I've waited a very long time to say this… The Last Guardian has gone gold! I'm so excited for you all to finally experience it ˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖
— Starblood Yoshida (@yosp) October 22, 2016
That’s right gamers, the spiritual successor to ICO and Shadow of the Colossus is, barring a day-one patch, done.
For those that haven’t been following the journey of The Last Guardian, it is the follow-up to two classic PlayStation 2 games by Fumito Ueda. We have been waiting a very long time for this game, for a while it was considered vaporware. Ueda and Team ICO crafted works of art in ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. Gamers everywhere were anxious to play in the world Ueda would create next.
ICO cast the player as the young boy Ico. He was banished from his village for having horns growing out of his head, an ill omen. Imprisoned in a fortress, Ico finds Yorda, a princess who is to be sacrificed in order to extend her queen’s lifespan. This simply will not do, and Ico takes it upon himself to escape the castle with Yorda in tow. In what becomes the longest escort mission in video game history, the pair face puzzles, bottomless pits, and an ever intensifying darkness. The darkness manifest as smoky, shadow people who are hellbent on capturing Yorda.
If you haven’t played ICO yet, you owe it to yourself as a gamer to see this game through. It’s emotional, visually stunning at times, and an overall great game.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus stars a boy named Wander. Wander travels to an ancient land to save the life of a girl named Mono. Sat atop his steed Argo, and armed with a Colossus detecting sword, Wander embarks on the perilous quest of slaying 16 giant Colossi that inhabit this land. To defeat them Wander must literally scale these mountainous beast. The game plays like a non-stop “boss rush” mode, but is no less expansive or deep for it. Each Colossus is unique and epic in their own right. Scrambling to find a tuft of fur to cling to as they thrash around is intense to say the least.
Like ICO before it, if you haven’t given SotC a go, you need to. The story is powerful in its subtlety.
Geeks, we only have to wait until December 6, 2016 to finally get our hands on The Last Guardian. Let us know if you’ll be picking up The Last Guardian in the comments. Until then geeks, you can watch this beautiful trailer.