Best RPGs of Q4 2018
The Last Remnant Remastered
The early days of the Xbox 360 was, surprisingly, a hotbed for the JRPG genre. Tons of quality games released like Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, and Tales of Vesperia. A few, however, got easily overlooked, and The Last Remnant was one of them.
The Last Remnant Remastered sports your typical angsty teenage hero, this time named Rush Sykes. The game takes place in a world where powerful “Remnants” have started wars and conflicts throughout history, and each one is bound to a specific person.
Despite its apparent cliches, The Last Remnant actually manages to be an exciting tale with a host of strong written characters.
What really shines in the game, however, is its unique systems and combat. Instead of single party members, The Last Remnant has you bring units of characters into battle that function together.
This creates massive battles with tens of characters at once, and each time a unit acts every character within that unit acts. Of course, the same is also true for the enemy.
Combat ends up being incredibly strategic, as you’ll need to carefully plan what to equip on each character and unit, where to send them in battle, and more. There are so many small pieces that add up to the larger thing.
Despite what The Last Remnant does well, the original game was riddled with bugs and graphical hitches, partially because of it being one of Square Enix’s first experiences with Unreal 3.
Luckily, the remaster irons out those issues entirely, and even adds a fast run option for getting around the field faster.
The Last Remnant Remastered is a great way to experience a JRPG that you, probably, overlooked last gen.