anyone played Last remnant? (in Off-topic)

Gandalf June 10 2009 6:35 PM EDT

I know i could use the easy option by looking at reviews, but I havent posted in a while.

So worth buying? :)

Daz June 10 2009 7:22 PM EDT

There's a demo available for the PC version. I know its on Steam, but it may be around some other places, too.

Sickone June 10 2009 7:27 PM EDT

I haven't exactly finished it, I barely finished a third of "Disk 2" (or at least that's my estimation of it), since I wanted to not miss one single quest, so I have spent quite some time playing it thoroughly... by my estimations, I've probably put in around 100 gameplay hours so far, if not more... but I've stopped playing it about two or three weeks ago due to RL circumstances, I'll pick it up again after things get less hectic.
This here should be one of your most indispensable resources if you wish to NOT miss anything (it's actually quite easy to do something that will make certain side-quests unavailable, and some of them can be quite obscure). The good thing about it is that most sections have a "spoiler" type javascript, so you won't accidentally trip on something that would ruin your enjoyment (or, at least, it's not very likely).

If you liked games like Final Fantasy, then it's certainly a great game for you.
The PC version is so much better than the console one, by the way, get it for PC if you have a choice.
Sure, it's also quite a bit different from the XBox versions in some of the trickier parts, so the wiki won't be quite 100% helpful - but who doesn't like a challenge, eh ? :)

The combat system is a bit weird at first sight, but you'll soon get a hang of it... the problem however is that the way the characters "learn" their skills is a bit... how should I put it... unique. There are tough choices to make, but you're not really aware of those choices until a bit later on in the game, when more options become available and you notice that the characters aren't levelling quite the way you would want them too... and then a bit later on, you realize that maybe the way you thought was wrong might actually be better in the long run... and it's a bit of a rollercoaster.
Also, some of the nicer things are almost only accidentally learned, so the wiki is quite important if you want a good enough idea of what will go on.

The characters are nice enough, even if a bit annoying at times (the "oh, come on, don't open the door, it's obviously a trap" kind of annoying usually), but the storyline is solid enough and engaging.
There are some small bugs here and there in the PC version and everything is a bit obscure since there's only minimal help (but I hear the XBox version is way worse in many different ways), but once you get used to it, it won't bother you much, and the gameplay experience is sooooo long that the initial "what the heck" moments are easily forgotten.

Oh, one thing - if you have the PC version, and you DON'T have an XBox controller for the PC (I didn't even know those existed before I played this game), you'll need to set to "keyboard hints" under the XBox controller settings in the menu, not under the "keyboard" heading. Annoying at first until I found that out (I was ignoring that section completely), so just thought I'd mention it.

It does get a bit repetitive after a while, especially if you try to "farm some rares", but that's pretty much the staple of any JRPG. It's not repetitive enough to get too annoying, since you can set your own challenge level to some degree by "chaining" multiple monsters into a single combat (for additional rewards, no less), so it's not too boring even later on.

Bottom line ?
If you like JRPGs, you should buy it.
If you buy it, I'd recommend the PC version.

Gandalf June 11 2009 7:26 AM EDT

sickone, thanks for your input :)

I will be getting it for the PC, and i loved FF12, which seems to look like it has maybe similar gameplay as FF12 had the gambits system :)

Also i will be using an xbox controller :)

You've definitely made my mind up. Cheers.

Marlfox [Cult of the Valaraukar] June 11 2009 8:02 AM EDT

I hear it has some graphical bugs, or is that only on the console version?

Gandalf June 11 2009 10:00 AM EDT

Dunno Marl :)

the demo will not load.... it gives me this error TLR.exe has stopped working.

I've searched google, some others have had this problem with the demo and game.. But no cures.

Anyone have an idea? Thanks

Admiralkiller [Cult of the Valaraukar] June 11 2009 10:28 AM EDT

Played it, beat it...its fun took me a long time, but it still is not as extensive or fun as the most recent FF's....

AdminShade June 11 2009 12:03 PM EDT

A friend of mine is playing it, she likes it.

Soul Eater June 11 2009 12:04 PM EDT

I played it, and beat it and I really enjoyed it.

Sickone June 11 2009 3:51 PM EDT

"I hear it has some graphical bugs, or is that only on the console version? "

Yes, console only problem - I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary on my PC.

By the way, I run it at near-minimum graphical detail, and it stutters a bit in busier fights. It still looks FANTASTIC though, even at near-minimum everything.
I have a puny E2140 (Pentium Dual Core @ 1.6GHz - yes, not even Core2Duo, heh) with a 512 MB GeForce 8500GT (basically, one of the cheaper I could find), my system used to be mid-end last year, now it's probably considered quite low-end... so if you have a half-decent machine, you should have no problems at all running it.

Gandalf June 13 2009 4:31 PM EDT

Downloaded 7 and its working, dumb Vista :)

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] June 13 2009 5:57 PM EDT

im waiting till it comes out on ps3

Soul Eater June 19 2009 1:58 AM EDT

It most likely won't be. It was a Microsoft exclusive I believe.

Untouchable June 19 2009 2:22 AM EDT

CS owns all
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