We Just Played The Last Remnant for PC

Last year's The Last Remnant for the Xbox 360 tried to push console role-playing games in new directions by including larger-scale battles with battalions (or "unions") of characters massed to fight as a group. The game took place in an unusual alternate-fantasy world where talking cat-men with...

Last year's The Last Remnant for the Xbox 360 tried to push console role-playing games in new directions by including larger-scale battles with battalions (or "unions") of characters massed to fight as a group. The game took place in an unusual alternate-fantasy world where talking cat-men with four arms routinely served as royal guardians, and where, like in many console games of this sort, many of the human males that served as main characters were young, slender, and had fabulous hair.


Get ready for turn-based console-RPG battles on your PC.

We got our hands on the PC version of the game and have played through the early part of it, and have found the game to so far be a faithful translation of the original console game. Like in the Xbox 360 version of The Last Remnant, the PC version of the game starts with the story of Rush Sykes, a plucky young lad who sets out to rescue his kidnapped sister, without the help of his workaholic parents (who are off toiling on a potentially world-saving project involving ancient artifacts known as "remnants"). Over the course of the game, he meets various characters (who may or may not be cat-men) to join him in his quest and eventually lead into battle as part of the game's larger-scale combat system.


Keeping a close eye on your union members and building up huge enemy chains will let you quickly develop them into more-powerful heroes.

Like with the majority of console role-playing games since the original Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior from the 8-bit NES, The Last Remnant's combat is turn-based, and alternates turns between your party's characters (and their planned attack abilities) and your enemies' turns. Each character in The Last Remnant will have various different abilities that will be specialized in such areas as casting magical spell effects or swinging a sword, and additional abilities that can be performed at a cost of "action points," or AP; but interestingly, you won't have direct control over them beyond giving general orders, so you'll effectively act as both a general and a soldier at the same time. However, by attacking and defeating enemies in sequence, you can perform longer and longer "chains" that will net you more experience points so that Rush and his buddies will gain levels (and the new abilities that come with them) faster.


You will come to know the face of your sister's captor as you explore The Last Remnant. POTENTIAL SPOILER: It may or may not be a very pretty man.

The PC version of The Last Remnant seems to run just fine and we encountered no framerate hiccups or significant technical problems of any kind as we played. The game was built using the Unreal Engine and this powerful technology seems to do a good job of translating the colorful graphical look and intricate, cat-man-filled world that first debuted in the console game. The Last Remnant is scheduled for release later this month on PC.

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Chronikas
Chronikas

Anyone else having problems with the wireless 360 controller on the pc? I can't get last remnant to even recognize it.

2-buku
2-buku

After playing Infinite Undiscovery, my trust in SqEnix has diminished. Still, this looks a lot better than IU. Glad I didn't pick up the 360 version now

rawr215
rawr215

thank god they made it for PC, i dont have a 360 xD

GematriaTKN
GematriaTKN

it looks awusm. can't wait for my new pc so i can play it, althought the combat sounds a bit confusing. i wonder if you can free roam and if its any good for it.

armynavy123
armynavy123

sounds cool i will probably play it when onlive comes out

yyn2142
yyn2142

Thank You! The one who make this game Far Superior to XBOX-360 HAHAHAHA cause i'm a PC LOVER!!!!!!!!!!

bakagami
bakagami

Square-Enix should think about using the Unreal Engine for more games. The models & environments are gorgeous as you would expect, but that wasn't the best part IMO. What got my attention was how the characters move, they don't just stand there swaying in fixed patterns like in other Square RPG's they spin & dance in fluid, complex ways. the bodies move w/ the impact when attacked

