Xbox Series X/S Review: Remnant II

More than just Dark Souls with guns?

Remnant II is the sequel to the best-selling game Remnant: From the Ashes that pits survivors of humanity against new deadly creatures and god-like bosses across terrifying worlds. Play solo or co-op with two other friends to explore the depths of the unknown to stop an evil from destroying reality itself. To succeed, players will need to rely on their own skills and those of their team to overcome the toughest challenges and to stave off humanity’s extinction.

I have to admit that I missed out on the original Remnant title, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this or if I needed to know a lot about the game’s previous story, but Remnant II does a good job in making you jump straight into the action regardless of whether you played the first game or not.

There’s been a lot of comparing it to simply Dark Souls with guns and while that’s true, it does feel a bit deeper than that. Sure, it has the tough difficulty you would expect from a Souls-like title, but it blends that with quick third-person shooter reactions and a world that at times, is even more interesting than the ones from FromSoftware.

There’s a lot of customisation options and classes to choose from. Finding the right balance for you is essential to ensure victory, so keep on experimenting until you find what works best. The game design itself is mostly linear, but the boss fights themselves are the real highlight with excellent designs and there’s nothing more satisfying when you hit it’s weak spot for a ton of damage. The game is definitely more enjoyable in co-op, though there’s nothing stopping you from tackling it solo either.

The visuals are a big step up from what I’ve seen of the first game. The game runs smoothly, load times are short and the enemies are well detailed. Voice-acting is pretty good, while the soundtrack strikes hard with some epic tunes, especially during the boss battles.

The Verdict

Remnant II is the ultimate Souls-like shooter. It can be unforgiving, but ultimately satisfying when you overcome a tough boss. It’s great fun either solo or in co-op and definitely worthy of your time regardless of whether you played the original or not.

Score: 8.5