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The Last Guardian

Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Team ICO
Release Date: 2014

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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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18. 'The Last Guardian' (PS3)

by Judy on Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

Ever since it's first appearance in 2005, Fumito Ueda's Team ICO, known for ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, are working on a new PS3 exclusive, but details as to story, gameplay mechanics are still unknown.

Dustin Chadwell: This is still coming, right? Until it does, it'll make my most anticipated list every year. The original E3 showing years ago was so strong that I can't believe it'll never see the light of day. SCE still says that it's being made, so there's that. If it manages to capture even an ounce of what made Ico and Shadow of the Colossus so great, I think we'll have a winner.

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: There's rarely been a game that has been so long in development with as little info as The Last Guardian. The latest (and seemingly last) game from Team Ico, developers of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian was announced not long after the PS3 came out, although rumors of a "Project Trico" were around long before that. We know that it follows the adventures of an unnamed boy and his Griffon pal as they try to explore and escape a large castle. Info is slim, and we've not seen new footage or gameplay information in a while. Yet Sony and Team Ico insist the game is coming out, and with a pedigree like that, it's hard not to expect something amazing.


Adam Pavlacka: If you've never played ICO or Shadow of the Colossus, you need to stop what you're doing, buy those games, play them and then come back. Just as much art as they are video games, both titles play with the idea of right and wrong and good and evil. By making players question their nature, both games force you to really think about what you're doing. While we don't have any details on The Last Guardian save for a few screens, the pedigree behind the development team means this is one to watch. It's no different than waiting for an artist to produce his or her next piece — only this one is interactive.

Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen: I'm not going to lie. I don't have the easiest time going into why Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are pretty much the greatest games Sony's ever published. But I can say this: The thematics, style, and feel of those classics is back with The Last Guardian, and it looks better than ever. If anything's going to keep your PS3 in cycle more than any other system, it's this title.



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