I can’t believe I’ve never written about Remnant here before. I thought I did, but when I went back and looked I couldn’t find anything and that sucks because Remnant is one of my favorite games that I played in recent memory and has so much going for it. I’ve completed this game ten times and I’m currently trying to kill ten straight bosses in survival mode so I can get a fancy new weapon. So… here’s what I think of Remnant: From the Ashes!
For those of you that don’t know, Remnant is a Soulsborne game with one big difference. It’s a third-person shooter with the option to use melee combat. Take The Division and mix it with a bit of Dark Souls and you’ve got Remnant. It’s really, really fun to play and proved that games in this genre could absolutely work with guns. This game isn’t a carbon copy of Dark Souls like some other games in this genre is. You don’t level up at bonfires by spending currency and it’s not a set path like every Soulsborne game that’s released before it. Remnant’s biggest selling point is that the whole game (boss fights included) is procedurally generated.
I usually hate procedurally generated shit in games because most times it comes across as lazy, but it absolutely works in this game and added so much replay value because you’ll never experience everything this game has to offer in a single playthrough. Do you want the Chicago Typewriter? Then you’ve better hope it spawned in your world and you’ve better hope you can do the event perfectly without screwing up or you’ll have to reroll your save and try again and there’s a chance that it won’t spawn the second, or even third, time around.
Remnant doesn’t just have a campaign mode. Adventure mode lets you reroll a certain zone (Earth for example) over and over again until you find all the loot you want or get that one item that’s been alluding you since you started the game. Some items can only be obtained from meeting certain requirements during boss fights while others are as simple as unlocking a door with a key. This game also has three-player co-op and works similarly to Dark Souls. The more players you have the harder the game becomes.
If you join someone else’s game everything you find in their file carries over back to your own file except story progression. I mentioned that you don’t level up by spending currency at some form of bonfire. Instead, you level up the old fashioned way. You kill enemies to get experience point and in return you’ll eventually earn a trait point (which is basically leveling up) which you can use to upgrade a passive ability. Like getting more health and stamina to unique things like faster movement speed and mod regeneration.
You can also upgrade your gear at the blacksmith, but we warned. In order to maximize your gear to plus twenty, you have to spend a special item that also increases the amount of Dragon Hearts you have aka Estus Flask.
Remnant also has a survival mode and I’m not talking about a stupid eat, sleep, and drink meter. It’s basically a one-life mode where you start off in your boxers with a single pistol and you have to find everything out in a random dungeon fighting random enemies and bosses. There are 4 (maybe 5) stone pillars surrounding a giant red crystal and those pillars are what you’ll spend your limited starting currency on when you first arrive in survival mode. You can get a nice (or not so nice) starting weapon, gear, or trinket a(rings, or amulet).
Why do this mode you ask? Because it rewards you with unique loot that you can’t find anywhere else in the game and it also drops a special currency that can ONLY be obtained in it that you can use to buy cosmetic items from a special shop if you own the DLC. As a matter of fact, survival mode is in the DLC as well as an upgraded swamp zone in adventure and story mode.
Remnant has so much content that I could be here all day writing about it and still not be finished. It’s an amazing game by some really talented people and I’m writing this to spread awareness to it. It actually sold really well on Steam (over a million copies), but I haven’t seen anyone talking about this game so I’m throwing my opinion out there.
What do you think of Remnant: From the Ashes?