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E3 2010 games to watch: The Last Guardian preview

It’s that time of year again. E3 is coming and the hype train is beginning to hiss. In preparation for this year’s maelstrom of new video game delights, which starts on June the 15th, we’re running a twice-weekly series of features highlighting the big hitters you’ll want to keep an eye on at the show.

Some you’ll know, some you won’t, but all will require your complete and undivided attention. So tune in to GamesRadar every Wednesday and Saturday, and have that attention primed and ready.

Today, we’re looking at Team Ico's upcoming etheral adventure, The Last Guardian, which is being released exclusively for the PS3.


Why The Last Guardian is one to watch

  • It's the latest project from genius game designer man Fumita Ueda, the brains behind two of the most emotionally involving <sniff> games ever in Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
  • In Japan the game is called 'Hitokui no Ōwashi Trico', roughly translated as 'the man-eating eagle'. Probably because it features a chuffing huge human-scoffing cat, bird, dog... eh, thingie called Trico, which acts as the playable character's constant companion/ bodyguard.
  • The Last Guardian will be part platformer/part puzzler/part adventure and no doubt all haunting beauty. Playing a young boy, you'll have to solve puzzles using your giant friend's natural animal instincts, while you'll also have to take care of him, by feeding the creature and pulling arrows out of its huge hide. Stealth-based sections, where you'll have to sneak past guards, similar to Link in Ocarina of Time, will feature, too.
  • According to an issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine that came out recently, Trico will be hostile to the player initially, but will eventually warm to him. That might explain why your massive mate is tied down with a chain at the beginning of the original trailer.


  • Unlike his two previous PS2 masterpieces, Ueda's latest game has a full physics engine at work, which can be seen during the trailer where Trico eats a barrel that the kid throws to him. Apparently, the engine will be so sophisticated that each of Trico's individual feathers will react differently to the wind.
  • The boy will be able to grab and hang onto Trico's tail, using it to help him move around the game's environment. We're expecting this to be a similar mechanic to the fur holding feature found in Shadow of the Colossus, just on a more refined, slightly smaller scale.
  • The idea for the game stemmed from Wander and his horse Agro's relationship from Shadow of the Colossus, with Ueda keen to 'depict it (Trico) as a living, breathing animal'. Probably explains why the big tyke is so dang cute. Awwww, who's a good giant killer eagle thing? Ueda also states he 'wants to surprise people with the ending', which would mean not killing his mythical creature in tragic fashion. C'mon haven't we had to endure enough sadness in your past two games, pal?

If The Last Guardian isn't the most emotional experience this side of watching Terms of Endearment while standing on an infected nail, we'll rip up our man cards and burn the remains. Do you agree with our touchy feely sentiments on the megaton PS3 exclusive?And while you're at it, why not share with us the games you're most excited about seeing at E3 2010? Let us know in the comments, or through our exciting social networking portals on Facebook and Twitter.

May 5, 2010



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21 comments

  • snowyotter - June 15, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    sooooo, WHERE THE HELL WAS IT AT SONYS PRESS CONFERENCE!!!??? i only watched the whole thing for that game, and i didnt fricken see it. anyone know whats up with that?
  • ElAmmoBandito - June 2, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    I'm with DarthKratos on this one.I'm looking forward to Socom 4,This,The Sims on consoles,PSN+,AC Brothehood,Fallout New Vegas and the almighty Little Big Planet2.There's alot more to look forward that's for sure
  • marioman50 - May 12, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    If you have a PS3 and don't buy this, would saying that you should be beaten be too harsh? If a PS3 bundle is released containing this game, I'm all over that shit!
  • Metroidhunter32 - May 8, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    And now this makes me glad that I changed my mind from getting a 360 to getting a PS3. (as soon as I get enough money of course) This is going to be one of the bigger payoffs of that choice. (hopefully)
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - May 7, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Holy crap! E3 already>!? It seems like yesterday nintendo was showing off its pulse detecting thingy. good times.
  • JohnnyMaverik - May 6, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    C A N T W A I T ! ! ! ! ! ! !
  • VirAetas - May 6, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    finally Trico! I remember a year ago when they played on the trailer on TalkRadar. I looked it up and I teared up a bit. Beautiful stuff from the mastermind behind the best games to hit the PS2.
  • CRUNKMUFFIN - May 6, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    Very Jealous of PS3 owners on this one, It makes me want to buy a PS3
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 5, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    If you have a PS3, you must get The Last Guardian. If you don't have a PS3, get one. I need to get a PS3.
  • Nikku7 - May 5, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    This game is the main reason I bought a PS3. From the screens I've seen I would have to say that game will be incredible regardless. Ueda always seems to put his soul into making this series and I'm sure it will have a great story and game play, but the atmosphere of the game already has me sold. He always seems to be able to make it so that the player feels immersed into the grand adventure. I give a lot of credit to the way he uses camera angles, lighting, and his wind and cloud effects.
  • DarthKratos - May 5, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    You know, everyone says that the creature is obviously going to die, but given the talent that Ueda has for interesting, emotional stories, I think it is more likely that the boy will die, with the creature nudging him, trying to wake him up. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this game will compare with Majin and the Forgotten Kingdom. In my opinion this game will be more emotional, but in terms of gameplay, it could go either way.
  • Turboash - May 5, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    Can not wait for this one... SotC was one of my top 3 games for the PS2. Also, that bird dog cat is gonna die for sure... *sniff*
  • Evilsafetyboy - May 5, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    I already have this on pre-order and I am already sad...
  • Conman93 - May 5, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    I think we all know that this will be brilliant. I hope its out this year!
  • LionheartAce - May 5, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    I absolutely love Ueda's vision with his games. I like him because I can tell he loves what he does, not what it gets him.
  • Tommykrem - May 5, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    jaws98: According to Ueda it has individual feathers, with individual physics.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 5, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    i think im going to love this game. i just bought ico and started it yesterday and im going to order shadow of the collosus today. @jaws98 he also spelled tail "tale".
  • FinderKeeper - May 5, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    *sniff* Just looking at the picture, I'm getting a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic: Infinity Ward is neither infinite nor a ward. Discuss.
  • Imgema - May 5, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    Once again Ueda will prove that you don't need tons of dialogue, overcomplicated plots and 10 minute long cutscenes to make a game a very emotional experience. Games can still offer that without turning them into movies.
  • jaws98 - May 5, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    Great article, but there are some spelling mistakes. Help is spelled hlep. Also I'm pretty sure Trico doesn't have individual weathers.

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