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    The Last Guardian

    Anyone pick this up yet?

    I started playing last night and I'm absolutely enamored with the game. It's got this amazing nostalgic charm about it without feeling cheesy or dated in the way that Final Fantasy XV does. The graphics are beautiful. It's clear that some last-gen assets are in place, but this game clearly could not run on a PS3. Performance is actually a lot better than I expected on my PS4 Pro after hearing some negative rumblings. It definitely performs way better than Final Fantasy XV, anyway. The art direction is what really sells the visuals of the game, though.

    Trico is adorable, and I'm only an hour or two into the game and already love and care about him. The AI that drives him is extremely impressive as well. Very believable.

    The writing/story is top notch thus far and the music is hauntingly beautiful.

    I can't wait to get home to play more. If this level of quality can be upheld throughout the entire play-through, this may end up being one of my favorite games of all time.

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    I watched some video of it. Trico is very impressive.

    Performance is atrocious on anything except PS4 Pro 1080p mode, though.

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    Quote Originally posted by valtterieranen View Post
    Performance is atrocious on anything except PS4 Pro 1080p mode, though.
    Yeah, the performance is really awful on the Pro in 4K mode.

    The game is pretty but definitely looks like a beefed up PS3 game with some better effects and HDR layered on top of it.

    All that said the animations on Trico are amazing, he has an incredible sense of scale and weight and I am enjoying the game even when it turns into a slide show.

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    I guess if you launch it in 1080p and then switch to 2160 (while the game is running) you get the higher res with the 1080p.performance profile.

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    Quote Originally posted by get_loud View Post
    I guess if you launch it in 1080p and then switch to 2160 (while the game is running) you get the higher res with the 1080p.performance profile.
    Yeah, I still need to test that out and see if I prefer the ~1800p presentation with FPS all over the place or 1080p upscaled with relatively solid 30FPS.

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    After all this time, I almost can't believe it's finally here!



    And now my collection is complete.

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    I finished this earlier today. It was one of the most tedious experiences I've had with a game for years. I doubt think I've ever been as needlessly frustrated by a game this side of 2005. The controls are absolutely horrible, the camera is horrible, the AI is horrible, the image quality is horrible and it performs like a dog. None of the puzzles are particularly taxing but progress often depends on waiting on Trico to figure out what you want to do next. Simple tasks such as getting Trico to jump to the next platform can often take an age and is unnecessarily frustrating.

    It's a real pity as buried somewhere beneath this mess is a decent game. Incredibly, for a title which has spent nigh on 8 years in development it feels like a very rough alpha build.

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    Quote Originally posted by JunkieXcel View Post
    I finished this earlier today. It was one of the most tedious experiences I've had with a game for years. I doubt think I've ever been as needlessly frustrated by a game this side of 2005. The controls are absolutely horrible, the camera is horrible, the AI is horrible, the image quality is horrible and it performs like a dog. None of the puzzles are particularly taxing but progress often depends on waiting on Trico to figure out what you want to do next. Simple tasks such as getting Trico to jump to the next platform can often take an age and is unnecessarily frustrating.

    It's a real pity as buried somewhere beneath this mess is a decent game. Incredibly, for a title which has spent nigh on 8 years in development it feels like a very rough alpha build.
    I will admit that you have to approach The Last Guardian differently that almost any other game.

    You are never able to "control" Trico. You can't press a button to make Trico jump, or go to a specific spot, or attack someone for you. You have to coerce Trico as if you would have to coerce any other animal to cooperate with you. As your bond with Trico strengthens throughout the game, his "controls" grow more and more responsive. This is completely by design and is essentially the crux of what the entire game revolves around: a relationship with a boy and his animal companion, and how they go from being fearful and untrusting of eachother to inseparable.

    You definitely have to be in the right headspace to enjoy a game like this. Fortunately I was prepared for this experience and I loved it from beginning to end.

    That's not to say the game is without its flaws. The camera was wonky at times, for sure, and the framerate was less than consistent. Other than that, I loved it. Certainly one of my top 25 games of all time.

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