If you happened to catch Sony’s E3 2010 press event, you would have undoubtedly noticed that amongst all the high profile games that were on display, there was one title that was glaringly omitted from the proceedings. Despite amassing tons of hype and anticipation since its unveiling at E3 2009, Team Ico’s The Last Guardian was nowhere to be found on the Sony stage this year. But fear not all you fans of weird bird/cat creatures, Sony has confirmed that The Last Guardian will be present at next week’s Tokyo Game Show.
If you’re wondering why this is a big deal, allow me to break it down for you. Fumito Ueda is responsible for two of the biggest critical darlings of the last generation, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Not only have both games garnered rabid cult followings, but both games are highly revered works that are often used to further the “games are art” debate. In fact, nine times out of ten, when a gamer is confronted with someone determined to prove that games are as artistic as a coffee can filled with toenail clippings, “Have you played Shadow of the Colossus,” will be the first line of defense question to exit the gamer’s mouth.
Shadow of the Colossus is also known for having pushed the PS2 to its graphical limits and then some. With The Last Guardian being Team Ico’s first venture in the HD generation, fans are expecting nothing short of breath-taking in the visual department. And ever since the release of the God of War Collection, a Team Ico HD collection has got to be the most requested double-dip in media history.
We haven’t seen much of the game, and we don’t have much in the way of narrative details. However, Ueda’s games are often praised for being narratively simplistic on the surface, yet deeply moving and thought provoking on an emotional level. Basically, if you can play through Shadow of the Colossus without feeling anything other than, “Yeah, let’s kill the monsters,” then you better hope Nintendo releases the Vitality Sensor soon so you can find out whether or not you have a soul.
It’s hard to pull any narrative specifics from the footage we’ve seen thus far other than you play as a young boy who goes on some sort of perilous adventure with your giant feline parrot to aid and protect you. I hate to spoil it for anyone, but with the amount of dependence the boy shows on his both feathered and furry friend, my money is on the game getting you extremely attached to the creature, like family pet levels of attached, and then it dies at the end, probably while saving you. And then we’re left to cry on our DualShocks. Regardless of the outcome, the journey will certainly be worth it.
Stand up and rant! Are you one of the many eager fans chomping at the bit for more information about The Last Guardian? Are these artsy-fartsy games not your bag? Who wants to start the betting on whether or not the animal makes it out alive? Or more importantly, who wants to start making bets on whether or not you cry at the end of this game?