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Hope, Hype, Disappointment – The Last Guardian and FF7

Shadow of the Colossus is one of my favourite games of all time. It’s a beautiful, haunting game with a story, atmosphere, and heartbreaking battles that have lingered with me for years. When The Last Guardian, a spiritual successor, was shown at E3 2009 I was stoked. It had a similar feel, the same beautiful lighting and magnificent architecture. Where SotC featured a man and his horse, TLG showed a relationship between a boy and his giant griffin. It looked lovely, and I was more than ready for another great experience from Team Ico.

Then, nothing. Year after year, The Last Guardian was notably absent from Sony’s press conferences and release schedules. Each year I hoped to get a brief tidbit, a hint it was still happening, but for 5 years I was disappointed. Then, last night it was back. But it was too late. Prior to this year’s E3 I had decided I didn’t care about this game anymore, and declared it vapourware. I had been strung along for far too long, disappointed too many times.

There was a brief glimmer of surprise and delight during the conference when I first realized they would actually be showing something this year, but it quickly faded. As I watched the gameplay footage I felt very little. I think annoyance at the voice of a young boy calling the birddog repeatedly was the main thing I felt, and it didn’t seem that I was seeing anything really new. Certainly not 6 years worth of new.

The Last Guardian

The constant vocalizations for the griffin in order to overcome platforming puzzles seemed to draw much more from Ico (which I was never a fan of) than Shadow of the Colossus. Worst of all, the gameplay just didn’t look very engaging. Maybe after 6 years they counted on people being so desperate for scraps of information that they’d take anything, but I was disappointed by the showing. Dull footage, barely any actual talk about the game, and a vague 2016 release date.

I think this may be a case of excitement and constant disappointment slowly turning into resentment, and I though the presentation was too little, far too late. Hopefully the game will surprise me when it’s further along in development (if it ever gets to that point).

Sony made another huge announcement last night, and that’s Final Fantasy 7 finally getting a remaster. Though this is something I’ve been hoping for for even longer than TLG, my reaction to this was one of elation. I’m so excited to be able to play one of the games that meant the most to me and really got me back into consoles back in the late 90s, and have it look nice. Those polygons just don’t age very well. Though Sony and Square Enix have made some dick moves regarding this in the past – showing a FF7 tech demo for the PS3 release, announcing a port of the original to PS4, announcing some teeny tiny FF world thing last night right before the remake reveal – they never really entertained the idea of a remake. So for the past 10 years of so I’ve felt a low key kind of hope that they’d remake it eventually, while understanding that it might never happen. But now it’s happening. I may have cried during the trailer.

The Sony presser was quite a roller coaster of emotions.

What do you think about Sony’s big announcements? Excited?

I hate you Sony

Incoming completely non-WoW related rant…

Last week was my fiancé’s birthday. He told me he wanted Uncharted 2. Of course, when he said that, what he meant was he wanted Uncharted 2 and a PS3 to play it on (we’re 360 owners). So, I get them for him.

I hadn’t had a chance to try out the PS3, as I’ve been playing Mass Effect 2. As I was finishing Mass Effect on Saturday, I have an urge to play a good JRPG. Since I have yet to find a good JRPG on the current generation of consoles, I grab my old favorite, Shadow Hearts: Convenant for the PS2, and pop it in the playstation.  Nothing happens. I browse around and try to get it to play. “This console has limited backwards compatibility.”  FUUUUUUUCK! I like old games. I have a tendency to go back and play all my old favorites every once in a while, despite aging graphics. Story and gameplay trump shiny pictures. So this really pisses me off. I have to fight the urge to throw the thing out a window then go outside and stomp on it a few times.

Now I’m on a mission. Sure, I could have played one of the PS3 or Xbox games I have sitting on my shelf, but I’ve gotten the idea in my head that I’m going to play Shadow Hearts and this stupid, non-backwards compatible, console isn’t going to stop me!

So I run down to the garage to find my box of old consoles. I find the PS2 quickly. It takes a bit longer to untangle the big mess of wires from the 4 other consoles. I finally get everything I think I need, freezing my feet off in the process. Why don’t I put on shoes rather than standing barefoot on freezing concrete? Because I’m angry and stubborn, damnit! Back upstairs, hook up the console, put in the disc, and…”Please insert a memory card into slot 1.” Fuck! I run back downstairs, sift through the box. Aha! I’ve found one. Run back upstairs, put it in, and…it’s a PS1 memory card. Nooooo!

This setback doesn’t deter me. I’m going to show it who’s boss! (What is “it”? Who the hell knows at this point, but something needs to be put in it’s place). I get dressed (I’m not the only one who doesn’t like wearing pants at home, am I?), get in the car and drive to my local video game store. $30 for a memory card for a 10-year old console, but I don’t care, I’m going to play this damn game if it kills me.

Back at home. Can’t find any scissors to open the impregnable packaging on the memory card. I go at it with a screwdriver instead. It works. Put in the memory card, restart the console, and…success!  Haha! Suck it, playstation! Feeling victorious, I settle in, and play my game… for about 40 minutes before I have to stop to get ready to go out for the evening. /sigh

So that was my Saturday afternoon.

Today I did some looking around to find out if any PS3s are backward-compatible. Out of the 10 models that have been released only three are. The most recent one was released in August of 2007 and is no longer in production. I feel ripped off.