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The Last Guardian

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The Last Guardian is a brainchild of Fumito Ueda, who also created Shadow of the Colossus. The game spent almost a decade in development before it was complete. The Last Guardian is defined by its spectacular mountain landscapes, eerie music, and a heartwarming mood. The main protagonist is a nameless boy, who is kept as a prisoner in cyclopean castle ruins and has to escape. While in captivity, the boy’s first task is to befriends his cellmate, a fantasy creature named Trico, who is a gigantic half-bird, half-cat hybrid that slightly reminds a hippogriff. Trico is the second main character and the mascot of The Last Guardian; the creature’s animation is incredibly detailed, and its behavior is modeled after real animals. The two form an unlikely symbiosis. The boy needs the creature’s strength and ability to fly to overcome obstacles and fend off guards who try to bring the characters back to their cells. Trico, in turn, needs the boy’s wits and agility to sneak, solve puzzles, feed the creature and heal its wounds. The player only controls the boy, while Trico needs to be manipulated into performing certain actions. Over time, the characters develop a strong emotional bond that adds to the game’s impact on the player.
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Metacritic rating
82
Release date
Oct 25, 2016
Developer
Sony Interactive Entertainment
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Team Ico
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SIE Japan Studio
Publisher
Sony Computer Entertainment
Age rating
13+ Teen
Website
http://www.gendesign.co.jp/E_index.html
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The Last Guardian reviews and comments

Technical issues and imprecise controls can't stop The Last Guardian from being an outstanding achievement.

The detail put into Trico's animations and behaviors allows for a believable story of him and a young boy trying to escape from the 'nest'. 

I will admit, the first few hours weren't very enjoyable trying to get used to the wonky controls, but by the time the credits rolled, I was bawling. #lilbitch
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