The Last Guardian Review Compilation Thread

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I’ve been doing quite a few of these review aggregation posts as of late, but there are some big time releases!  Today is another one of those “its finally here?” games – The Last Guardian.

The follow-up to the iconic Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian was originally begun in 2007, as a prospective PS3 title.  One thing led to another, and it has finally released, 9 years later.

In a similar vein to FFXV, everyone’s hopes have been riding high awaiting these long delayed games.  It also appears that The Last Guardian is meeting most of the expectations, not unlike FFXV.  Take a look:

Game Informer8/10

The Last Guardian forges a connection between the player and Trico unlike anything else in gaming. You need to experience it, despite its problems in other areas

Hardcore Gamer5/5

The Last Guardian is Team ICO’s magnum opus.

GameSpot9/10

When the book closes on their story, it’s hard not to open it up again and begin anew. The trials you overcome endear you to both characters, but the emotions Trico elicits make you want to give it another chance–to be the patient, effective partner it truly deserves.

Destructoid – 8.5/10

For now, I’m confident in saying that although it isn’t their best work, there really aren’t too many directors out there like Fumito Ueda, and I hope for our sake, he continues to keep making games.

IGN – 7/10

The divide between the highs and lows of The Last Guardian is staggering. For every wonderful moment of absolute beauty and emotional attachment to its lifelike companion, there’s an equal and opposite baffling moment that ruins the mood with frustrating controls and camera angles. But I found myself willing to put up with all of these hiccups if it meant experiencing any of its multitude of incredibly-beautiful moments.

The Jimquisition6.5/10

I wish I could say I love the game, that it’s plagued by only minor setbacks, but I cannot honestly do that. I can’t look back at how much time was spent not enjoying myself, at how much time was spent actively wrestling with the game to wring anything worthwhile from it, and say I played the masterpiece many are going to say it is.

The Last Guardian Bridge

USgamer – 4/5

Playing The Last Guardian reminds me a lot of playing Half-Life games: The actual moment-to-moment of working my way through the game involves an enormous amount of frustration and annoyance… but when I look back at it, all I see are the happy memories of the experience. That’s due in large part to the incredible design of Trico, and also to the spectacular emotive ending. Make no mistake, though, you will want to tear your hair out throughout your journey with Trico… but patient players will find the payoff justifies the suffering.

TechnoBuffalo – BUY

The Last Guardian is a wonderful, grueling ride that I loved more than I thought I would.

Eurogamer – Essential

Does the successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus live up to its lineage? It does so much more.

Polygon – 7/10

The Last Guardian bounces between highs and lows without ever fully living up to its legacy

Attack of the Fanboy – 4.5/5

The Last Guardian is a marvelous achievement in a number of ways. Its story is subtle, but beautiful. Its world is fascinating and mysterious. And Trico will go down as one of the best characters ever made for a video game. Players are in for a wonderful treat, but that quality comes at a cost. The game struggles to run well at times, and the controls can be a chore. You will also need to be patient, as Trico truly acts as a living animal, not something you can just control like any other video game character. If you can get past these things though, you will find an experience like none other, and one that is truly worth the effort.

TheSixthAxis – 8/10

All round, The Last Guardian feels meticulously pieced together and is easily one of the PlayStation 4’s stronger exclusive titles. It’s risky and unconventional, flouting modern design practices in a way that few other AAA game would dare to in 2016. Although far from perfect and a little worn from age, it’s a one of a kind experience and hopefully won’t be the last we see from Fumito Ueda and this enchanting world.

The Last Guardian Temple

Game Informer – 8/10

The Last Guardian forges a connection between the player and Trico unlike anything else in gaming. You need to experience it, despite its problems in other areas

Kotaku

Eschewing the spare storytelling of previous Team Ico games, The Last Guardian’s plot unfolds in a series of easily digestible cutscenes. It’s a dark fairy tale that probably isn’t quite what anyone expected, but ultimately serves to make the friendship at the core of the game even more remarkable. The Last Guardian is about two lost souls becoming one, and the strength and joy found in that conjunction.

ZTGD – 9/10

Saying that the wait has been long to finally get our hands on the Last Guardian is the understatement of the century, but I can state without hesitation that the wait has been more than worth it. The awe-inspiring living creature that is Trico carries this title, which would have otherwise just been a good puzzle platformer into an instant classic that I’m sure to visit time and time again, just to say hello to my new best buddy, one more time.

GamesRadar+ – 4.5/5

A moving adventure starring an extraordinary companion. Framerate issues intrude, but don’t let them stop you from finishing this wonderful game.

Digital Trends – 2/5

‘The Last Guardian’ is rooted in the past, with design problems the game’s beautiful aesthetic can’t disguise.

IBTimes UK – 3.5/5

Everything that would make the game a beautiful and unique classic to match or even surpass its predecessors is here, but like its captivating star the game doesn’t always perform as you’d hope.

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EGM – 7.5/10

A heartwarming story, a mysterious world, and a slowly-growing bond between two unlikely companions ensure that fans of Team Ico’s past work won’t be disappointed. Clunky controls and a handful of graphical issues, however, mean that The Last Guardian may not be an enjoyable game for everyone—though, either way, Trico is adorable.

PlayStation Universe – 9/10

Despite colossal expectations, The Last Guardian is a triumph. The tale of Trico and the boy is profound—a beautiful, affecting journey grounded by their relationship.

 

Have you played it yet? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

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7 thoughts on “The Last Guardian Review Compilation Thread

  1. I have not played this game, but it seems interesting. The reviews seem to agree that the game has a good story and is well designed, but there are some problems with the controls. I originally thought the graphics seemed quite fuzzy, like the Tomb Raider games available on the PlayStation 2, but it seems to be more detailed than I thought.
    What is the story for the game? Who is Trico? Is he the main character?

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  2. I have not played this game, but it seems interesting. It seems many of the reviews agree it has a good story and well designed, but there are problems with the controls. I originally thought the graphics seemed too fuzzy and boxy (like some of the Tomb Raider games available on the PlayStation 2), but I think it might be intentional.
    What is the story of the game? What is Trico? Is he the main character?

    Liked by 1 person

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