situations the fact that you do not directly control the people can be very frustrating.
          This directly relates to the boss fights. The diffuculty is so far beyond anything that you will soend ages leveling up before you can even come close to defeating the bosses. This is only perpetuated by the annoying unit battle system.

          The graphics, however, are by far the worst part of the RPG - the frame rate is terrible and it sometimes even looks like a slideshow. There's a host of technical difficulties and enviroments are very badly designed.

          Overall I would say if you're a true oldscholl RPG fan then by all means buy this game - but it is a very unforgiving game so if your new to the genre don't give it a second look.

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          21.05.2009 20:17
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          a little disappointing

          From the makers of Final Fantasy is: The Last Remnant

          Well this game is extremely fun, to start off with. With 2 seperate disks it is quite a long game which you can spent many hours going through.

          It has a very good an well thought out story line which will keep you engaged in whats going on throughout the game. With the different types of creatures being all very interesting characters.

          The battle scheme is a little bit different to what square enix is used to but work most of the time. its still turn based however its based on a battlefield. Instead of just 1 character attacking at a time you have squads of up to 5 who all have an attack. However this is 1 of the games downfall. This is because you dont get the choice of individual attacks, just a type and sometimes the game wont give you a choice of something you really need because only 1 unit in the squad can do it e.g. heal. So even if that squad is free you cant use them to heal. Extremely frustrating.

          Also alot of boss fights are just too hard, not helped by the silly attack choice. You have to spend hours upon hours trying to level up before you can take on the boss and sometimes you have to level up like 20 times which is just rediculous as it is only about an hour before after you defeat a boss before you face another and in some cases just minutes.

          Overall it is an average game, nothing special. Only a Final Fantasy fan will be able to truely understand the game fully. Also must have alot of patience to get through it.

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          15.05.2009 02:42
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          Great game, almost unique for the PC, must try

          Firstly, I'm playing this on a slightly above average gaming system on the highest settings. The game runs great, unless your computer is completly outdated I really doubt you'll have problems playing. The game features a few extras which weren't included in the 360 version, notably wield stance, basically a nice addon to extend customization but nothing too serious. The control layout is simple, works nice using the keyboard, keyboard and mouse, and gamepad (fully intergrates the 360 controllers for pc). The learning curve isn't steep at all, with short tips occuring within the first few missions to help you get going. Now with the rest of the review...

          The main thing about this game is that it seems 'convienient', which I personally love. It allows you to save at any time, having teleporters at the ends of missions and healing after every mission, this may deter your hardcore RPG fans, however it gives so much more then that.

          The graphics are great, standard for any competetive RPG. The soundtrack lives up to that, soothing yet aggressive when need be. The voice acting is great in English and Japanese and the story progresses nicely, which you'll immediately catch onto, learning about the cities and the area straight away so you don't feel like an outcast. The game is free roaming to a point, it's usually mission, explore for a bit, mission etc. till the end. This brings me on to the customisation and freedom, it's all based around the main missions, no individual side quests as such but there is a guild system which gives you aims and rewards if you complete them, for example. Have a member of your party with Strength 21+. You can choose your weapon, build them out of various components (loot mainly), accessories and an item for your offhand, but that's it. No change of armor or the like, which isn't really a set back.

          The combat system is unique to this game, featuring units and larger scale battles then any RPG turn based combat that I've seen. The fighting is awesome to put it bluntly, and to emphasise on that, with mutiple units you can flank, set different formations and intercept charging enemies which adds a lovely tactic element to the game which saves you powerleveling everything you see (you might still do that as it doesn't seem to get boring).

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          24.01.2009 01:28
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          Not a bad game but needs a bit of time to get into it.

          The Last Remnant a epic RPG full of adventure and mystery....if a little unpolished.

          The game starts and from the off set its easy to see that this game was rushed to production. For example textures of walls, falls backgrounds etc sometime take a little time to load(about 1-2 secs). Although this sounds not too bad it can be slightly annoying when faces don't load so you cant see there reaction.

