Monday, December 12, 2016

The Last Guardian Review (PS4)

Game Title: The Last Guardian
Genre: Action-Adventure
Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

The Last Guardian is an action-adventure game that is developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively to the PS4. The developer was also behind the great classic titles, ICO and my favorite titan hunting game, Shadow of the Colossus.

The story of this game starts inside a ruin. A boy (the nameless hero) wakes up and finds himself together with a strange creature named Trico. The creature is weak and there are several spears piercing its body. After that scene, you can now control the boy. Your first mission is to look around and try to figure out a way to get out of that ruin. At first, I was confused on what to do since I am too afraid to approach Trico, but later on finds out that I actually need to feed him and remove the spears to ease its pain. This is mostly what you'll be doing mostly in the game.

In terms of gameplay, the game borrows some elements from the developer's previous titles. The part where the boy can climb Trico is similar to climbing or mounting a titan in Shadow of the Colossus. New here is the way you can interact with your companion to solve puzzles and or get to other places unreachable by the boy.

You will be spending most of the time solving puzzles, feeding Trico, removing spears, jumping here and there, moving things, and a lot of pointing finger later on in the game to give an order to Trico to do something you want it to do. Of course, like most pet, you cannot expect Trico to simply follow your order. Most of the time, you'll find yourself shouting at the screen (like what I mostly did) and pleading, telling Trico to move its lazy bun and go to where the main character is pointing, but instead of following you, it will just look at you with its big round eyes and then BAM!!, say hello to its back. It's kind of frustrating.

There are also enemies present in the game. These armored enemies are mostly after the young boy. If the boy gets captured and brought to the blue door, it's game over. These enemies can only be killed by Trico. The boy can only run and try to evade the enemies while Trico is killing them one by one. I was actually expecting a big ass Titan boss fights, but was only greeted with these occassional armored enemies battles throughout the game. Yap, nothing like those in the Shadow of the Colossus.

The graphics is great, but you will sometimes enounter a framerate drop specially outside the ruin. I like the details on every corner of the ruin. The boy has that anime art style graphics, but Trico has a great looking graphics specially when you are outside a ruin where you can see its fur moving around.

Verdict: Though the game suffer from some frustrating controls and some framerate drops, the emotional story and breathtaking moments will hook you up to this game. The unique gameplay where you order your companion to solve puzzles was a great experience. Had a great time playing this game and the ending was highly fulfilling. A great addition to the growing library of PS4 games.

Score: 4/5

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