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Why I’m glad The Last Guardian wasn’t shown at E3

No. I’ve not gone mad, honest. I’ve got a certificate from the doctor and everything. Regular readers of the site will know I bloody adore Guardian’s predecessor Shadow of the Colossus. To a degree that, if it was a girl, I’d have been locked up long ago for persistent and obsessive stalking. Yes, it’s the one Sony game everyone, including most of my colleagues, wanted to see at the company's E3 conference last week. But bear with me and I’ll tell you why Team Ico’s adventure being a no show might actually be a good thing…


Above: D'awwww


I don’t want to know anything more about the game before release

I really don’t. Just imagine if Ico’s haunting castle or Colossus' vast, desolate land had been covered in a hundred previews prior to the games’ releases. It would have stripped away the wonder and thrill of exploring the unknown that came with traversing those incredible environments.

I don’t want to know anything else about the boy and Trico's relationship, either. I want to discover it for myself when the game comes out. I don’t want Johnny Journalistic Hack blabbing that the creature is actually the kid’s long lost second cousin who was transformed into a giant eagle thing because of a curse. The more Team Ico show, the less impactful Guardian’s surprises will be come release. After all, curiosity killed the duck billed platypus, right? Right?


Above: The less you know, the better


A trailer at TGS would have a bigger impact

Less games, less stupid motion control being shoved down our collective throat, less distraction. If Guardian unveils new footage at the Tokyo Game Show, it will be the undoubted highlight. And the few months extra development time Team Ico has been afforded will simply mean the game looks stronger when the game resurfaces again. I still don't want any spoilers, mind.


Above: Admittedly, it wouldn't have had much competition at E3


The no-show could mean a certain two PS2 HD remakes are being worked on…

Hopefully the reason TLG wasn't shown, is because Team Ico has full plates. Big steaming, full plates topped to the brim with work on Guardian and a couple of PS2 games we'd gladly murder a man to play in HD. Personally, we’ve got our fingers crossed for Herdy Gerdy and True Crime: New York City.


Above: Please, please, please, please….

Were you annoyed The Last Guardian didn't show at E3? Or, like me, do you want to go into the game blind? Well, not physically, of course. That could make those precision jumps a problem. Oh, and how many organs would you sell to play it now? Answers on a postcard, please... that or the comments section.

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18 comments

  • Justheretowinshit - June 25, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Gram-gram looks likes she's flipping those games the bird(American style)
  • grizzly311 - June 24, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    I agree, it would just be nice to know how close we are to a release date.
  • Zanthis - June 24, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    Agreed! The less I know before I play, the better. Also if remakes are announced I may cream my jeans, so lets hope so.
  • philipshaw - June 24, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    I was annoyed at the time but you make a fair point in that the less we know the better and Team Ico are always quite about their games I also thought a showing TGS was more likely
  • Smeggs - June 24, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    I believe on the first reason it is "Colossi"...lulz
  • Jacko415 - June 23, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Did you guys have to spoil Fight Club? one of my favorite movies and you just shoot it down like that.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 23, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    @Heyexclamationpoint: I was going to write the exact same thing and then i read your comment. Don't have any idea if this will be good or not but they should keep everything a secret You have the cover of True Crime: Streets of LA up there.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 23, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    @IChooseUAntistaMON Yes, they are amazing. They might seem very plain and lack of material, but that is what intensifies the scenery and the enemies you do meet. They are beautiful, emotional, and extremely adrenaline fueled at times. @Dave Great article dude. Though i was shocked and disappointed that there was no preview at E3, I totally agree with you. I hate all the movie trailers now because they show everything in the movie, even the twists and endings. Its ridiculous and it pisses me off.
  • Rojoco - June 23, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Lol, Herdy Gerdy. I remember that. The pink bears used to freak me out. ReCaptcha: three frogmen :/
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 23, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    Haha, Herdy Gerdy.
  • Doctalen - June 23, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    I am not excited at all about this game but you make a good point, if say Mass Effect 3 were announced and details were revealed about it, I would go berserk.
  • xDxP - June 23, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    I'll have my fingers in my ears until this one drops
  • sleepy92ismypsn - June 23, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    I'm with you on wanting it to be a surprise, I already plan on buying this game so why would I want to know about it before. The first time I read about The Last Guardian was in PTOM and they spoiled a part in Shadow of the Colossus, which i hadn't played yet at the time but I bought and beat both Ico and SotC this year. Now it kinda sucks for me that they are talking about a Team Ico collection because I just paid $50 for both games and it's still way too soon for me to bive them both another playthrough but in HD with trophies would be awesome to play right before The Last Guardian. Remember that article a couple weeks ago that somebody wrote about the rumor that there was a Team Ico collection on the way and they asked us to say in the comments what collections we would like to see come to ps3 in HD? If you can find that article You can check my comment if you don't beleive me but i wrote Sly cooper collection and Grand Theft Auto Collection. at least one of mine happened at e3.
  • Heyexclamationpoint - June 23, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    Anyone who hasn't seen Fight Club yet deserves to have it spoiled.
  • WickedSid - June 23, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    SotC was such a great game, Journey (Desert wasteland, empty, maybe you've heard of it?) reminds me of the vastness and actually has me thinking of buying a PS3 just for it... That and the Herdy Gerdy and True Crime Remakes!
  • damunsta - June 23, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    At first I was pissed about it not being at E3 but you make a good point, I never played Last Guardia or Ico either but have heard so much hype over them that I'd buy an HD version.
  • Cyberninja - June 23, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    well i want to play it blind like i did okami so that their are no spoilers
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - June 23, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    you should have a spoiler alert for that Fight Club pic Also i've never played a game from Ico or WE it is. Are they really that great?

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