          Having said that when the game is loaded fully the world looks fantastic and huge what you would expect from a game made by Square-Enix.

          The battles in this game are not random, you see the monsters and can choose to engage them which is nice to have the option to leg it or stand and fight. The battles are turned based but the options of attack are a little bit random. For example 99% of the time you get to choose Attack(basic quick attack) Attack with combat skills(takes a little longer but deals more damage), Attack with Mystic Arts(Attack with magic).

          When the attacks are played out sometimes you get to choose to cure but not as often as some would like, to me i liked the challenge of planning my attacks in advance.

          Sometimes when your player goes to attack you have to quickly press a button that gets high lighted on screen to boost your attack which is a great feature. The only downside to the battles is that there can be some game lag that slows that whole battle down.

          The player set up is different too, you set up squads or unions of player and there total hit points are totaled up, then if the union is attack the total hit points fall. This is good if your union is full of strong players not so good if they suck a bit. Also another part of the player set up is that you can only change the equipment of Rush the main character which kinda sucks but also adds to the part of forward thinking when setting up unions.

          On the other hand if one of your union members or a union leader sees a item they like in your inventory they ask for it, this i found was very cool as you can always say no.

          As for the story i wont say too much as i don't like to spoil things but if your a fan of Square-Enix you no how things can quickly change. The story in short is Rush looking for his sister because she was kidnapped by some mystery bad-guys. But it doesn't sound as simple as that as things quickly spiral into a world of mystery.

          The total game play you can expect on a direct through play(doing no side quests etc) is about 65hrs which for a 2 disc RPG is pretty good.

          If you can look past the unpolished parts of the game you will find gem ;)

          Now time for the scores!

          Story-8/10 Great but characters could do with a little more backstory.

          Graphics-6.5/10 Would have got higher if they fixed the load of textures etc

          Music-9.5/10 Great music all the time apart from when battles lag a bit.

          Game-play-7/10 Flows well but battles setup could be tuned a bit better so things arnt quite so random.

          Over all-8/10 Good game and will keep you busy. Just needs a bit of fine tuning maybe a patch update to sort out the tech issues.

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          13.01.2009 13:30
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          This is so JRPG that there's a nurse in a white mini skirt and suspenders. lawl

          JRPGs (that's Japanese Roleplaying games) haven't been all that prevalent on the Xbox 360 so far, so the Last Remnant doesn't have much competition. Even if it did, it would stand up as a fine example of the genre, and adds enough new features that are - in my opinion - headed in the right direction that I would almost call this a must-have for any fan of the tried and tested gameplay.

          Story is important in JRPGs, as they're usually linear affairs that are wholly story and character driven. The Last Remnant opens with an epic battle that not only throws you in head first, but shows off this system hogging monstrosity of a game in all its frame rate sucking glory. You are Rush, a typical anime lead with slick hair, a naive cluelessness, and a typical anime cheerleader looking sister who, incidentally, is kidnapped by a winged beast and carried off. The story is initially driven by your need to find said sister, but during the course of this investigation, in typical Japanese fashion, the entire world is of course in danger and only you can bring it back from the brink.

          I don't want to give away any of the plot, but it's fairly predictable once you reach a certain stage and there's only a couple of twists that really stood out. Aside from the main story, there are a tonne of recruitable optional characters, all with their own stories that advance the more you talk to, and help them. In order not to miss any of these side plots, you can check in at inns after every quest in the main story, where you'll usually be given the locations of the side quests. They do a nice job of actually filling in the history and feel of the world of The Last Remnant, because not much is revealed through the main story itself.

          The gameplay! This is where it's at, really. First of all, there are no random battles. Enemies are visible in the field and can be avoided with relative ease thanks to your Time Shift ability. You can also link up as many enemies as you like, effectively creating your own difficulty level. Battles themselves are quite complex. You can have up to 18 characters in battle at once, and these are divided in squads (Unions). Each squad has a leader and a formation, and has values reflected by it's own members abilities. You might have a squad that specialises in healing, for example. Or a squad that excels at grabbing the attention of an enemy Union and holding that attention, while a second Union that specialises in dealing magical damage hammers it from the flank. Each turn, instead of handing out specific orders to individuals, you order each squad. You give it a target, and then a general order. Examples include "Give it all you got!", "Attack with Mystic Arts!", "Save them, no matter what!" and "Take 'em all out at once!". The options and choices here are many and varied, and it does allow a large degree of tactical thought and strategic depth.

