Can The Last Guardian Live Up To The Hype?

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The Last Guardian Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiives!!!!

So I touched on this in my previous post last night but it is worth just taking a moment to say again. The Last Guardian is still alive, it is playable, and it is going to be released while I’m still young enough to hold a controller. Wow. I have to be honest, I thought at this point this game was going to basically be the software equivalent of bigfoot. People were going to insist it was still a real thing, every once in awhile there may even be an article or interview acknowledging it, there would be some old videos of it that people could reference, and it would live on forever as a legend. It even had a big hairy mascot, and a damned cute one no less. Just look at that guy:

I’m just saying, that beats the hell out of a sasquatch any day. The fact that it was an actual demo and not just a CGI preview was also quite promising. This is a game that is well into it’s development and is going to be released next year. Well, they say it’s going to be released next year. This time I actually believe them though. It looks very emotional and innovative, which are things we have come to expect from team ICO after their previous releases. I also keep getting pulled in by just how real the creature looks. Not on the outside but in it’s movements and it’s sounds. It reminds me exactly of how my dogs behaved when they were puppies. Even the eyes seem to be emoting towards the player whenever it’s face is visible. It really does look like it is something special that they are doing when it comes to the character development, I have a feeling this game is going to pull on the heartstrings something fierce the farther into the game you get. I really do think that had this game come out when it was first announced back in 2009 it would have been one of the premier games of it’s time hands down. That being said, and even though I have my fingers crossed that I am wrong and this is not the case, there is absolutely NO way that this game is going to be able to live up to the expectations that have been building after these 6 years. It’s a real shame, but the fact of the matter is that with every “oh wait no we are still working on it”, with every “is TLG still around”, and with all of the drama and secrecy regarding it’s development the anticipation grew. It has become it’s own monster really, and that’s a shame. It’s like when you are a child and you spend so much time hyping up something in your mind into completely unreal expectations and then actually get the thing, it just isn’t as sweet anymore. I still remember the first time I got a Charizard pokemon card for Christmas when people were fighting for it in stores and it was selling on Ebay for ridiculous amounts of money. I finally had that thing I coveted in my hands and it was like “wooow. I have it. It’s mine. This is it. This is the card. THE card I have been waiting for for so long.” I am pretty sure that I stopped collecting them shortly thereafter because at that point there just wasn’t much else to look forward to. I had reached the summit of my Pokemon card Everest and the view was amazing, but I had nowhere to go from there. That is how I feel about this game. It has everything I look for in a new game. I am completely positive that when I play it I will have an experience that is going to stick with me in some way after the credits roll. But it will no longer be the game that will never be made. It won’t be worth 6 years of waiting on baited breath. It can’t be. That’s just not how these things work. Now don’t get me wrong, I would still much rather be able to finally play the dang thing after all this time than just keep building it up in my head. I just feel like even though we are finally gaining insight into this things that has been surrounded by so much mystery, but sometimes the mystery is good enough on it’s own.

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