If you’re up for the challenge, we want to propose an entirely different kind of console game. Today everything’s about graphics, graphics, and graphics – not a lot of room for things which really matter in a game such as a tantalizing story or a soundtrack that gives you goosebumps.
Admittedly, ‘The Last of Us’ seems to be one of the games where graphics don’t matter that much because you’re too caught up in the story to notice a rough edge or that an NPC just fell through the floor.
For this reason, we are more than happy to tell you about The Last Guardian, our latest revelation in terms of ‘much story, such gameplay, many wows.’ As a genre, the game can probably pass as a less-than-perfect copy of Tomb Raider or other TPP action/adventure/platformer puzzle-solving game.
But then again, The Last Guardian is not about game mechanics and breath-taking graphics – it’s about telling a story worth listening time and time again. The game focuses on two rather peculiar characters – a boy, whose name we do not know, and his companion, a creature which looks that it was pieced together in the laboratory of a mad scientist.
At the beginning of the story the player, which takes the role of the unnamed boy, awakens at the bottom of a dark pit. Not knowing where he is or how he got there, the boy starts to explore the environment.
Soon he realizes that not only his skin is covered by strange and unnerving tattoos but that he also shares the prison with a dog-like creature called Trico.
The player finds Trico at the bottom of a similar pit in chains and with spears sticking out of his hide. After freeing him, although a little suspicious, the strange creature will start to follow you around, since your goals are compatible.
Over time, the little boy and Trico will learn how to bond and figure out what friendship really is – damn invisible ninjas cutting onions, again!
As for the game itself, The Last Guardian will test your patience, your resolve, and your way of approaching puzzles. During the game, you will come to learn that the direct approach is not always the right one and that in order to succeed, you must first give up.
The Last Guarding can be bought from the PlayStation Store or from any physical store, and it costs approximately $60.
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