Community Review: Remnant From The Ashes

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There's always one or two games every year where you don't hear a lot of buzz about them, but when they come out, it's all your social feed can talk about.

Baba is You was probably the first title that came out of nowhere to completely dominate social, with people going ballistic over certain puzzles, or just taking the time to scream "YOU MUST PLAY THIS GAME." People were similarly effusive for The Outer Wilds, and lately, the appreciation is being spread thick and fast for Remnant.

What's intriguing with Remnant is everyone is pretty conscious of the game's failings, or at least its weaker elements. One person described it to me as a game that was made up of many 7/10 elements, but all those elements combine to become one of the more interesting games of the year.

Remnant: From The Ashes Is Quickly Becoming One Of My Favourite Games Of 2019

When I first saw a streamer playing Remnant: From the Ashes, I rolled my eyes. Boiled down to the most reductive pitch, it’s Dark Souls but with guns. So what? It looked like a knock-off. But now that I’ve played it, I can say that Remnant is one of the most interesting and entertaining games I’ve experienced all year.

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Part of the appeal, I think, is that having that assortment of guns immediately makes the Dark Souls shtick a little more accessible to people who bounced off that series. The difficulty fits nicely with people's expectations in 2019, and procedural generation has come far enough that the new worlds built at the start of your playthroughs vary in just enough interesting ways.

That's the gist I've gotten, anyway. I'm looking forward to spending more time with Remnant soon. For those who have played it since it dropped in the last week or so, how's your experience been?


Comments

    Really felt like I got my monies worth.

    Combat is fun, though I wish the game didn't rely on stun locks nearly as much and animation locks are silly in 2019.

    Optimisation could be a little better, my computer is no slouch yet some areas would see it chug a little.

    I am interested to see what post release content outside of adventure mode is in development.

    Most definately worth the money. ive been playing it nonstop since last monday. solo its not much fun for me, but with 1 or 2 people its really fun

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