A world in desperate need of salvation: check. A spiky-haired, sulky teenager in the lead role: check.
Improbably large swords: check. Hit points that sprout from the tops of enemy's heads: check. Treasure chests that litter deep, dark dungeons and an endless, endless supply of monsters spoiling for a fight: check and check.
The Japanese RPG is as predictable as it is divisive. But Last Remnant, the first all-new JRPG for the Xbox 360 to come from the minds of Square-Enix, creator of the seminal Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, while exhibiting all of the features listed above, is also a game hoping to buck convention.