I am very interested in The Last Guardian and am planning to buy it whenever it come out but I have a question...
Is it going to be a direct sequal to the previous titles? Am I going to miss out on the story if I have never played the others?
I don't have a B/C PS3 and my ps2 broke long ago so I can't very well play the previous titles.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Everything I've ever read, the first two titles were not "direct" sequels. (But, they very well seem to be.) So as far as the story.. it seems to be up to the player to connect the storylines. I'm sure you could get the game and still enjoy it without the other two. I've only ever played SoTC and not Ico, and it hasn't hurt gameplay or my love for the game one bit. But I am intrigued by the link of them... so I plan on playing Ico at some point.
Also, I'm sure this games awhile out.. and with ps2's at rock-bottom prices, get one and play the others while you wait.
the ending of Sotc definitely connects itself to Ico but now in a way that spells it out for you, you have to do a bit of thinking and guessing. Ueda left it to the player to decide how they are connected.
You don't have to play either game though to understand what's going on and both games, like the guy above me said, are completely different. I only played Ico once, back when it was first released so i don't remember much about it, my friend found a copy though at a gamestop and is sending it my way, .
Ico is really hard to find, at a decent price at least, but Sotc you can find on amazon brand new for 20 bucks.
Play both, they're both outstanding games. Hopefully if all goes well we'll be seeing Ico and Sotc for the ps3 similar to what sony is doing for god of war 1 and 2.
I heard a good theory that the guardian is a form of colossus, possibly a very young one not yet fully formed (and covered in moss) and that The Last Guardian could be a prequel to Shadow of the Colossus, like that was to Ico, and could give valuable clues as to how the forbidden land from SotC became the way it did with massive freaks wandering round everywhere. It wouldn't give direct info though. The ending of SotC didn't explicitly state that Ico was a descendant of Wanda/Wander/The Wanderer but the implications were there, you just had to dig around a bit.
My theory - at the end of The Last Guardian Trico, or whatever the creature's name is, will become possessed by an evil force (Dormin?) and you will have to take it down and it will die, but it's 'essence' will be dispersed across the land Trapping the evil spirit in 16 bodies that rose from the flesh of the guardian. *spoilers* This evil spirit also possesses Wander at the end of SotC who does his best to fight it but his sacrifice is not enough and this gives rise to the Ico curse (hence the horned baby) *spoilers end*
Gameplay wise I don't think it'll be a whole new experience - it will be like a cross between the childlike inexperienced combat of Ico and the climbing and exploration mechanics of SotC.
Dormin was sealed by his former followers, and I don't think he/she/they had any need to possess a griffon. So I really disagree with the theory that the griffon is the cause of Dormin's imprisonment.
Maybe Dormin's creation, but I'm not so sure about the timeline of this game. I really hope it's Post-ICO though, because I want to know what will happen to the horned boys after the castle has been destroyed.