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Reviews Roundup: The Last Guardian

Facing unknown dangers in a strange and mystical land, an ordinary young boy and his gigantic feathered friend must rely on each other to survive in this harrowing story of friendship and trust.

Release Date: December 6, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Publisher: Sony
Developer: SCE Japan Studio

VG247 – Brenna Hillier, positive

The Last Guardian captures the purity, joy and yes even frustration of sharing your life with an animal capable of utter, selfless love and loyalty as well as unrepentantly selfish misbehaviour.

Nerdist – Samantha Sofka, 4/5

Though the wonky controls, awkward camera angles, and framerate issues lead me to think the title could have benefitted from a few more months of tweaking, the unique end result was something I’m glad I experienced.

EGM – Emma Schaefer, 7.5/10

A heartwarming story, a mysterious world, and a slowly-growing bond between two unlikely companions ensure that fans of Team Ico’s past work won’t be disappointed. Clunky controls and a handful of graphical issues, however, mean that The Last Guardian may not be an enjoyable game for everyone—though, either way, Trico is adorable.

Cheat Code Central – Becky Cunningham, 60/100

There is artistry behind The Last Guardian’s concept, but in stumbles in execution, creating a journey that is far less fascinating than the relationship that lies at its story’s core.

Let’s Play Video Games – Laura Dale, 55/100

For all the things I love about The Last Guardian narratively, I was consistently frustrated by trying to play it. I could see myself coming back to the narrative every few years like I do Shadow of the Colossus, but I highly suspect I’ll do so by watching a YouTube Let’s Play rather than playing it myself.

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