The Last Guardian - PlayStation 4

ESRB Rating: Teen
Blood, Fantasy violence
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  • The Last Guardian

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1155 out of 1266)

Product Details


  • Developer: Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 12/06/2016

Synopsis


A powerful beast awakens in The Last Guardian. You play a young boy who meets this colossal creature called Trico, and forms a deep bond with him as he explores the ruinous world around him and defeat those who would stop him. Survive, thrive and be touched in the enchanting world of The Last Guardian.

Features


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.

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.

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.



Customer rating

4.4
92%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Classic Ueda and Team Ico game

    Posted
    Lupo
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    This is yet another classic game created by Fumito Ueda and Team Ico. If you've played their other games like Ico, or Shadow of the Colossus, than you pretty much know, what type of game it's going to be. And even with that prior knowledge, this game is an experience unlike any other. There's some classic Team Ico gripes, like issues with the camera, the movement feeling weighty and unwieldy, and a bit of jank with control issues. But, in this case, it somehow adheres to the experience. You are a young boy, who is not that surefooted and probably wouldn't be as athletic or nimble as an adult Nathan Drake or Laura Croft. This also gives a lot of suspense to the intimidating tight-rope-esque walking and jumping sequences from great heights, because you're not that athletic and you have to be more precise compared to most modern games where the platforming is more forgiving. A lot of people are also going to complain about the difficulty in controlling Trico, your giant pet companion who is needed for combat, a lot of traversal and also to solve many of the game's puzzles. I personally, had no issues with this. Trico is an animal, and needs a certain amount of patience, and can have a will of its own, and get distracted easily etc. I found out quickly that if I spammed directions and commands it would get confused--something that I suspect many people do, especially if impatient. If i gave it a single command and waited it would either do it, and take some time (like gathering itself for a bit to make a big leap, just like a real-life cat would) or, it would let me know that its not possible and the solution lies elsewhere. This is a game that being an animal lover, and having grown up around pets would greatly expand the experience. Trico also follows your commands more and more as your bond grows throughout the game. It's things like this, that some people will not like, but others will greatly like, since nothing else in gaming does this. There atmosphere and visual design is beautiful. The crumbling ruins are filled with aging beauty and elements of nature poking through and taking over, and even some sparse futuristic elements embedded here and there as well. I feel that Trico is one of the most stunning achievements in gaming. The way it looks, acts, and interacts makes it feel like a living, breathing, genuine creature. Even though graphically, some elements feel a bit dated, like the main character, the visual design and overall design and mechanics of Trico makes this game in some ways, feel like the most next-gen game out there right now. There's details in the world also, like side paths that you could spend some time on that lead to nowhere, compared to most mainstream games (even great ones by Naughty Dog) where the paths and climbing areas are clearly illuminated and marked with paint and so forth. These kind of details though, are things that some people are not going to like at all. I personally thought it gave the world, a huge amount of added breathing space and atmosphere. It felt more real and immersive as a result. The thing I most like to experience in movies or games is to be transported to worlds or places or have experiences that I could never imagine. This game is something that is timeless in a sense, in that it exists in its own space, separate from the entire history of the medium. It is so different and unique from anything else, even from other "artistic" or minimalist games like Journey or a lot of modern indie games, or even the other two Team Ico games for that matter. Make no mistake this a love-it or hate-it type of game, that has elements that a lot of people will find frustrating and that a lot of other people will find endearing and incredible. Do your research to see if this is the type of game that you will enjoy, because I personally think it's the best out of the 3 Fumito Ueda and Team Ico games and the other two games are already all-time classics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful game in every way!

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    PauloTJ
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    If you're booting this game up with an urge to kill some bad guys, to be the hero protagonist that saves everybody, or mindless fun that doesn't make you have to think that hard, this game is going to fight back against you until you get with the program or quit out. You aren't a big, strong protagonist, but rather a helpless kid in a colossal, deteriorating castle with a small army of animated armor trying to get you. Both the environment and the people around you are out to get you and you can't fight back. This isn't a horror game, however, because it adds in the addition of Trico, the big birdcatdog. Trico objectively has no reason to help you but does so anyways because it takes a liking to you. 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Should Have Been Better

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    TwoVGA
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    For a game that started development in 2007, I expected much more. In terms of length, I'm not exactly sure how long it took me, but I got the "less than 10 hours" achievement so it's somewhere around there. I feel like I spent most of the time just getting Trico to do what we needed to progress. Let's talk about Trico's AI. Sure, it's realistic how he doesn't always respond to your commands, but in a game it's the most infuriating thing. I spent hours stuck in a tree. The goal is to get Trico to jump up and help you down, but he's hard to persuade. I even looked at online walkthroughs, they just say "keep calling him while looking in different directions, he'll eventually jump up". How is this supposed to be fun? One of the achievements is to complete the game without dying once. I feel like this requires more luck than skill. You either fall to your death when Trico fails to catch you (or decides to just fling you off the cliff), or a random physics engine glitch sends to flying through the air and off the nearest cliff. You can save yourself some of the frustration by constantly backing up your saves Graphically, it doesn't feel like a PS4 game. The quality just isn't that great. On a regular PS4, the frame rate struggles to keep up. If you want a stable 30fps at 1080p, you need to have the PS4 Pro. Why do you need a console designed for 4k just to get 1080p, and at 30fps? The story itself was nice, but it seemed awfully short. For a $60 game that's been in the works for years, this felt more like a tech demo.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Waited 10 years for this...

