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The Last Guardian review roundup: Does Fumito Ueda's ambitious adventure deliver?

The Last Guardian is finally here, and the critics have spoken. Find out how the long-delayed PS4-exclusive measures up with reviewers in our roundup below.

on 5 December 2016

Pinch yourself, you aren’t dreaming. The Last Guardian, probably the most infamous PlayStation title of the past decade thanks to its myriad of development issues, is finally here. Well, it will be tomorrow for U.S. gamers, at least. After nearly a decade in production at SCE Japan Studio under the creative prowess of Fumito Ueda and his studio, genDESIGN, The Last Guardian is finally making into store shelves, no doubt with a hefty weight of expectation upon its gigantic, feathery shoulders. Once the quintessential example of videogame vaporware, this ambitious action-adventure has jumped platforms, seen numerous delays, and at one point appeared to have died an unceremonious death. 

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Fortunately, Sony kept the project alive and kicking thanks to the continued support of fans, and we’ve even got a swanky The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition for the more discerning griffin-beast aficionado. Despite all the problems surrounding the title though, the core premise has remained unchanged; the relationship between the young boy and his beastly companion, Trico. This is the heart of The Last Guardian, as has been evident from day one, a factor that is neatly interwoven into the core gameplay as you explore an exquisitely-detailed castle-like setting, solving riddles and battling enemies.

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Still, is the game actually any good? How does it play? Is it showing its age, having been conceived back in the PS3-era? Has Ueda-san managed to keep the project up to date without compromising his design philosophy? Let’s find out. Before you do anything though, read Senior Editor Kyle Prahl’s definitive verdict on the PS4-exclusive behemoth. 

Find out what the critics had to say on the game in our The Last Guardian review roundup below. 

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Hardcore Gamer 5/5

DigitallyDownloaded - 5/5

Eurogamer - Essential 

GamesRadar - 4.5/5

GameSpot - 9/10

Destructoid - 8.5/10

Game Informer 8/10

Polygon - 7.5/10

EGM - 7.5/10

IGN - 7/10

TheJimquisition - 6.5/10


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