Fisheagle
Fisheagle

I found it cumbersome to use after playing Diablo type games etc

sacatash
sacatash

As I mentioned a few posts back, this version(based on the demo) is TECHNICALLY much better than the xbox 360: negligible loading times between screens, fixed slowdown during battle animations specifically in unleashing specials/remnants/summons. Improved gameplay additions: -switchable languages during battle(Japanese/English) -LEADERS that you recruit from bars/taverns or during your travels can now be added without restriction. In the Xbox 360 game, it is annoying that you are limited to a specific number of Leaders in a given group/unions. This would open up a lot of strategic battle formations in the game which you will need -you can now SAVE between major battles in the game. The xbox 360 would allow you to save anytime/anywhere in the game EXCEPT in a long and drawn out multiple battlefield scenarios. I would like to explain more but I don't want to spoil what this is. But trust me, this feature is one of the things why it got such a low score and am glad that they stated that they finally fixed it. So there you have it. Definitely trading in my copy to get the wireless gaming receiver for the pc so i can use my xbox 360 controller for this game and Fallout 3(PC version)

twugofski
twugofski

I have spent the last few hours playing the demo downloaded from Stream onto a Bootcamp XP partition on my new MacBook Pro 17-incher. The gaem runs flawlessly with just about everything running at max (resolution, textures, shadows, etc.). Fan runs all of the time, but I noticed absolutely no framerate or rendering issues. As for the gameplay, can't say I played it on the XBOX, but I got to admit I am absolutely hooked on this demo. I'd kill right now to get my hands on the real deal. More like Dungeon Siege crossed with Final Fantasy than Oblivion (and I play them all), but the graphics, fight animations, and gameplay are really addictive. With the fan running, I know I won't be able to play on the planes (I fly every week), so that is sad, but this is a must buy for me.

RinoaWannaB
RinoaWannaB

OH, BTW, in the XBox version, you can save your game anywhere. No need for a "saver" to show up. So, Gamespot, you are wrong with your "bad" comments on this game.

RinoaWannaB
RinoaWannaB

I have played the XBox version and have to agree the frame rate between battles and clips is way too long, but it's still a fun game to play. The storyline is true Square-Enix and love the music. I am glad to hear they fixed the "lag" problem for the PC version. May get the game for the PC, just not sure how much memory is needed. Although I heard the Demo alone was 1 GB. Ouch! I also hope that Ancient Ruins is available either by download or already comes with this version.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

For all of you that have qualms about the reviews, check out the PC demo from Steam first. It's much better than the 360 version if you have the PC power to run it. If you go to the The Last Remnant's website, you'll find out the requirements. But don't go to the 360 website. Go to: http://na.square-enix.com/remnant/

bourgeoisdude
bourgeoisdude

antipunt1 and kent6650: Don't let the 6.5 score scare you too much. According to the GS review for the 360: "The Bad: Abysmal frame-rate problems | Awful texture pop-in | Combat mechanics can be obtuse | Losing a long battle means having to repeat huge chunks of gameplay. " Two of the four reasons it was rated a 6.5 were performance related issues. That and I can tell you that those long 45-minute to hour long battles in the middle of disc 2 should be cut in half with the speed increase the PC version gives, based on performance comparison between the 360 and PC demo. As I said before, I'd be willing to bet if Gamespot reviewed the PC version it'd probably be much higher than 6.5. The framerate on the 360 was that bad.

kent6650
kent6650

yeah, w/e as i'm sure as hell getting this as an rpg fan even if the review is good or bad. i just hope the storyline doesn't suck though as i haven't played this game before. so here's to hoping that this is going to be good story-wise.

antipunt1
antipunt1

"It was rated 6.5 for the 360 version. Those give me pause." yeah this scares me...

Aquaintus
Aquaintus

This looks alot better than the 360 version thats for sure. I'm just worried that 1. Its a port so we'll have problems with it and 2. It was rated 6.5 for the 360 version. Those give me pause.

kafuffle
kafuffle

Hey Regix, I've had great luck with an X360 controller on my PC. There is a pc bundle that comes with a USB bluetooth reciever if you want wireless. Anyway, I too am very excited for this game to come out, it's been awhile since I played a pc-rpg that I really enjoyed. Neverwinter Nights 2 comes to mind.

osama99
osama99

What twisted, strange times we live in. After a full decade of witnessing the progressive decadence of PC role-playing into 3D FPS engines and the downfall of tactical combat into console-portable shoot-em-ups, what suddenly comes out of the blue to save us CRPG gamers thirsty of some brains over brawns, or for what it's worth, at least some good old turn-based combat ? - A console game. Bwahahahaha the current state of the videogame market drives me nuts!

