Famitsu: The Last Guardian is 'real that exceeds real'

The Last Guardian is "real that exceeds real," according to a four-page Famitsu feature which has been translated by Andriasang. The Japanese mag offers new details on the game's character animations, AI, gameplay, and the griffin-like Trico (a.k.a. Torico), as well as impressions of its play session. The full list of bullet points, as published by Andriasang, is below:

  • You initially can't communicate with Torico, so he'll quickly fall asleep.
  • Torico can't eat everything. If he eats something he doesn't like, he'll spit it out.
  • The game uses a collision system with similar capabilities to that of Shadow of the Colossus.
  • Even if you're caught by the guards that fill the dungeons, the game doesn't immediately end.
  • Torico may have a life gauge.
  • They're currently looking into the possibility of showing gauges to support the player -- this is one area that Ueda is worrying over.
  • In its impressions of the game, Famitsu commented that it exceeded expectations -- it's real that exceeds real.
  • Torico actions are very detailed -- down to the level of his reacting differently depending on the sound in the area.
  • The game uses a fake language
  • Famitsu commented that the boy main character's movements are also incredible. Ueda responded that when the boy approaches a wall, he will naturally extend his arms out, and as he approaches Torico, he will touch the creature. To show the feeling of existence for the characters, you need to show such actions that make it look like the character himself knows that there's a wall there.

We recently received a similar list of post-translation details from a preview in the French edition of PSM3.

The Last Guardian is scheduled for a late 2011 release. We've expressed some skepticism over that tentative timeframe, and Ueda's comments in the PSM3 interview (that the game will be released this year, "at least in Japan") lent a bit of credence to our fears of a 2012 push. Either way, we 'can't wait,' but we'll wait.

Mar 1, 2011

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  • hoba - March 2, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Please don't let this be a 2012 release. I can't wait that long. I'm having to wait longer than I would have liked for the HD SOTC and I'm not happy about that either. Hmm. Can I become fluent in Japanese before the Japan release...?
  • tifanity - March 2, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    A jealous 360 owner that can't afford a PS3 and is trying to make himself feel better? Pathetic. Yes the game looks and sounds great so far, a definite purchase for me. And Yes I own a 360 too.
  • Turboash - March 2, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    I just released...
  • CitizenWolfie - March 2, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    Keeping my eye on this one - wasn't a fan of Ico but love Shadow of the Colossus. It looks absolutely amazing though, some of the best graphics I've ever seen. Just hope the gameplay is more on the 'Shadow' side and not just one big escort mission which is what put me off Ico. It'd be amazing to have some aerial fights with Torico and some other huge beasties with the boy having to jump between them in Colossus style. God of War showed us the possibilities with that sort of action so I hope this can do the same.
  • tokenbg - March 2, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    This THIS game design...YES!!!..
  • usedforglue - March 2, 2011 3:55 a.m.

    I love to see all the Ico/Shadow show their support for this game. We have only seen some very limited video and a few screens for this game but we're all sooooooo excited. Shadow of the Colossus wasn't just a game, it was an experience and I have a feeling this will be the same way.
  • Gnilres - March 2, 2011 2:52 a.m.

    @Genericpenisjoketista Your name makes me not take you seriously.
  • Gnilres - March 2, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    Oh my god this game looks good. I'll be sure to get the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD-Remakes too!
  • Genericpenisjoketista - March 2, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    @Thewerebear Though I understand where you're coming from, I disagree. I played Shadow of the Colossus and beat it, myself, and I found it to be an excellent game but I still am really not caring about this one. It looks like it'll be a very good game but I have no trouble keeping my panties on.
  • rabidpotatochip - March 2, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    As soon as I read "The Last Guardian" in the title I was already reaching for my wallet.
  • Bynowyouknow - March 2, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    Boop beep boop want this boop boop beep
  • chrisat928 - March 2, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    Gotta love the butthurt 360 fanboys. Don't blane Sony for taking risks with their games, blame Microsoft for appealing to the lowest commom denominator.
  • akapellah21 - March 2, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    @garrythegeld A game doesn't need to be commercially successful to be a great game -coughokamicough-
  • akapellah21 - March 2, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    Just waiting for the "soon" release date for the ICO/SOTC collection is excruciating enough for me. Then all this info came up. ANXIETY
  • opeth784 - March 2, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    @garrythegeld uh, braid didn't have a predominately dark world.. did you even play it?
  • garrythegeld - March 2, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    I don't think the game will be able to live up to the massive, undeserved, hype its getting. Also, artsy games that are not 2-dimensional platformers about boys in a dark world (Braid, that other black and white one, and others) are generally unsuccessful.
  • trackstar103 - March 2, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    @FreedomPhantom Hear, hear!
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - March 2, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    @verweirdguy Ho ho ho! Zing! Nice. But seriously, yeah. This game has more charm and creativity poured into it than half the games on the market put together. AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN GIVEN A GAMEPLAY PREVIEW YET. (in english)
  • veryweirdguy - March 1, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    @BishopofHippo93 yes, it reminds me of all those other "boy meets giant thing and they become best friends" games out there. When will they finally make a nice game about some space marines?
  • FreedomPhantom - March 1, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Now I wish I had a PS3!!! Ahhhh! If only I didn't have to eat I could spend SO MUCH MORE MONEY on videogames!

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