After the release of Final Fantasy XV last week, another game people have been waiting for for a very long time is about to become available. It took 7 years for The Last Guardian to be completed, and it was obviously a cause for concern, especially after some of the previews came out a little while ago. Now is the time to see if the game was worth the wait.
update: 2 FPS analysis videos added, this time on base PS4.
While the experience may be flawed, The Last Guardian remains a must-play for anyone searching for something different and impactful. A game similar to previous works by Fumito Ueda, though perhaps closer to ICO than Shadow of the Colossus, this third game certainly took its time. By the time the credits roll and the final cinematic plays out, all doubt is erased, the long wait for The Last Guardian was not in vain. That such a unique and beautiful world may never have been released at all is certainly difficult to consider. To paraphrase Descartes on the subject of mankind, The Last Guadian is an imperfect thing that incessantly tends towards something greater than itself.
- On the plus side
- The hypnotic universe created by Ueda and team
- The poetry which pulls you in from beginning to end
- A discreet narration in serve of a lovely story
- Incredible animation work
- Trico, more real than nature
- The soundtrack, expertly used
- Great sound design
- A plethora of memorable moments throughout
- Smooth 1080p experience on PS4 Pro
- On the downside
- The camera system, tricky to control...
- The camera can go a tad crazy at times
- The controller prompts indicating button presses
- One or two potentially frustrating sections
- Graphically dated, in terms of textures and lighting effects mostly
- Some slowdowns on base PS4 and PS4 Pro when running at 4k
- The occasional bugs