What makes a game great? Its unusual and compelling way to tell a beautiful story? Its freedom of play? Or it’s graphics? According to Fumito Ueda, a game can become great only if it manages to find the right balance between storytelling, graphics, and gameplay. And he is right.
The appreciated game designer proved that this recipe was the right one when The Last Guardian was released. What’s so special about this game you ask? Everything! The game’s a work of art, starting with the amazing story, all the way up to the special relationship formed between the two protagonists.
The Last Guardian tells the story of an unnamed boy, who awakens in a strange and mysterious land with his body covered in tattoos. There he will meet one of the most unusual creatures: a half-lion, half-dog creature named Trico.
Trico’s and the boy’s relationship begins when the latter decides to help the creature escape his captivity. During the game, Trico and the unnamed boy will discover that to escape their strange prison they must work together. And, mind you, this is not as easy as it may sound.
While some games tell you what buttons to press to control your character or notify you about your goal, The Last of Guardian leaves you to figure thing on your own. Even then, managing to tell the dog-like creature what to do or where to stand is a near-impossible task since Trico has been gifted with a fiery spirit.
Some obstacles can only be solved by telling Trico to put the boy on his back and jump. But you will be surprised at how clumsy the creature can be (sometimes Trico will throw the boy so hard, that he lands straight into a chasm instead of his back).
However, as time passes by, Trico becomes more docile and good at following your instructions. The game itself doesn’t need cutting-edge graphics to impress the player because The Last Guardian is more about the feels and not the looks.
At the end of the journey, you will literally have to punch the wall to stop yourself from crying. What more can say? That’s how you make a great game – good looking graphics, compelling story, and immersive gameplay.
By the way, all sceneries are half anime and half painted, which kind of reminds us of the Siberia franchise.
Image source: PlayStation