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The Last Remnant is a Japanese role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. The game is directed at both Japanese and Western audiences and had a simultaneous release in Japan, North America and Europe, on November 20, 2008 for the Xbox 360. The game was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows at the end of March, 2009 and received an international release on the Steam network on April 9, 2009. A PlayStation 3 version of the game had been planned, but was never released. It is set in a fictional world divided into multiple city-states inhabited by four different species. The focus of the game's storyline is on "Remnants", mysterious and coveted ancient artifacts of varying shapes and sizes which possess magic powers, and a war sparked by a mysterious figure known as the Conqueror, as well as the search by Rush Sykes for his sister. The game features a unique battle system in which the player command multiple groups, or "unions", of characters rather than individual units.

The game was directed by Hiroshi Takai and was the first game developed by Square Enix to use the Unreal Engine 3. It was intended by Square Enix president Yōichi Wada to "become a cornerstone for [their] worldwide strategy". Art direction was overseen by chief artist Kimihiko Miyamae and art producer Yusuke Naora. The game's soundtrack was composed by Tsuyoshi Sekito with assistance by Yasuhiro Yamanaka. It was later released as a three-disc album. The design and dialogue of the game were created to appeal to international players as well as Japanese players, and the motion capture for the main characters, including the lip-syncing, was done with Western and English-speaking actors.

The game received a weak reception by reviewers, though it was better received by Japanese reviewers than by Western ones. A common complaint, especially in the original Xbox 360 release, was of graphical problems including low framerates and "texture pop-in" where higher resolution textures would suddenly replace lower ones several seconds after a scene had started. Other issues included complaints about the game's storyline and battle system, though these were not as universal. The Last Remnant received praises for its art direction and music, and several review sites gave higher scores to the PC version of the game than the 360 version.

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ESRB:  Mature, Violence • Blood and Gore • Mature Humor • Language
Number of Players:  Multi
Publisher:  Square (Enix), Inc.
Developer:  Square (Enix), Inc.
Console:  Xbox 360, PC
Genre:  RPG
Release Date:  November 20, 2008
Price:  39.99
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review by . May 15, 2009
posted in The Gaming Hub
Square is content with building the drama for the highly anticipated release of the new Final Fantasy game and in the meantime they've released an adequate RPG to hold us over until that big day...so let's take a look at Square's appetizer, shall we? Story: The plot is typical RPG with Rush playing the lead...and while it does start fast, it progressively slows down after act 1 but we do get better acquainted with the rest of our party...so there is a point to it...and the game really takes off …
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