Finally the last guardian is here, anticipated for a long time by many people around the world. Originally the game was set to release in 2007 for Playstation 3 but due to some issues it didn’t. The game has a same theme like their previous games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus which were the hits on Playstation 2.
Fumito Ueda is the lead designer and director of the last guardian, as well as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is known for his well scripted storytelling games. The Last guardian comes with the package of great story to look for, and the bond that develops between the main character and the mysterious creature during the gameplay.
So let’s take a deep look into this game and find out is it worth it or not!
The Last Guardian: Sweet but Bitter at Same Time
The last guardian is very different kind of game compared to other games in the market. Playing as a boy who has no name locked up in a cave beside a giant half mammal half bird creature is not an everyday thing. As the game proceeds a voice over during the game will help you to get to know the boy(main protagonist)and the giant named Trico.
The voice over in the game is of the same boy as an old guy telling his story. But the game does not start initially the boy and Trico being friends, as game proceeds you slowly develop your friendship with Trico. The plot of the last guardian starts as you(The boy)being locked in the cave with mysterious tattoos all over the body. As you get to know the surrounding of the cave, Trico is also locked up with solid chain round his neck with couple of spears on his body. At first Trico will be hostile towards you, by helping and feeding you will develop friendship Trico.
During the game the boy and Trico develops strong companionship between them. GenDesign SIE Japan Studios who are the developers of this game are well known for their faux body physics of the characters in the game.
The Last Guardian: Gameplay & Graphics
Gameplay of the last guardian is very tricky as the foundation of game involves puzzle genre, so finding the way around will be a little tough job. You will not have straight control over Trico, but with couple of gestures and commands will get the beast moving. The AI of Trico is an absolute masterpiece it’s like the creature have mind of its own. Getting to certain places will be sometimes difficult as you will need help of Trico. The frustrating thing is getting Trico do stuff in order to proceed the game. Solving puzzles were the creature is major part of it and getting Trico involved in the act will be cumbersome and annoying.
Working as a team is a major aspect of the game. As the boy doesn’t have any combat skills so sticking around Trico is the best option. The mysterious mirror you will find as the game goes on will help you to knock down tons of enemies and even big walls, so obstacles will not be a big issue.
The hardest thing for me while playing this game was to sidestep the enemies. As i said earlier the boy doesn’t possess any combat skill and instructing Trico to kill bad guys will not be that easy. Trico is really afraid of the glass with an eye shaped symbol on it. You will find this kind of glasses along the way as the game proceeds, knocking down the glass will help Trico to overcome his fear.
The graphics of the last guardian is pretty unusual. Environment of the game is outstanding with detailing of every little thing is done to perfection. The color combination used in the game is not we see often in our everyday games. Depth of the open world is astonishing with a complement of perfect lightning spread all over is a like an epic movie scene. From little flowers to giant castle and towers everything is done with exemplary balance. As you proceed through the game towards the ending you will see the castle that you were captured in fall into pieces. So the graphical aspect of the last guardian is done very well with a perfect balance and precision.
Playing from a third-persons POV camera might act funny while playing the game. Shaky camera movements or screen fully covered with Trico’s feather will be a part of it. It might get annoying as your trying get rid of Trico’s rear to the prefect view of the situation. Going through steep passages of mountains, castle doors or tunnels will be your regular thing. While doing all these things you will face awkward camera angles on daily bases, so be ready for it.
As the story of the last guardian proceeded i got more and more invested in it. Trico the companion of mine has been with me through this whole journey. Every stage of the game brought me closer to Trico and formed a solid bond with this half-mammal half-bird creature that was with me this whole time. The major part of the last guardian that makes the fans play this game is the plot(story). These two beings unknown to each other at first becomes great companion and survive through this epic tale is the best component of the last guardian.
The DirtyPanda’s Last Word
The last guardian is packed with hardcore story-line with amazing graphics. Though the game has unusual camera movements and askew controls but the plot of the game makes up for it and leaves a great mark on a person who plays it.