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The Last Remnant is a JRPG game with a unique gameplay. Unfortunately, at the time of writitng this review, it is really the last so no new ones have come out. I personally enjoyed this game, but I didn't reckon why so many angry reviewers said bad words about the game. It has a unique gameplay, special effects, dragons, japanese voices, weapons, collection of enemies and much more.
Let's start with the graphics. It seems that the game is quite advanced in special effects and 3D modelling and texturing, but unfortunately is not fully optimized. The game might seem to slow a bit at max settings even with a 2010 rebranded HD5770. The game has a lot of potential though. Things which should be noted about graphics are the special effects, lightnings, 3D models, textures, graphic options, user interface and much more. Other reviewers have said bad words about the combat system because of the user interface. If you ask me, that is really clear they have barely played the game. It is very clear that you choose your action type, magic or standard attack. You use up your AP and your army does the actions for you. You can double the speed at which they play, make it automatic or make it manual so you can press the right button when the time comes. I didn't like the animations though, they were so static that the players barely could move their heads and all did the same movements in nearly every single time. Also the weird characters made the game very confusing, but fun and attractive, making the player to want to learn more on each duel. The map is very clear, I didn't see any bad stuff there, it was perfect. You could also zoom out and zoom in to see the whole map or to move around it.
The gameplay is the best part of this game. I played this game for months without stopping. If you like RPG games, this is a must. Now someone around the internet, from one of the best gaming websites, clearly said that the combat was very difficult and weird. This is really stupid and gamers already sent their replies back. You can go wherever you want, defeat as much enemies as you please and create your own dream troops. The problem for those reviewers might have been that you actually don't get to choose any skill but instead they happen randomly and you just know the amount of AP which is going to be used. AP stands for action points and is used to make special skills. Each troop has its own turn and the more people you have in a troop, where the maximum could be a group of 5, the better it will be. The problem is that you will have to pass a lot of challenges before you could be able to upgrade your troups and maintain more of them. You can also buy swords, heavy axes, mails and much more from different shops, but only if they are unlocked and you have the money to buy them. To unlock weapons you will have to sell captured monsters and it will be a matter of luck if the monster contained the element that was needed for that weapon to get unlocked. There are some specialized shops where you can upgrade your weapon and it is extremely helpful if you can upgrade it, since that makes the weapon more powerful and you can defeat different enemies. There are also levels where you have to defeat a certain amount of enemies to get enough experience to pass to the next one. The more you gain the easier the enemies will become but it depends, since you might encounter some new enemies too which are much more powerful than the ones before. In each city you have a place where to buy stuff, complete challenges, get involved into secondary objectives and more. Those secondary objectives are really fun and add the game quite a lot of gameplay time, since they can be very challenging and of course your reward will be greater.
The optimization of the game seems ok, but not good. You can actually have a better framerate for this game if you have a better graphic card than mine, but the real problem stands to where this game lacks about. The game itself has fluent loading screens, I didn't have any problem with that. With the autosave and saving system I had the same experience as with loading. During battles you might get framedrops though which is why I am writting about the optimization. The graphics don't seem optimized because when the game loads you walk up outside the previous area and the game gets its full textures two seconds later, just like GTA San Andreas. I thought this wasn't a big of a deal but it started showing up worse, degrading graphics experience and that is a graphics optimization problem. All other stuff, like changing cities, moving around the map, confronting enemies, moving around didn't seem to provide any bad experiences.
One of the most interesting things about this game is its unique system of combat, unique characters and unique gameplay. Everything was thought as being unique to its features. There is nothing great about graphics, except special effects which were well though. Also other stuff is very interesting, like mythological dragons or random people in the streets telling you all kind of stuff. The map was a very good idea too and moving from one city to another seems great. Levelling up your characters, getting to secret places, finding your weapons or buying them, upgrading later are all great ideas even though they are not unique, as we have already seen with other games.
Overall the game is a legend, even though it didn't succeed in making those reviewers happy. The sound quality was amazing too and there were melodies which sometimes offered comfort, especially the emotional part of the battles. This game deserves to be part of your collection if you are a true RPG gamer, but bear in mind that you have the option to switch to japanese voices, just like I did, simply because I enjoyed it being in Japanese.
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