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

newegg has it for $16.99, and you can pick it up for $9.99 used on amazon.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I used the keyboard but I want to use a joypad. I just wanted to know which one's the best to use... or buy.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

How much is the Logitech Dual Action Gamepad? I saw it for $25 at Bestbuy.com but I also saw the Rumblepad for $35 and wondered which was better.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

I'm not sure on what controllers people are trying to use, but I'm using a logitech dual action gamepad and I have no problems with it whatsoever. The only game that gave me problems was Silent Hill 5, but I blame the game itself, not the controller. Dead Space, Assassin's Creed, X-Blades and the LR demo worked just fine with it. I use XP so I dunno if Vista is a issue at all.

rj5958
rj5958

After a closer look at the demo I can understand why there were a lot of other reviewers (like at least 10 reputable ones) that complained that the game felt half finished. I didn't like the crappy camera angles in the PC demo and the XBOX controller commands don't work well with a keyboard. I'm still trying to figure out which keys to press which corresponds to the commands in which I must press to successfully perform critical attacks.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

@LeoGoBerserk: It seems to be, because a lot of the options can't be unlocked without one. I'm pretty sure you could unlock SOME of them with another USB controller but I don't know if you could do ALL of them because it asks for most of the 360's buttons a lot.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

@Camikitten: The PS3 would get the fixed version, I'm sure of it. Although, I'm with you, I'd prefer the PC version any day over the 360 version, even though I've never endured the 360 version to know. But from what I've heard, I'm fortunate for not having the opportunity.

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

Ya Kenji, magusat999 must of just been seriously out it...or he's smoking something. Although that would really make it both huh?

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

@AndrewP I don't think an apology is necessary as I don't know why anyone would get it in their head that this is a review. Like you said (and anyone who's visited this site more than once) it should be apparent that this ISN'T a review. No score, or nifty badges and nowhere does it say that this is a review. Thought the 'work in progress' above should have been a dead giveaway.

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

And I'm STILL waiting for this sucker to port on over to PS3. Why SE, why do you deceive me so?! I would purchase this in a heartbeat! Cause...well if I were to buy this on my pc, it would prolly have a heartattack and die (my pc is kinda old). I'm sure they can tweak it so the game doesn't hiccup so much on ps3. Please, please, please.... D:

LeoGoBezerk
LeoGoBezerk

I think that the main reason for this release is the bad framerate in the original game that ruined the whole gameplay. I don't have a powerful pc right now because of the consoles, but as soon as i get one - this game will be my first purchase. Also i hope there will be a full xbox 360 controller compatibility.

AndrewP
AndrewP

For magusat999: Ah, now I understand why you sent me that private message. To clarify, THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. That's why this story in GameSpot's "Work In Progress" previews blog. GameSpot reviews look like this: http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/rpg/thelastremnant/review.html I understand that it might've seemed confusing to see the only major update on the PC version of The Last Remnant and assume it was a review, but it isn't. Full GameSpot reviews have scores, badges, and all the trappings that you've come to expect from our reviews, like the one posted at that link. Sorry if it seemed confusing.

titanviper2000
titanviper2000

@ilidiandemon: cheers is right! it's about time they went back to old school rpging. even though it's not quite the same as I've played the demo, it's still a step in the right direction. think i'm gonna buy this one. @rj5958: i hope there is a tutorial as well, i really don't want to have to buy a controller and i cannot stand the 360 controller. but i just might have to to play this game. cheers to all!

rj5958
rj5958

I just played the 1GB demo and I have to admit, though the demo throws you into the action without a tutorial, it's been really fun and the frame rate was great. I also like how the game caters to stat freaks like me (I've loved Disgaea for the cool stats and loot). I must admit, I've never played the console version and I'm a bit bewildered at how to play. I'm guessing that when the final version comes out they'll have a tutorial and it'll be a good game to play.

magusat999
magusat999

How can they (GS) make a PC review without playing the PC version? I hope they do another review with the correct version when it actually comes out - I'm surprised they haven't done it already. Otherwise this review is useless.

