- System: PS4, PC
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release Date: December 6, 2018
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://lastremnant.square-enix-games.com/en-us/age-gate/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Assuming only a handful of JRPG fans have played The Last Remnant in the past, we’re going to explain what to expect with The Last Remnant Remastered. Players take control of Rush Sykes who is on a mission to find his kidnapped sister Irina. Along the way, they discover a valiant lord named David alongside his generals who finds the news of a Sykes going missing worrisome. From here, players are thrust into a quest that will test their skills at every turn. We aren’t joking, folks; The Last Remnant Remastered is hard and it doesn’t hold back.
At its core, The Last Remnant Remastered hasn’t changed totally from its original conception. The battle system is easily the biggest improvement with fixes that change not only the core gameplay elements but make it run smoother and free of the infamous lag that made each battle feel like a still frame session of images. Battles are turn based like traditional JRPGs but the concept of how these play out is where The Last Remnant Remastered shines. Battles feel epic and immersive because of how they need to be played.
In battle, players must unleash attacks, mystic arts and combat arts to defeat the enemy units. Unlike traditional turn-based games, no fighter is left alone in a fight. Each unit is comprised of several characters who share a pool of HP and share attack turns. When you order a unit to attack, they will go together unleashing their skills and equally will perish together if they’re met with overwhelming attacks. The challenge here is a mixture of luck and skill as each turn must be played out with some semblance of thought. If you decide to unleash combat arts your attacks might do some heavy damage but also might leave you open for counters/dodges. Equally, not being smart with healing will lead your units to get terminated—the word used to describe a fallen unit in The Last Remnant Remastered—quicker than you can slap your forehead for not thinking a step ahead. With concepts like interceptions, deadlocks and flank attacks, The Last Remnant Remastered is a tough JRPG that really makes you feel like you’re playing an RTS at times.
We also mentioned luck plays a crucial role in combat and we stand firm to that statement. There is no level up system in The Last Remnant Remastered and fighting battles will often reward you with stat boosts and or new abilities to be unlocked. This means you’re up to the game’s thought of RNG in hopes that your tenth battle will net you a new move or skill that will save your behind in the next battle. Aside from that, even the best tacticians will find The Last Remnant Remastered sometimes is all about luck. We had plenty of deaths even when staying defensive just because the enemy unit got a critical on us or somehow flanked us without our realizing it. Save a lot in The Last Remnant Remastered as death awaits in almost every battle…even the simple ones.
Aside from combat the brunt of The Last Remnant Remastered’s gameplay comes from the usual themes found in JRPGs. Players will explore various locations looking for items and equipping new gear and weapons to your units. Quests can also be found randomly sometimes with NPCs offering them as you progress through the main story. The Last Remnant Remastered doesn’t do much differently here which is a weakness in some ways, but we forgive a lot of these elements because this is again a ten-year-old JRPG. The concept of running around doing quests, buying items and exploring still exists nowadays, but it certainly was a main theme in most JRPGs back in the last decade. We did like that most side quests explore a bit more about the world of The Last Remnant Remastered which makes them feel a bit more important than the usual fetch quests.
The last big improvement for The Last Remnant Remastered comes in the form of graphics. While the environments and some enemy models look still dated The Last Remnant Remastered looks quite sharp with its main character models and overall settings. The battles running smoother is easily the best change to The Last Remnant Remastered but seeing the world get a bit of a face lift was also a nice element. We do wish the story and voice acting could have been updated—some of the voice acting is really mediocre—but we do realize that would have taken a lot of time and money for a game that wasn’t widely popular when it first launched in 2008.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Overhauled combat engine that makes battles smooth and enjoyable
- Sharper visuals that show care went into this remaster
- Tough but rewarding combat that feels tactical
- Good price tag that makes it worthwhile to those who played it in the past and those who haven’t
- Story and voice acting still feels a bit weak
- Combat can be quite brutal and luck based