After yet another announcement heavy PlayStation Experience, Sony’s big December continued with the release of the long-awaited The Last Guardian on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. First shown at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo for the PS3, players have patiently (or impatiently) waited over seven years and a whole console generation to their hands on Fumito Ueda’s latest epic. For those unfamiliar with Ueda’s name, he is the mind behind acclaimed Sony exclusives Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
The Last Guardian is an action-adventure game centered around two characters — an unnamed boy and a bird-dog hybrid by the name of Trico. Despite their initial hesitations, the boy and Trico need one another to survive the trial and tribulations set before them. Much like a puppy, Trico is prone to disobeying or outright ignoring the player’s commands at first. While it may take some time and effort, Trico will become more obedient as the bond with the boy grows.
The critical response to The Last Guardian has been very good as it currently sits at an 83 per cent rating on Metacritic. Critics praised the bond between the boy and Trico, the mysterious setting, and the sound design. On the other side of the coin, The Last Guardian suffers from performance problems on the regular PS4 — these problems are fixed on PS4 Pro — stiff controls for both the player and the camera, and some unreliable AI in the early hours.
The Last Guardian is available on store shelves and digitally via the PlayStation Store for $79.99.