Chronikas
Chronikas

The demo looked good, ran incredibly smooth. But for some reason it wouldn't recognize my wireless xbox 360 controller. The controller has worked for every single other "games for windows" game without any adjustment. Anyone else have this issue? I'm running a quad-core at 3.6ghz and dual gtx 280's on a 790i mobo, in case any of that is pertinent. Oh and to tu2pac: love the avatar dude, Xenogears is my all-time favorite jrpg.

ilidiandemon
ilidiandemon

Finaly a game that isn't realtime battle!!! Cheers!!!

doomsdaydave11
doomsdaydave11

[QUOTE="hurrikanejae"]zizielectric: your eyes only need to see 23fps to make a moving image seem correct. your card will run this game with no problems. as for the fps thing, when you play shooters you want really fast framerates for the action and intensity but all role playing/action games work best when you turn up the visual settings and lose a few frames per second (they dont need to run very fast anyway).[/QUOTE] Incorrect. Any gamer will say that they can very easily tell the difference between 25 FPS and 60 FPS. The rate at which the human eye (the eye might not even capture in what we call "frames") can see has never been proven. I'm assuming you're pulling the 23 FPS from the PAL video format, which looks absolutely fine at that speed. Videos are very different from video games. Videos use motion blurring to make the framerate look smooth, which is why when you pause an action scene, it will usually be blurry. Also, 25 FPS can be fairly smooth at one time, but super stuttery at another. This is because although the average speed per second is 25 frames, it may dip to very low framerates (such as 10), many times a second. A good example of this is the Call of Duty series on PC (especially 4). Anything below 45 FPS is pretty unpleasant.

Gtoniser
Gtoniser

I played the demo, it looks nice but I got really thrown over by all the stuff you see at once in battle and all the options. I hope the full version includes some explanation on this.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

for those wondering about a controller, buy a logitech controller. Costs $20 and it works just fine

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

As long as the PC version doesn't have the same pre-rendering and framerate issues as the Xbox360 version did then I'm getting this!

autumnsun
autumnsun

Things wrong with the game. 1. The graphics are ok, nothing special. 2. The storyline isn't engaging. 3. Too many loading screens; feels like if you move 10 feet, the next instance loads. 4. The load times are unacceptable, especially after a battle. 5. No voices during the dialogs. I will not buy this game!

bodylotion
bodylotion

These games are only good if they contain an immersive storyline etc. what can you guys tell me about that ?

bourgeoisdude
bourgeoisdude

I've beaten the game on the 360, and I am still getting this. Geez, you forget how bad the FPS problem was on the 360 until you play it on the PC. I downloaded it to my 360's hard drive but it still can't compare to the smooth play of this one and I'm playing with just a GeForce 8600GTS on a 4 year old PC. Also, being able to have as many leaders in your groups as you want will fix one of the other annoying issues with the 360 version. I'm willing to bet that if GS were to review this version without having played the original 360 version, the score would be much higher. Awesome demo, but I see how it can be disappointing for someone who hasn't played the game before as it kinda throws you into the middle of something without any back story.

Geoneo999
Geoneo999

Can't wait geuss I have to free up more space. :D

samano135790
samano135790

very long time Square Enix came back with pc.The Last Remnant Demo is very great.I can't wait to play it

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Majere is right... unless you have a 360 for Windows controller, its kind of hard to adjust to the keyboard/mouse. Even with a gaming mouse I think it would still be a pain to adapt to it. I didn't have much of a hard time with the moving around but when it came to fighting, missing the 360 controller's buttons was a pain. It should be noted that I do not have a 360.

hurrikanejae
hurrikanejae

zizielectric: your eyes only need to see 23fps to make a moving image seem correct. your card will run this game with no problems. as for the fps thing, when you play shooters you want really fast framerates for the action and intensity but all role playing/action games work best when you turn up the visual settings and lose a few frames per second (they dont need to run very fast anyway).

biokrysty
biokrysty

I cant wait to play this game

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I loved the demo and I'm with Jhraxlin. Why was this rated Mature? There's nothing in this game to warrant it. The violence never gets heavy enough or graphic enough to suggest that it needs a Mature rating. Now true the demo didn't get that much of a taste of the game to let you see anything other than the first few areas but still I didn't see anything that would suggest it needing a Mature rating. It could have slipped by with a Teen rating but not a Mature rating.

sub-raid
sub-raid

I am sooo getting this game.