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A forgotten fantasy game re-emerges in 'The Last Remnant Remastered' and 'My Friend Pedro' lets you deep-dive into stylish gunplay action

The Japanese Role-Playing Game (JRPG) is a dying breed of gaming. Yes, there is a resurgence nowadays, as we see games such as Persona 5 and Yakuza series blend that genre into something different. At the very end of that era, though, there were fantastic games... and The Last Remnant remains one of them.

The Last Remnant Remastered

What’s it about?

Much like Final Fantasy XII’s deep political storyline, The Last Remnant takes place in a world about to go to war for a bunch of artefacts known as Remnants. As kingdoms clash, you assume the role of Rush Sykes, who leads a peaceful life until war hits home, and before he knows it, he is thrust into a tangled web while searching for his kidnapped sister.

Screengrab of The Last Remnant Remastered

Screengrab of The Last Remnant Remastered  

The tale of The Last Remnant is masterfully told, capturing the spirit of the genre and melding it into a compelling view of war. The stage is massive, and at times you just get the feeling the cast of characters are cardboard cut-outs to serve the storyline, rather than an interesting collection of personalities.

The Last Remnant Remastered
  • Developer + Publisher: Square Enix
  • Price: ₹1399 (Approx) for Nintendo Switch

One thing is for certain: the game is extremely well-directed, and with the remaster, the old complaints of texture and graphical issues are gone.

How does it play?

The Last Remnant is more dense with menus than your average JRPG. Battles group you into ‘unions’ of characters facing off against enemy unions. Governing those is a morale meter as your units either have to overwhelm enemies or get overwhelmed. Overall, once you get a hang of it, it is a surprisingly deep and fun game of chess where the tides turn quickly — you have to think tactically as you move your mini army into position.

Screengrab of The Last Remnant Remastered

Screengrab of The Last Remnant Remastered  

Should you get it?

While the battle system feels like an all-out war, the rest of the game is very JRPG-like as you traverse the globe and towns speaking to people and completing various quests.

My Friend Pedro

Moving into a quirkier realm, large set-piece-toting action games or intriguing 100-hour-plus RPGs are great, but there are times when you want something simpler in which to jump into.

Enter My Friend Pedro: it takes the bullet-time games of the ‘00’s and creates an addictive physics-based puzzle game, which is violent and yet relaxing at the same time.

Screengrab of My Friend Pedro

Screengrab of My Friend Pedro  

What’s it about?

Bananas are the core of the game, so much so your guide through the game is a sentient banana. My Friend Pedro is basically a remake of a flash game by Adult Swim, which débuted in 2014. A loose set of levels tied together by a threadbare story, with one mission, to let you have as much fun as you can.

How does it play?

My Friend Pedro
  • Developer: DeadToast Entertainment
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Price: ₹1399 (Approx) for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Retaining its quirk My Friend Pedro is definitely an engager. A side-scroller letting you control a surprisingly agile gunman in slow motion as you obliterate enemies in a bunch of stylish ways.

Levels are set with devious puzzles and encourage you to think before you blast them, to ensure you get maximum points; that is, after all, the point. From split-shooting to optimising your path to ensure maximum mayhem, the game will keep you fixated on getting a perfect score.

Screengrab of My Friend Pedro

Screengrab of My Friend Pedro  

Should you get it?

A perfect game to pick up and play in short bursts, My Friend Pedro is aptly named, as this game will be your best friend on those short train rides or those waiting lines at the dentist’s.

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