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- In a strange and mystical land, a young boy discovers a mysterious creature with which he forms a deep, unbreakable bond. The unlikely pair must rely on each other to journey through towering, treacherous ruins filled with unknown dangers. Experience the journey of a lifetime in this touching, emotional story of friendship and trust.
- An Unlikely Companion: Discover a fantastical beast named Trico who will act as companion and protector, forging a bond that drives an emotional and harrowing journey.
- Truly Unique Gameplay: Take control of an ordinary young boy who must communicate with his gigantic companion in order to overcome obstacles and survive mysterious dangers.
- A Beautiful Fantasy World: Through advanced lighting and particle effects, detailed environments, and lifelike character animation, The Last Guardian transports players to a breathtaking world filled with crumbling ruins and mysterious secrets to discover.
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A truth greater than legend
Facing unknown dangers in a strange and mystical land, a young boy and his gigantic feathered companion must rely on each other to survive in this harrowing story of friendship and trust.
An Unlikely Companion:
Discover a fantastical beast named Trico who will act as companion and protector, forging a bond that drives an emotional and harrowing journey.
Truly Unique Gameplay:
Take control of an ordinary young boy who must communicate with his gigantic companion in order to overcome obstacles and survive mysterious dangers.
A Beautiful Fantasy World:
Through advanced lighting and particle effects, detailed environments, and lifelike character animation, The Last Guardian transports players to a breathtaking world filled with crumbling ruins and mysterious secrets to discover.
Facing unknown dangers in a strange and mystical land, an ordinary young boy and his gigantic feathered friend must rely on each other to survive in this harrowing story of friendship and trust.
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There's points in the game where you have to navigate the environment to help Trico progress but even then, there's holes in the wall that Trico could realistically jump through, and then you'd be abandoned. You need Trico to help navigate the massive, crumbling world that's far too large for the kid. You need Trico to fight off the armor sets. And there's really very little you're capable of on your own.
This world is gorgeously realized on the ps4 and exploring it alongside your companion is a treat. Trico itself looks incredible from the very obvious care that went into its library of animations to make it look real to the way different times of day light up its feathers just right. While I ranted about how players could be annoyed at how helpless they are, the game still does strike a gameplay balance of guiding Trico along because Trico more or less is as smart as a dog. Personable, but not that smart. The soundtrack is good but sparsely used; the game instead opts for the various ambiances of the wind/fire/wildlife/etc. matched with the various noises Trico makes.
To wrap this up, players who enter into this game not wanting to care about Trico are going to be in for a rough ride, as the game is going to fight against you the whole way. On the other hand, if you accept that you are the helpless kid and that you need Trico, then you'll find that Trico can help indicate where you can go when you're stuck by looking, pawing, and barking at the place. Funnily enough, the people willing to work with Trico and not just ignore it could probably find a way to progress faster than if they stubbornly searched alone. That's just the way they designed it.
The game is fairly linear without a lot of replay value and Trico's AI can be frustrating at times, but the experience is absolutely worth it. It took me about 15 hours to complete which is admittedly short, but I can easily say this is one of the most memorable games I've played. Ico and Shadow and the Colossus each left a big impression on me and The Last Guardian very much does the same. Unlike Ico this game has very fair difficulty and is well balanced. Anyone who plays it can complete it, the challenges are reasonable and take practice and skill but are not impossible.
What would have made the game perfect would have been multiple endings, more places to explore (you see a lot of interesting areas but visit very few of them), and more in-game lore such as tablets/books/scrolls to read.
The developers took a 'subtractive' approach to development where everything unnecessary was thrown out, and while it left room for the essentials to flourish, it does result in a more minimalist experience that keeps the game from being perfect. But I can't recommend this game enough. It is a must-have for PS4 owners.
If you played Shadow of the Colossus, and you found yourself caring more about your relationship with Agro than with Mono, then The Last Guardian is definitely for you. In order to get the most out of this game, you may need to read reviews, listen to interviews with the designer, read what other people are theory-crafting, and try to simultaneously observe and experience while you play. Better yet, play through the game a second time to see it at its full potential.