          Graphically, the Last Remnant is superb. Unfortunately, this causes significant slow down during large battles. You can now download the game to your Xbox if you have access to Xbox Live, and this does go some way to alleviating the problemm but it's still not ideal. Sound is very good, with sweeping music and battle sounds that do the job. The voice acting is actually very nicely done, with one of the highlights probably being Phagus.

          Flaws? You betcha. Choppy frame rates, which wouldn't be such a big deal if they didn't happen mainly at times where you needed to press a button at the right time to score a critical hit. Long loading screens are a massive turn off, especially since you get one before and after every tiny fight. There's also a seeming randomness to the orders available to your squads during battle. For example, you might really require a squad to heal itself immediately, but the option simply won't be there. Long, chained, difficult battles without the option to save inbetween. One huge example of this is the fight at Base 6 - first there's a battle outside of a castle that takes probably around 30-40 minutes, and isn't exactly simple to beat. Once you're inside, you fight a guy that suddenly switches tactics halfway through the fight and can easily wipe out your army in a couple of turns if you're not prepared for it. After that there's a third and final fight where you have to take on one of your own summonable monsters - again, no walk in the park. All in all, this sequence of events can take up to 90 minutes, maybe more. And if you wipe at any point during this time, you have to start back at the beginning. Sloppy design.

          All in all, the Last Remnant is a good example of a JRPG. Hardcore fans of the genre will no doubt love it - there are plenty of rare monsters to get bragging rights after beating, tonnes of stats and strategies to play around with, tonnes of sidequests, plenty of grinding for rare components to craft items with and a whole writhing mass of secondary characters to recruit. Everybody else, whether casual players or those new to the genre, might want to rent this before they buy it, because without a good deal of patience the flaws in this title will kill any enjoyment to be garnered from the game itself.

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            12.01.2009 02:21
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            Excellent, Square Enix have made a break through in RPG gaming for the 360

            Over the past month and a half I have been playing this game... rather alot. Now I consider myself to be an avid RPG gamer and have always enjoyed the games Squaresoft now Square Enix have produced, back from the days of Final Fantasy VII. After a rather disappointing tale in Final Fantasy XII I did wonder what this would be like. First of all this solely an Xbox 360 game at the moment, and for anyone who is looking to buy it, make sure you have room on you hard drive to install the discs because it is actually unplayable otherwise. Sadly this is a way alot of games have gone now for the Xbox 360.
            Now to the game, I must say there are many new concepts to this game and I for one love it, the battle system relies on tactics and formations and the creation of a dynamic army. This game also does not have a distinct level system, instead it has something called the Battle Rank system, where by your BR increases depending on the amount of battles you have, your strength compared to theirs and how many battles you take on in a certain area. Yes I must say it does sound rather complex but all in all it works quite well. Though i'll admit I didn't understand alot on my first playthrough until I checked some forums for information.
            The systems for loot and items and things have been vastly improved compared to other Square Enix games, with a diverse amount of things available for you to do, such as mining with the aptly named Mr Diggs (he is rather cute in an odd way). There are many side quests available in the game, and to acquire all 1000 gamerscore you sadly must complete them all, and this is no mean feat.
            If you play this game and give it a chance you will be enthralled by it, this game really does take the RPG genre to the next level, sadly though it does have the graphical problems that have been so notably mentioned. If you can see past it, and 'it' is only a split second problem, then you'll love it.

