Hands-on preview of Remnant 2 – Niche Gamer

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If you’re like me, you probably don’t have enough time to play everything you want. We can’t all be Fingal who lives, breathes and sleeps video games. As we saw remainder 2 On the Summer Game Fest exhibition floor, the core gameplay looked enticing.

The core gameplay reminded us of that outriders mixed with Dark Souls. I did not know that remainder 2 was the continuation of Remnant: From the Ashes; Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens when so many games are released in a year that it’s easy for a game to slip under the radar.

Still, based on observations from others, I was determined to try the demo. Read on for my first impressions of the highly anticipated sequel:

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Demo impressions

As with any game, there is a learning curve when you first get started. For the demo we played as a long range scout. Unfortunately at that point we didn’t have anyone to play with as nobody else was meeting; Fortunately, one of the development team jumped in to play through the demo with us. Being familiar with the demo, he was able to walk us through it. Enemies in the game were highly detailed and terrifying to look at, but fun to kill. The environment of the world was a joy to behold, even if it was ominous and wretched.

If you’ve played a third-person shooter like war gear, you should be able to adjust to the core mechanics of the game. Shooting is pretty smooth, but in-game melee combat feels a bit odd. As you run around, enemies can appear out of nowhere and that caused me to go down once.

With the demo, it really feels like you need a group of three to play through the game to really enjoy it. If you like a challenge, you can go through it alone. The only thing that might be difficult in Remnant II are the single player boss fights. When trying to solo the boss fight in the demo, we died pretty easily from navigating the terrain and environment while dodging attacks.

The demo for remainder II offers a good start for those who haven’t played it yet remains from the ashes. The demo’s core gameplay was polished, but it definitely felt like it was meant for three-player play, not just two. Hopefully the demo will be available for others to try out in the coming month.

remainder II will be released on July 25, 2023 on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The game will cost $69.99 at launch.

Isaiah Colbert

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