The Last Guardian Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


The Last Guardian is an adventure, that follows Ico and The Shadow of the Colossus in the Team Ico trilogy. As the other games, it has an artistic look that is unusual for a video game, and a minimalist approach to its design.

You play through action and puzzle elements as an unnamed boy who must cooperate with a half-bird-half-mammal creature, Trico. A connection grows between the two unlikely friends. You can climb structures, carry objects and pull levers. Trico can reach higher areas, fight guards and carry the boy on his back. At times, though, Trico is scared by certain objects and the boy must proceed bravely alone.

It's unusual because you don't have direct control of Trico but, like a domesticated animal you can coerce him to do things. At times it's better to let Trico wander independently to discover new areas.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/10/2016

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Simulation


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Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free on PlayStation 5 (but not PlayStation 4) with PlayStation Plus Collection.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


This game has been rated PEGI 12 for depictions of realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters, and non-realistic looking violence towards human-like or animal-like characters.

This game features frequent depictions of realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters, they can get impaled by spears and arrows, slashed with swords and attacked by other fantasy creatures, very mild blood is shown and the characters are shown whining in pain. There are depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human characters, there is a section in which a child looks as if they are being gobbled up by a large hybrid dog-bird. The child displays no reaction and is not scared by the events taking place, no blood/gore is shown and the creature doesn’t chew on the child.

This game also features frequent depictions of realistic violence of a minor nature towards human characters. The protagonist of the game is often knocked around by the creature, pushed into walls and hit. There is little to no reaction and rarely are they injured in the process.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

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