One of the big announcements from this year’s E3 was The Last Guardian. It’s a game that’s been in the works for a very long time. Many were unsure if it was even going to come out at all. The game has been delayed countless times. It seemed like it was either going to show up at this E3 or not at all. Thankfully, it looks like it’s actually coming out. Regardless of how good or bad this game is, I’m just glad it’s coming out.
The Last Guardian is a game from Team Ico, the team that also created Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. The game revolves around the interactions between a boy and a large griffin-like creature. The focus of the game seems to be on puzzle solving through the use of guiding the large creature. After watching the trailer and seeing the screenshots for this game, it seems to be very similar in design and tone with their two previous games. I never played Ico, but I did play Shadow of the Colossus, and I did not enjoy it. I had a difficult time with the controls and just couldn’t get into the boss battles. I even bought the HD collection of the two games to give it another shot, but I just couldn’t click with it.
I wanted to love this game, but I just couldn’t.
Because of my history with this team’s games, I’m pretty confident that I’m not going to like The Last Guardian. I already know that I don’t like the art style of the game or the animations. I don’t know what it is, but I just don’t connect with what they’re going for. None of this changes the fact that I’m happy to see this game get a release date. This is a game that has been in development since 2007. The people working on this game have had to wait a very long time to see their work completed, and I’m sure there have been times when it seemed like it might never come out at all. There’s a lot of work that goes into making video games, and it’s terrible to think that sometimes that work never gets to see the light of day. To put years into an interactive creation only to have no one ever interact with it; that’s rough. The less developers that happens to, the better. Thankfully for Team Ico, they seem to be on track again to finally release their work.
The Last Guardian isn’t a game I have much desire to play, but it’s a game I’m happy to see get released. I know that there are people out there who are big fans of the games this team has already created, and I’m happy for them. I wish every game could find the funding and work through development issues, but for now I’ll just keep getting happy about the small wins. We should be seeing it ship sometime in 2016 assuming everything goes well. Hopefully there will not be any further delays or issues. These people have waited a long time to get their work out to their fans. I hope they don’t have to wait too much longer.
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