Remnant: From The Ashes Review
Remnant: From the Ashes simultaneously feels like a brand new mix of genres and a familiar title reminiscent of gaming days gone by. By themselves, the third-person combat, dungeon-crawling looting and randomly-generated playthroughs are all very comfortable and well-used elements of action-adventure games but the manner in which Gunfire Games has combined them provides an overall experience unlike anything I have played before. That being said, let’s take a deeper look into Remnant: From the Ashes!
Remnant: From the Ashes looks to capture your intrigue from the very beginning. With a twisting plot that is uncovered in fits and starts, it can be a little difficult to follow. Unless you like to explore every nook and cranny, it is likely that you will miss some background plot info that is left around the world in the form of journals and other notes.
While the story at its core may not be revolutionary, it certainly has its own flair on the post-apocalyptic shooter. This is matched spot-on by the visual style and atmosphere of the game, providing a very eerie and otherworldly feel. The graphics themselves are very much up to the current standard, with only a few textures noticeably sub-par.
Selecting a class at the beginning of the game follows the tried-and-true formula of Tank, Support & Ranged DPS. As I planned to play solo, I opted for the Support class, ‘Ex-Cultist’, to hopefully help keep myself alive. If you are playing with friends, it is highly recommended that you mix and match accordingly.
The combat in Remnant: From the Ashes is inexplicably enjoyable. Combining melee strikes with well-timed dodges and coach-gun blasts only to swap to a repeating pistol to imbue your shots with fire and watch an entire legion of deadwood crumble beneath your feet is purely joy-inducing.
My one complaint with the combat would be that the melee attack timings are not as smooth and seamless as you would hope, which can get you into trouble when trying to gauge time and distance from the enemy to interrupt their attacks with your own.
As with any good survival shooter, you are able to upgrade your character’s traits, each of which provide a unique bonus to your character. There are three different traits to choose from at the beginning, with many more to be unlocked throughout your journey.
While Remnant: From the Ashes is not a true looter-shooter such as the likes of Borderlands, Destiny or The Division, you do find the odd piece of armor and you can eventually acquire the long guns for the classes which you did not select.
Mostly, however, you will loot upgrade components that allow you to augment your existing weapons and armor. Rarer components are either found hidden in tricky spots throughout the environment or are awarded for killing tougher opponents. Additionally, you can equip each of your guns with a modification, unlocking new abilities that can be used to help you in specific combat scenarios.
Remnant may be intended to be played co-op, but I found the solo play quite thrilling. The tactics employed by your foes can be unexpected and a little startling, all of which help immerse you further into the game by forcing you to analyze the movements and strategies of the AI.
Overall, Remnant: From the Ashes is an exciting solo or co-op survival shooter with plenty of reasons to keep your attention. I highly recommend this game to any fans of the genre or anyone looking for a challenging PvE survival shooter.
Learn more about Remnant: From the Ashes here: https://www.remnantgame.com/en