|System: X360, PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Square-Enix||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Square-Enix||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 20, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Persistent load times in this game also add to the frustration.Even though you can install both of the games discs to your hard drive, you will still experience 4-6 second load times every time you enter a room or engage an enemy in battle, which greatly hinders discovery quests, where youll have to frequently hop between cityscapes as well as enemy-infested locales.
Sound in this title is somewhat of a mixed bag. The music is composed by Tsuyoshi Sekito, who is known for his work on the Final Fantasy series. The music is absolutely beautiful to listen to and has a rich and sweeping orchestral sound. The character voiceovers are hit or miss though and the main character sounds disinterested and ingenuous most of the time. However, several of the supporting characters do have decent voiceovers and manage to sound quite authentic.
Control is fairly standard, as far as RPGs are concerned, and features a fairly simplistic menu-based control scheme. There are a few instances where a timed-button press will be used to increase the effectiveness of a certain attack, but due to the aforementioned framerate issues, these are often easy to miss. But the bottom-line is if you have ever played an RPG before, you will be right at home with the control scheme.
For all intents and purposes, The Last Remnant has the makings of a great RPG: the story is engaging and the battle system is tons of fun to play with. And, with a lot of extra missions and side quests, there certainly is a lot of replay potential to this title. However, it seems that all these great aspects are not enough to pull it past its glaring graphical issues. If this title had been left in development just a little longer, then it might have been one of the best RPGs of the current generation. But as it stands, The Last Remnant is a great RPG that is buried under broken graphics and long load times.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor