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Why Gaming Needs The Last Guardian

It isn't coming out this year. If we're lucky, it'll come out later on next year, and it seems like an excrutiating eternity.

But now more than ever, we require the innovation of Fumito Ueda's newest vision. This isn't a complaint about current video game quality; there will be no shortage of amazing titles this fall. But while products like Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dark Souls, Batman: Arkham City, and RAGE are guaranteed to make millions of gamers happy, none are actually revolutionary. As fantastic as all of them will be, we've seen most all if it before.

And I'm really not one of those critics who bash games for "not bringing anything new to the table." I'm a big advocate of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. That being said, we can't advance without the fresh and the new; innovation is essential. This holiday season may be awesome but it definitely could've used the refreshment that will be The Last Guardian. We really haven't seen anything so progressive with such a forward-thinking approach to interactive entertainment since Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain. L.A. Noire did something pretty special this year but the actual gameplay was pretty standard.

And besides Thatgamecompany's Journey, I'm not seeing a great many truly ambitious and innovative titles on the horizon. There will be a lot of sequels and new installments in established franchises, and a lot could be totally bad-ass, but where's that magical experience that reminds us once again that gaming continues to evolve? That indeed, we haven't seen everything there is to see? The Last Guardian can't get here fast enough.

Related Game(s): The Last Guardian

Tags: the last guardian, team ico, fumito ueda, last guardian ps3

10/3/2011 12:18:07 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 12:47:00 AM
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Not want, but NEED this game.

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AshT
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:30:26 AM
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So true Ben, gaming so much need titles like Last Guardian, Heavy Rain. Last Guardian is on top of my list for next year.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:36:35 AM
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With the setbacks Japan Studios has had to endure, what with natural disasters and all, I can see why this game was delayed.

However, in saying that, does anyone else notice a trend where popular Japanese titles with a rather large scope take a ridiculously long time to be developed? Have Team ICO considered hiring another 10 or 20 artists, programmers and testers to help speed the process up a bit?

It just feels to me that Japanese developers are struggling to grasp the structure of current generation consoles. Maybe it's because Western developers are so good at handling the 360 and PC architecture when making a game, and then reprogramming it effectively for PS3.

And has anyone else noticed that credits for Western games tend to be about 5 times longer than credits for Japanese games? Perhaps Japan might want to take a little more risk and spend the money to make a bigger game and get it done faster than what they do now.

I think it's a shame Last Guardian won't make it this year. I reckon a late 2011 / early 2012 release would've gone perfectly with the current release of ICO SotC HD Collection.

All I know is this. The Last Guardian will be amazing and is on my D1P list for 2012.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 2:25:12 AM

A bigger team can clutter up the development process and something like TLG really needs the singular focus that a smaller team offers, because of the necessary unity of the game. Although, Team Ico supposedly only has fifty or so members, so they could do with a bit of an expansion without harming the development structure too much.

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saini
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:52:09 AM
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ithink it is so beacuse sony would not have had any exclusive for next year hokiday season...and i have a feeling that we might hear something about the getaway or 8days at e3 next year.... as i dont see to many ps3 exclusive next year.

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Excelsior1
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:53:04 AM
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i am worried they don't know what they want to do with this game from a design stand point. lawless and i agreed if this game was a no show at tgs then it is time to worry. well, it wasn't and i am worried about it.

what is up with game production this gen in japan? they seem to take forever to crank out a game. is it the size of the studios? these 5-6 yr development cycles are a thing of the past. i said this before bioware, and nuaghty dog will have managed to release 3 or more games before team ico releases even one new game. maybe the decline of the japanese gaming sector has impacted production.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 2:35:33 AM

Indeed we did, and I too remain worried that we still know so little about the game, despite having known of its existence for two and a half years.

Even so, Ueda has stated that they're working on bringing the game through to completion, and that they've got most all of the core ideas of it set, so perhaps it is closer than we expect. As for the development cycle, as I mentioned in reply to Dance, TI only has roughly 50 members, and the game is far more complex and revolutionary than most other games, even the likes of Uncharted, Mass Effect, though I daresay that Heavy Rain isn't overly dissimilar.

I definitely think that it is more this ambition that leads to the ridiculous amount of time, as opposed to the decline of the dominance of the Japanese development industry.
Peace.

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Ricochet
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 8:52:42 AM

@Excelsior1

From what I've read, the real problem with the game is the level design. So far, the majority of production has been the focus of the AI OF Toriko (that's a lot of time for just one particular AI). The idea is to make AI as realistic, flexible and unpredictable to the developers standards and then utilize it as a catalyst to solve puzzles or pass through certain levels.

Of course if you watched the ICO/Sotc bonus videos, he further emphasize he wants to design the levels that doesn't look "designed" but rather being naturalistic to the player. So obstacles would be just as you would encounter in real-life scenarios, etc.

If this is the case, I can see that even a small error could destroy the gameplay altogether. But if this works, we're not just looking at something revolutionary. This a whole new method of using a gaming platform to push interactive storytelling on a whole new level.

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Snaaaake
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:57:52 AM
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This game will not sell without proper advertising but in Kevin Butler we believe.
But still, they're taking too long and I believe some people have lost their interest in TLG, I'm losing mine here but not all.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 2:20:52 AM
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Damn straight. Once again, gaming is growing boring for me and I need something to reinvigorate my love for it. What better than an innovative, forward thinking game like The Last Guardian. Maybe I just need to move onto something other than an FPS :/

I hope that it does come out next year, and I hope that it comes during the lull, which will naturally persuade more people to buy it as a new release, rather than having to fight for the holiday dollars.

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Teddie9
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 6:51:15 AM

certainly, it would be sacrilegious for this to get the critical praise that Ueda's other titles have had and see few sales.

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___________
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 2:26:40 AM
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never thought i would say this after seeing the amazing E3 trailer.
but after playing the borefest of SOTC, and the infuriation of ICO i can honestly say f*ck it!
id be more excited for a rouge warrior sequel then this!

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 2:58:19 AM

The Last Guardian is my most wanted game for next year and will be the greatest artistic adventure of the entire generation. The Last Guardian is just gonna blow all the existing games out of the window by this artistic prowess, nothing more to say.

P.S. I just platinumed ICO HD again and did the "Castle Guide" trophy speed run in 1hr52min, even 10 years later, the game cannot cease to amaze me --the feeling, the environment, the subtle arrangement, the intricate puzzle connecting the castle in one giant piece as a whole, the ending song...remind me the glory of one of the greatest adventure of all time.

also, I just moved onto the SOTC and saved at Colossus 5---every battle is epic and I often found myself pause and look at the vast and mysterious forbidden land... this is the true fantasy, this is the true adventure, this is the true meaning of gaming...none of today's gaming delivers the feeling like this, the Castlevania's choppy colossus boss comparing to this is worthless.

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Lord carlos
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 8:07:19 AM

Wow dissing a Sony exclusive,i wonder why that is...?
oh yeah its because your a troll.
Don't listen to this supposed gamer,never has anything good to say about anything except multiplatform releases...wonder why that is...oh yeah its because he doesn't own a ps3!
Ico & SOTC are masterpieces,genre defining masterpieces.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 8:19:12 AM

Nay, Lord Carlos, I move to suggest they are so great, they exist within a genre of their own.

The SotC/ICO genre.

There is naught a pair of beautiful titles like them!

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___________
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 8:38:17 AM

yes i hate ps3 exclusives thats why infamous and heavy rain are 2 of my favourite games of this gen!
and haze, and heavenly sword.
and is why R&C is my favourite series of all time!
and is why the original crash bandicoot is my favourite game of all time!
sigh, the idiocy of this place never ceases to amaze me!
i hate ICO because its as entertaining as watching a episode of oprah!
same goes for SOTC, and add on top its as repetitive as f*ck!
gives a whole new extreme to the term cut and paste gameplay.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:12:00 AM

Well, you may not like Oprah, but she has more fans than stretch marks.

Speaking of idiocy, maybe you shouldn't try to label something as "boring" with a comparison to someone who's incredibly famous?


Anyways, I'm personally surprised that for someone who loves Heavy Rain, you can't appreciate that artistry in ICO/SotC. I don't mean to insult on that accusation specifically... I just don't get it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:49:00 AM

Why does anyone reply to this wacko's lunacy? Of COURSE he'd hate SotC and ICO. He has the attention span of a gnat.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:00:36 AM

I can answer that Ben:

Why, when playing FF7, when maxed out at lvl 99, bother killing the monsters you randomly encounter instead of saving time and running away, since the reward is so miniscule?

I'll tell you why...

It's because sometimes it's fun just to be superior to the little things you encounter in life.

That is why we continue to respond.

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wiley_kyotee
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:52:29 AM

Why is everyone so down on __________? He is just stating his opinion. He played both ICO & SOTC and did not like them. So what, the games did not sell very well when released for the PS2 so there were a lot of gamers not interested in them. I don't like COD, but 30-40 million gamers do. Does this make me a terrible gamer who does not know what a good game is? No, it is just my personal opinion/like/dislike. I still have ICO & SOTC in my PS2 collection. Two of my favorite games of that generation. It is my belief that gamers take it too personal when others do not like the game/system that they like.

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Underdog15
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:54:11 AM

Wiley, I assume you aren't familiar with no name's usual posts...

No one is bothered that he doesn't like it. But he has a bad habit of making unintelligible posts that seem to harp on nearly everything exclusive. In addition to that, he likes to use "stats" to support his stance... stats that do no exist...

Just follow what he says over the next week or so... you'll get why he can be so tiresome. Everyone gets why he can be so tiresome. The little secret is that he likes to be so tiresome.... So really, we're all his suckers.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 12:51:10 PM

It's not opinion that people call into question, it's stating your opinion as fact.

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___________
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 8:30:45 AM

how can you enjoy something thats just recycled constantly?
sigh, im done trying to explain myself.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 @ 9:46:37 AM

I could ask the same about your recycled comments!


HEYO!!!

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 3:05:16 AM
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The Last Guardian is my most wanted game for next year and will be the greatest artistic adventure of the entire generation. The Last Guardian is just gonna blow all the existing games out of the window by this artistic prowess, nothing more to say.

P.S. I just platinumed ICO HD again and did the "Castle Guide" trophy speed run in 1hr52min, even 10 years later, the game cannot cease to amaze me --the feeling, the environment, the subtle arrangement, the intricate puzzle connecting the castle in one giant piece as a whole, the ending song...remind me the glory of one of the greatest adventure of all time.

also, I just moved onto the SOTC and saved at Colossus 5---every battle is epic and I often found myself pause and look at the vast and mysterious forbidden land... this is the true fantasy, this is the true adventure, this is the true meaning of gaming...none of today's gaming delivers the feeling like this, the Castlevania's choppy colossus boss comparing to this is worthless.

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 7:42:59 AM
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i'm dying for it to come out to. but as the great axl rose once said "all we need is just a little patience" when it comes out it'll prove to be more than worth the wait. but yea it would have been nice this fall. imagine if it was coming out this month ahh that would have been nice to take a break from all the killing. oh well we still got ico/sotc

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Lord carlos
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 8:16:29 AM
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TLG is taking longer than expected because ART takes time to create.
Key frame animation takes a hell of lot longer to do than mocap.
When this game releases we're gonna see the most realistic interaction and reaction from any animal in videogame history even though the animal itself will be totally imaginary.
These type off games is why i chose a PS3,nothing comes close to sony's exclusives.
This game's gonna rock :)

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:21:57 AM
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Looking forward to this title.

Just hope it wont suffer from the Batman effect.

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Snorge
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:36:00 PM

Whats the Batman effect?

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D1g1tal5torm
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 1:52:46 PM

Where something gets so hyped, that when it does get released, it could never live up to its billing and subsequently feels like an anti-climax.

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gumbi
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 9:41:44 AM
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Last Guardian has been at the top of my most anticipated list since I first heard about it... which seems like an eternity ago.

I had been placating myself by not thinking about it, but I've been playing the HD collection this past week and it's completely brought me back again.

And for anyone who hasn't bought the collection yet; Stop what you're doing right, go to your nearest video game retailer, and buy it... right now! GO!

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tes37
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 10:09:03 AM
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I'm still playing ICO at the moment. After watching the bonus content and playing a little of the hd collection, I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian. I've had it pre-ordered for a while now because I felt like I would like it. Now, I'm pretty sure I will love it.

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:05:18 AM
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The trailer for TLG is amazing. I've only played SOTC, and I thought it was an incredible sweeping work. Haven't beaten it yet, planning on getting the collection to see it in HD. Also want it for ICO as well.

TLG is definitely on my list of games I want, and it's right at the top after Twisted Metal and Uncharted 3.

Innovations is key for the industry and as someone who is studying game design at school right now, I study the hell out of games I really love and think that truly push the industry forward. TLG looks like another game I need to study to further my design skills.

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clockwyzebkny
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 11:36:21 AM
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The more i hear about TLG, the more intrigued I get. I'm going to get the ICO/SOTC pack cause I haven't played either of them. I've only played the demos.

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Karosso
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 4:34:17 PM
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Just received my ICO collection today, can't wait to pop it in and play just a little bit of ICO. I refuse to really play it until my 3D TV is hanging on my wall :)

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Crabba
Monday, October 03, 2011 @ 5:24:42 PM
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Yeah I've been looking forward to this game for a long time now, it's just too bad we've seen so surprisingly little from the game by now.

Considering they didn't even show it in either of the two big game tradeshows this year you start wondering how much they still have left to finish the game...

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