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    Joseph
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    My gosh, where do I start on this game...here are some of the PROS - 1) the game does do a good job of creating some sense of mystery and suspense and urges you to press on to investigate 2) the creature is very well animated CONS - 1) the graphics definitely feel dated and should've been released for the PS3 2) the controls feel extremely clunky and the boy moves in a very frustrating, staggering manner (like he is constantly trying to find his footing/balance) 3) the puzzles are extremely frustrating, not because you can't solve them on your own but because you have to somehow convince the beast to do certain commands and even if you are able to FINALLY get the beast to do something the right way, it's going in the wrong direction 4) the colors feel very washed out 5) smashing the buttons to "get away" from the enemies is really weird and breaks away from the flow of the game 6) camera angles are aggravatingly annoying especially when you are climbing the beast. This is my opinion. I have played Shadow of the Colossus and really enjoyed that game but I feel like this one fell short for me. Shame, I really thought this game had a lot of potential but it was just too frustrating to continue playing. I put in roughly 5 hours and couldn't take it anymore. This one got sold back to the store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful and Emotional Experience

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    Bryan
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    After many years of delays and development troubles, The Last Guardian was finally released for the PlayStation 4 in 2016. The latest game from the genius mind of Fumito Ueda, the man behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian lives up to its pedigree. In fact, this game moved me in ways that even Ico and Shadow of the Colossus never could. From a gameplay and graphics perspective, The Last Guardian is very much the true successor to Ico. Much like in that game, the main character and his companion must navigate together through beautiful environments by solving puzzles, with the ultimate goal of escaping to freedom. Although it began development as a PlayStation 3 title, the game is visually stunning. It has all of the hallmarks of a Fumito Ueda game, including a more graphically advanced version of his distinct visual style and incredible animation that tells a story all by itself. The Last Guardian is more than a game; it is an experience. If there was ever an argument for video games being art, this is it. I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous But Feels Empty

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    NinjaTard
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    From the brilliant artistic game designer of "Ico" and "Shadow of the Colosus" comes a game ten years in the making about a boy who awakens in a crumbling tower beside a giant creature that's part cat, part dog, and part bird. The game play is environmental puzzles sometimes involving opening a door which your creature friend can't reach or other times destroying glass eye decorations which somehow prevent the creature from moving forward. The game looks amazing! The creature, Trico, is quite realistic and emotive and behaves like a real animal would (both better and worse....stubborn doesn't begin to cover it). The flaw with the game is a few things, chief among them it's boring. There are really only two or maybe three types of puzzles and they are repeated over and over. After I'd opened a couple doors, destroyed a few glass eyes, and coerced Trico into going where I wanted him to go the game stopped offering anything new besides looking amazing. The story is barely there, even after you beat it and reveal more of tthe backstory how the boy came to be in the ruins. I plan to trade my copy in ASAP before it loses more value, I would encourage anyone interested to wait for the game to drop to around $20.00 before grabbing it as there isn't much there to hold interest for the full 8 hours of play available. STAY AFTER THE CREDITS TO SEE A SHORT EPILOGUE.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Requires a bit of patience but...

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    DplusT
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    There were several moments of frustration as I waited for my over-sized companion to realize that I wanted it to jump across a gap, dive underwater, or scale a wall. The AI can be very slow or unresponsive at times. Not in an immersion breaking way, more in a way that realistically portrays what it would be like to order around a giant animal. "Trico" , your companion, will often times wander around curiously, or stop to scratch itself, while you're yelling commands at it in frustration. In hindsight, it actually kind of added to the experience, it made Trico feel like a real being with it's own will. Trico's large size grants it many capabilities that will make you dependent on, such as crossing large gaps or climbing giant structures. Because you're so reliant on Trico to solve puzzles, it's unresponsiveness can tend to get a little frustrating since you'll just be waiting on it to progress at certain points. With the bad out of the way, The Last Guardian is a very touching and emotional journey. I personally enjoyed it just as much as I did ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. The bond that you form with Trico throughout the game is something you can only truly appreciate by playing the game yourself. If you approach the game with some patience you won't regret playing it. It's an amazing game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy, but not over the moon.

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    JayeCam
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    I have waited many years for the opportunity to play The Last Guardian. For years the project was shelved, and with no real release date. When one was tentative, it would be pushed back. So when the game finally did released I was thrilled and eager to play it and finally get to see this in-game world I had so anticipated. I can say that the game is beautiful, and it has a really enchanting aesthetic to it, but it is not as expansive and full of exploration as games such as Shadow of the Colossus. I expected to have more in-game freedom and more of an open world gameplay, but much of the game is spent trying to figure one's way out of this temple. Just when I think I had made it outdoors, I soon found myself again inside a temple while evading stone samurai that tried to drag me through blue doors, meanwhile Trico battles them off, or I had to figure out a way to evade them while freeing Trico so he could. I felt like the game was so bittersweet and somber. Even the narrative is reminiscent. While I feel the game is absolutely worth while to play, I also believe it was not everything I hoped it would be, especially after waiting so very long to finally get to play it.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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