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            18.12.2008 02:04
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            Good Game Bad Lag

            The Last Remnant is yet another RPG game by Squire Enix, at the minute only for the Xbox 360 and for all you PS3 and PC gamers is a good thing, because this game lags a lot, in battle the speed slows down some times it freezes and a lot of the time the game models isn't rendered in time so you get blurry models which does make you feel like your playing PS 1 game, the rendering problem also appears on the cities, dungeons etc and after a while it does start to really annoy you, and stopped a few people I know playing it, you can reduce the lag by downloading the game on to the Hard Drive (the wonders of the NXE) and it does make a major difference but it doesn't fix the issue so if you playing the game from the disk UNLUCKY you will triple the hours you need to play this because of the lag, and since it is coming out for the PS3 an PC at a later date just pray the issues have been fix because apart from the tec issues this game is EPIC!!!!

            The story has had some real good ideas put in to it and real does push you to carry on playing you just want to know what happens next and you do start to care about the characters after a while (well most of them), Rush the hero of this game isn't the normal Square Enix character where he's scared of everything and is a little bit EMO not this guy he's careless and puts his life on the line to get back his sister, but the main bad guy is even cooler The Conqueror (even sounds cool) and if you buy this game you will find out why but anyway back to the point of this review.

            Battle System
            This Battle System is completely new and is different from any other its classed as a turn base system with real time events which does add a little more fun to the game bit is hard to pull off when the game lags when you put to press the buttons. the fights are not random you see the monsters on screen you run in to them to engage battle and let the lag begin, you can have up to 70 monsters fighting you at the same time so you do have to think about your actions and plan in advance, you get options on what to do such as attack, use magic, heal, special skills or defend and then its just like any other RPG sit back and watch it unroll however do look out for the quick time events.

            You don't choose each characters attack you pick what the union will do which leads me on to the next little sub heading.

            Unions
            Union can contain one between five members and one must be a union leader and the rest can be anyone and you can have more then one union the more in to the game you get the more you can have, it takes a while to set these up as again you have to think about your upcoming fights and oppents weakness to try and take advantage of the weakness, after you pick you union members you have to pick a formation which boosts certain attacks, defense etc and if you have the correct members for a formation it may level up and become stronger so you will find your self spending a while on the menu system but its all good fun.

            The Story (this is what square Enix released as the story to sell the game)
            The Last Remnant and thus was the world's delicate equilibrium shattered. The people were divided into those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. Our story begins a thousand years later... Rush lives with his sister Irina on secluded Eulam Island, a place far removed from the ceaseless battle for control over the Remnants which rages on the mainland. However, his peaceful life is shattered one day when he witnesses his sister's abduction by a mysterious group of soldiers. He immediately sets off after them, ill-prepared for the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.

            In Fairness to this game it has everything that any RPG gamer would want, but the lag issue just destroys the amount of fun you can have, an I would have happily waited longer for this game for any errors and tec issues to be sorted out, but no either the creators wasn't use to the Unreal 3 Engine and was coded wrong or badly in areas or the fact it may have been rushed out so Square can put the team on FINAL FANTASY 13 (which I believe is the case), all you can say is idiots this game could have been so much better just by making the game run smoothly, but if you think you can bare the lag or have a hard drive it does make it playable buy this game I can safely say you will not have been on a game like this before because everything is so different.

            Now am down to the final part of this review more for the hardcore Xbox Gamers the achievements, are NOT easy to get at all and some are very time consuming and the hints you get which help you on the dash board are no help at all trust me I am a points whoe but it does make you feel like you have earned the points and feel pretty good about yourself and when that like icon pops up on screen so will a smile on you face :)

            And the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of five is because of the LAG ARGGG!

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          • Product Details

            In ancient times, mysterious artefacts referred to as Remnants were discovered all over the world. Offering incredible power, they soon came into the hands of the covetous few, and thus was the world's delicate equilibrium shattered. The people were divided into those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. Our story begins a thousand years later... Rush lives with his sister Irina on secluded Eulam Island, a place far removed from the ceaseless battle for control over the Remnants which rages on the mainland. However, his peaceful life is shattered one day when he witnesses his sister's abduction by a mysterious group of soldiers. He immediately sets off after them, ill-prepared for the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.