The Last Guardian is finally out for the PlayStation 4, and the game appears to be worth purchasing. The game was originally meant to be released for the PlayStation 3, but after getting stuck in development limbo, it was forced to transfer to the Playstation 4.
The game was developed by genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio. It was designed and directed by Fumito Ueda, the same man behind Ico from 2001 and Shadow of the Colossus from 2005. Those familiar with said titles would already have an idea of what to expect.
The story of The Last Guardian:
It is actually a flash back, as the protagonist who is now much older recounts his adventures as a young boy. It was also during that time that he encounters and befriends Trico, an unusual, huge creature that is part cat and part bird who acts more like a dog. The story won’t be spoiled here, but for most, a great story and interesting setting and characters is enough reason to purchase a game. This is especially true in most RPG’s. However, this game is more of an action-adventure platformer.
The gameplay is actually interesting and decent, especially for fans of the action-adventure genre. What really made the game interesting is Trico itself. He doesn’t just play a huge role in the story, but in the actual game play as well. Trico has perhaps one of the best A.I. for a game companion. The only drawback is that the controls could be a bit sloppy. However, most would eventually get the hang of it.
The graphics are good enough to immerse you to the world of the game. The only problems are the framerate issues at some areas, particularly in the outdoors. This is most likely due to being transferred to the PS4 later on.
For those still undecided, the best thing to do is to rent out the game, watch a few playthroughs of the game, or check out other feedback from other websites. The Games Radar, one of the more trustworthy websites around, has given it a generally positive feedback. The website Wired had also given their insight regarding the game, and it appears to be worth the long wait.
In the end, it’s still up to the player’s preference and experience if a game is worth their money. Those who’d been wanting for long to play The Last Guardian are better off buying their copy regardless, as they’ve been waiting for it after all.