Remnant: From the Ashes Subject 2923 Review – Last but Certainly not Least

    Title: Remnant From the Ashes Subject 2923
    Developer: Gunfire Games
    Release Date: August 20, 2020
    Reviewed On: PC
    Publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
    Genre: Third-Person Action Shooter

It is no big secret that I have a deep fondness for Gunfire Games’ third-person action shooter Remnant: From the Ashes. It has a refreshing mix of Soulslike and looter shooter elements that make for a nice change of pace with the genre. I found this to be true for both the base game and its DLC, Swamps of Corsus. When I heard that Subject 2923 will be the game’s final DLC, I was both ecstatic and saddened that I wouldn’t have more to play in the future. However, despite my emotions, Gunfire Games went ahead and finished strong by saving the best for last. 

Subject 2923 adds quite a hefty bit of content to the base game, and its additions can be boiled down into two main areas, story, and itemization. From my review of Remnant: From the Ashes, I mentioned that I particularly enjoyed the story and the developer’s implementation of lore into the game. Remnant: From the Ashes spreads its story out between cutscenes, journals, computer logs, NPC interactions, and more as you slowly unravel its mysteries. Subject 2923 continues this trend by adding more lore explaining the origins of “The Dreamers,” which are humans bonded with entities from other worlds, and how they connect to the plantlike creatures plaguing Earth known as the Root. 

Exploring the maps and checking all the computers and journals for more world-building was a big draw for me in the base game, and it was refreshing to see the developers adding more of this type of content in Subject 2923. The puzzles added in the DLC were also a fun change of pace from the usual shooting and dungeoneering gameplay of Remnant. Although, if you have a poor sense of direction and problem-solving skills such as myself, this may slow down your progress. 

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For those that don’t care too much about the story and are focused more on the combat side of things, Subject 2923 adds a plethora of trinkets, mods, and equipment that allows further customization of your builds and playstyles. There are over 40 additional trinkets alone added in Subject 2923, which is even more than what was included in the base game allowing for greater character customization. 

Players will uncover all of these additions as they explore the newly added rural lands and abandoned military base of Ward Prime as well as the frigid and mountainous world of Reism.  Each of these locations offers new enemy types that range from humanoid rats to more tendril bearing alien enemies. 

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I personally found the humanoid rats in Reism to be a bit underwhelming in the creativity department, but I did enjoy the frigid tundra biome. On the other side of the coin, I found the creatures in Ward Prime to be a lot more interesting, while the map itself was a kind of a bland industrial warehouse. 

Ward Prime, in particular, was impressive as it had me go to a parallel plane of existence a la Stranger Things’ Upside Down, which added some variety to the normal flow of combat.  However, exploring Ward Prime did slow things down quite a bit. 

On top of the new zones, items, and story found in the campaign, Subject 2923 also adds on to the Survival and Adventure modes. The newly added monsters, dungeons, and bosses from Reism are also here, which allows Survival and Hardcore Mode players the chance to receive new rewards. However, one thing to note is that you will need the Swamps of Corsus DLC in order to access Survival Mode and its contents. 

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Remnant: From the Ashes – Subject 2923 marks the perfect ending for this title. There’s still a ton of gameplay here for those who want to continue their experience long after the story ends, but from a narrative standpoint, I’m satisfied with the conclusion. The natural flow of unlocking new items can feel slow sometimes, and the creative choices in regards to the new areas are a little bland, so your mileage may vary depending on personal preference. Still, the sheer amount of content offered in Subject 2923 makes it a must-buy for anyone currently playing or those looking for a reason to return to this nightmarish world.

Score:
9.5/10
A review copy of the title was provided by the publisher for review purposes

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Brian Lee

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