gamers (91%) found this review helpful
As you can probably tell by the numerous other reviews, this isn't a game for everyone. It takes a special kind of person to appreciate the strategy, depth of optimization, and nuanced battle system that puts this game in a unique class of RPGs. Let me first address the graphical issues. There is a fair amount of pop-in for textures in the cinematic (understandable for such an ambitious project), but it shouldn't be so distracting as to throw you off the game unless you are unnecessarily picky about these things. The combat system is a little difficult to get used to, there are hundreds of special abilities and thousands of ways to structure and guide your party toward a different battle style. It is a nice reminder of what turn-based gameplay should feel like, with some QTE style button pressing to amp up combat. You control one or more squads of up to five units that act together as one cohesive group. This lends a magnificent large-scale battle feel that the game strives so hard to achieve. Quests are varied and widespread, but in my opinion, the main storyline is too narrow. If you do no side quests you will have visited less than half the explorable content by the end of the game! Fortunately the excursions beyond the main path are easy to pick up and quite enjoyable. But my favorite aspect of this game is the optimization. Unlike what seems to be industry standard today, you cannot equip anyone in your party but yourself. I found this to be a refreshing change as I love tweaking strengths and weaknesses, but hate micro-managing my crew. The characters actually look out for themselves, asking you for items they might use to better equip themselves. But for those who love lots of tiny changes, don't worry, there are squad layouts, unit compositions, and specialties galore. This is definitely a thinking man's RPG, so be aware that it will take some time and effort on your part, but in return you will be given a very enjoyable and rewarding gaming experience.
gamers (94%) found this review helpful
OK lets get it out of the way. YES this game has some problems with framerate and load times and even texture pop ins BUT all of these can be cut down enough by installing the game to your HD. Now this doesnt solve the problems but lessens them enough so you can look past them.
That being said, this game is excellent. The story is your typical JRPG fare, we all know it. A pretty, somewhat metro-sexual looking dude embarks on an adventure and meets more people along the way to aid him and eventually he finds out that he has some secret power hidden within him! GASP!!!!??? Ok really though this game isn't about the story, which as cliched as it is, is not bad at all.
Where this game shines is the gameplay. You are given the oppertunity to recruit tons of characters, all with their own strengths and weaknesses and their own proficiancies in the varied skill sets. Your main Character though, is the only one you can FULLY equip and customize. Everyone knows how the battles go; groups of characters are given commands instead of single characters. People say that this battle system is based on luck, as you give commands and each of your groups does their best to do what you want them to. And yeah sometimes it may seem like its luck but beleive me its not.
The battle system is so complex and deep that the command OPTIONS for each group of characters depends on everything from the individual stats, skill sets, titles and equipment of all the characters in that group. There are so many things that contribute to what commands you will and will not have the option of giving in battle that once you learn all of these things the battles will be much easier and far more enjoyable. Also there are critical triggers which flash across the screen and you push the corrisponding button to any number of effect. Miss ONE of these in battle and you might be in trouble, that being said, this game is genuinly hard but will give you a lot of fun if you learn the battle system.
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
For those that loved lost odyssey and for those that felt let down by infinite undiscovery then this game is for you.
I'll get the bad out of the way first(since most reviewers will harp on these minor flaws and cry rivers of tears)Yes there are some very minor framerate and animation problems as well as some graphical pop in similar to mass effect.
But the core gameplay although still turn based also seems well epic in its execution. This becomes most apparent when you face numerous foes with more than one unit. As friends and foes clash together by flaking,attacking from the rear,and lending support. It all comes together with a larger than life feeling instead of the standard both sides line up and take turns pounding each other.
Also creature design is top notch with square taking a familiar yet refreshing route with all it's heroes and fiends in the last remnant.
So in the end if you like turn based japanese rpgs you'll like the last remnant. It has overall a good battle system,good story,and good world and creature design worth any fans time.