PWE’s co-op shooter Remnant From the Ashes has officially launched

    
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My guild chat channel is buzzing this morning over a game at least one friend likened to Hellgate, but in a good way: I’m talking about Remnant: From the Ashes, the co-op post-apoc survival shooter from Gunfire Games and MMO publisher Perfect World Entertainment that’s officially launched as of today.

We played the game at a previous PAX and characterized it as what would happen if Dark Souls, The Last of Us, and Diablo II had a baby – we found it intriguingly challenging and something MMO players of a cautious and mature nature would enjoy.

“In the late 1960’s, an evil force known as the Root invaded Earth, decimating the population. 80 years after the invasion, players begin their journey on the shores of a ruined city in the shadow of a mysterious tower. Following in the footsteps of the missing former-leader of Ward 13, – a nexus and base of operations – players encounter the wretched Root, savage warrior tribes of Rhom’s wasteland, the collective hivemind of the Iskal on Corsus and agile, yet deadly Pan of Yaesha. Set out alone or alongside up to two other survivors, venturing into unpredictable and ever changing worlds via World Stone checkpoints. […] Featuring dynamically-generated worlds filled with epic bosses, elusive secrets and a vast arsenal powerful gear, the game promises endless replayability with unique gameplay paths for all players.”

The game runs $39.99 on Xbox One and PS4, while PC players will choose between PWE’s Arc launcher and Steam.

Source: Press release, official site

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Neurotic

I was surprised by the box price tbh. I kind of got conditioned to thinking of PWE as the F2P stalwarts, after years of STO and NW. :D But count me in, next paycheque!

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Crowe

PWE-related stuff has left a bad taste in my mouth. I’ll wait a few weeks for reviews on this before I consider it.

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Mewmew

Wow this looks incredibly nice! And it’s only $40? At the low end for premium titles like this. The reviews so far are extremely one sided, talking about how great the game is. I can’t really add another major game to my stable right now but maybe by next month, and I’ll keep this one in mind for when I can.

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memitim

“Prepare to fight the root of all evil!” Oh dear…

Looks alright, shame the publisher means I’ll have to give this one a miss…

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Mewmew

Yeah right, they can’t win for some reason. They give people an extremely fair priced premium title without IAP like people claim they want, and, well what is the issue?

Plus “looks alright” – it looks way more than alright. The usually very picky Steam reviews would really let them have it if it wasn’t, and they’re very much praising the game.

PWE runs really fair Free to Play games that take almost no purchases alongside premium one purchase titles. They actually don’t stick their nose into their developers business too much and let them decide how they want to do monetization for their games. Their Customer Service for said games is pretty decent as well.

There are people that seem to have some kind of bias against them without really knowing them, just thinking that they are a F2P publisher. What is your issue with them specifically?

If people want to deprive themselves of certain gaming experiences, that is their right. Just as long as they remember it’s not their right to Pirate to have those experiences anyway without paying for them, no matter what they think of a Publisher.

I’ve had many issues with many publishers, but I will just spend less on their free to play stuff when that happens, or stop playing that specific game rather than their entire stable. Because really if you look too closely to nearly any game company you’re going to find issues that would make you want to save your money in principle, and then I wouldn’t have many games to play and enjoy.

I hate Ubisoft and many decisions they make, but darn they have some good games that I’m not going to skip out on getting to experience and play! Nexon’s Customer Service kind of blows, so I just spend minimal amounts of money on their games I like (though I did leave Maple Story 2 in principle, I could have just as well have stopped spending money on it).

In order to get some of these great game experiences that I want to take part in, I have to bend over and take it here and there. I really don’t find PWE to be a bad publisher at all though.

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memitim

No, I’m pretty sure it just looks alright.
“What is your issue with them specifically?” Lockboxes mostly, I don’t like F2P games, I’d rather just pay my money and have my game, but if you’re going to do F2P I expect to be able to buy the things I want, not a chance at the things I want. I won’t give a penny to any publisher that does this. (so thats nexon and ubisoft out too…) I’m certainly not willing to “bend over and take it here and there” when there are other games I could be playing instead, and I’m not exactly short of choice these days. If these games were really worth playing they’d sell them to me on that fact alone but games that have cashshops always always put trying to extract ever more cash out of me above making a good game. You’re not wrong about pretty much all publishers having “issues” but lockboxes are where I draw the line. Before you say this game doesn’t have lockboxes…it doesn’t have lockboxes yet

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Jeremy Barnes

co-op is the new massively multiplayer

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Sorenthaz

Game is definitely challenging. Mileage will vary for folks because of that, I think. It’s got very heavy Dark Souls vibes with how checkpoints and enemy respawns work, but death doesn’t have much consequence outside of losing whatever consumables (ammunition boxes, non-dragon heart healing, status cures, etc.) you might’ve used.

Game can definitely be soloed but your playstyle will, by necessity, revolve around kiting enemies/bosses quite often and relying heavily on guns rather than melee. With co-op I imagine it opens up more opportunities for folks to experiment and play with builds because you can have someone be the melee guy, someone be a supportive character, etc.

Only problem from what I heard is that when doing co-op the enemies scale up to whoever has the highest stats in the party and so if the host is significantly weaker they’re potentially screwed.

Overall though it’s quite fun imo. It’s a good mix between challenging gameplay with sort of a more casual setup in comparison to a game like Dark Souls, as you’re moving between maps similar to Diablo rather than attempting to navigate a giant open-ish world that forces you to sort of stumble about blindly without a guide.

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Alex Willis

As a Warframe player, this definitely caught my eye (from PC Gamer review):

Remnant’s most unique feature is its dynamically-generated campaign. Environments can be laid out in different ways and dungeons located in different places, while some areas may or may not appear in your campaign at all. Similarly, each boss encounter has several possible variants. (If you get stuck, you can re-roll your campaign, maintaining your character progress but regenerating the world.)

But then this turned me off a bit:

The dynamic generation is a clever way of encouraging you to invest in other player’s campaigns to see more of the game. Of course, this means you’ll need to play Remnant multiple times to see everything. Yet for a game that borrows from both The Division and Dark Souls, Remnant plays fast. Your first campaign will likely take you anywhere between 12 and 20 hours depending on how you cope with the challenge. With a high-level character, however, you could potentially do a complete run on normal difficulty in half that time.

I don’t want to beat a campaign multiple times to see what a game has to offer. As with Warframe, if I can’t see it all under “one narrative account”, I’m much less interested.

I think I’m looking for something a little more sandboxy, as with Warframe. But maybe I’ve got it wrong?

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Dantos

I heard they’re adding an ‘adventure mode’ in a few weeks, similar to Diablo’s adventure mode, something disconnected from the campaign, where you can continually replay the areas without resetting the whole campaign. You might want to wait until that

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3dom

You better buy it on Steam because it allow easy refunds. The dodgeball (from all directions at once) gameplay certainly isn’t for everyone.